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Joey is my special boy. He was found in a horse paddock by a family as a newborn, outside of fawn season, in the middle of Covid-lockdown, 2020. He is my little miracle baby, and I adore him. He is sweet and gentle and will always stick close to my side when I am in the paddock. He loves his spot on the lounge too!

Joey is a Rusa deer. Rusa originated from Indonesia, so their physiology is suited to hot, humid climates. When you pat and cuddle them, you will feel that their fur is coarse and bristly like a broom. But on the inside they are so soft, loving and chilled out. I say they have a Bali-vibe, as they are so much more laid-back than the European deer.

When you sponsor Joey, you will be helping to provide food, comfortable environments and veterinary care for him and all the animals here at the Lyell Deer Sanctuary, and supporting us to be able to continue rescuing and rehabilitating more deer. We are entirely self-funded, and every little bit helps so much!

You will also receive:

• A personalised sponsorship certificate

• A full-colour poster of Joey

• Lyell Deer Sanctuary pen and stickers

• Quarterly letters/updates from Joey himself, posted physically to the sponsor’s address (or delivered digitally if preferred). Children are encouraged to write back to him to receive a personal response!

• Free admission to the Deer Sanctuary for 12 months, so you can visit and cuddle Joey as often as you like

• 10% off tickets to events at Lyell Deer Sanctuary, including our Christmas ‘Adopt-A-Reindeer’ activities and pre-booked group visits (including parties and weddings)

Joey Sponsorship

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  • We are a small family-run animal sanctuary, so when you sponsor an animal through us you get personal and individualised service. We are happy to adjust your sponsorship package to suit you: do you want to gift this to a whole family to enjoy together, or a whole class, or even delegate someone else to visit your deer if you can’t come yourself… Just send a message and we will try to find a solution that works for you.

  • Postage of your sponsorship merchandise is included in your sponsorship package, and dispatch will be within 2 business days of payment. The quarterly letters from your deer will be posted physically unless ‘Digital Option’ is selected.

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