Happy Easter! Even though the photos resemble a Christmas newsletter, we would like to wish you a Happy Easter! What an eventful month March turned out to be! With adverse weather including a ton of Snow, our team of wonderful staff and volunteers carried on regardless without complaint, working in freezing conditions to ensure all of our residents were kept warm and cosy. The snow brought many challenges including getting to and from our rural location, but thanks to a social media appeal some amazing local people came to our rescue in their 4wd's spending the weekend ferrying staff and volunteers on to site to help provide extra care. We cannot thank them enough, as their help ensured we were able to carry on providing the same excellent standard of care as usual with not one of our animals missing out on their cuddles that weekend.
We are certainly relieved that Spring now seems to be around the corner (hopefully) and with Easter arriving, we have some very special residents who have come to Holly Hedge over the last few weeks. Some of you may not know that although we predominantly rehome cats and dogs, we occasionally get an unusual resident or two in urgent need of a safe place to stay. However, March seems to have resembled Noah's Ark, with the arrival of two Pygmy goats, two hamsters, a chicken and a cockerel, three bunnies and a Shetland Pony called Minty! Thanks to a brilliant team of corporate volunteers from.... ,they spent the day clearing out and restoring an old temporary kennel block that has been used for storage for a long time creating new housing for small animals... however with a bit of modification we were also able to create a small stable just right for our goats who were with us just a few days before being rehomed, thus making way for our largest resident Minty the pony who was in urgent need of a rescue space to avoid being given away for free on Facebook. He has such specific needs and with many horse rescues bursting to capacity, we felt it essential to offer him a safe haven. Some of these residents will be looking for experienced homes with the best possible housing. Sadly Easter will see many Rabbits bought and sold with insufficient space, extremely small hutches, and after the holidays many of those Rabbits and other small animals will find themselves neglected as the novelty of looking after them and handling them daily wears off. They are not easy to keep and it takes time and money to care for them properly, however we are hoping that with the addition of suitable housing, we will be able to offer a safe haven to those that will come to need our help in the next few months.
Again we would like to say thank you to all those who came to our rescue during the bad weather, our fantastic team of staff and volunteers for their continued hard work and to all our supporters for your continued love and generosity...
Happy Easter xxx
Happy Ending Update!
Those of you who have been following us for a while will remember Midnight who was with us for almost 4 years, and our longest resident. We worked with various issues and health problems with him, and the staff adored him, and he them. The long wait for his forever home was worth it to see him looking so happy and contented. Midnight has turned out to be the sweetest, most loving boy, who loves his new life with his adoring owners. All of us at Holly Hedge are so grateful to Christine and Simon for giving him the chance to prove that all he needed was to be loved and wanted, and to have a ‘proper’ home with his very own garden.
Hello everyone, Midnight here. Wow – life is AMAAAAZING
I am soooo happy, I love everything about life – my home, my new family, my new bed, my new Ted(s), my new friends (yes, I have friends), walking, running, paddling in the stream. I even like the poodle parlour! The list is endless and I love everything. I especially love trying to grab a sneaky kiss from my female human – Chris. I still love my food and I’m still on a diet, I’m not sure that I like this word by the way!!
Apparently I look wonderful. My coat is beautifully shiny and I have a nice waist, my legs are also getting lovely and strong, it must be all the running that I’m doing. Life is just so good. I’ll never forget my friends at Holly Hedge though, so if you ever want to come over and visit, then please do, I will be very happy to see you. But please make sure that you bring me a treat – but don’t tell Chris and Simon (my humans)!
Thank you Holly Hedge for everything that you’ve done for me.
VOLUNTEERS WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!
As some of you may know, unfortunately we have had to freeze inductions for cat cuddling and dog walking this last month, until we had caught up on those waiting, and also until the land has dried out. We are still a few weeks away from restarting (updates will be announced on Facebook and our website) however in the meantime we are looking for some special volunteers for extra special jobs!
1) We are looking for committed volunteers to help us with our daily chores.
Our volunteer applicants do not need to have a relevant background in animal care, we are mostly looking for interest, passion and for the individual to share the Holly Hedge values!
Due to the level of responsibility and amount of time required to get our volunteers fully trained you must be over 18 years old and prepared to commit to one set day 8.30am - 5pm come rain or shine a week for a minimum of six months (this can be extended with agreement on both sides) with 2 weeks notice to be given for notice or any holidays required.
You will be expected to work alone with the support of the Holly Hedge team should you need it, to complete cleaning, feeds, cuddles, walks, litter scoops and daily checks.
After we receive an application, we will review it and possibly invite the candidate for an informal chat if he or she may be a good fit for our volunteer role. Many of our current employees started as volunteers, but because we are a small team and our staff really enjoy their jobs, there aren’t always positions available. We consider volunteering to be an excellent professional development opportunity; however, volunteering with us does not lead directly to paid work.
Due to our location public transportation unfortunately is not a reliable enough way to get to the sanctuary and access to a car is a
requirement. Should your day fall on a bank holiday we still expect you in, as our animals will still need caring for.
Should you wish to be considered for this volunteer position please contact us via email@example.com and let us know why you would be suited for the role.
2) We are in desperate need of a committed laundry volunteer.
