The Devon Horse
We haven't had a good start to 2014 at the Sanctuary. All our ponies and horses are elderly or have problems and it is with great sadness to say that we recently lost Lucky and Humphrey. We can only thank the team for their hard work, courage and patience. We have all been through so much heartache. Please see the latest news page for the news about Humphrey.
We have made a separate page for one of oldest residents Lucky who passed away peacefully at the age of 32. He was a very special little Dartmoor pony and is the reason this Sanctuary has survived for as long as it has. Please read Lucky's story
The Devon and Horse and Pony Sanctuary, situated on Dartmoor has been caring for horses, ponies and donkeys since 1976. Since then many neglected, abused and homeless equines have found a secure and loving home until the end of their days. Suitable and rehabilitated animals are found caring new loan homes but are always able to return to the Sanctuary if circumstances change.
Sylvia and Terry Phillips started the Sanctuary which gained Charity status in 1980. They began the principle of maintaining a small and personal establishment, which allows for each animal to be cared for as an individual and given all the love and attention they deserve. Since the beginning many children and adults including the disabled and the disadvantaged have gained great benefit from close contact with our animals and we still see this as an important part of what we do today. The Phillips family have continued this work since Sylvia's death in 2009 expanding the sanctuary into France where most of the bigger horses including 12 retired Police horses from forces within England are given a safe and secure home for the rest of their lives. If you want to read more about this please visit the website or look at Brantome Police Horses page.
The Devon Horse & Pony Sanctuary are proud to be members of the National Equine Welfare Council