Previous news stories and events
Newport Pagnell Carnival
The Weathercock Music Festival
Our team of volunteers collected a fantastic £235!
We know there were many people there who were so very kind and generous - so thank you to everyone involved.
To find out what events they've got going on at the pub have a look here...
The 4 of Us
Please have a look at The 4 of Us Facebook page, to see some of wonderful hand crafted and unique items.
Thank you to Jenny from K9 Elements for coming on site and administering massage therapy to the dogs in our care.
Were you at the recent Fete and Dog show?Our fabulous photographer Bridget Davey has now published some of the fantastic photos from the Dog Show held on 17th May.
Prints are available to purchase directly from Bridget's website.
As I am sure most of you are aware we have had an enormous amount of support over the years from Pedigree. This has been through their Adoption drives and also their "Feeding brighter futures" campaign where our dogs were fed their new brand called Pedigree Vital for a whole 2 years.
Well the support doesn't end there, look at what came through the post for our HULA doggies to wear for the next few winters! We received 3 HUGE boxes in lots of different sizes to cater for all.
We are so grateful for this support and cannot thank the team at Pedigree enough for their continued support to HULA. Our dogs are now as "snug as bugs in rugs" on these cold days!
We think you'll agree they look very smart.
Thank you Pedigree UK.
Can you help find Kizzy?Kizzy is believed to have been stolen from her front garden on 9th September. She lived in Totternhoe near Dunstable and her elderly owner is distraught at her loss.
Please can you help us circulate this information as widely as possible?
- There is a poster you can print on the Dog Lost website
- Kizzy is also featured on our own Missing Pets website page
- If you are a user of Facebook there is also a story on the HULA facebook page to share
Please take a look at our Missing Pets website page as there are other lost pets in the local area who really need your help to re-unite them with their owners.
Quiz & Pizza Supper
Saturday 13th June: 7pm at Simpson Village Hall
"Calling all quizzers!"Fancy a Quiz night in aid of HULA?
- £10 per person
- Maximum of 8 people per table
- Bring your own drinks
- Salad, tea and coffee provided
The 4 of Us supporting HULA
The lovely cat Boycie went off to live with Justin and Tracey nearly a year ago and Justin is supporting HULA by donating 50p to HULA for every sale of his incredible glass items.
Please do have a look at The 4 of Us Facebook page, to see some of wonderful hand crafted and unique items.
Massive thank you to Justin for thinking of us and supporting us!
Blessed with Beauty
We have very kindly been donated £103.50, so a massive thank you to all of you who bought a ticket or donated a prize!
Thanks to Lesley from the salon for her ongoing support of HULA.Click here for their Facebook page.
Bunny Bonanza &
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for attending our April Open Day on 12th April.
A special thank you also to:-
- Supreme Petfoods and Wagg Foods for sponsoring our 2015 bunny bonanza event
- The Rabbit Welfare Association for their continued support of our work
They organised everything themselves and were very dedicated on the day.
Marion was inspired to help by her two cats Gemma and Tinkerbelle who were adopted from HULA in May 2012. According to Marion's Mum "They are such sweet and cuddly cats and they have brought us lots of happiness ever since they became part of the family. Gemma cannot get enough cuddles and follows Marion like a shadow. Tinkerbelle was quite shy when she arrived but is almost as cuddly as her sister now. They spend a great deal of their time watching the world from the window sill or out in the garden."
Well thanks to them all and we're so happy to hear Gemma and Tinkerbelle landed on their paws!
We hope to see you at our next special event which will be our Anniversary Celebrations and Fun Dog Show on Sunday 17th May.
The hard work and support from Susan and her brother Willie are so appreciated.
NCP Pet PortraitsAnother business supporting HULA is NCP Pet Portraits who be donating 10% for every booking that mentions HULA.
Click here for their Facebook page.
Thank youSometimes thank you really does not seem enough. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteers who help us out with so many things that are vital to HULA.
Jobs such as animal care, helping us prepare for fetes and open days, helping on our Shop and well quite simply lots of other things that we are hugely grateful for.
So we would like to say thanks to every single person who gives up their time to support HULA and the animals in our care.
Bridget takes great pride in her work and rightly so and we are so proud that she continues to help us by providing fabulous photography of our guests and in turn helps us to help them find new and loving homes.
So please raise a glass to all our volunteers who work so tirelessly to help HULA.
THANK YOU TO YOU ALL
Institure of Chartered AccountantsA HUGE HULA THANK YOU goes to the all Staff at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in Central Milton Keynes (ICAEW) for the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm when supporting HULA as their chosen Charity for 2014.
Everyone at HULA was delighted when we heard that HULA had been selected to become the charity partner for ICAEW in 2014. It was humbling to be updated with all the fundraising activities that the dedicated staff worked so hard on throughout the year.
- Hampers and Raffles for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer, Halloween & Christmas
- Annual Quiz night
- Cake Bakes throughout the year
- Inter departmental Bowling challenge
- Summer Sports day and BBQ
Darren Marshall from ICAEW, said "We had good support for these events which made it fun whilst raising money for a well-deserved and popular charity".
