Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary
Please take a few minutes to read this wonderful story. A true story about one woman’s passion and determination to make a difference for the lives of so many animals.
It was in 1988 when the first seedlings of Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary were sown. Carole Webb, a former veterinary nurse heard about a very poorly new-born lamb at a local farm in Hertfordshire. Not expected to survive, she asked the farmer if she could adopt the tiny lamb. The farmer agreed. Naming him Larry, she took him home to hand rear, but Larry certainly wasn’t the last. Next came premature lamb triplets, who she named the Didley family. All three had to be syringe fed every few hours and just like Larry they thrived.
By 1992 Carole’s flock of animals had grown and she relocated to Cambridgeshire. She bought a house with some land in a small village called Fen Drayton. At one stage, she was caring for over 800 rescued animals, and it wasn’t long before Carole and her flock had outgrown the premises. Carole finally made the decision to sell the property. So, in 1999 she moved back to Hertfordshire, putting the small amount of money left over from the sale into the sanctuary. She also gave up the luxury of bricks and mortar, choosing to live in a mobile home on a site with some land for her rescued animals. It wasn’t a great move for Carole though. Continued vandalism caused numerous problems and made life extremely difficult.
Finally, in 2000, Carole and her rescued animals made one final move. Transporting all the animals and the mobile home to their new home proved a massive project, but it was worth it for the long-term future of the sanctuary. The founder of Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary had at last found some stability at Woolly Park Farm in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Carole signed a long-term lease on the 59-acre site at Wolverton, where FARS still resides today.
At 74, Carole has also had her fair share of personal heartache, and this is what makes her story even more inspirational. Carole's 32 year old disabled daughter named Melanie, sadly died of a heart attack in her arms. If this wasn't devastating enough, Carole's mother also passed away shortly afterwards, having lost her brave battle with breast cancer. But although Carole's life had been ripped apart, this was when she also realised her true vocation. To rescue, protect, heal and care for the voiceless.
This year Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary celebrates 30 years. From her first adoptee Larry, Carole has achieved so much. With the help of a small team, trusted friends and volunteers she has overcome hardships, disappointments and adversity, because she is driven by her compassion and kindness.
2018 however has brought about its own difficulties. The weather has been very extreme. The year started off very wet. 'The Beast from the East' bringing heavy rain and flooding. These severe weather conditions were followed by a prolonged and unprecedented hot and dry summer. As a result much of the sanctuary's grass that usually flourishes on the land died.
As an animal sanctuary, FARS couldn't watch their 500-plus animals struggle on the meagre greenery. A diffiicult, but commonsense decision was made, to feed them the hay reserves stored for the winter months. A natural choice for the wellbeing of the animals, but it has left the sanctuary's winter supplies severely depleted. In addition to this, the price of hay is rising rapidly. Many hay growers have suffered from the dry weather too, resulting in low supply and high demand.
Myself, together with a small team of FARS supporters are appealing for help to replenish their stocks. The sanctuary has calculated it will need 200 fresh bales, originally priced at £30 each ( but still currently rising and just confirmed is now £41 ), so we estimate the cost to be in region of £8,000.
If you could spare the funds to pay for a bale of hay, a couple if at all possible, or even a contribution towards a bale, this would be appreciated beyond words.
Thank you! For more information about the sanctuary please visit
your names have been drawn out of the free prize draw for a Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary 2019 calendar fridge magnet. We will notify you all for your addresses.
Thank you to everyone for your donations, we are truly grateful. We have reached our first milestone f a thousand, but we still have some way to go to reach our £6000 goal. Please keep sharing with all your family and friends. XX