About The Sanctuary… Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going
Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a charity (Charity number 1164350). We receive no government funding and rely on fundraising through grants and donations. We rescue and re-home animals within a forty mile radius of the sanctuary.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary was founded by the late Nina, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon at the beginning of the Second World War. Her aim was to provide a temporary refuge for the animals belonging to service men and women who were shipped abroad to fight. Inevitably at the end of the war many owners failed to return to collect their pets and so the story of Ferne Animal Sanctuary began.
75 years later the Sanctuary is still acting as a refuge for animals of all shapes & sizes from across the county and beyond. It is perhaps sad that there is still a need for an organisation like ours and that this need gets greater year on year however we are exceptionally grateful that through generous donations & volunteer support we are still able to fulfil this vital role. We hope the Duchess would approve!
Nina, Duchess of Hamilton establishes what becomes Ferne Animal Sanctuary at her home, the Ferne Estate in Dorset. Sadly this magnificent building is no longer standing.
The Duchess continued to take in and rehome unwanted animals after the war. Sadly although inevitably a number of the animals that needed rehoming belonged to service men & women who did not return from the war.
In 1975, the Sanctuary moved to its present premises which overlooks the River Yarty Valley. The Sanctuary is set in 51 acres of glorious Somerset countryside high in the Blackdown Hills.
We were very excited to celebrate the incredible milestone of 75 years since the inception of Ferne Animal Sanctuary with a fabulous black tie event at Woodlands Castle near Taunton!