Imagine our surprise when we were invited along to the ICAEW offices in Central Milton Keynes recently, to meet the hardworking fundraisers and extend our personal thanks then be presented with a cheque for the magnificent sum of £5,000!
Words really cannot express how grateful we are and how much we appreciate the amazing efforts and kindness of the staff at ICAEW.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FROM ALL THE ANIMALS, STAFF AND TRUSTEES at HULA ANIMAL RESCUE – WE ARE SO GRATEFUL.
Thank you ClaireMasses and masses of support and thanks to Claire Twigg, who successfully completed the London Marathon this year.
We really hope you're recovering well Claire and are so very much in awe of you!!
To help Claire's blisters even more worth it - you can still donate via Claire's JustGiving page.
Makes me smile#makesmesmile campaign has just been launched.
HULA is getting involved in Pets at Home Stores over the next month and we'll be selling raffle tickets too.
You can help us raise vital donations for HULA by popping in and buying a raffle ticket from us!
Hound of Happiness
Worth £35, you'd be mad not to pop along and pick yourself up a raffle ticket!!
Thanks Hound of Happiness!!!
More beautiful items can be found on The Hound of Happiness Facebook page
Thank you Ben
Ben chose HULA as the charity to receive the donations collected by his Mum's business and even donated his pocket money too!
It was a pleasure to meet him when he came to donate us a fantastic £165!
Thank you to the customers and staff at The Greenhouse Effect and a special thank you to Ben
Thank you to the Pets at Home Milton Keynes staff and customers for their ongoing support.
We recently collected these lovely donations from the collection bin inside their store.
Seth found himself homeless and in need of medical treatment just before Christmas.
We offered him a rescue space and a long journey of vet visits and medical treatments followed. All through this Seth wore a huge smile that captured the hearts of many.
Seth is now looking for his new home which we hope will provide him with the comforts that he so loves for his well-earned retirement.
We are absolutely thrilled to say that in order to try and help him find his retirement home Seth was invited to take part in the Paul O'Grady Show (broadcast on Tuesday 5th May @ 5pm on ITV1).
Everyone at HULA is thrilled that our Seth is to have this wonderful opportunity to join Paul O'Grady on this fabulous show.
Our thanks go to Paul O’Grady and the production team for all of their help with making this possible.
Paint for CharityA Paint for Charity event is being run this Thursday 7th May by Social Paint in Milton Keynes - come along for a great night out with lots of fun and paint!
Paint For Charity at The Slug and Lettuce - Milton Keynes on Thursday, 7 May! Tickets are 2 for £40 online and include a yummy snack!
2-4-1 Drinks and a ton of fun!
Bridget & Kia...what a match!Kia is currently looking for a home and Bridget Davey is a fantastic photographer who very kindly gives up her time to come along and take the most wonderful photographs of the guests in our care.
How lucky are we to have such a wonderful friend as Bridget who braved the icy wind for us recently...well our Kia certainly thinks so....
Why not take a look at Bridget's website and see more of her wonderful work.
So on behalf of Kia and all of her HULA friends... THANK YOU BRIDGET
Crafts, Art & Gift ExhibitionThe HULA outstide events team will be at the Creation Exhibition in the Centre:MK from 17th to 19th April.
Please drop by and say hello!
Hand Knitted for HULAHandknitted for HULA is the Facebook site created by one of our fantastic dog walking volunteers.
The very talented Frances raised over £1000 in 2014 with her hand knitted items!
If you are not on Facebook don't worry - a selection of her work is also on sale in the HULA Reception.
Thank goodness for Micro chipsThis little fella made a mad dash from his home and was picked up by two kind gentleman after being spotted taking himself for a walk. All this whilst his worried owner was searching for him!
We were all delighted that he had a chip and most importantly that his contact details were up to date. As this was the case we were able to contact his worried Dad immediately and the two were soon happily reunited.
If this little chap had not been micro chipped, or the details had not of been up to date, then the dog warden would have had to take him away to the local stray kennels and he would of stood much less chance of being reunited.
Please please make sure that your pets are micro chipped. HULA are happy to micro chip your pets for a fee of £15, just call us to make an appointment. Also, if your pet is already chipped why not take a few minutes to check that all of your contact telephone numbers are up to date so we can have more happy reunions like this.
Valentine's Day AuctionJoin HULA and The Weathercock in Woburn Sands for our live charity auction and band night.
Auction lots up for bidding include: a ‘Karaoke n’ Beer Night’ package, food hampers and ‘Chef Tonight’ where we send our head chef to design and cook a special meal for you.
No cover charge. No tickets. Just come along and join in the fun.
John O'Groats to Land's End
Last year some fantastic individuals, Janine and Kevin, along with 2 others cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End in September to raise money for HULA Animal Rescue.
They also raised money throughout this event for another fantastic charity Cry. The total they raised was over two thousand pounds and we're so very grateful... and very impressed with this feat!!!
They presented the cheque to us before Christmas and have just sent us some pics of their trip.
Well done and thank you!
We have received a mountain of donations from Baileys Travel in Leighton Buzzard.
Baileys Travel staff have organised a HULA collection for many years and we are so very grateful for all of their hard work and to all of their wonderful customers.
