Ferne Animal Sanctuary rescues unwanted and abandoned animals many of whom are now looking for a new home. If you think you’d like to provide a happy and safe place to give one of our animals a much deserved second chance we’d love to hear from you.


Set in 51 acres of prime Somerset countryside the Sanctuary is a great place to come and visit with lots to see and do for adults and children alike! Take a look at our current lovely animal residents, stroll around the Sanctuary and enjoy a coffee or lunch in our cafe and much more!


The Sanctuary relies heavily on the kindness of our many volunteers and thoughtful donations from the public to keep our doors open. If you think you could space a couple of hours to help at the Sanctuary or would like to make a donation we’d really appreciate it!

Our New Online Shop has gone live!

Take a look at some of our fabulous Ferne Animal Sanctuary goodies now available through our online shop! Not only can you now buy yourself (or someone else!) a great present but you’ll be helping support the vital work carried out by the Sanctuary.

You can also stop by one of our four shops located on a High Street near you. They stock the full range of Ferne Animal Sanctuary products along with lots of other unique bits and pieces.

Start shopping now!

Latest Ferne Animal Sanctuary News

Learn at Ferne

It is only recently that Mark Hancock was appointed the very first Education Officer here at Ferne. Mark joined... read more

New Visitor Centre at Ferne Animal Sanctuary officially open!

Welcome to our new 'Rona Harman' Visitor Centre at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, officially opened last week by one of... read more

How to help hedgehogs in your garden

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Don’t give in to those begging eyes, chocolate is not good for your dog!

With Easter approaching, once again we ask dog owners to be particularly careful that their dogs don't eat any... read more

Nala’s Easter Appeal

Who doesn’t love a cute, fluffy, cuddly baby bunny rabbit? Unfortunately, too many of us, which means that rabbits like... read more

Volunteers Wanted!

Do you enjoy meeting and helping people, sharing your passion for animals, are happy to handle money, work as... read more

Alabama Rot – Information for dog owners

A dog in the Westcountry has been struck down by this flesh-eating dog disease, Alabama Rot (CRGV).  This is... read more

Christmas Appeal

Can you spare five minutes? Ellie, a gorgeous three-year-old Beagle, arrived at Ferne in one of the worst conditions we... read more