Educational Vegan Animal Sanctuary

For: Animal Sanctuary
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Organizer: Lynn Jolly
of £200,000 goal.
Raised by 187 donors
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The Story

My name is Lynn and I am a vegan/animal rights activist. My mission in life is to educate people about the animals our society refers to as 'food' animals. To achieve this goal, I am working to set up a vegan sanctuary: a go-to place for people to contact when they know of an animal in need of safe shelter. For such an ambitious project, sufficient funding must be raised urgently which is why I'm appealing to you here.

You might be wondering what sets a vegan sanctuary apart from a non-vegan sanctuary. In short, non-vegan sanctuaries are more specific about the animals they take in. They do not believe in rescuing animals from slaughter - their protocol is only to rescue animals who they consider to have been abused. A vegan sanctuary, on the other hand, will attempt to save all animals unconditionally. If they are unable to take them themselves, they will try to assist with finding forever homes elsewhere.

Having ex-'food' animals in a sanctuary where people are able to visit and interact with them is hugely important in encouraging the public to see them for the sentient, emotional creatures that they are. As people rarely have immediate contact with cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and turkeys (in the way they do with cats and dogs) there is often no connection made between the animals and the meat purchased in supermarkets. Providing a platform for this kind of interaction will help adults and children to understand that these animals are just the same as the ones we share our homes with – with an equivalent capacity to give and receive love; to form friendships with other animals and humans; to play; and to feel and experience the same wide range of emotions as we do ourselves.

Now, this mission is of particular importance to me at the moment, as my current goal is to save 1-2 day old calves from being shot. This barbaric treatment comes from males calves being seen as being surplus to requirements in the dairy industry. As a result, they are most often killed immediately after being taken from their mothers; if not, they're slaughtered for veal at around 18-20 weeks old. It is imperative that these calves be taken to a fully vegan sanctuary, which will provide the care they do deserve.

Not only do I see this sanctuary as being a haven for animals, it will be a sanctuary for humans too. There will be facilities offering holistic therapies, stress management, meditation and relaxation, with a view to providing yoga and counselling too. There will also be a shop selling animal rights/vegan merchandise (which is currently sold at to raise money for the sanctuary. There will ideally be a vegan café too.

The sanctuary will offer jobs to volunteers; aim to work hand-in-hand with the job centre to provide employment opportunities; and secure placements for people referred from psychological services, social work, and children's homes.

So, to summarise my aim, I want to use the money raised here to fund an educational sanctuary in central Scotland. The sanctuary will be fully vegan and will be a safe haven for all animals living there. It will operate as a space in which to enlighten children, young people, and adults about these animals, alongside providing cohesive and important information about animal rights, the huge impact animal agriculture has on our environment and global warming, and about leading a compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle. This venture means so much to me because – having had significant interaction over the years with cows, pigs, sheep and goats – I've learned that these creatures are no different to the dogs I've shared my life with. Ultimately, everything comes down to perception – and this sanctuary will exist to challenge and rebuild the way we've been conditioned to view animals. I want to remind people of the beautiful beings these creatures are. The sanctuary will not only cater for visitors, but will provide a webcam to live stream what the animals are up to so you can observe from the comfort of your home! We will also invite in groups to give talks (which will be available online); hold screenings of documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Earthlings, and Forks over Knives; and use iAnimal headset to really allow people to view the lives of animals within a slaughterhouse. These events will highlight the stark contrast between sanctuaries and abattoirs and emphasise the real importance of saving 'food' animals.

All support is very much appreciated – please help us spread the word to turn our vision into a reality!


In Autumn 2016, I saved the two-year-old son of a dairy cow from slaughter. When he was born, he was taken from his mother and denied the milk her body had produced for him – simply so that the milk could be reserved for human consumption. I named this bullock, Prince; he now lives safely in a sanctuary near the Scottish Borders. 


Between Christmas and New Year, I also helped to rescue two Highland cattle from slaughter. Their names are Berry and Bramble: a 19-year-old mother and her two-year-old son. Just as they were about to enter the food chain, I was contacted to ask if I could help them. I managed to find them a sanctuary, organised transport, and made the 15 hour round-trip with the transporters to rescue the cows and accompany them to their safe home in Dunbartonshire.

There have been many more since, but they were my first rescues.

This project is NOT about me, it's about the animals. There are a team of people involved so it's very much Team Lotus as opposed to Lynn. PLEASE if you have any skills we could use, legal, accountancy, poster design, IT, finance, printing, design...anything really, please get in touch with us at

Thank you

Disclaimer: If the target amount is not reached, the money collected will be used to make an educational documentary about the lives of these types of animals. Anything left over will be split between UK vegan animal sanctuaries. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 8, 2017

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hello all
Sadly we have had to different donations called eCheque PayPal payments which have been cancelled. The first one was for £3100 but was cancelled within 2 days. However, the second one was left sitting the whole 7 days until the date it should clear, so it looked like it was going through. However, the person the opened a case and disputed it and escalated it. It's not great as it's raised as if they have bought items from me, not a donation. as the first amount was £3100 and the second was £3000 and through the emails I have received, I  started to wonder if it was a scam! I checked it out and sure enough, it appears to be a scam!

The part which makes me feel uncomfortable is that is shows on the Crowdfunding total immediately, as opposed to once the eCheque should potentially clear, so then when it's cancelled, it disappears again; I think this is very confusing for supporters.

The bit that really baffles me the most is this - when PayPal process EVERY single payment through YouCaring they charge a processing fee. However, this level of admin work for a scam (or even a mistake) does not receive any admin fee, and actually creates a lot of admin work for campaign admin too.

Please be aware of this if you sell anything online; don't send any goods out until the eCheque has cleared.

Thanks for your support, have a beautiful day
Lynn, Prince & Nipper xxx

Posted on June 2, 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been busy fundraising and donating and sharing the links to Lotus pages; it is really helping so much! We are now nearly at £50,000 which is amazing as we only launched this towards the end of January, so less than 6 months!
I am going to be at The Natural Exhibition at SECC in Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday with t-shirts like this one for sale. I will also be taking orders for anything on - 100% of profits is donated to Lotus Fundraising, so please do support our t-shirts, they're amazing, all ethically sourced and the ink is 100% vegan!

Any thoughts or ideas, please get in touch
Have a great day
Team Lotus, Prince, Nipper & the animals xx

Posted on May 2, 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017

Hello everyone
I apologise for the lack of updates recently, but I have been so incredibly busy with so many different aspects of animal work; I am involved in so many areas of work, and it literally runs away with every bit of spare time I have!
Anyway, here I am now.
I want to say thank you to all the amazing people who have been fundraising this past week or so for Lotus; Carlo Ferroni, Laura Esdale, Karen McDonald along with all their helpers of course!
Liz & John from Tartan Carrot have also just announced to you all about our big mystery donation of just under £39,000, and the day they did the interview with me, they also announced to me their plans for a huge fundraising event day on September 30th at the Yoga Barn - check for details.
There are so many great things going on just now for Lotus, it truly warms my heart to know there are such kind hearted people out there who want this sanctuary in central Scotland just as much as we do!

Please if YOU want to become involved and/or have any great ideas, please please get in touch. You can message us via

A massive thanks to everyone for all your help and support

Lynn, Nipper, Prince & the animals x

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