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Thank you Noah's Ark

Photo of donation from Noah's Ark Vets in Dunstable
HULA would like to say a big thank you to Noah's Ark Veterinary Clinic in Dunstable who dropped off a donation of goodies for our animals.

We are so happy that you thought of HULA and the animals will really appreciate your gifts.

A visit from local Guides

Photo of 1st Woburn Sand Guides
Working in at rescue isn't all about the animals we are here to work with people too.

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.

Photo of HULA stand at Newport carnival

Newport Pagnell Carnival

Massive 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.

Photo of donation from Lawes Paws
HULA would like to say a big thank you to Vicky Lawes and Clare Petheridge of Lawes Paws for their generous donation of some wonderful new leads and treats for the HULA dogs.

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.

Canine Massage

We would yet again like to say a huge thank you to Jenny Youdan for volunteering her time to allow some of our dogs to get a session of Canine Massage Therapy. Jenny is a very busy lady so we really do appreciate all that she can do for HULA.

Photo of Cuddles receiving a massage
As you can see Cuddles is enjoying his massage, we are sure that is a big smile on his face!

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!

Photo of refurbished caravan
We're pleased to have an area where adopters can go on their intros with their potential new dogs to spend some time with them in a home-like environment. As well as this we can offer this space for volunteers and staff to use at break times as well as a place to bond with dogs.

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

Photo of a broom head
Our farm animals love to keep clean and also to have a good old scratch and what better to do it with than a good old broom head!

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!

Photo of a sheep after shearing

A Purrrfect Open Day at HULA

Felines 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.

Photo of Rocky the cat
HULA currently has 11 cats looking for their forever homes, with another 40 or so on their waiting list. It is often assumed anyone turning up at HULA with an unwanted or stray animal can have it taken in immediately, but sadly the charity has very limited kennel, cattery and hutch spaces and dogs, cats and small animals are placed on a waiting list with a strict priority system in place.

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.

June is National Microchipping Awareness Month and HULA offered a microchipping service at the Open Day for a specially reduced price of just £10. A scanner is kept at HULA to help reunite stray animals with their owners, and HULA are keen to stress the importance of chipping your dog or cat (and even rabbit!) and keeping the details up to date. Pet microchipping is available throughout the year by appointment at HULA for £15.

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!

Missing photo from competition

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.

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Photo of donations from Tesco

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 & Fete

Glorious sunshine and a fantastic array of competitions, stalls and the Fun Dog Show attracted record crowds to HULA for last Sunday’s Fete.

Some dogs at the fun dog show May 14
Eleven varied classes, including Most Handsome Dog and Best Rescue, gave every dog a chance to compete for the ultimate prize - Best In Show. And halfway through, HULA staff and volunteers showed off dogs looking for loving homes, followed by a parade of happily rehomed former HULA guests.

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.
Mary dog at the fun dog show
Staffies can live as long as 18 years and make excellent family pets. Sadly, a high percentage of dogs in rescue in the UK are Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and they are often overlooked by potential adopters in favour of more fashionable breeds.. The Senior Staffy Club rescues abandoned and unwanted Staffies and crosses of seven years and over and they always need volunteers and foster homes. Find them also on Facebook. HULA currently has some gorgeous bull breed dogs patiently waiting for a forever home – including the beautiful Mary -- and has recently successfully rehomed the lovely Sasha, Cara, Jasmine and Gentle Joe.

Photo of show rosettes
The HULA Pet Photo Competition attracted over 50 entries, and gave cats and hamsters their chance to shine as well as dogs. HULA Dog Walking Volunteer Co-ordinator Emily Stritser ran doggy competitions such as Best Sausage Catcher, and tickets for the tombola’s mystery bags quickly sold out. Delicious home made cakes and a BBQ catered for hungry visitors and a bouncy castle, car boot sale and many stalls entertained visitors young and old.

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!

Sponsors of the dog show

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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.

Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza

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.

Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza

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

Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza

Canine Massage

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jenny Youden for volunteering her canine massage services here at HULA.

We are so grateful for this and we know the dogs are too!

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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Sharon Howell and her dedicated Team at pets at Home Aylesbury.