Each animal is provided with a warm blanket to snuggle up in which have been kindly donated by Holly Hedge supporters. However these can quickly become dirty and damp. Therefore washing the bedding is a vital and on-going role which not only ensures that contamination and spreading of bacteria is avoided but it also provides the animals with as warm and comfortable an environment as their kennels will afford.
The volunteer laundry assistant will work in our on-site laundry to wash bedding and ensure clean bedding and towels are provided for the dogs and cats.
Daily between 11am-4pm
Main Tasks and Activities
• Sorting of laundry
• Washing and drying of laundry
• Using large washing machines and dryers
• Folding and storing clean bedding and towels
• Keeping laundry room tidy
• Restocking laundry supplies
Preferred skills and experience
• Able to lift and carry large washing loads
• Sensitive to the centre environment and comfortable working in close proximity to dogs
• Reliable and trustworthy
• Ability to work unsupervised and follow instruction
• Good communication skills
ANOTHER MONTH HAS GONE AND DIESEL IS STILL WITH US!
WHY DOES NOBODY WANT ME?
After almost a year in the kennels this lovable old boy is desperate to find his forever home. He is 11 years old and a joy to be around. He is absolutely fabulous and don’t let his size put you off as he is a gentle giant! He would be such an easy dog to own as he really just needs plenty of cuddles and a comfy bed to snooze in. He is great with kids, but due to his size could knock over smaller children, so we feel a home with adults or older children would be best. Sadly Diesel has lost his confidence with other dogs and due to his size can be hard to socialise, we know that he has lived with other dogs in the past and the potential is there but would need careful training and slow introductions. An experienced home would be ideal, living as an only dog and with a family who have plenty of love to give.
Please help find this beautiful dog the home he deserves.
If you would like to find out more about fostering or adopting Diesel please contact us.
CAT RESIDENTS OF THE MONTH - PEPPER
A Special Plea for Pepper
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL HOME AS PEPPER IS DEAF.
Meet the handsome Pepper, he is sadly looking for a new home since his owner passed away. He is currently in a foster home where they were hoping to keep Pepper but it appears he is more of an outdoor cat than we realised therefore he is looking for a calm home in a quiet area with a safe garden for him to roam. He would prefer to live as an only pet, and in a quieter adult home with lots of love and attention. If you could offer this beautiful boy his purrect forever home then please contact us. Please note Pepper is not on site but a visit can be arranged. Please contact reception for more info.
CAT RESIDENTS OF THE MONTH - STRAWBERRY & NECTARINE
UPDATE - THEY HAVE BEEN REHOMED!!!!!
Remember these two beauties well after our last newsletter we are delighted to tell you that they have been rehomed. After almost a year in the cattery, a wonderful couple visited them and fell in love with their quirky nature and after a few visits to help build a bond between them, they happily went to live with their new parents who will continue to help build their confidence. We hear they are settling in well and are loving having the free run of a large house to call their own.
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.
Please would you like to sponsor someone like us?
A Monthly donation of:
£5 – Pays for my flea and worming treatment
£10 – Pays for me to have a microchip
£20 – Pays for nutritious food
£50 – Pays for on going medical treatment
By donating a monthly amount, you can help to look after the animals in our care whilst we find their fur-ever homes. Your monthly sponsorship will help pay for their needs at Holly Hedge – like regular nutritious meals, veterinary care, a warm bed, and toys to keep them happy and entertained. It will also help us keep them vaccinated, wormed, micro chipped,
neutered and to pay towards any other medical treatment that may be needed.
What do I get in return?
As a Paw Pal you will receive our monthly e-newsletter, a welcome pack, certificate and thank you letter from one of our resident dogs and cats.
Our Nailsea shop is going from strength to strength with the help of some amazing volunteers who dedicate their time raising much needed funds for the sanctuary. Sadly we said goodbye to our shop manager Erika earlier this month but we would like to wish her all the best in her new role. We are excited to say that a new manager has now started, he has a huge passion for Holly Hedge and the animals in our care and is delighted to help take our shop in a new and exciting direction, expanding our merchandise and adding new products to our retail offering at the Sanctuary too. We will soon be expanding to Weston Super Mare adding up-cycled furniture to the items for sale. If you have a flair for design and can help turn old into new, then we would love to hear from you. Donations can now be taken at the sanctuary and we are keen to find designers, artists and collectors to help find small pieces of furniture that can be created into something special to sell at our shops. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas or know people who can help.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who attended our last behaviour talk at Holly Hedge with the fantastic Rosie Bescoby from Pet Sense... it was a sell out with not even a standing space left! You'll be pleased to hear we have created more space in our meeting room and although our next talk is almost sold out, please take a look at the link below for more talks throughout the year with some of Bristol's best behaviorists.
All ticket sales help to raise much-needed money to look after the dogs and cats in our care, at only £5 at ticket there's no reason not to come along and you may learn something new and exciting about your own furry residents or just expand your knowledge on animal behaviour.. Please support these wonderful events by seeing the link below... https://hollyhedge.designmynight.com/
SAVE THE DATE!!
Grab your diary and save the date for some wonderful events happening this year.
More details can be found on the Swing For Victory Facebook page
Our annual Holly Hedge Fun Day...NOT TO BE MISSED! For trading, sponsorship and advertising opportunities please email email@example.com
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