Thank you Baileys Travel for giving us a wonderful start to 2015.
New Year's Day WalkWe would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who heled us out by taking the dogs offsite for a lovely long walk... It may have helped them also blow away the hangovers.
We would also like to thank all the volunteers who have helped us throughout the festive season and the year of 2014 - we couldn't do it without you all.
A very special gift
Samantha's friends and family were so very generous and Samantha paid us a visit to donate the items to us.
We cannot thank Samantha and those who donated items to her for us enough.
It was a pleasure to meet Samantha and her Mum and our animals are very excited to receive these items at Christmas!
Blessed with Beauty
Lesley held a Christmas Draw and raised a fabulous £207.
We are so grateful for such wonderful donations.
Contacting HULAPlease note that HULA's email address has changed.
To contact us please use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffies. They're softer than you thinkStaffies. They're Softer Than You Think campaign.
We were so delighted to team up with such a fantastic and dedicated rescue and we are also delighted to have had such wonderful support from Staffie and non Staffies owners that afternoon.
It was great to see so many loved Staffies and we have a few picture for you to see.
Click here go to the Battersea website and to read more about this important campaign and find out how you can get involved.
Bark n Purr BoutiqueWe received a very wonderful donation of brand new collars and leads recently.
Many thanks to Lauren Hearn of Bark n Purr Boutique for this kind donation at Christmas.
We think our little ones are going to look fabulous!
We've wrapped some up under the tree for them to open on Christmas day.
BI WorldwideWe recently heard via twitter that staff from Bi Worldwide recently held a bake sale to raise funds for HULA.
What a lovely thing to do... eat cake..... oh wait, we mean raise money for us!!
A massive thank you to everyone for for fundraising, we are so very grateful.
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HULA would like to say a special thank you to Sammy who has supported us for many years and always helps to publicise the work of our charity whenever possible.
Team QuarshA fantastic group of employees from Quarsh have teamed up to run a half marathon on December 14th in aid of HULA.
We are delighted to be chosen by Quarsh and would really like your help in publicising their fundraising efforts.
If you can spare a £1 or two please donate via their JustGiving page. You can also sponsor by texting ‘QUAR54’ followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070.
Good luck and thank you team Quarsh!
Hand Knitted for HULA!
Frances is very talented and her knitted items have so far raised an incredible £945.
If you are not on Facebook don't worry - a selection of her work is also on sale in the HULA Reception.
Christmas is coming … the season of good will or is it?Despite much publicity and warnings, companion animals will still be given as presents this Christmas.
If we look at the HULA picture today we are currently full & have the following guests in our care :-
- 17 Dogs
- 15 Cats/kittens
- 14 Small animals
- Owner moving into rented accommodation
- Owner had no time to care dues to ill health or work commitments
- Owner moving home
- Owner had a baby
- Result of an accidental mating
- Owners tired of them
On our waiting lists to come in through no fault of their own we have :-
- 52 Dogs
- 53 Cats
- 51 Small animals
So please, before you think of giving a companion animal as a Christmas gift, think of those on our waiting list, think of those facing an uncertain future in pounds up and down the country.
Every animal deserves a loving forever home and we spend every day working towards helping as many as we possibly can.Larry, Angel and Thunder pictured here are just three of our lovely guests and are all hoping that 2015 brings a forever home and that more animals living in difficult circumstances can be helped.
If you would like to make a donation towards HULA’s work please do visit our Just Giving page.
Pets at Home VIP PointsAs you may already know you can nominate HULA as your chosen charity for the Pets at Home VIP card. This means we get a little bit of money each time you purchase items from the store.
As you can see we had a field day at Pets at Home in Aylesbury and have purchased many enrichment items for the animals.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and nominated HULA
Dawn CargillHULA lost a valued supporter recently and we would like to send our sincere condolences to Dawn Cargill's family and friends. We would also like to sincerely thank them for the very generous donations made to HULA Animal Rescue in memory of Dawn.
"Dawn Cargill was a beautiful spirit. Kind, generous, helpful and just a brilliant person to know. She had a most wicked sense of humour and an infectious laugh.
She was passionate in her love of animals - particularly dogs - and her two Pomeranians: Honey and Daisy, were her children. She would attend every companion dog show that she could and if her own dogs came home with a rosette then she was more than a little happy. Instantly recognisable with a ready smile and her camera, she'd be there in wind, rain or shine cheering everyone on.
Not only did she attend the shows, she also organised a number of them and HULA was one of the charities that benefited from her endeavours.
Sadly, at only 48 years old, Dawn lost her life on the 6th November this year. She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her."
Sky High FundraisingEveryone at HULA would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Sophie from Sky High Fundraising.
A fantastic total of £305.89 was raised and we were delighted to have a visit from Sophie and her gorgeous Border Collie Sky.
THANK YOU SOPHIE AND SKY
Christmas Art Competition
Entries are welcome from anyone under the age of 15 years.
Please send us your poster by Friday 19th December.
For further details click here.
Support Adoption Charity.
