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 2019

Fun Day this year was a huuuuge success! We’d like to say thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday. We hope you all had a great day, we had the time of our lives and have got our first total in… So far we have raised a WHOPPING £9,096.26!!!

As you all know, we make a promise to each and every animal that comes through our doors that we will do everything we can to give them a better future, and with these vital funds we can do so much good. Our hearts are bursting with joy knowing what these funds can do for our rescues, and we are so grateful to everyone who made this day possible.

Thank you to the many local businesses and individuals who donated items for the tombola and our marvelous raffle or sponsored our Fun Dog Show. And our heartfelt thanks go out to our wonderful and tireless volunteers who worked so hard to ensure the event ran smoothly. There are too many people to name individually, but our volunteers mean the world to us, thank you everyone, we really appreciate your support and dedication!

And of course, a huge thank you to all of you who came and enjoyed the day, or brought your Holly Hedge Alumni, it means everything to us that you brought our old friends to see us, we had many happy reunions and a few (happy!) tears were shed.

Thank you all so much, Holly Hedge would be nothing without our supporters and volunteers. The full album from the day is on our Facebook page, please do tag yourselves! xx

Donations of Dry Dog Food

We are sorry but due to major storage issues we are only able to accept unopened and in date “Grain Free” or Veterinary Dry Dog Food at present. (Donations of tinned dog food is not affected).

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Building Works

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 lucinda@hollyhedge.org.uk 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.

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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