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.
COVID-19 Update 19th June
Although there are many businesses reopening at the moment, please note that the Sanctuary is still closed to the general public. You can still adopt our cats and dogs, we’ve popped a link to our rehoming procedure in our comments. Although we would love to be open again as usual we have to think carefully about how we keep our kennel and cattery team safe and healthy, so our cats and dogs continue to receive the best care possible.
We are still working with a reduced team, and we are still receiving reports almost daily of animals needing help. Unfortunately due to government guidelines, any furloughed staff cannot volunteer for their charity, so please do bear with us, we are doing the best we can. For the last 12 weeks our team have gone above and beyond for our rescues, and we have been blown away by the support you have all shown us. Thank you all
Ellie’s Broken Leg
Meet Ellie, a happy, silly girl who loves to greet everyone and cuddle up with her brother, Barney who also came from Holly Hedge. Ellie has a beautiful life now, where her only worry is if Barney gets to the best sleeping spots before she does, but things could have been very different.
At just a year old she severely broke her leg in an accident, and her owners were unable to afford the surgery she needed. Ellie’s future was bleak, without the surgery she would need to be put to sleep as her leg was causing her so much pain.
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.
OUR COVID-19 SANCTUARY DIARY
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!”
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.