Photo of Sharon Howell from Pets at Home and Seamus staffie
Sharon and her store colleagues kindly invited us over to the store as part of their May Support Adoption Fundraising Drive. Once again the Aylesbury store very kindly nominated HULA and we all had a wonderful afternoon selling raffle tickets in store and having the opportunity to spend time with the team and say hello to the Pets at Home Customers.

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

Photo of HULA bunnies
An army of dedicated volunteers and staff helped make the HULA Easter Eggstravaganza open day a huge success – and of course the generosity of the many visitors who came to meet the animals and support a great cause.

Photo of Patch the dog with Sarah Tester
Face painting, a bouncy castle, competitions and games kept the crowds amused, and in the Hula Dog Parade, staff showed off adorable canines looking for a forever home. Name the lamb, an egg hunt, Easter bonnet competition and an Easter egg tombola were very popular, with some superb prizes. The Rabbit Welfare Association was also on hand to give out useful advice about buying and keeping rabbits as pets. At this time of year, many rabbits are given as presents and sadly end up in rescue homes like HULA.
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The message is that unless you are sure of the commitment and costs involved, stick to giving chocolate eggs instead! The usual farmyard animals proved popular (particularly with the younger visitors) as did the home-made refreshments and bric-a-brac. Regular supporters Tycos Treats sold their delicious home-made dog treats and cakes.

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!

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Calling all stallholders

Photo of HULA dog show
Pubs, Pie and Chips, The Royals, Ant & Dec, 3 Lions on our shirts... we know what it means to be living in sunny old Blighty! And with Summer fast approaching that can only mean one thing - The Good Old British Fete!

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!

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Thank you very much to 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."

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Everyone at HULA would like to say thank you to the staff and customers at Waitrose, Oakgrove, Milton Keynes.

Photo of cheque presentation from 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.


MK Lifestyle Show

Photo of HULA stand at the MK Lifestyle Show
Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the Middleton Hall Lifestyle Exhibition.

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

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Photo of cheque presentation from Pets at Home in Hemel Hempstead

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!

Photo of Viovet donating HALO scanner to HULA
We are delighted have been donated a wonderful Halo Microchip Scanner from Richard Jordan of VioVet.

Photo of Lola the dog with the new HALO scanner donated to HULA
It is so important for all owners to microchip their pets, we as a rescue see many animals that have been straying and hear of so many that have gone missing. If your pet is microchipped and you keep the details up to date your pet will be re-united with you.

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.

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HULA Animal Rescue would like to say a huge thank you to Chris Viccars and her colleagues at DHL in Milton Keynes. Chris and her colleagues very kindly picked HULA as their chosen charity in 2013. We enjoyed meeting the team and are indebted to them for all of their help and magnificent fundraising efforts in 2013.

It was an honour to be picked as the teams chosen charity and we were humbled by everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm.


DHL 2013 charity of the year cheque presentation


By 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.

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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Maddie Buckland and her colleagues at Home Retail in Central Milton Keynes.

The wonderful team held an internal competition recently and kindly donated £100.00 to HULA


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Photo of Sharon Howell from Pets at Home and Laura Randall Animal Welfare Assistant
Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Sharon Howell, her wonderful colleagues and the customers of Pets at Home Aylesbury.

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 would like to say a HUGE thank you to Pets at Home in Bletchley for this fabulous cheque for £431.69.

Sarah Tester collecting cheque from Pets at Home store in Bletchley

We are so delighted to be working alongside the Bletchley branch and really appreciate their wonderful donation.

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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
St Mary's Church, Shenley Church End

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.

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 HULA

Volunteer dog walker Shaun Wilson will be completing his first half marathon on Sunday 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 Hero

We 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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We would like to say a huge thank you to the Nick Coffer show from BBC Three Counties radio who visited HULA and broadcast their fantastic show from our reception area.

Nick and Nia spent time with our guests and put on a fabulous show.

Visit from BBC Three Counties Radio

Thank you so much for visiting us.

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A meeting of two very special Gregs

Everyone 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.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford and staffie Greg
Greg Rutherford kindly picked HULA as one of his chosen charities when he was asked to appear on the ITV programme The Cube. At around the same time, a very special little staffie with a very sad past came into our care. As a tribute to Greg Rutherford's kindness we named our new arrival Greg.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford and staffie Greg
Sadly our Greg had sustained an eye injury and ended up in a stray dog pound. Unfortunately, the eye could not be saved and recently he had to have his eye removed. Little Greg is recovering well after his ordeal, though his week ended really well as he absolutely loved meeting his namesake and playing with him for the afternoon.

