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.
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Cat Food Safety Warning
If you feed your cats AVA, Applaws and Sainsbury’s own brand please read this and stop immediately, if not please share to help cat owners around the UK.
A spokesperson for Fold Hill said: “We are voluntarily recalling the dry products we manufacture for the brands detailed. We are supporting an investigation by the food and veterinary authorities into a possible safety issue affecting cats.”
The Food Standards Agency says: “There is concern on the safety of the products listed above. There has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in cats and there is a possible link to the cat food products listed.”
For full details see here.
Meet Ebony and Benny
In the years we have been in animal welfare we have seen some truly horrendous things, and it takes a lot to shock us. These two sweet dogs were being taken care of by kind neighbours whilst their owner was in hospital, but as the neighbours couldn’t take them into their own home, they were spending most of their time in the house alone. Their owner passed away, and without family or anyone to look after them, Ebony and Benny were brought into us, and seeing their condition we rushed them to the vets straight away.
There is no dressing this up, these dogs have been neglected for years. At 16 years old, just seeing Ebony makes you flinch, knowing the state of pain that had become her normal. She was placed on pain medication immediately, and the catalogue of ailments between them seemed to grow with every hour. Thankfully Benny is seven, and even at 46kg he has true Border Collie joy and a longing to play and explore. In the last few days he has thrived here, loving all the walks and enrichment we provide…..
Click here to see Ebony and Benny’s story.
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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Janja was born on the streets of Croatia, and at just a few weeks old this tiny puppy was found on a rubbish dump severely traumatised. Her rescuers took her straight to the vet where she was examined and given an MRI scan where she was diagnosed with a broken back. The vet advised that it was best for Janja to be put to sleep as she would never walk again and would always be incontinent. Her rescuers took her home to think about what the vet had said, but because this little pup showed tremendous spirit, rightly or wrongly they wanted to give her a chance of life as she had fought so hard to stay alive. This dear little pup wanted so much to live and as the months passed Janja never let her disability hold her back and was such a happy little soul despite having to shuffle around and wear nappies. Sadly, because her rescuers worked and led busy lives, they were finding it hard to cope with a growing puppy who was paraplegic and incontinent and needed so much attention lavished upon her to enable her to enjoy a good quality of life…..
Click here to see Janja’s full appeal.
It was a normal day for Robin, Spring was starting to warm the world and feeling confident he would make the trip over the road he darted across, but the car didn’t see him in time to miss him, and disaster struck. Robin was injured but fortunately alive, and his owners rushed him to Vale Vets where they found his bone was so badly broken he had two options. They could attempt to rebuild his leg, but with no guarantee it would work, and with a 6 – 12 week recovery period in a crate. The other was to amputate the leg with a good recovery on three legs within four weeks. Without insurance, Robin’s owner was unable to afford either of these options, and our Vets did what they always do when faced with an animal who has an expensive bill, but an otherwise long and happy life ahead of them, they called us and asked if we could help…..
Click here to see Robin’s full story.
I was straying for a long time and feeling very downhearted as I knew another cold winter was getting closer. I was in a bit of a state, my long black coat was looking very bedraggled, and I had knots pulling on my skin that I couldn’t pull out. I found a nice quiet greenhouse where I spent a lot of time when I wasn’t searching for food, but then suddenly the door was closed, and I didn’t know where else to go where I could feel safe, but I kept going back just in case the door was left open again. I was always hungry, and my weight had plummeted – and those pesky fleas kept biting me. I couldn’t stop scratching which made my skin sore, and I was feeling so sad and unwanted. I became unwell and my breathing was becoming raspy, then right out of the blue I saw someone watching me and she tried to call me over. Well, I wasn’t going to trust some random stranger because most people don’t like scabby tom cats and they shoo me off. Next thing I knew I could smell delicious food and it was coming from her direction – but I still wasn’t going anywhere near her…..
Click here to see Claude’s full story.
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.
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.
RIP BEAUTIFUL EVIE
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.