Sharon Howell and her team at Aylesbury once again baked cakes, created tombolas and engaged with their customers for the Summer Fundraising Drive which took place from Wednesday 6th August through to Tuesday 2nd September. We were delighted to visit the store along with some of our kennel guests and see first-hand the hard work and commitment from the team.
Sharon recently visited us at HULA and she is always a very welcome visitor but we were so grateful when Sharon presented us with a cheque on behalf of Support Adoption and her store colleagues for the fantastic amount of £2,055.64.
A huge HULA thank you to Sharon, her colleagues at the Aylesbury Store and Support Adoption for Pets.
Pets at Home in Bletchley for raising an amazing £1965.59 for HULA.
Thank you to all the staff and customers for your wonderful donation
Ampthill Dog Show
Peter and Jill very kindly organised a Fun Dog show in the beautiful surroundings of Ampthill Park. Our fund raising team worked really hard on the day and were invited to have a stall selling items and providing information about HULA.
Once again Lynne Davies very kindly gave up her time to judge the dog show and she had the terribly difficult task of picking winners in each of the categories.
Peter and Jill recently visited HULA along with Jake the Border Collie who was adopted from HULA a few years ago. We were delighted to see them and very grateful for the donation of £400.00.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved for allowing us to be part of the day and for your kindness and generosity – it really is appreciated.
The manager Vicky popped in to see us and present us with the cheque. We'd like to say a massive thank you to her and the team at the Luton branch and we also wish Vicky much luck in her new role at the Oxford Branch.
Charity Christmas Fayre at The Weathercock
The Weathercock in Woburn Sands has loads of events coming up including their Charity Christmas Fayre which is helping to raise money for HULA.
The Fayre is being held on Sunday 30th November. There will be a Car Boot Sale between 10am and midday. Brunch is served between 12 and 3pm with the opportunity to also have a photo taken with Santa! There will also be live Christmas music by "The Other Band".
Make a DifferenceWe'd like to say a great big thank you to Carol Tarver of Yorkshire Bank, Flitwick who nominated HULA for their 'make a difference week' and subsequently sent us a donation!
It means a lot to us that people think of us and ways to help us in their daily life or work life. It's lovely to be part of such a fantastic network of fantastic people!
Animal Friends Pet Insurance
Vote for a Charity
Animal Friends Pet Insurance, who are based in Amesbury Wiltshire, have a strong commitment to animal welfare charities. Every month they run a competition where four charities are picked to take part. Each participating charity is invited to create a video about themselves and provide an insight into the charity’s work. All the video and competition details are placed on to the Animal Friends Facebook page.
Customers and supporters are then asked to view the video and select their favourite by ‘liking’ it.
As part of their very generous commitment to animal welfare charities, Animal Friends will award the charities with a donation dependent upon how may ‘likes’ they receive. In fact, they have agreed to split the extremely generous sum of £10,000 between the four charities. Amazingly the charity that comes first will receive £5,000, 2nd place will receive £2,5000, 3rd place will receive £1,500 and 4th placed will receive £1,000.
We thought this was such a fantastic idea, so we got together and made our video, which features many of our resident animals and shows the animals in our care during a normal day at the centre.
We would be delighted if you might consider popping over to the Animal Friends Facebook page and ‘liking’ our video. Your ‘like’ would be very much appreciated by us all at HULA Animal Rescue.
All the animals and staff at HULA would like to extend a huge thank you to Animal Friends Pet Insurance for inviting us to take part in November’s competition and we wish all the charities taking part the very best of luck.
THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT, WE WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERY LIKE.
A massive thank you to Mimi & Dolly a hair love affair and of course all of their wonderful customers and clients who donated to HULA Animal Rescue.
Mimi and Dolly's very kindly offered to have a HULA collection pot in their salon and together with their clients recently raised an awesome £93.17.
We know Tina, of Mimi and Dolly, continues to support us and so we thank you all for this donation and your ongoing support.
Sky High FundraisingSky High Fundraising is currently running a pet photo competition on Facebook to raise money for HULA Animal Rescue.
Entries are being accepted until the 22nd of November - and it's all for a good cause!
So enter your piccies - we know you've got some fab ones...
Staffies. They're Softer Than You ThinkOctober's Open day saw HULA launching the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Staffies. They're Softer Than You Think campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Staffie, challenge negative perceptions about the breed and show the true soft character of these loveable dogs, that were once known as ‘Nanny dogs’ for their affinity with children.
Centres like Battersea and HULA are the last hope for thousands of unwanted and abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffie crosses.
Please visit the Battersea news page to read more about the campaign. And of course do visit their rehoming pages to see the gorgeous dogs and cats currently awaiting new homes.
Anonymous donation...A great big thank you goes to the Bristows for their recent donation in honour of the staffie parade we held at our last open day.
Apologies we've not written to you in person there was no return address.
Thank youAn enormous thank you to Tracey Lyle Carter and the Paulerspury Players who nominated HULA as the charity to receive a donation of £100 after their February Pantomime.
We are so very grateful, thank you all very much.
This was during their summer fundraising drive. We know how much effort goes in to these fundraising drives and we're so very grateful.
Hermione pictured here would also like to join us in saying a massive thank you!
