Welcome to Holly Hedge

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.

Important notice – Opening Times/Hours

  • Good news, the cattery is now open to both public and volunteers. Please note we do still have some precautions in place with some cats still requiring protective clothing and strict hygiene measures, whilst we are seeing an increase in numbers of cats arriving with cat flu or sneezes. Although these cats are now in isolation, please do inform cattery staff if you have your own cats at home. Volunteers please email, call or pop in to book your slots in the diary.
  • Due to an increase in dog walking volunteers during Saturday mornings when the dog inductions are being held, we have made the unfortunate decision to indefinitely close the Saturday morning dog walking session. However the afternoon session will still continue between 1.30pm – 3pm and Sunday will remain the same 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm.
  • As of Tuesday 5th march we will be closing to Public and volunteers every Tuesday. We currently open until 2pm however we feel that for one day a week we would like to allow our Dogs & Cats some respite and allow our staff to implement their training programmes. We will still be holding intake assessments and dog meets for our long term residents but strictly by appointment only. Our re-homing team will still be manning the phones and emails and front office, however the Sanctuary will be closed to visitors and volunteers.

We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience but we hope with the changes in place we can operate more efficiently and most importantly continue our high standards of welfare and enrichment whilst our residents are with us. Thank you for your support.

Applications for Dog Walking and Cat Cuddling Volunteers

We have recently received a large number of applications for dog walking and cat cuddling volunteers, and as our inductions are done weekly we are pausing applications for now until everyone who is currently on the waiting list has had their induction. Please check back here to know when the list has been reopened, we are sorry for any disappointment.

Paws in Peril

PLEASE SAVE OUR SANCTUARY! They come to us with broken hearts, broken limbs and broken spirits, but with dwindling funds, we desperately need your financial support to put them back together again. Please read our story and learn how you can help us to continue the work we do. Thank you

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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