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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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