HULA would like to thank Dogsblog for helping us give Esther, Kia and Trevor a re-homing boost on their website. They also organised a special radio chat between Nick Coffer of BBC Three Counties Radio and Esther the staffie.
To hear Esther's radio debut please visit the Dogsblog site where there is a link to the interview.
HULA Fete & Dog Show Photos
Just click here to view the photos on Bridget's website.
All photos are available to purchase and Bridget will be kindly donating all proceeds to HULA.
And don't forget Bridget is also available to book a photo shoot - what a fantastic present maybe for a birthday or Christmas? £5 from every shoot will be donated to HULA.
Ampthill Fun Dog Show
Sunday 28th September: Noon to 4.30pmThank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for helping to make the show a great success.
There was a fabulous turnout - the most handsome dog class had 75 entries! Lynne Davies really had her work cut out with such a variety but as ever Lynne proved once again to be a fantastic judge and we thank her for all her hard work in making the show a great event for everyone who participated.
It was a glorious sunny afternoon and everyone seemed to have a great time.
Thank you Ampthill Festival and especially the dog show organisers for putting on a fantastic show.
The Weathercock Pub
A MASSIVE thank you goes to the team at The Weathercock pub in Woburn Sands for allowing us to get involved in your recent family summer event.
We had a stall at the event and we raised £160 so we're very pleased and grateful.
We look forward to the next one!
Walnut Pet Supplies
We'd like to extend a massive thank you to the team at Walnut Pet Supplies based at Walnut Tree Farm in Milton Keynes for holding a companion dog show to raise funds for HULA.
A big thank you also goes out to those who visited and donated and helped to support this event. Our fundraising team had a great time at the show, and we hope you did too.
We are happy to say we raised £552.60!
We'd like to say a massive thank you to Shane and Joanne from Williams Plastering.
They recently dropped some donations to us and have offered assistance in helping us with maintenance work also.
We're grateful for partnerships like these and appreciate all the effort and thought that Shane and Joanne give us.
Ice Bucket Challenge!Sincere thanks to Dave Wilcox for making a donation to HULA as part of his Ice Bucket challenge forfeit!
Dave, your donation was very generous, and is very much appreciated. His friend Kirsten volunteers at HULA so he's heard all about us from her so we're really grateful to both Dave and Kirsten.
If ever there is a reason to not get soaked in ice cold water... donating to charity is it!
They delivered us four boxes crammed full of goodies and we are sincerely grateful for the carefully chosen items and all their thoughts and efforts which enabled us to receive such a gift. THANK YOU!
Thanks also goes to Gerald Petts, one of HULA’s fab volunteers, who nominated us to be their chosen charity.
They also got well and truly stuck into painting sheds and our surgery area...we think they clocked up the speedy rate of 2 sheds per hour... an amazing job by all the team!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mercedes-Benz for revamping and reorganising our reception area inside and out and also our small animal house.
Without their help we would not be able to achieve all this work in a year let alone one day!
We really do appreciate all the hard work and effort from all the team on that day and also a big thank you to Gina Pearce who organised us to be lucky enough to have the help of the team.
A new HULA HeroOn the 26th of August and finishing around 3rd or 4th September 2014, Ian Davison is walking the Offa’s Dyke Trail from Prestatyn down to Chepstow in aid of HULA Animal Rescue!
If you'd like to donate to Ian's fundraising and make those blisters worth it, please have a look at his fundraising page.
HULA gets a clean upDriveway Cleaning Solutions
Simon very kindly gave up his valuable time and visited HULA to clean all of our gutters and drains. Simon did a fantastic job and we are now all ready and prepared for those Autumn leaves.
Thank you Simon for all of your help it really is appreciated.
Well, yes. To be honest, you won’t hear us complaining. Because for every down moment, every "I’m sorry we cannot help you" you have to say, every animal you meet who’s clearly been abused, and you know full well there’s thousands out there who you just can’t help, you just can’t get to, there’s those moments when we receive an email from a previous HULA guest, who’s landed on their paws and is in a loving home. There are those moments where you get to spend 5 minutes with an animal who is simply grateful that they can trust you enough to enjoy a belly rub. When an animal who was a HULA guest years ago pops in to say “hello, look how happy I am, look how much my family loves me”. Obviously, it makes it all worth it.
They bake, they sell, they dress up, they shake the tin, they tombola, they raffle, they smile, they fundraise. All to help HULA help animals and they do it all simply trusting that their efforts will pay off. Well they do.
Sometimes people say to us “You do such a good job here”… “Keep up the good work” … “Thank you for all you do for these animals”. Please don’t thank us. We get our rewards. Help us to thank the people like Sharon and her team, for without them we couldn’t do what we do.
Sharon and her team’s recent efforts have raised us £2419.46 and we could not be more grateful. To see the work of the Support Adoption for Pets drive and to see how you can get involved please have a look at Support Adoption for Pets.
Thank you Noah's Ark
We are so happy that you thought of HULA and the animals will really appreciate your gifts.
A visit from local Guides
The 1st Woburn Sand Guides unit had a VIP tour around the site by staff members Susan Willet and Sarah Tester. They enjoyed their time at HULA and have sent us some pictures.
