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Adoptions during Lockdown 

Due to the current lock down situation and following both government guidelines and those issued by the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes we want to keep you updated with our current situation and our current adoption procedures.

The Sanctuary continues to stay closed to the general public to protect both visitors and our staff from coming into contact with each other to minimise risk. We are still operating with a skeleton team on site, still rescuing animals who need us, working extra hard to ensure all of our animals continue to receive the highest level of care. Our reduced office staff continue to answer phones and emails and are responding to enquiries as soon as possible.

With this in mind we have considered the feasibility for us to rehome our cats and dogs at this time. With the aid of virtual home checks, skype interviews and our usual checks and application forms, in individual cases we may be able to rehome some of our rescues. We would ask that all potential adopters please visit our animal rehoming pages and if they see a specific cat or dog they feel would be the right fit for their family, please contact our rehoming team at info@hollyhedge.org.uk for more information and to assess whether they may be the right match for you. When our kittens have had their first vet check they will also be on our website, so please do follow this process for kittens too.

Once we have received your email we will send you an application form to begin the rehoming process. Please note the majority of our animals on site will not be able to be rehomed until lock down has ended as many will need to meet you on site prior to adoption with our staff. If you have other pets in the home we would need to do a social visit with those animals, and these cannot be accommodated at the moment. Please bear with us as we learn to navigate through these new procedures and know we'll treat all adoptions on a case by case basis. We care about our cats and dogs deeply, so of course we want to find them their forever home, but we have to be thorough as having our animals come back to us due to an incompatible match would be devastating for them.

In a time like this, please know that we need your support more than ever. We are still rescuing cats and dogs, some of which you'll read about below, but with our Summer events cancelled we are struggling financially. Thank you all for your support and understanding as always. xx

Have you seen our Virtual Kitten Shower? 

Kitten season has well and truly started for us, with 19 kittens and four mama cats, each of them found as strays. With so much uncertainty and sadness in the world right now, we want to celebrate all the happy things, like little lives who will be found amazing homes for. So have a look at the Kitten Shower by clicking here and help us welcome these little babies into the world.  

We've built McFluffster's Mansion!

Whenever we can help in any capacity, we will. Recently we heard about a large colony of 36 feral cats living in a construction yard, who an amazing group had been looking after. They rehomed 18 adult cats and 12 kittens, as well as neutering and spaying them all to prevent the colony growing further. We were contacted when the barn they were living in had been knocked down leaving them without shelter, so we got to work! 

Within a week we built a large “Mansion” for our new friends in our old kennel block where they have everything they need to be happy and healthy until we find their forever home. 

Save rescues by taking on the 2.6k

You may have heard by now of The 2.6 Challenge – the epic event bringing the nation together – virtually – in support the UK’s charities. It begins this weekend and we’d love you to take part for our dogs and cats.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities. Thousands of events have had to be cancelled, meaning charities across the country will miss out on billions of pounds.

This Sunday 26 April should have been the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest annual one-day fundraising event. The organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, an event you can do from home to raise funds to support our rescues. 

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities, and we have some amazing supporters taking on the challenge for us. Our Kennel and Cattery Manager spent 26 hours in a cat pen with Sia, to help and comfort her through a lengthy first (and only) labour.
The incredible Pip Sharp is biking 2.6 miles on her exercise bike. Our wonderfully devoted Kevin Partridge is doing 26 laps of his street in his wheelchair.  Could you take on a challenge for our rescues? You can really be creative with this and find one that suits you. Why not get your pet involved? You could train your dog or cat to high five and see if they can do it 26 times in a row – or see if they'll catch 26 *small* treats?!

The only requirement is that you must follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you. Want to sign up? Click here!

Orphan puppies find hope with Holly Hedge 

A few weeks ago we put out an urgent call for help, looking for lactating mama dogs to adopt orphan puppies. The response we had was breathtaking, so many offers to help hand rear the babies and kind people offering to help us in many ways.

Since then we've been on a journey with those puppies; two amazing female dogs were found, both of them experiencing ghost pregnancies with an amazing capacity to love. Although it's not been easy or without heartache, we are so grateful to be able to tell you how far these little ones have come. From being born by emergency caesarian and losing their mother shortly after, to being loved and made whole again. Please click here to read the full story, written by our wonderful Founder, Pauline.

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