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.

We have a chance to share in £25,000

We have a chance to share in £25,000 worth of grants this round, based on your votes.

Please vote for us for free at https://mygivingcircle.org/charity/holly-hedge-animal-sanctuary/
It takes less than two minutes and we could win vital funds for our rescues.
Thank you!

Our Nailsea Shop is Re-opening

We are re-opening our Nailsea Shop from Monday 17th August 2020 please see here for the revised opening times.

Big Weekend In




Though we can’t have our normal Fun Day this year, we are still determined to bring you not just a day, but a weekend full of entertainment whilst raising vital funds for our rescues!

We’ve got incredible local traders with delicious treats for you and your furry friends, exclusive videos catching up with our past rescues, an online pet show where you can win amazing prizes and live videos from the Sanctuary! And to top it all off an incredible raffle!

Click here for more information and to join us!

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.

Food Donations

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.

For specific items we need at this time, please visit our Amazon Wish List or Website.


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.

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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