Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is a local independent charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. We receive no funding from the government or National Lottery and rely on the generosity and goodwill of our supporters to keep our kennel and cattery doors open. It costs approximately £650,000 every year to run – that’s over £1,780 each and every single day. We rescue and rehome around 1000 animals each year finding loving and responsible new homes for each and every one of them. No animal is put to sleep unless we are advised that it is in their best interest to do so by a veterinary surgeon, this decision is never taken lightly.
Fun Day Sunday 8th September 2019
Our annual Fun Day is back, and it’s looking to be another wonderful year! Set in the idyllic Ashton Court Estate 8th September, there is certainly no shortage of attractions for the whole family! Join us for our popular Fun Dog Show, Ultimate Ninja Warrior Dog Activity Zone (trust us, you’ll want to bring a camera!), Doggie Games, and agility demonstrations – with the chance to have a go yourself! There’s plenty for human visitors too, with children’s activities, over 35 excellent traders in the marketplace, brimming with everything from fine foods, to beautiful art and homewares.
Please find more information about the event and our traders here.
Thanks to a wonderful grant from Postcode Lottery as part of our conservation project, work will commence on Monday 8th July for 2 weeks, to extend our current reception into a resource centre. This lovely area will add additional seating, a coffee/snack area and retail space.
We will do our best to minimise the disruption during this time and our reception will be open as normal, but please look for signage and diversions to the entrance on different days and check our website or Facebook page for any unexpected closures.
Parking will be restricted to the front car park and overflow parking and we ask visitors and volunteers to please park respectfully to allow space for cars to double park behind each other. Disabled parking will be in place but will be limited.
Thanks for your patience and we look forward to sharing this new space with you soon!
Update – 28 July 2019
Sorry for any inconvenience, but the building work is still ongoing. Please check the website for further updates.
Applications for Dog Walking and Cat Cuddling Volunteers
We are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening applications to volunteer with the animals at the sanctuary. However some restrictions will still apply due to the high numbers of volunteers currently attending.
We are currently only looking for weekday volunteers, ideally for Mondays or Fridays, who can commit to volunteering at least twice a month and for a minimum term of 6 months due to the training and time involved. Inductions are held on a Friday at 3pm. Please note there is still a waiting list for inductions.
Alternatively, if you are able to dedicate your time on a weekly basis and would like to be more heavily involved with the daily care of our feline residents, then we are also looking for help with cleaning and feeding the cats, working alongside the team to provide necessary enrichment. This position would need you to commit to a half/whole day on a set day per week on a regular basis. Applicants would need to be over 16+ and able to work unsupervised. Some experience with cats would be an advantage. For this role please email our Cattery Manager directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are currently only looking for volunteers who can attend on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday who can commit to volunteering at least twice a month and for a minimum term of 6 months due to the training and time involved.
Please be advised that we walk dogs in the wood that is adjacent to the kennels and that the path in the wood is muddy throughout the year and some dogs will pull on the lead. Therefore a reasonable degree of fitness and agility is required by our dog walkers.
If you can commit to either role as required then please complete the Volunteer Application Form to apply to join our amazing team. Many thanks.
Be Fergus’s Hero
Did you see Fergus on the THIS MORNING sofa!!! which you may have seen on ITV. This special little boy has his very own appeal and to read his story please see here.
This delightful puppy will be looking for a new home soon, however due to his special requirements, please only email email@example.com to express an interest. Thank you.