Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary provides permanent homes for all ill, elderly or ill-treated animals. These animals live out their days at the sanctuary and we provide them with the best treatment and conditions we can. We also provide a re-homing service with our policy of no animal will be put down, unless on the advice of a veterinary surgeon.
How it started
Redgate was founded in August 1986 by Jean, Derrick & Tereza Redmile. In the beginning it was started by the family taking in a few sick & injured animals. This soon escalated dramatically into looking after and re-homing Horses, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Ducks, Geese & even Owls. This led to the family house being sold to purchase the land at Markfield that the sanctuary now sits on.
Charitable status was obtained in 1994 to help with the substantial costs incurred. We now receive animals from the public, police and other animal welfare organisations and are totally funded by public donations.
We usually have around 150 animals at the sanctuary at any one time, which costs around £170,000 per year to keep running.
We are entirely dependent on public donations. Our vet bill for the last financial year was over £15,000. Our animal food and bedding bill was nearly £20,000. We employ 3 full time and 3 part time animal carers and rely heavily on volunteers. We provide work placements for students on animal care courses and play an active part in the community, hosting visits from local disabled and disadvantaged groups. We host a dog show and open day in August every year which is a great day out for the family and showcases the work we do. This year’s will be held on 11th August at the Sanctuary, Markfield, Leicestershire.
Lucky came to the sanctuary on 16th March 2005. It was late, 10:50pm.
Jean and Derrick had just returned from holiday when the telephone rang. The caller was a very concerned member of the public in Coalville who had found two dogs tied to a tree by the road.
There was a dog we called Jack (who was later re-homed) and a girl who we called Lucky. She was the most poorly of the two with weakness from starvation and a flea allergy resulting in weeping sores. She also had a strong smell of petrol about her. All in all she was one very scared, sad animal that had been left to die.
Lucky was rescued and rushed to the vets. After two days of treatment, she came back to us for our famous tender love and affection. One of the first tasks was to get her to trust people again. With patience and the dedication of the staff, this was achieved.
Looking at her now it seems to have worked. It has been a long process, but she is now the most gentle and wonderful dog you could hope for.
She remains at the sanctuary as our yard dog and lives a very happy life mingling with the other animals. Look out for her when you visit the sanctuary, despite her past she always enjoys a fuss – once she is comfortable with you.
This is just one of the many stories of mistreated animals that the sanctuary has helped. We rely totally on public donations to keep the place running. If you can help us in any way by donating goods, money , fundraising or your time through volunteering, we would be most grateful. You can also become a friend of Redgate or sponsor an animal like Lucky, or another of our permanent residents.
Hopefully with your support we can continue to provide a safe loving environment for animals like Lucky.