We were also very grateful for the kind donation from the guides.
Newport Pagnell CarnivalMassive thank you to everyone who came to see us at Newport Pagnell's carnival where we had a stand.
A hugh thank you too to our team of ever willing volunteers who, without, events like this would not be possible.
Each lead carries a special message such as "Nervous", "Friendly" or "No Dogs" which we think is a brilliant idea for dogs who may need some special attention when out and about.
If you would like to know more about Jenny and the work that she does to see if your doggie friend would benefit then please visit her website. You can also find Jenny’s details on our Useful Links page.
A much needed makeover
We are very happy to show off our refurbished caravan!
Thanks to a lovely family, who adopted a dog named Reece from us last year, Dimmock Construction Ltd and some hard working volunteers and staff our caravan is now back in business!
As always, we're moved by people's generosity and hard work and are sincerely grateful. How long before a dog is snoozing on the sofa?!
An unusual appeal
We are in need of broom heads and lots of them, so if you have a discarded broom at home then we would love to have it.
....and speaking of our farm animals it's been a busy time for the HULA sheep.
Last week it was time for the sheep to have their annual hair cut! Sheep shearing is a quite an art and we call in the specialist for this. 3 sacks of wool later and our sheep are all ready for the summer!
A Purrrfect Open Day at HULAFelines had their turn in the spotlight at Sunday’s Purrfect Open Day at HULA, along with the usual fun stalls, delicious home-made refreshments and of course the popular dog parade featuring pooches looking for a loving home. Newly renovated café ‘The Trough’ was busy serving up hot and cold drinks and a wonderful selection of cakes which were baked and donated by talented volunteers.
Long and short haired, kittens and senior cats, the fabulous residents of HULA’s cattery are hoping to find a permanent home soon. If you are interested in a purrfect addition to your family, then please consider one of our rescue cats. Prospective cat pawrents are subject to introductions and a home check. Cats must be homed at least five miles away from their previous address, if known, and preferably away from busy A roads. Full details of each moggy and the sort of home he or she needs can be found on the cattery page.
Once again from the cats, other animals and the staff, huge thanks to all the volunteers who made the Purrfect Open Day a success, and of course to the many visitors who joined us on Sunday. Your support helps us in our vital work to care for and rehome stray and unwanted animals.
We hope you had fun and look forward to seeing you in July at our next Open Day!
Is this your photo?We held a photo competition at our recent fete and unfortunately we have misplaced the owner's details of this picture. Please do get in touch if you recognise this photo as you have also won third place in the category "Best in Show".
We would like to return your photo together with your winner's rosette.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Tesco for donating a variety of items to HULA.
We are extremely grateful!
Thank you Tesco
Fun Dog Show & FeteGlorious sunshine and a fantastic array of competitions, stalls and the Fun Dog Show attracted record crowds to HULA for last Sunday’s Fete.
Best Six Legs encouraged creativity from humans and their canines, including a pair of three-legged rescue dogs, whose owners wanted to show that tripawds can do everything that their four-legged friends can! One half of the amputee duo was HULA regular Tyco Lurcher, of the Tyco’s Treats stall.
This year, totally limbless pets were a hit with visitors, who flocked to the Lee’s Reptiles stall to meet and stroke the many snakes, lizards and even a tortoise. HULA does not have rehoming facilities for exotic pets, and Lee’s Reptiles, who are affiliated to Luton Reptile Rescue, were there to explain about caring for snakes and other reptiles and help overcome phobias. Join them on their Facebook page.
Enjoying the show was first-time visitor Saxon, an 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier whose owners describe him as the most gentle and loving dog ever - a sentiment echoed by many of the Staffie owners who entered Best Staffie Smile or brought their dogs along to join in the day. Julie, Wendy and Norris from the Senior Staffy Club stall were promoting Staffie awareness and dispelling the negativity surrounding this affectionate breed.
Once again, months of planning from the HULA events team and the hard work and dedication of volunteers and staff alike made the show a great success, with a little help from the weather! Volunteers baked cakes, staffed stalls, flipped burgers, erected tents, directed traffic and donated tombola prizes and plants. Local businesses kindly sponsored dog show classes and talented photographer Bridget Davey captured the day (photos taken on the day are now available on Bridget's website. HULA’s monthly events raise vital funds for the animals in its care and spread awareness of the work that HULA does.
A big thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day as well as the stallholders - and of course the hundreds of visitors who came along and supported us.
We hope you all had a great day and look forward to seeing you at the next HULA event!
Remember the old cafe area at HULA? Thanks to employees from Domino's Pizza Head Office in Milton Keynes, HULA now has a fantastic stylish refreshment area, which doubles up as a meeting and training space.
On Friday 2 May, the hard-working Domino's team spent the day totally revamping and making over the cafe, and what a transformation it is!
For the past five years, Domino's Pizza have helped HULA by kindly donating their time and materials, for which the charity is hugely grateful. HULA receives no government funding and relies completely on donations from the public and the generosity of companies such as Domino's. All materials and labour were supplied free of charge and represent a considerable investment that the charity couldn't have otherwise afforded. In previous years, Domino's have also made over and smartened the reception area and transformed the cattery and the surgery block, helping make HULA a much better environment for the animals, staff and visitors.
