Welcome to Dovedale Animal Sanctuary a forever loving home to rescued farm animals. When you stay at Lower Damgate Farm you will meet all the animals at the farm and hopefully interact and feed them. Most of our residents have been at the farm for many years as the sanctuary was founded in 1996 by Carolyn. Now it is home to over 90 animals including Alpacas, Goats, Horses, Sheep, Ducks, Chickens and Geese. We also provide respite for other little critters like Hedgehogs, Ferrets and Field Mice!
Our holiday accommodation and weddings support Dovedale Animal Sanctuary and 25% of all of our bookings go directly to the welfare of the animals, as well as donations and all farm sales like eggs and jam.
All our animals have a story to tell so as well as rescuing them we also work closely with them from the moment they arrive, spending lots of time with them, giving them food and cuddles and in turn they get to know us and trust people again. It is wonderful to see their characters develop once they feel safe and secure….and some of them especially the goats, think they are human!
Our Holiday and wedding guests often interact with the animals and all are welcome to join in with playtime and feeding or just to watch us working with them. Our animals love company and are very inquisitive and the goats are very friendly especially at feeding time! However, we ask that all visitors be mindful that these are still farm animals and all children must supervised on the farm.
Our hens and ducks are all rescued and our guests are welcome to collect eggs from the hen or duck houses, alternately we leave some at the end of the drive for locals so it is first come, first served!
(Sadly, Eggs are not always available, this is because laying in dependant on times of year and the weather and a lot of our hens are old girls who have stopped laying)
Thankyou for visiting our page and we hope you enjoy time with the animals and get to know them when you visit,
We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you too!