Hello from Holly Hedge!
We hope you, your friends and family, and your pets are staying safe and well. Here at Holly Hedge, June was a busy month! Lots of adult cats have gone home, but our chalets are never empty for more than a couple of days as we respond to daily requests to help cats. As the weather has been warmer and vets have been closed except for emergencies, we're seeing a spike in the stray cat population already, and we are working hard to help as many as we can. We have rehomed over 45 cats since the start of lockdown and have plenty still looking for their forever home.
Over the past few weeks we've worked with our fantastic behaviourist Tina Constance to on training plans for some of our harder to home dogs, who have been with us for quite some with great success. Many of you will remember Duke, the boxer cross who had been with us for over a year, he's now happy in his new home! Our clever and sensitive Arrow has now been with his new family for a few weeks and is settling in well.
Our big boy who has no concept of his own size Tintin will also be leaving us soon for his forever family! He's been with us for over a year and been very happy at the Sanctuary. After a few interests that sadly didn't work out, we are so excited for him to have found his forever family.
Although many businesses have reopened, we are still closed to the general public. You can still adopt our cats and dogs, you can read our current adoption procedure here. For dogs once an application has been successful we are arranging a meeting by appointment only. 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 though all our furloughed staff are desperate to come and help unfortunately government guidelines stipulate that furloughed staff cannot volunteer for their charity, so please do bear with us, we are doing the best we can.
We've received incredible support from you all over the last 13 weeks that has kept our spirits buoyant. The crisis is continuing to have a huge impact on our income, so please do keep us close to your hearts. We will continue to rescue hundreds of cats, dogs and small furries every year with your help. xx