At Lotus Animal Sanctuary we provide a safe space for a variety of non-human animals to come together and simply “be”!
The animal sanctuary is a safe haven and forever home to animals in need of rescue, love, care and shelter.
The animals residing at Lotus will give many of our visitors a real opportunity to interact with them; something our visitors may otherwise not have that opportunity to do. This is a really important step in helping to enlighten and change the perspective many people hold around certain species of animals.
The Lotus residents will serve as a reminder of the sentience and emotional capacity of each and every animal – a far cry from the packaged & barcoded supermarket “products” they become.
Through meeting the animals, adults and children alike will be able to clearly identify that these species have exactly the same needs, emotions and behaviours that they see and feel from the companion animals many of them will share their homes with.
Regardless of species, all animals have exactly the same strong desire to live their lives and care for their babies! These animals have the ability to give and receive love, the desire to be with family and friends, the ability to grief and be sad, to feel pain and terror, to experience pleasure & happiness, to play and be mischievous – they are non-human animals just like our cats and dogs, and we are human animals – we are all earthlings who are interconnected and all existing together on planet earth – we are one – animals are not here for us, they are here with us!
Always remember, the only difference between species is human perception.
A big focus for Lotus Animal Sanctuary has always been on cattle.
There was a requirement for a sanctuary in Scotland who would provide a forever home for cows, bullocks and calves. Some Scottish sanctuaries would take highlanders, but in 2016 when Lotus rescues began, no Scottish sanctuaries would take other breeds of cows; so all the cows rescued by Lotus had to make the long journey south to sanctuaries in England. Prince was the exception to the rule as Lynn paid to have him stay here in Scotland on private land where Bodhi and Tara later joined him – but all others went down south.
We will always aim to welcome other species, and we do have sheep, but we want to make sure that Lotus will always have space and an open door for cattle in Scotland.
A purpose built cattle shed was beautifully erected in 2019 to specifically cater to the needs of these large and beautiful animals.
Ultimately, everything comes down to perception – this sanctuary exists to challenge and rebuild the way we’ve been conditioned to view certain animals, alongside providing cohesive and important information about animal rights, the huge impact animal agriculture has on world hunger, our environment, and how to successfully go about leading a compassionate, healthy and cruelty-free lifestyle.