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Animal Sanctuary Visited by Leona Lewis

Singer and vegetarian Leona Lewis paid a visit to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. She is a patron of the animal care facility and is offering support to help them with long-term planning. Hopefield cares for about 200 mistreated, unwanted and sick animals. Horses, donkeys goats, pigs, sheep and ducks and other animals live there. Hopefield is open to the public daily, from 1 to 4 pm.

During difficult economic times like we are in currently, some farm animals are abandoned when their owners go bankrupt or simply can’t afford them. For example, it has been reported thousands of horses and donkeys were abandoned in Ireland due to financial struggles. Many of the animals have to be put down. Animal sanctuaries also can suffer declines in their donations, making it more difficult to care for their animals. Supporting an animal sanctuary in tough times can help them survive to continue their important work.

Lewis once turned down one million pounds to open a Harrod’s department store sale because it sells clothing with animal fur. She also visited a bear sanctuary in Romania last year. She learned about the abused brown bears that are taken care of there. The World Society for the Prevention of Abuse to Animals says bears are used in Romania as roadside attractions, and are often kept in small cages for years. They created a bear sanctuary to take care of many abused and neglected bears.

This message was posted on the Leona’s Twitter page:

“Heading back after my trip to the bear sanctuary! Its sooo amazing, the bears are magnificent. After a life of abuse they are finally happy!”


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12:26PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I wish more celebrities were active supporters of animal sanctuaries and organizations! Great job :-)

12:46PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

I wish all singers and celebrities would do something like this for animals...good for Leona

8:00PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012


8:33PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Wonderful! Yip-e-e-e-e-e!

3:09AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Wish more celebs would put their money where their mouths's are and support more animal sanctuaries around the world. Many say they like animals but few really care such as dear Leona. Good on her!

12:26AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012


5:05AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

I love the visuals and the music. I help support as much as I can and will be sharing this.

3:34PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Good for her.

9:14AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

It is a great story. Animal sanctuaries are having such difficult times.

11:14AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Animals need special attention right now in Europe because the economic and climatic crises are hitting them very hard too.

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