URGENT APPEAL: Please see our appeal below as well as our Shop Link on how COVID-19 is affecting our Charity


01326 291272

Farm & Café Now closed until further notice due to Covid-19.


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animal sanctuary

Celebrating over 30 Years

Helping horses

since 1987



As many of you may already be aware the BOLENOWE ANIMAL SANCTUARY is a small, local charity which has been caring for horses, ponies and donkeys that have suffered from cruelty or neglect, for more than 30 years


The COVID-19 pandemic is, at present, giving huge cause for concern all around the world and is affecting the lives of all of us and this situation seems set to continue for many months to come.


As a direct result of this outbreak and the very necessary measures that we have all had to take in order to get this under control, many business have or will have to close down for the foreseeable future.


OUR CHARITY SHOP IN HELSTON IS ONE OF THESE. This shop normally bring in a significant amount of income from sales and donations that goes DIRECTLY to our Sanctuary at Ruan Minor where a small team of staff look after the 50+ animals that we currently have in our care.


Takings in our shop have fallen drastically! and it appears that we do not qualify for any of the rescue packages that the government are currently offering to help keep businesses afloat. This puts a huge question mark over the future survival of the Charity.


The sanctuary cannot close down without tragic consequences for our animals.


The cost of feed, bedding, medication and wages is in excess of £10k per month and we are asking for your help to meet these costs.


Please, please can you help us by giving a cash donation, no matter how small, to help us through this very difficult time and to try to secure the future of this much loved and needed charity.


Please click on our online Shop link for the latest details including our Just Giving Link


Keep safe everyone and Thank You from all the staff and Trustees

It's a pleasure to welcome you to Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary. We’ve worked hard to get where we are today. We now act not only as a sanctuary for previously neglected or otherwise vulnerable horses, but play a vital and growing role in preparing suitable horses and ponies for rehoming in new, loving homes.


Our experienced and highly skilled equine team work hard to bring incoming animals back to good health with love, care and nutritious food. The Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary was founded by Margaret Piper and registered as a charity in 1987, recently becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Now located on The Lizard in Cornwall we look after more than 70 horses and donkeys, either on our own farm or by monitoring their continued welfare in their new homes.


We’ve come a long way and there have been many changes in the way the Sanctuary is run. We’ve encountered many challenges, but no matter what we have faced, we’re proud to say that we have succeeded in always providing for our rescued animals.


Do please explore our website to learn more about our important work and how you might be able to support us: perhaps through a one-off or regular donation; adoption of one of our horses or donkeys; or perhaps through purchases from our online shop or during your visit. For the latest news please see our Facebook page.


We also invite you to visit - see our website or facebook pages for our current opening times.


With Best Regards

The Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary Trustees and Staff






Telephone: 01326 291272


Address: Bonaventure Farm, Ruan Minor, Helston, TR12 7NA


We are temporarily closed until further notice due to Covid-19.



Charity Number: 1176724


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