a 20-acre patch of land just East of Wootton Bassett Swindon Wiltshire
the Warwick family dream is reaching fruition. After 20 years of trials
and tribulations, the animal loving family have finally realised their
goal and opened a much needed animal sanctuary for Swindon Wiltshire.
John Warwick and his wife Deana are the founders of the Swindon &
District Animal Haven, born out of families business, Warwick Farm.
six children to care for, the couple also support literally hundreds
of animals. Both recall being obsessed by animals during their childhood
years, I grew up in a small village in Gloucester I was always covered
in muck as a result of helping the farmer across the road with his
pigs,"said John". Deana agreed that her childhood was also dominated
by her love of all things furry. "Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters-
I had them all she said. They are all Gods creatures and there's
no hidden agenda with animals said John.
Our first tenants
were a flock of rare White Faced Woodland sheep belonging to a farmers
widow who could no longer look after them. Word of the Warwicks
generosity quickly spread and they were inundated with calls from
people needing to find new homes for their animals. So many people
know about us now we simply could not afford to keep looking after
the dogs, cats and other animals out of our own pockets any longer
said John, who at one point had to take on an additional building
job just to feed the animals. So
we are now a Non-profit making pet rescue Sanctuary who rely on
the hard work of a team of dedicated volunteers
looking after unwanted Swindon Pets.
we knew it we were a pet rescue sanctuary, but we are more than happy
to take this route. So in July 1999, with the help of local firms
and other farmers, the Swindon & District Animal Haven was born. Now
the pet rescue center is home to a whole range of animals, including
domestic pets like cats and dogs. There are plans to build a cattery
to cope with the growing demands of the District. But the plucky pair
don't plan to settle just yet, the next thing we want to do is to
set up a educational area for the children to come and learn about
the animals. We even hope to build a animal hospital on the site in
the future, if we can raise the funds. If you would like to Help
the Haven please contact them.
Swindon & District Animal Haven
Warwick Farm, Ballards Ash, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon Wiltshire,
England SN4 8DY