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HULA 14th February Open Day is cancelled

Sadly, the weather has been against us again and the incessant rain has made our field unable to be used for safe parking as it is waterlogged. In addition, various parts of our site are very muddy and boggy so we have taken the decision to CANCEL this Sundays Open Day.

We were looking forward to welcoming you all to our Open Day this Sunday, but with more rain forecast this week it’s a sad fact our parking areas will become more and more unsuitable to safely park all of our lovely visitors and volunteers who were planning to come and support HULA.

Looking forward, we have two events planned in March and we are now keeping everything firmly crossed that the weather will be kind to us. We very much hope that you will be able to come along and support HULA in March. Our centre will remain open this Sunday for general visitors but the Open day activities and access to our Café and Bazaar are cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will understand that we wanted to place your safety first.

Thank you for your understanding
Best wishes from HULA Animal Rescue

Could you give us a home?

Introducing Peach and Lola

Photo of Peach and Lola the Guinea Pigs

Further details about Peach and Lola may be found on our Small Animals page.

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Massive thank you to the staff and customers of Baileys Travel, in Leighton Buzzard for their hard work in collecting various donations for us including cat food, dog treats, dog food, leads and bedding.

This is an annual initiative set up by the team, and we’re really so very grateful!

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A huge HULA thank you to Support Adoption for Pets

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Support Adoption for Pets is a registered charity based in the North West & they are the charitable division of Pets at Home. Support Adoption for Pets were set up nearly ten years ago and over the years the team have worked tirelessly to support re-homing charities throughout the UK and what a huge difference they have made.

Support Adoption for Pets exists to help give abandoned and homeless small animals a second chance at happiness. They partner with nearly four hundred charities and HULA is very lucky and grateful to be one of them. Support Adoption for Pets are the UK's number one grant giving animal charity and every year they work with Pets at Home and encourage support for rescue centres just like HULA and they really do make a huge difference.

We would like to encourage you all to find our more about Support Adoption for Pets and to join their Facebook and Twitter pages to support them and keep up to date with all the wonderful work that they do.

Here are the links to find out more about this fantastic charity.

During December 2015, Support Adoption worked so hard and organised the Santa Paws Appeal with a target to provide over ONE MILLION meals to provide meals to homeless and abandoned Animals. This target was exceeded and over one and a half million meals were donated.

Receiving cheque from Support Adoption and Pets at Home
Donations were made to the Santa Paws Appeal via fundraising initiatives in Pets at Home Stores up and down the country and by Pets at Home Customers generously donating in store and on line to Support Adoption.

As a Support Adoption partner we were delighted to be given the opportunity to take part and visit our local Pets at Home stores. We are always made so very welcome in store and it's lovely to see the hard work of the store colleagues and generosity of their customers. However, none of this could be achieved without Support Adoption For Pets who organise and plan these events as well as running very important Grant Award and Damaged Stock Schemes which HULA and other rescues are incredibly lucky to benefit from.

Pauline Warren a long standing fund raiser and dog walker for HULA says "Janet (another HULA volunteer) and I went to the Milton Keynes store on Saturday 19th December, the staff had organised a beautiful display, with homemade cakes and dog biscuits, and bric-a-brac to sell. They gave us a lovely welcome and were really enthusiastic about the fund raising. The members of the public were really friendly and generous and of course we got to pet the dogs who visited the store".

HULA were delighted to welcome Sharon Howell from Pets at Home Aylesbury and Kerrie Beckett from Pets At Home Milton Keynes recently and the ladies had a look around and took a very keen interest in our work and the animals in our care. Sharon and Kerrie were representing Support Adoption for Pets and we were astounded to learn that during the Santa Paws Appeal support adoption had raised an absolutely staggering £6,337.02 for HULA.

We really can't say thank you enough and this huge donation will be put towards a project of plumbing upgrades to the HULA site and towards our ever increasing veterinary bills, therefore helping dogs like our gorgeous Bruce.

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Bruce is a lovable friendly chap with a sad and troubling past. He's been in rescue undergoing training and care for a very long time now, but once upon a time, Bruce was living in a backyard all alone not being given the care or attention all dogs need and deserve. Sadly, this has resulted in Bruce needing lots of training to help with behavioural issues he struggles with but at HULA we're doing the best we can for him and ensuring he gets lots of love and time whilst we search for his perfect home.

In addition, Bruce suffers from skin conditions, which may be allergy related. We are still in the long process of working with our vets to work out the best care plan we could give Bruce to ensure he is kept pain free and comfortable. So far, Bruce's vet visits in relation to his skin complaint have amounted to 27 vet visits. He's tried medicated baths and 9 different medications. He's had various skin scrapes and allergy tests. His bedding has been washed in carefully controlled conditions and now, Bruce is on a specific food to combat potential allergies to potato, wheat, barley and grains. HULA orders his food in from Pets at Home stores and this is currently costing £38.99 for a 12kg bag. We are of course more than happy to continue to care for Bruce and are dedicated to providing him everything he needs, however, as a small independent charity, the pot of money gets stretched quite far!

We would never deny Bruce - or any animal - the care or treatment they need if we're able to provide it, but donations like this one from the recent Santapaws appeal from Support Adoption for Pets means that we can continue our work for Bruce... and all the other animals in our care.

Everyone at HULA would like to extend their sincere thanks to Amy, Laura, Lynn, Jess and Justine at Support Adoption for Pets, and Sharon and Kerrie and their store colleagues at Pets at Home Aylesbury and Milton Keynes and of course the very generous and caring Pets at Home customers and supporters of Support Adoption for Pets.