This year, the team got to work cleaning and painting the cafe inside and out, repairing damaged exterior panels and ensuring that electrics are safety compliant. Inside, there is now a smart new serving area, coordinating blinds and cabinets and more tables and seating, complete with matching 'HULA green' tablecloths.
Importantly for open day visitors, staff training and volunteer inductions, there is also now a large wired-in hot water urn for those endless cups of tea and coffee that keep everyone going! And as a finishing touch, a talented Domino's employee has taken pictures of the HULA animals with a 'cup and saucer' theme which are displayed on the walls.
HULA's Katrina Smith says: "The area is now looking so smart and is a lovely environment to chill out with a cuppa or for use as a business space for meetings and training for both large and small groups."
From the animals and humans at HULA, an enormous thank you to Angie Lawrence and the employees of Domino's Pizza for their valued help, tireless enthusiasm and vision which have helped us transform the Café. Your support is invaluable to the work we do.
A huge HULA thank you to Sharon Mulliss, Diane Gildersleve, Claire Bracey, Karen Copley, Michael Vallas, Tim Cawley, Bobby Owens, Karen Severs, Adrian Scott, Angie Lawrence who all worked tirelessly on the day.
We hope to see our many HULA visitors enjoying the new cafe soon!Domino's Pizza Press Release
We are so grateful for this and we know the dogs are too!
We were amazed at the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff who had baked magnificent cakes and put together a tombola full of wonderful prices.
We all had a wonderful afternoon and it was our third visit in the last couple of weeks. As usual we were all made to feel very welcome and very much a part of the team.
Further information is available about the Pets at Home and Support Adoption on the Pets at Home website.
A huge HULA thank you to all of the team in Aylesbury - we are so grateful for your support.
Easter Egggstravaganza at HULA
HULA holds monthly open days, including the twice yearly Fun Dog Show and Fete. All are vital to raise funds and awareness for HULA and show visitors the vital work that HULA does. It is a very enjoyable afternoon out for all the family with something for everyone.
Please see the Events section of the website for more details and we hope to see you soon!
Calling all stallholders
Come rain or shine, you'll find us in our socks and sandals having a burger and trying our luck on the lucky dip.
Well here at HULA we love a good fete so much that we decide to put on a couple ourselves! On May the 18th and September the 14th we'll be hosting a fun dog show and fete.
If you would like to hold a stall at one - or both - of our shows please contact us on via email. Your stall could be anything, from selling home made goods, car booters, to wood working demonstrations - we'd love to see you there!
Pookie Cat for featuring our very own Soda.
Pookie Cat campaigns to help find homes for cats with certain needs. In their own words... "Of course there are so many cats that are waiting for their homes in the shelters, but PookieCat think that SPECIAL NEED cats are very important. Those are cats who are older, have behaviour problems or need special medical treatment. Why they are so important? Because mostly they are being overlooked and left behind and sometimes needs to wait a very long period till they are getting adopted."
Everyone at HULA would like to say thank you to the staff and customers at Waitrose, Oakgrove, Milton Keynes.
Every month the store pick three charities as part of their Community Matters Scheme and customers vote with their green token's.
HULA were lucky enough to be picked to take part in the Scheme in January.
Sally Keen kindly invited us along last week to meet the staff to say thank you for the fantastic cheque for £444.00 which was raised in January.
THANK ALL SO MUCH
MK Lifestyle Show
Thanks to your support and the fantastic work of HULA volunteers led by Pauline Warren we raised an amazing £523.61.
Thank you all so much and we hope to see you at the next one in the Autumn
It is with sincere gratitude that we collected a cheque from Pets at Home in Hemel Hempstead recently.
As always people's support and kindness is astonishing, so to all the staff at Pets at Home, and their customers who donated - thank you a million!
So if you haven't had your beloved pet chipped why not give HULA a call and we can book you in to have your pet microchipped for just £15.00.
It was an honour to be picked as the teams chosen charity and we were humbled by everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT DHL – YOU ARE AMAZING
DHL SUPPLY CHAIN SITE CHARITY FOR 2013By Chris Viccars
Every year we like to pick a chosen charity to help and raise funds for. Last year we wanted to support a local charity who didn’t get government funding, not just to help by fund raising but we also wanted to help out by volunteering our time and helping the charity out hands on as well. We had a ballot at site and HULA came out on top as our chosen site charity for 2013.
Here are a few activities that we tried out in aid to raise some funds for the much deserving charity.
We held Cake Bake days at work, selling homemade cakes to the staff across all 3 shifts, we had toy sales, perfume sales, a Christmas Raffle where we got a lot of local firms to donate some great prizes, we had two brave colleagues off our shift taking part in a “Wax Off”, one had his chest waxed OUCH... And one his legs, staff were more than happy to donate some money to watch their friends have pain inflicted on them!
A group of us were sponsored to climb SNOWDON this was a great day and achievement, made possible by a determined and brave handful of people. The company laid on a mini bus for us, our General Manager drove the bus with the helpful map reading from myself. All funds/sponsorship raised went into the HULA pot.
