The Red Shed

The Red Shed was started to help create learning and education resources for Animal Welfare, Animal Studies and Animal Well-Being for displaced animals due to climate change, economic turmoil or other extreme situations. It was borne out of the founder, Sandy Sheerin's experience of the animal welfare crisis that occurred at the start of the Ukrainian war. Animals that were being rescued or 'saved' were by people who did not have enough education, tools or experience in doing so.





Type of organisation:

Social enterprise


  • Animal welfare
  • Education and training
  • Environment
  • International aid
  • Professional or sector representative body
  • Sustainable development
  • Volunteering
  • Young people / youth work


  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • Digitalization
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Scientific innovation
  • Technological innovation

EU Project Experience

No experience

This organisation is new to EU funding and will be supported by the Access Europe team.

EU Funding Goals

We would like to discover organisations working within the space of animal welfare education.

Particularly those who have similar goals of setting up Learning Academies or Training Schools for local, regional or international areas, focusing on helping communities build better animal rescue shelters, emergency services and learning programmes.

By year 3 we would aim to build our first full Red Shed Learning Academy in the EU for individuals interested in Animal Studies.

By year 5, The Red Shed aims to expand to a further 2 more Learning Academies for international students to select a location in Europe to come and study/gain further education on best practices of Animal Welfare.

By year 10, The Red Shed would like to expand internationally and become a world class provider of the best Animal Studies Institutions.


The Red Shed founder Sandy Sheerin spent quite a lot of time on the ground at the borders of Ukraine (Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Poland) helping animal rescue, evacuation, vet assistance, border shelters and rehoming of displaced animals from the war.

The experience gained helped to shape the goals of The Red Shed to focus on the eventual building of Red Shed Learning Academies to assist locals dealing with animal welfare crises when emergencies arise and training them in how to best handle them.

The programmes developed will go further into Animal Studies on Climate and Environmental Change whereby it will deliver courses (online and offline) to those interested adults, volunteers and upcoming animal handlers.


Contact Name:

Sandy Sheerin

Job Title:

Founder - Red Shed

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