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.
80 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!
If you think you’d like to provide a happy and safe place for one of our animals we’d love to hear from you.
Set in 72 acres of stunning Somerset countryside the Sanctuary is a great place to come and explore. The Sanctuary relies on the goodwill and dedication of volunteers for much of its work and there are many ways that you can help:
Walk a dog
Cuddle a cat
Help out in our cafe or charity shops
Volunteer at one of our fun events Help out with the many jobs around the estate