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.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford and staffie Greg

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 would like to say a huge thank you to Richard Jordan of Viovet for donating a HALO scanner to HULA.

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.

Donation of goods from Morrison's store in Leighton Buzzard

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 Travel

Another 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

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We would like to say a huge thank you to L Amswych for her wonderful and kind donation that was sent to our HULA Charity Shop.

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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Picture of The Cube ITV programme logo
HULA was delighted to receive the news that our local Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford was to participate in the ITV show The Cube and had chosen HULA as a recipient of his winnings.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford
We were astonished by the generosity of Greg and the progamme makers when we learnt that the donation was a staggering £10,000.

Words cannot express our overwhelming gratitude to Greg for choosing a small independent charity like HULA.

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Noel Noel

Here is Noel who arrived with us yesterday, he has been settling in and ensuring that there are Christmas presents under the tree for all of his new friends at HULA (he did cheekily open one today though).

Photo of Noel the dog
All our guests are looking forward to opening their presents tomorrow morning and having a good Christmas lunch followed by time out and fun with our dedicated staff & volunteers.

We would like to say a huge thank you to every person that has supported or visited us this year. Your support is invaluable and enables us to help animals just like Noel who sadly faced an uncertain future in the dog pound just a few days ago.

We would especially like to thank all of the very generous people who have been kind enough to send Christmas presents for our cats, kittens, dogs, farm & small animals to help ensure they have a wonderful happy and safe Christmas.

HULA Animal Rescue would like to wish all our supporters and volunteers a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014.

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Christmas came early at HULA

We have so many wonderful supporters. Here are just a few thank yous to these amazing friends of HULA.

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Everyone at HULA would like to extend a huge thank you to Sharon Howell and her wonderful team at Pets at home Aylesbury. Sharon and her colleagues raised an amazing £2954.44 during the Pets at home fundraising drive in October.

Thank you so much Sharon and all your store colleagues and of course the Aylesbury customers for your kindness, generosity and hard work which is so appreciated by us all.

Over to Sharon....

"I always look forward to our fundraising events at Pets at Home as it means once again we can raise much needed funds for HULA.

Our customers in the Aylesbury store are always so generous. I always feel quite humble when i hand over the cheque and the HULA team thank me because if it wasn't for our faithful customers I would not be able to.

I would like to wish everyone at HULA and all my customers and colleagues in Aylesbury Pets at Home a very Merry Christmas and hope that in the new year HULA will not have too many unwanted pets left on theie door step."

Photo of dog from Sky High Fundraising Facebook page
Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Sophie from Sky High Fundraising for organising a photo competition and raising a fantastic £478.29 for HULA Animal Rescue.

Sophie came along to visit HULA and very kindly brought the donation in to us.

Thank you Sophie - we are so grateful for your support and hard work and thank you to everyone who participated.

Please do go and see the fantastic photos at

Photo of Sarah Tester and Emily Mortimer

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Emily Mortimore for raising £71.00 for HULA.

We are so grateful to Emily and her family for all their help!

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Photo of Bow with gifst from Pets at Home
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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Pets at Home for the wonderful donation of toys and enrichment items for the animals in our care.

Christmas arrived early and Eadie, Shadow and Bow were delighted with lovely Christmas presents!

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Photo of Emma and Cara receiving gifts from Open University staff
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All of the staff and animals at HULA would like to say a massive thank you to Lucy Watson at the Open University for organising a collection of bedding and animal food for HULA and for everyone who contributed to this. Thank you also for your kind donation of £50.00.

Here in the photo we have Sam, Nicky, Lucy, Janet, Laila and Rose who are presenting the collection to Emma, our Rehoming Coordinator, and Cara.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity - we are all extremely grateful.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all the customers and staff (in particular Linda, in the Charity Department) at Morrisons in Houghton Regis for donating dog food to us.

We are overwhelmed with you support and generosity!

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Photo of donation from Pets at Home, Bletchley
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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Pets at Home Bletchley for raising a fantastic £987.92 during the Pets at Home fundraising drive in October.

Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity - we really appreciate it.

