brightside animals

Brightside Farm Sanctuary is  home to 250 animals including  cows, sheep, donkeys,  pigs, ponies and horses, dogs, geese, rescued battery hens, ducks,goats, rabbits, birds, ferrets and even a family of rescued domestic rats who were found in a plastic container dumped at the tip.


We also foster and re-home animals including about 300 dogs a year many are rescued greyhounds that always happily fit in at Brightside.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. GANDHI

Brightside is home to Wilbur one of the piggy stars of the Paramount Pictures film Charlottes Web. She and her friends who have been rescued from piggeries love to spend time with visitors and especially enjoy a tummy rub and a chat.

Sadly our farm sanctuary cannot rescue every suffering, abused or factory-farmed animal but those that do find a home at Brightside begin their new life here as ambassadors for those less fortunate of their species, many of whom are locked away in rows of tiny cages in windowless ammonia filled sheds on factory farms. The animals show their personalities, their gentle natures and their desire to meet people. We tell their individual stories in the hope that people will see farm animals in a new light. We hope people will realize there really is no difference in the way a pig, cow, dog or cat interact with humans when they are treated with kindness and overcome fear.

We find many people after visiting Brightside no longer want animals to be part of their diet, it seems that once people meet and spentime with farm  animals they usually only see on their plate they think differently about them and realise they are so much more than a human meal.

Please take time to meet our some of our animal friends through our website. Brightside is a special place where animals feel safe.

Animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

brightside camels

Albert and Einstein

Albert and Einstein were captured and taken from the wild by dealers, they were separated from their mothers when they were only babies and taken to an animal sale. Thankfully Brightside was at the sale rescuing donkeys and the two baby camels landed on their feet and found themselves heading to Tasmania to lead happy and safe lives at Brightside.


brightside cows esther


Esther has been a resident at Brightside since she was a few days old. She and her sister Annabel were born on a dairy farm so were taken from their mothers shortly after their birth.


brightside bobby


Bubby has been a Brightside resident for 2 years, he came to us when he was 4 as he was unable to stay in his old home and they could not stand the thought of him being slaughtered and eaten. He loves being a favorite resident at Brightside and is showered with love and affection which he takes all in his giant stride.



Brightside specializes in rescuing, rehabilitating and re homing greyhounds. We have lots of them … all sizes temperaments and ages. All absolutely wonderful dogs.


brightside farm sanctuary horses

Black Vala

We rescued Black Vala from Zeehan in Tasmania. She was skin and bone and the vet thought she may die. Thankfully with careful feeding and care we restored her to good health. Vala is a permanent resident at Brightside.


brightside farm sanctuary rabbits

Mrs. Bun & friends

Mrs Bun and her 19 rabbit friends are permanent residents at Brightside. Many like Mrs Bun have lived most of their lives in tiny battery cages where they were used to produce baby rabbits for their meat.


brightside farm sanctuary sheep gillian


Gillian is a long term resident of Brightside. She was an orphan as a lamb and lives in our flock of rescued sheep. Gillian is a quiet and friendly girl who likes people especially if there is a bucket of delicious oats involved !