Meowy Christmas to all of you, our wonderful friends!
Thanks to all of you, we have had another amazing year and given fresh hope and a second chance at happiness to hundreds of animals. Although we see some very sad cases, and many we cannot tell you about, we feel priviledged to be a part of a journey to happiness for so many, who are vulnerable and cannot ask for help. As so many of you know, this is only because of you! Our dedicated, committed supporters who go above and beyond for our animals, and are truly part of the Holly Hedge Family. 
We have been rescuing animals as Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary for 28 years, and with you by our side, we are able to look forward to continuing our promise of kindness. Thank you all, and Merry Christmas! 
We hope you like our Christmas video, we're hoping to push our campaign far and wide, and spread our message of kindness this Christmas. Can you please read and share our letter to Santa? 
Please click here to read our letter to Santa. 

For the cost of a coffee you can keep a dog or cat warm this winter. 
To give please click here. 

Cat of the Month

Kovu seeks cuddles!

Kovu is one of those magnificent characters whose face matches his personality! Having come to us as a matted stray, and seeing he'd been outside and fending for himself for a while, we asked if one of two of our lovely fosterers would give this boy a temporary home, where he could be treated like the king we knew he would be.

Kovu has flourished in foster care, and is ready to find his forever home. But he has a list of demands, and quirks! 

  • There must be room for him in a human bed with you, and if he feels he does not have enough space in the night you may wake up to him kicking you (only gently though!) until you move over. 
  • He has a quota of cuddles that must be filled each day...or he may steal your snacks with his long legs and clever paws! 
  • Soft blankets are one of his favourite things so he requests them all over your house so he always has a guranteed cosy spot. 
  • If you're doing anything remotely interesting, he must be near you. Ignore this warning at your own risk - he's excellent at helping remind you if you've had too much screen time!
  • Did we mention he has long legs to help him reach snacks? He loves snacks! 

Kovu has had some issues with an ulcer on his tongue and an infection in his mouth - but he has had treatment is being carefully monitored and he has improved hugely. We would love to see this beautiful character get the happy ever after he so deserves soon. If you would like to be Kovu's well-deserved forever home please give our rehoming team a call on 01275 474 719 or email us on

You can see his profile here.

Dog of the Month

This beautiful pair are looking for their forever home!


Meet Ruby and Coco, a gorgeous bonded pair who have unfortunately been returned to us due to their owner's working hours changing. 

Ruby is the black Spaniel and 5 years old, and loves nothing more than cuddling you and being stroked, though she can be a little shy at first. Coco is her older adopted brother at 11 years old, who can be a little nervous at first but really just wants to play! 

We are longing to find these two the forever home they so richly deserve, and it breaks our heart that they first came to the Sanctuary as their first owner also had to change his working hours. It is always harder to find a home for a pair of dogs, but we will never separate a bonded pair with a healthy relationship, and it is harder still when the dogs are older. 

Coco has a few behavioural issues we are working with, mostly we think he is overcompensating for his size! But these two are wonderful at heart, and they'll need a calm home where they get plenty of playtime - and go off for a snooze whenever they fancy. 

Please take a look at their profile here.  If you think you can offer these two beauties their forever home, please contact our rehoming team on 01275 474719 or email or pop in.

Bits and bobs

We've had so many shoeboxes it's a Christmas miracle! Thank you all so much for your incredible donations, it really does mean the world to us to see their faces excited for a new toy or delicious dinner! We've started opening some of the presents early - because they deserve all the joy! 

Our friends at Poppy's Picnic have donated to us 100 packs of delicious raw food! This is especially helpful for our dogs with sensitive tummies or those with skin issues, and our dogs LOVE the food. They've offered our supporters a little discount too! 

Just click here, and if you sign up, they'll give you 10% off your first order and they'll donate £5 to us! Our dogs are already looking forward to more of their delicious meatballs! 

If you're planning on doing any last minute online Christmas shopping, please select us as your Amazon Smile charity and sign up for Easy Fundraising, so you can raise donations for us whilst you shop - at no extra cost to you! So far our supporters have raised £568.48 for our animals, it all adds up! 

For Easy Fundraising you can sign up here.

And you can sign up to Amazon Smile here

Choose Holly Hedge as your charity, then shop, and 0.5% of each purchase will be donated by Amazon to our animals! 

Wolf finally went to his forever home this week! We couldn't be more pleased with him, and it was certainly a case of waiting for the perfect home. 

Thank you! 

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