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I know your suggestion is animal but I sponsored a child for a while and we exchanged letters. He told me all the things my money helped toward. Vaccinations paper pens school and fabric for mum to make him and sister clothes. I loved it. They reached 16 so that's why I stopped but for years I got a couple letters a year and some photos. You can also send extra gifts on a list. I sent balloons, chalks and coloured pencils (enough to share) he was thrilled.
Children a donkey each last year for Christmas, they get letters in the post addressed to them which they love and updates on the donkeys. The centre is a local one to us but it’s the national donkey sanctuary.
Any zoo or sanctuary is bound to do an adoption scheme…. We personally adopt through the hawk conservancy trust as it’s relatively local and my son has a passion for birds. Does your child have a special interest in a certain animal? If so, I would try to find something that would interest them.
Born Free £3 a month. - we have a tiger for our son and giraffe for our daughter. We get regular updates on how our money helps, along with photos, and when they first adopt they get a certificate and teddy. Our sons tiger unfortunately died due to old age so they allocated him another one which we thought was lovely.
Look at local donkey sanctuary near you because alot if them will actually let you go and visit your adopted donkey. My parents did this for me when I was younger, the donkey was called goldie and I absolutely loved visiting her and getting things through the post. Definitely do this it will end up being core memories for your little one.
Horse sense Wirral they take in abandoned horses and ponies, pigs rabbits ducks, you get a monthly update and pictures of the horse if you type in search bar you can find them on here and see what they do they are a small charity that rely on donations and help from the public.
We adopted a lion for my daughter through Born Free. It’s about £3 a month. She gets regular updates she got a small lion when we first did it. This is her favourite animal. The lion sadly passed away so they sent her information to see if she would adopt another & we did. Also WWFdo it too.
Plantasia in Swansea allows you to adopt one of their animals, as does gweek seal sanctuary, I think folly farm does too. I know gweek does updates but I don’t know how regular. I can’t say for the other 2 as I’ve seen the adoption packs advertised but not looked into them. Not sure if any other zoos or sanctuaries UK based do this.