The Retreat Animal Sanctuary Visit 2018

On Saturday 16th June, Summer Vegan Pledge participants visited The Retreat Animal Sanctuary in High Halden, Kent. 

Every time Animal Aid does a vegan pledge/challenge, we always arrange a trip to The Retreat so those participating can meet others who are in the same boat as them, try delicious vegan food, and get the chance to meet farmed animals – just like the ones they are saving by going vegan.

The weather was certainly on our side, with lovely sunshine with a nice breeze all day. Firstly, we were treated to a delicious ‘summer-themed’ lunch, prepared by Neil – a co-founder and The Retreat’s resident chef. It included a large salad, as well as sausage rolls, quiche, fried ‘chicken’ (made of seitan), and an abundance of cakes!
After lunch, we had the opportunity to meet the animals. Our tour guide was the other co-founder of The Retreat, Billy.

Billy introduced us to the hundreds of cows, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep and other animals who live at The Retreat. He told us about how they came to be at The Retreat and, in some cases, their very sad and tragic beginnings. Many of them are now trusting of people and came over for a head rub and a cuddle.

It is so heart-warming to hear about how these animals are treated not as commodities, but as the individual, sentient beings that they are.

Thank you so much to everyone who came, and especially to Billy and the team at The Retreat who were so accommodating to all of us, and not least for the incredible work that they do all year round.

The Retreat is currently fundraising to buy more land. This will enable them to rescue and care for more animals in need. If you are able to help them, or would like to know more, please take a look at the fundraising page.

You can also check out their website and Facebook page for more information on future open days.