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 and rely on the generosity and goodwill of our supporters to keep our kennel and cattery doors open. We rescue and rehome around 800 animals each year, finding loving and responsible new homes for each and every one of them. It costs approximately £650,000 every year to run – that’s over £1,780 each and every single day. 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.

Food Donations

We’ve had some incredible donations during lockdown, thank you all for keeping our rescues in your hearts and minds. Unfortunately due to limited storage and advice regarding cross contamination of items such as bedding and toys, we are sorry but we are currently unable to take any donations at the Sanctuary except for Cat/Kitten or Dog wet food (no gravy based foods please).

We are sorry for any inconvenience, and know so many of you have done big clear outs and have lots of lovely items for us to sell to raise funds for our rescues, but due to the pandemic many items coming onto site must be disposed of due to Health & Safety and cross contamination. Our waste costs us around £400 each month to dispose of so we would kindly ask that you only donate what we are able to use at this time. We have run out of space so cannot quarantine bedding etc, if you have donations for us please hold on to them for now, we will be so grateful to receive them later on.

For specific items we need at this time, please visit our Amazon Wish List or Website.

Holly Hedge goes on The One Show!

In early April The One Show Crew came to Holly Hedge to see how COVID-19 was affecting our Sanctuary. Here’s our part of the show!”


A few weeks ago we put out an urgent call for help, looking for lactating mama dogs to adopt orphan puppies. The response we had was breathtaking, so many offers to help hand rear the babies and kind people offering to help us in many ways.

Since then we’ve been on a journey with those puppies; two amazing female dogs were found, both of them experiencing ghost pregnancies with an amazing capacity to love. Although it’s not been easy or without heartache, we are so grateful to be able to tell you how far these little ones have come. From being born by emergency caesarian and losing their mother shortly after, to being loved and made whole again. Please click here to read the full story, written by our wonderful Founder, Pauline.



We will be operating our phones and emails for as long as possible on a skeleton team of office staff and our animal carers will be working around the clock to care for the animals on site. Potential adopters, you are welcome to email for an application form to adopt at a later date, however please be patient with us and kind to our rehoming team as we are so stretched.

If you are doing a shop visit and are able to grab any of the following we would be so grateful… donations can be dropped off at the front of the Sanctuary in the wooden bin. Any help with the below would be so appreciated:


  • Butchers Loaf Dog tins
  • Kitten Wet Food in Jelly
  • Grain Free kitten/Cat Dry Food 
  • Tripe Mix Dog tins
  • Winalot/Pedigree Chunks in Jelly

Thank you all so much for your help so far, your continued support is incredible and lifts our spirits every day. xx
We’ve had lots of lovely people asking for our amazon wishlist, we have just updated this and popped the link below. Thank you all – you are amazing!

In a time like this, please know that we need your support more than ever. Remember that your local charities and business are going to suffer as a result of Coronavirus. Please consider making a donation or supporting us monthly by becoming a PawPal by clicking here. Our PawPals are our everyday heroes, knowing what is coming in monthly helps us make lifesaving decisions for our animals every day, and over the coming months this is vital.


Thank you all for your friendship and support, and please take care of yourselves and each other.


On Friday 21st February, Evie didn’t return to her home as usual and the following day we were informed of her tragic death. Evie was adopted from Holly Hedge with her sister Kiki in November 2018 when they were kittens. This poor little cat was found in Chessel Drive, Patchway on the Charlton Hayes Estate. Evie, a sweet and loving little soul who lived happily with her family and sibling, was very much loved and in a wonderful home with people who adored her. She trusted humans as she had only ever known kindness in her short life – until the evil, sadistic perpetrators targeted her and so cruelly ended her life. The sadness we feel for dear little Evie and her grieving family is overwhelming, and all of us at Holly Hedge are grieving with them and are totally devastated by this heartbreaking news.

See the full story here.

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Our aim at Holly Hedge is to find all the animals that we take into our care their fur-ever homes. Whilst they stay with us, you could help us to help them by becoming their Paw Pal.

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