The Scottish Animal Behaviour and Rescue Centre (SABRC) is first and foremost an animal sanctuary for abandoned, maltreated and retired animals – including many from the food industry.
Using our knowledge and experience of animal behaviour and welfare, we look to give the residents of our animal sanctuary the best lives possible. We aim to replicate natural environments as much as we can, ensuring that those in our care have the behavioural opportunities they need to be healthy and happy. The animals at our sanctuary don’t need to work or ‘earn their keep’; we intervene in their lives as little as we can, always making decisions that we believe are in the individual animal’s best interests.
Our animals range from horses and sheep to turkeys and chickens to rabbits and guinea pigs. We also have various cats and dogs, although in many cases they become the personal companions of the humans living on site! In most cases, animals who come to us do so as their forever home.
Because of our size, we aren’t always able to re-home animals at our centre. In these cases, we will help where we can to find an alternative home for an animal in need.
Our animal sanctuary is a base from which we aim to educate others about animal care and animal behaviour. Sometimes this can be through simply visiting and watching animals go about their lives. We also offer more formal group workshops and private behavioural consultations for animal owners. Read more about our aim to build a bridge of understanding between human and non-human animals here.
We recognise the positive effect that being around animals and caring for them can have on humans. We engage with groups and individuals who may be able to benefit from coming to our centre. For example, we have a proven track record working with sufferers of depression and anxiety, as well as children in care.
The centre was founded on Invereighty Estate near Forfar – home to the late Jean Thomson OBE who encouraged the founding of the charity and became honorary president and a trustee until her death in July 2016 at the age of 90.