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Peter offered to become our patron Peter and we're thrilled to have him helping and supporting Chaldon Animal Sanctuary 

Peter meeting some of the dog family

I’ve enjoyed many of Peter's acting performances on television ( Joint Account, Ever Decreasing Circles and Downtown Abbey to name a tiny few he’s been in ) though never seen any of his stage work. I was aware he is a very strong and active defender of animals rights, so when he approached me and offered his support - what a lovely surprise that I was delighted to accept.

Peter announced the news on his Facebook page, and this is what he wrote ( shared with his permission of course ).

I visited Liz at the www.chaldonanimalsanctuary.co.uk a few weeks ago. I'd heard lots about the terrific work they do for our voiceless friends who are deemed to be un-rehomeable. I wanted to see for myself what the sanctuary was like. I was amazed at the care and dedication shown to such a large and wide variety of friends, in their care, for life. It's a huge and wonderful commitment which Liz takes on with extraordinary care and understanding. I was so impressed by their work I've decided to become their Patron. I'm delighted to be a part of their work and I urge you to give them your support. They'll be delighted to have it and so will all their guests for life, and so will I. Cheers Peter (-:)

The first time Peter visited the sanctuary, he bought a dog with him ( as you do ! ) who wasn't coping with expectations in a normal household and had blotted his copybook by nipping a man so he now faced an uncertain future. Sadly Crusoe is a bad traveller so Peter's car was in a bit of a state by the time he arrived which would have bothered some people, but not a true animal lover like Peter who just felt sorry for the poor dog.Thankfully Crusoe has settled happily here and you can see him in the galleries and in our newsletters.

More from Peter

I am thrilled to be in my 3rd year as patron for the Chaldon Sanctuary. Liz and her team never cease to amaze me with the commitment and total care they give to all of the wonderful animals in their care. The attention to detail in relation to the individual needs of each animal, and there are many of them, never gets overlooked. I have seen seriously damaged dogs with intense behavioural problems blossom in the care given at the sanctuary. The Chaldon Sanctuary is what it says on the tin .... a Sanctuary in every sense of the word.

I'm hugely proud to be their Patron. Please give us your support. For the animals, for the team and you’ll make their Patron very happy. Thanks as ever. Peter (-:)

Peter visiting the Sanctuary and meeting some of the human team.

As many of you no doubt are aware, I tend to shrink from publicity, however, it is lovely to share these wonderful endorsements from Peter. But I do what I do because, as it was with Jacky and still is, it’s what, with your help, can be done to make a difference for a few of the many that need help. It’s been a pleasure to meet Peter who is a genuine animal lover and actually puts himself out to be involved with improving life for all animals, especially dogs and Moon Bears, and I’m thrilled to be able to call both Peter & his wife, friends of the Sanctuary.

Only if we understand, can we care, only if we care, will we help, only if we help, shall they be saved.” Jane Goodall