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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary: Charity rescues 15 lambs from slaughterhouse but now needs your help

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 April 2019

The Brentwood sanctuary rescued 15 adorable lambs at the weekend. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

The Brentwood sanctuary rescued 15 adorable lambs at the weekend. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Staff and volunteers have been on a rescue mission, literally saving lambs from the slaughter.

Hopefield's Sophie Kemp tells us more about the operation which led to 15 lambs finding their forever home at the charity.

Member of staff enjoying some quality time with the rescued lambs. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryMember of staff enjoying some quality time with the rescued lambs. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

It’s been a busy few days at the sanctuary!

On Sunday, we took part in a big rescue, where it was all hands on deck, as we took in 15 lambs who would have otherwise been sent to slaughter for meat.

It was an urgent rescue case that we responded to, to ensure the lives of these 15 souls were saved and we are so happy to welcome them to their new home.

There are four boys and 11 girls all between one-and-a-half to three-weeks-old.

They arrived a little confused but were soon settled in to their new forever home at Hopefield.

The lambs will need to be bottle fed around the clock by the staff and volunteers and receive extra love and care in these crucial early days.

They are currently drinking around four litres of milk between them at every feed!

They will also need to have a milk replacer until they are eight-weeks-old.

One of the lambs, named Squiggly, cannot stand at the moment and will need to have extra special care and vet treatment to see if anything can be done.

A rescue this big requires much time and funding.

The vet bills are hard to estimate as this stage but could be extensive depending on their health.

Milk replacer costs £40 per bag and the future enclosure that will need to be built will cost between £3,000-£6,000, as well as our extra staffing costs.

You can donate towards the upkeep of these beautiful animals by visiting here

It’s also the start of the Easter holidays for us here, and although it’s been a miserable start to the week weather-wise, it’s been great to see so many people coming to visit us!

Fingers crossed the weather starts to brighten up for us all.

We’ve got Easter arts & crafts, an Easter egg trail, meet & greet with the Easter bunny and now our new lambs to visit!

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