If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will know that I love animals. There are plenty of posts in my “animals” category!
Last year I told you about our visit to Miller’s Ark, where we could get close to the animals and have some donkey hugs. That was in September. We then went back in November, and also in January this year to see the tiny lambs, one of whom was only ten minutes old when we arrived.
Each time I fed sheep and goats, got down in the hay with donkeys, patted piglets, and went to seek out my friend Dudley, the golden retriever.
The current situation has stopped all that. No more trips to the farm on open days, because the farm is closed. We went on the adult-only days, but there were other events for the whole family too, as well as private events, animal therapy events, and educational events. All of them postponed now because of the social distancing measures.
This is of course necessary, but the events are the way in which the farm made money.
Now, animals still need to b fed, vet bills still need to be paid, and there are all the other jobs around a working farm that need to be done to keep the animals warm, clean, and safe.
On a normal visit, we’d buy our entry tickets, pick up a cup of food for the sheep and goats, and usually have lunch in the barn as well. Plenty of other people were doing the same, and that is a lot of lost revenue.
I care about the animals, and I also care about having farms like this to visit once all of the restrictions are lifted. That’s why, when I read about the sponsor an animal scheme, I was happy to sign up.
You can sponsor a range of animals, from goats to cats, donkeys to golden retrievers! I’ve put the price list below – the smaller figure is for one month and the figure in brackets is for three. If you want to sponsor one or more of the animals, contact Miller’s Ark via their contact page and they will send you their bank details for the bank transfer.
- Sponsor a goat £5 (£12)
- Sponsor a donkey £10 (£25)
- Sponsor a farm cat £5 (£12)
- Sponsor a pig £5 (£12)
- Sponsor a duck £2 (£5)
- Sponsor a turkey £2 (£5)
- Sponsor a sheep £5 (£12)
- Sponsor our bull £10 (£25)
- Sponsor Dudley the dog £5 (£12)
- Sponsor Napoleon (Great Dane) £5 (£12)
Sponsors are also entered into a raffle to win vouchers that can be used on the farm.
I don’t promote things that I haven’t done myself. I’m supporting the farm and I would encourage other animal-lovers to help as well, especially if you’re in the Hampshire area and can visit when this is all over.
There is also a GoFundMe page if you’d prefer to support the farm in this way. Miller’s Ark is a charity and donations on the GoFundMe page are eligible for gift aid as well.
You can keep up with what’s going on at the farm by following the social media accounts (see contact page, which I’ve linked above), and there is also an email newsletter that you can sign up for.
This is a tough time for charities right now, so whether or not you’d like to help the animals at the ark, please think about any charities that you normally support and see if there is anything you can do to help them.
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