February is the month of love and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than launching our very own 'Plenty of Paws' appeal. With dating profiles for all our furry residents, and hearts galore hanging from every ceiling, we soon had everyone feeling loved up and matched up to their purrfect partners. Over the last month we have seen lots of Dogs & Cats find their forever homes from some of our older residents to the youngest, we have loved waving them off to start their new lives. Of course our dedicated animal care team and volunteers show their love by working tirelessly to help those who need that extra TLC the most. Extra cuddles and company are just as important as daily walks and food and at Holly Hedge our main aim is to always make the animals who find themselves with us as comfortable as possible with the highest standard of welfare. Our volunteers and fundraisers show their love by standing outside in all weathers, helping at events and raising desperately needed funds to keep our Sanctuary alive.
So thank you to everyone who has helped us throughout February and all the year round, we really do count on you!
Happy Valentines xxx
Happy Ending Update!
Our patron Monty Halls, famous for presenting many of his wonderful BBC shows such as the Great Escape series, and his beautiful family paid us a surprise visit a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with one of our youngest residents, 10 week old Lab x Milly.
Monty originally came to Holly Hedge and found his best friend Reuben many years ago but after sadly losing Reuben to heart disease in 2016 they have taken time as a family to overcome this grief of losing their best friend before feeling ready to adopt again.
We were delighted to help Monty's family find their perfect match! As they have had a Labrador before and as they have a highly active and adventurous lifestyle we felt this would suit this fun, excitable puppy to use her energy as she gets older.
We are so pleased to hear that after just a few days, it feels like she has belonged to them forever, making herself well and truly at home. Now called Ivy this little lady has certainly landed on her paws and we are just delighted that once again Monty and his family have chosen us to be the charity to help them find their purrfect match.
We are delighted to have been nominated for a chance to win a share of £10,000 through the Airbus Community Awards.
For us to win, we need as many supporters and their families and friends as we can, to collect tokens published in the Bristol Post between Friday 16th Feb to Monday 19th March.. the top 10 groups with the most tokens collected will receive a share of the money.
100 bonus tokens will be published on 22 February, 2, 7, 12 and 16 March, make sure you don’t miss these!!
Rally everyone you know and grab their papers, speak to your family and friends, work colleagues etc Any collected tokens can be posted to us at Holly Hedge, Wild Country Lane, Barrow Gurney, BS48 3SE or dropped off to us, but the deadline for all tokens to be sent in by is midday Tuesday March 20th!
The funds are so important for us to be able to continue to do the work we do! so lets get collecting!!! Thank you so much x
DOG RESIDENT OF THE MONTH - DIESEL
HE'S STILL HERE :(
POOR DIESEL STILL HAS NO HOME TO CALL HIS OWN.
Sadly he has been at the kennels for almost a year and 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, he would also prefer to live as an only dog. 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 - STRAWBERRY & NECTARINE
A Special Plea from Strawberry & Nectarine, (our longest stay cats).
Strawberry & Nectarine,
Together we’re a special team. We were tiny frightened kittens When we first came here, And now we have
been waiting Over one whole year,
Waiting for a cosy home Where we will be adored, And never have the feeling
That we have been ignored. We’re gaining trust and confidence We’re making massive strides, No longer do we run in fear Or find somewhere to hide. We’ve been here the longest now It must be our turn soon, If someone could reserve us We’d be over the moon!
Here’s hoping & keeping our paws firmly crossed that some good fortune will finally come our way. xxxxx
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.
Please help us to build a new sluice room and replace our Whoopsie away machine!
Our current Whoopsie away machine for dog and cat waste is no longer compliant with today's health & Safety standards, becoming dangerous for the staff and volunteers to use and 2 weeks ago finally gave up for good. Over 15 years old, its not surprising! But with repair costs escalating we have been advised by the servicing engineers that the machine must now be replaced.
The machine itself is currently housed in a timber store that is also on the verge of collapse, and in addition to this we also struggle with no sluice room on site that is suitable for the cleaning of contaminated items such as dog beds, litter trays etc with staff currently standing in outside areas in all weathers with hand brushes and buckets of disinfectant (photos attached).
Our aim is to install and build a new timber housing area with the new Whoopsie away and sink units, essential to prevent disease. With our annual costs rising to over £600K a year we just don't have the funds to purchase the new equipment with every penny currently going to the animals who desperately need our help including veterinary care, so it is essential that we try and raise as much as possible to help us with this build. So to help, we have set up a special appeal through Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/hollyhedge/whoopsieaway
Just click on the link for all the information to see how you can help!
Holly Hedge is hosting a series of fantastic talks by some of the area’s top animal behaviourists, to raise much-needed money to look after the dogs and cats in its 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.
WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO HAYDEN WHO DONATED THESE FANTASTIC REINDEER AND UNICORNS,
HANDMADE ESPECIALLY FOR US TO SELL OVER CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HELPING US TO RAISE OVER £400..AMAZING!
WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A HUGE THANK YOU TO LEIGHTON AT LG FENCING WHO PROVIDED NEW FENCES FOR US TO HELP CALM OUR MORE STRESSED RESIDENTS, BY BLOCKING THEIR VIEW OF PASSERS BY, AND ALL FOR FREE! PLEASE VISIT HIS WEBSITE AND SUPPORT HIS WONDERFUL BUSINESS http://www.lgfencing.co.uk/
KEV & DEBI CAME TO OUR RESCUE AFTER SEEING OUR APPEAL TO PURCHASE A TUMBLE DRYER FOR THE CATTERY. HOW KIND OF THEM TO PURCHASE US A BRAND NEW INDESIT MACHINE. A WONDERFUL GESTURE WE ARE JUST SO THANKFUL FOR.
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