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All the staff and animals at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Victoria Bailey and her mother and father for donating these wonderful cat and dog toys, treats and food.

As you can see from the photo, Bruno was especially grateful and was wondering if he could take something out of the box without us noticing!

Thank you once again - we are so grateful for your support and generosity.

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Thank you

All the staff and animals at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to the following donors who have purchased items from our Amazon Wish List.

We really do appreciate your continued generosity and support.

Cara the dog with gifts from the Amazon wish list

Your donations go a long way in helping us help the animals in our care who are looking for their forever homes through no fault of their own.

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Xmas gifts from the OU
We would also like to say a huge thank you to Business Services at the Open University for organising a collection of donations for the animals here at HULA.

Thank you to Becki, Amanda and Katrina for dropping them off to us at the Centre.

As you can see Robin was very impressed with the collection and said he will reluctantly share this with the rest of his four legged friends!

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Pets at Home Charity Day

Everyone at HULA would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Sharon Howell from Pets at Home.

Sharon organised an Assistant Managers charity day and very kindly picked HULA. Sharon and her store colleagues from far and wide spent the day at HULA helping us with a multitude of tasks.

Pets at Home store colleagues on their charity day at HULA

We all had a wonderful day and the team of twenty worked so hard and helped us to do so many jobs - the difference that they collectively made to our site was fabulous. Our store room, pet bed shed, garage & reception look amazing thanks to the combined skills of the Pets at Home colleagues.

Thank you all for choosing HULA. We were delighted to meet you all and hope that you enjoyed your HULA day.

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Presents from Zooplus

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Markus Brehm and the Zooplus Team for picking us as your charity partner for three months.

Zooplus customers kindly donated their loyalty points and we were fortunate to receive six boxes of the most wonderful items for the animals in our care.

"Utterly Amazing what more can we say, 6 parcels came that made our day,
our dogs have new coats all cosy and warm,
our cats have new play tunnels that went down a storm.

We have Kongs galore and cat puzzles to play with,
all because of the kindness you came with.
With comfy homes, treats and enrichment our small animals have lots of fulfillment.

So one more big thank you from everyone at HULA and our lovely guests - the fun they will have says all the rest!"


Here are just some of our guests enjoying their special gifts.

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HULA shop window display December 2013


We would like to say a big thank you to Mandy Cooper and the volunteers at our HULA shop in Woburn Sands for their lovely Christmas window display.

Congratulations for winning the trophy again this year!

We would also like to thank Wyvale Garden Centre and The Co-Operative for their lovely donated items.

Ampthill Dog Show

Presentation of funds raised at Ampthill Dog Show 2013
Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Peter and Jill from the Ampthill Festival committee for their donation of £500.00 which was raised at the Ampthill Dog Show in October.

The Dog Show was a fantastic day and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Thank you once again for your support and generosity - we really appreciate it.

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All the Staff & Animals at HULA Animal Rescue would like to say a huge thank you to DHL for their recent donation of some new picnic benches.

Thank you so much for all that you do to support HULA

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Waitrose in Buckingham for inviting HULA to be involved in the Community Matters scheme.

Photo of cheque presentation from Waitrose in Buckingham
We would also like to thank all the staff and customers for supporting HULA during the scheme and raising a fantastic £380.00.

Thank you for your support and generosity - we really appreciate it.

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Purple Poppies

November 2013

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To honour the memory of animals as victims of war HULA will be supporting Animal Aid's scheme for the sale of purple poppies.

Since Animal Aid introduced the sale of poppies the scheme has grown year by year. Donations raised by the sale of the poppies will be shared by Animal Aid and HULA.

We thank you for your support in remembering all those animals killed in times of strife; the often forgotten victims.

Four Paws Fashion Show

We'd like to introduce you to our four legged models Cara, Biscuit and Rudi, who took to the dog walk today to show off their modelling skills.

Thankfully our models were all very well behaved and we had no diva like behaviour, obscure demands or cat fights. Our models were happy for us to repay them with dog treats and cuddles :-)

The bandanas they are wearing were donated to us by Pet Pooch Boutique.

Biscuit modelling a bandana Rudi modelling a bandana Cara modelling a bandana

Thank you Pet Pooch Boutique!