We sincerely thank them all for their hard work, enthusiasm and generosity to HULA and to other charities up and down the country who like us are so lucky to be supported by Support Adoption for Pets. We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to be a partner and very grateful for this fantastic donation and the huge impact that this amazing donation will make to the animals in our care.

Limited spaces

Photo of Harvey Cuddles the cat
It often surprises people that we have waiting lists... not of people looking to adopt, but of animals needing our spaces. Recently our waiting lists have been closed, simply due to us needing to 'catch up'. On recent count 46 cats have places on our waiting list plus an additional 15 stray cats are on there needing our help too. We do understand it can be frustrating and difficult when looking for a space for your cat, however, we want to make it clear we really do try and help as many of these cats as possible. With just 9 pens however, our spaces are limited.

We also try and be fair when prioritising 'urgent cases', difficult, as I'm sure you can imagine, as most people are in 'urgent' situations otherwise they wouldn't be calling us in the first place!

We do obviously try and help stray cats as soon as we can, particularly this time of year, but if you find a stray cat, what should you do? Well firstly, on several occasions a stray cat is brought into us (sometimes after being on our waiting list for several weeks being fed by a kind neighbour) and is actually microchipped to an owner a few doors / a couple of streets away! Cats are very clever... "two dinners? Yes please, I'll act like a poor hungry cat who hasn't been fed for days for an extra plate of tuna! (Let me just clean the jelly off my face from my Whiskas pouch I've just had at home first....)."

So, step one. Please take it to your local vets to get it checked for a microchip. Most vets will do this free of charge. No chip? This still doesn't mean it's not owned. Try popping a paper collar around the cat which reads "Is this your cat? Please call me on 07.....". Then, should little moggy pop to his real home for his first meal of the day his owner can let you know he is owned... loved... and probably just a bit cheeky.

Please do these two steps before providing food for the cat if you can, as some cats may be thin due to medical conditions, or allergic to certain foods. A thin cat may not be an indication it's a stray!

Picture of a lost cat poster
No chip, no luck with the paper collar? Pop up posters asking if anyone recognizes the cat and use local village facebook pages too.

It's always worth calling as many rescue centres as possible to pop your cat onto as many waiting lists as you can to increase their chances of finding a space as soon as possible.

Have a look at a great website for more details on what to do if you've found a cat http://www.catchat.org/lost.html#found.

Lost or straying dog?

Would you know what to do if you found a lost or straying dog? Would you know who to call?

Have a read through this leafelt, and consider programming the numbers into your cellphone, you never know when they could be useful!
Leaflet from Dog Lost organisation HULA is unable to take in found or straying dogs, and would always advise anyone in this situation to call their local dog warden. There are legal requirements and protocols that must be adhered to in situations like this.

Thank you!

We were very grateful to have had a work party from Lantmännen Unibake recently.

They got stuck in doing a variety of different jobs that would have taken our little team a long time, so we're so very grateful!

It was great to meet you all - thank you for coming and working so hard.

Photo of staff from Lantmannen Unibake

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Photo of cat trees purchased with the Pets at Home VIP points

We would like to say thank you to all the customers of the Pets at Home stores in Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Bletchley for kindly choosing HULA as their nominated charity allowing us to receive points that get turned into pounds!

If you would like to sign up for the VIP points scheme there is further information via the Pets at Home website.

We were able to buy 9 brand new cat scratching post that we just were not able to afford without your help, so thank you.

Is your dog micro chipped?

Did you know that from 6th April 2016 it will become a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. To help you plan, here are some facts:

Some FAQ’s about the Law

Does this mean that I don’t need a collar and tag for my dog? Is it expensive? Is it just for dogs? How do I get it done?
The purpose of this new regulation is to help reunite lost and found dogs with their owners as quickly as possible. Ultimately many pets that have crossed HULA’s doors could have come from a loving home and could have been reunited thanks to a £10 microchip but sadly, without one it is extremely difficult to ever know.

Charity Shop Volunteers Needed

Our Charity shop based in Woburn Sands is a vital source of income to HULA and we are seeking additional volunteers.

Retail experience would be really useful to us as you would need to be confident in using a till, but it is not necessary. More important is enthusiasm to help raise much needed funds and the ability to ensure our customers enjoy their visit to the HULA shop.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the following days/times:-

Monday 9am to 1pm
Wednesday 9am to 1pm
Thursday 1pm to 4.30pm (when required)
Saturday 1pm to 4.30pm

If you are interested but have further questions, please email your details and contact number to Joy Nicholson at hularescueoffice@gmail.com

If you're ready to volunteer then please complete the application form which may be found on our Volunteering page.

Happy Endings

Photo of Hermione cat
We are always so delighted to receive news from previous guests - a day, a week or even years after they have gone to live in their forever homes. Seeing the pictures of them enjoying a happy home life is so rewarding.

We have a special page dedicated to Happy Endings. Do take a look at some of these really happy stories and if you have rehomed an animal from HULA why not drop us a quick line and a picture or two as we would love to hear from you too.

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A huge thank you to everyone who has kindly bought something for our dogs, cats and rabbits from our Amazon Wish List.

It is a great way to treat one of our animals to a special gift. The list allows us to tailor what we need at any given time.

If you do make an order please send your contact details along with it as a note so that we can be sure to thank you. We love reading the personal messages people have been adding to their orders.

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