On a monthly basis we sold football tickets & played Jackpot Joker selling tickets at a £1.00 a time. We collected old towels/quilts/blankets in a donation box in the canteen for the dogs/cats. We sold HULA calendars on site, promoted the animals who were up for adoption every week, by printing off posters and putting in canteen, toilets, anywhere really that colleagues could read it. Donated chocolates for Open days & volunteered on Open days to help with stalls/gates etc.
HULA was a great choice for our chosen charity, the staff are so friendly and always cheerful considering the amount of stress they have to work under. The work they do there is far more than just rehoming animals and I think we got that across to a lot of our colleagues over the months and gave people a different perception of the charity.
We really enjoyed our time working with HULA and made some good friends along the way, this is certainly not the end of our relationship with them, we will support & carry on helping HULA out as best we can going forward.
On a personal note myself (Chris) will be helping out at Open days this year and any other way I can when I get some spare time. It really is a great atmosphere at HULA and a get away from the hustle & bustle of every day in the office, and as an animal lover I am still looking out to adopt the right “forever dog” when she or he comes along :)
Thank you HULA for making 2013 charity fund raising a pleasure and an honour to do for you and here’s wishing you a successful 2014 to all the staff.Back to top
The wonderful team held an internal competition recently and kindly donated £100.00 to HULA
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY
Sharon very kindly selected HULA as the store's chosen charity in December - we were invited along to take part and as usual HULA staff members & our dogs were made very welcome by the lovely Aylesbury colleagues.
Sharon and her colleagues worked really hard, baking delicious cakes and putting together a brilliant Christmas tombola.
Sharon who has recently adopted a kitten from HULA called Milo kindly visited us last week and presented us with a wonderful cheque for £3324.27 and gave us an update on Milo's progress.
Thank you Sharon and all of your customers & colleagues for your support, hard work and enthusiasm.
Further information about the Pets at Home Support Adopton for Pets charity.
We are so delighted to be working alongside the Bletchley branch and really appreciate their wonderful donation.
Forget bitcoin – pet food is the new currency!Hula is thrilled that supporter Rowena Gibbons has very kindly organised a concert of talented musicians.
Saturday 8th March: 7.30pm
You won’t have to fork out a penny to get into this FUNdraising concert (with the emphasis on ‘fun’), all it will cost you to get in is either a tin of cat or dog food, emphasising the essentials that are always needed.
St Mary's Church, Shenley Church End
The concert is presented by Cisaro – a violin, oboe and piano trio - plus friends, all of whom are music teachers and performers. There’ll be something for everyone, from well-known classical tunes to a bit of jazz and latin, humorous ditties to tango.
During the interval will be stalls selling a cornucopia of high quality locally made crafts to tempt you whilst you enjoy a cuppa. For full details please see our Events page.
Please do come along and join in the fun
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Help Shaun Help HULASunday 9th March.
Shaun has very kindly offered to raise funds for HULA and we hope you will support him by sponsoring his run. Every penny really does make a difference to the lives of the animals at HULA.
If you can spare a pound or two please visit Shaun's JustGiving page.
Good luck Shaun and thank you from all the animals.
...another HULA HeroWe also have another brave runner in the MK Half Marathon. Everyone would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah Norton for choosing HULA as her chosen charity whilst running the MK Half Marathon.
To sponsor Sarah please go to her JustGiving page.
We wish Sarah all the best of luck with her training!
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Nick and Nia spent time with our guests and put on a fabulous show.
Thank you so much for visiting us.
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A meeting of two very special GregsEveryone would like to say a huge thank you to Greg Rutherford who very kindly took an afternoon out of his busy schedule to come along and meet everyone at HULA.
Huge thanks to Greg Rutherford for visiting us and for spending many hours with all the animals in our care and for really making little Greg's day.
Everyone at hula was delighted to meet Greg Rutherford and it was lovely to hear about his own dogs and see his utter devotion to animals.
Thank you Greg from everyone at HULA.
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We have many pets brought to HULA who have been straying and to be able to scan the animal and find a chip is fantastic. The Halo scanner is ideal as we are able to link this to a main database which allows us to know immediately if the animal has been reported lost or stolen.
We are so grateful to have won the Halo scanner and to have such wonderful support.
Thanks again, Vets Get Scanning and VioVet we are very excited to receive this gift.
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Morrisons in Leighton Buzzard kindly have a donation bin for HULA in store.
On behalf of all the HULA animals we wish to thank Morrison's customers for their very generous donations.
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Bailey's TravelAnother Leighton Buzzard company, Bailey's Travel, are long standing supporters of HULA.
We wish to say an enormous thank you to the staff at Bailey's and all of their customers who gave so generously during a collection over the Christmas and New Year period.
We are so very grateful to have such fantastic support from local businesses. You really do make a difference to the lives of all of our animals.
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Thank you so much and we're glad that you enjoy our website.
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Fancy a fun evening of Bingo?
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Words cannot express our overwhelming gratitude to Greg for choosing a small independent charity like HULA.
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