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.

A Heartfelt Plea From Max And Mirabel

Hi there, let me introduce myself. My name is Max and I’m 10 years young – my best friend in the whole world is Mirabel who is 8 years young. Sadly, fate dealt us a bitter blow when our owners circumstances changed, and we were left alone all day by ourselves which confused us so much as we were always used to lots of company. Although we love each other dearly we missed our human family terribly and found it hard to cope, so next thing we knew we found ourselves at Holly Hedge on a cold Winters day in March. Well, that was a bit of a shock to our system which made us even more confused and very upset – although we were given a warm welcome by our carers who were quick to notice that my lovely Mirabel wasn’t looking too well and had blood in her wee and seemed very uncomfortable….

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Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Holly Hedge during December in the MyGivingCircle charity grants initiative. Thanks to your continued efforts, we finished in 5th place, which was amazing and meant we were the very lucky recipients of a marvellous £1,510 from the fabulous folk at MyGivingCircle earlier this month.

This amount of money could provide life changing surgery for any one of the very many animals who come to us each year in need of urgent veterinary treatment before loving new homes are found for them.

Job Vacancy – Charity Fundraiser

We have a vacancy for a Charity Fundraiser.
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Give as You Live

Now things are starting to open again, are you planning a dream getaway or thinking about a quick city break? No matter where you go, there are bumper FREE donations to be raised for us when you visit @GiveasyouLive Online before you book!

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People and Animals, The Combating Loneliness Project

Since February, we have been helping people struggling to cope in their current situations. We believe people and animals can work together through these difficult months, and know that for every animal we rescue, one person’s life is changed for the better. We’ve launched The Combating Loneliness Project, where we aim to help people in hardship who can no longer care for their pets, and matchmake people experiencing loneliness with suitable companions.

To read more please click here.



Urgent Appeal for Vital Funds

Whatever you might think our day to day workload is at the Sanctuary, the reality is probably vastly different. Every week we answer the phone to people in desperate situations, weeping and begging us to help, with nowhere else to turn. Some have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have no one to take care of their beloved pets, some are needing to move into a care home or with family as they are struggling to take care of themselves, others are being offered a space in a shelter to escape domestic violence where they cannot take their precious pets. With every new week another major company announces it is reducing its staff and people who have never before been concerned for their livelihoods are being faced with a grim reality they hadn’t planned for. When they have exhausted every other option, they turn to us. To read more please click here.

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.

Paw Pals

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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