AN animal sanctuary near Kidderminster is inviting the public to meet some of its lucky residents at an annual open day.

Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries, in Milson near Kidderminster, will hold the free event on Sunday, August 18, welcoming visitors to the 91-acre site to meet their host of animals.

The sanctuary is one of largest farm animal sanctuaries in the UK and since opening less than two years ago, it has become the home of over 250 rescued, abused and abandoned animals including pigs, cows, sheep, goats, hens and turkeys.

The open day aims to "promote a better understanding of the plight of farmed animals" and to encourage people to "get to know" the animals.

Sanctuary Manager, Dave Bourne, said: “Most people don’t get the chance to interact with farm animals in their everyday life, if at all. From stroking a cow to hand-feeding lambs, visitors to the open day will have the opportunity to really connect with these wonderful animals.”

Mr Bourne added: “This year’s event truly does have something for everyone. As well as meeting the residents, visitors can enjoy Mexican street food, raffle and auction, stalls, bar and much more. For kids, there are animal toy-building sessions as well as a special treasure trail.”

The event will also feature a live performance by award-winning folk artist Dan Walsh.

Mr Bourne added: “Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries was founded to provide a forever home for some of the lucky few, and to campaign for their better treatment. All proceeds from the event will benefit the lives of rescued animals.”

The open day will take place from 12pm to 4pm, and for more information and to register, people can visit

Free parking is available on site and dogs on a lead are welcome.