MK Lifestyle Show

October 2013

HULA Animal Rescue will be at the Lifestyle Show which is held at Middleton Hall in the Centre MK, Milton Keynes.

The event is on for 4 days, starting on Thursday 24th October and finishing on Sunday 27th October.

Please come along and see us - you'll be able to find out more information about HULA Animal Rescue and the animals we currently have in our care who are looking for their forever homes.

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Stray Dogs

This year's stray dogs survey has highlighted that 307 dogs were picked up each day and sadly nearly 9000 of those were put to sleep in the year April 2012 to March 2013.

If you find a stray dog the local dog wardens are authorised to pick them up and take them to appointed kennels where they can be scanned for a micro-chip. Contact numbers for the dog wardens local to HULA may be found on our Useful Links page.

Please do remember to check that your animal is microchipped and that your contact telephone numbers are correct so that if your animal does stray you can be safely re-united.

If you need to have your dog, cat or rabbit micro-chipped then please call us to make an appointment.

The full survey may be found on the Dogs Trust website.

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Cat Cuddles

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jayne Warbey for dedicating much needed socialising time to the cats at HULA.

Jayne, who works for Marks & Spencer, chose HULA for her charity day at work.

We are so happy HULA was picked by Jayne and that Marks and Spencer allow their staff to carry out days like these.

All the cats had a fab day and extra cuddles thanks to Jayne.

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Ampthill Dog Show

October 2013

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Jill and Peter and the Ampthill Festival Committee for organising the Ampthill Fun Dog Show last Sunday.

The event and dog show were fantastic and we all had a brilliant time.

Thank you so much for inviting HULA along to the event. We really appreciate your support.

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Kempston Dog Show

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We would like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful and dedicated volunteers Roy, Hazel and Jacqui for attending the outside event at Kempston on the 29th September and representing HULA.

They raised a total of £74.17 which is a fantastic achievement.

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Pets at Home

Photo taken at Pets at Home store in Milton Keynes

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff and customers at Pets at Home Milton Keynes for raising £92.50 for HULA.

We really do appreciate your continued support and generosity.

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Pedigree Partnership

Paul O’Grady and HULA Animal Rescue join together to help Pedigree make the largest ever donation of dog food to rescue centres around the UK.

Paul O’Grady joined with Kat Maling from HULA Animal Rescue, Milton Keynes to call on dog owners and lovers across the Milton Keynes area, to ‘Buy One, Feed One’ and help make the biggest ever donation of dog food to rescue centres in the UK.

Photo of Paul O'Grady and Katherine Maling
As part of the Feeding Brighter Future’s campaign, Paul and HULA Animal Rescue are calling on the people of Milton Keynes to ‘paws for thought’ this weekend and help feed abandoned dogs. Consumers can support the campaign when out shopping through Pedigree’s ‘Buy One, Feed One’ promotion, which will see one meal donated to a rehoming centre for every special pack bought. The special packs will be available in selected stores until early October.

Please go to our Pedigree page for more information on this year's campaign and our Partnership with Pedigree.

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Volunteering is a fantastic way to support HULA and there are so many ways that you can help.

Why not take a look at the Volunteering page to see the many varied opportunites available. Or you may have a particular trade or skill that is not listed - we would still love to hear from you.

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Pins for Paws Funday

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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Tracy Dodd of Tyco's Treats for organising the Pins for Paws funday held at AMF Bowling in Wellingborough recently.

It takes an enormous effort to hold fundraising events and Tracy very kindly took on this challenge to support all local charities including HULA, NANA, WELLIDOG and Animals in Need.

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Fun Dog Show & Fete

September 2013

Bridget Davey photo of dogs from the show

We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who attended our fete on Sunday 8th September.

HULU staff and volunteers spend many hours in preparing and working at our special events. Every one of you is vital to HULA and contributes to our success.

Thank you does not seem enough but HULA and the animals are so very grateful for all that you do.

A few special mentions:- Our wonderful photographer Bridget Davey has some more stunning pictures on her website for you to see.

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Zooplus Rewards

August 2013

We were thrilled to have been picked as Zooplus Charity Partner for three months.

Thank you to everyone at

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Pets at Home

Photo taken at Pets at Home store in Hemel Hempstead
We would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and customers at Pets At Home Hemel Hempstead for their donation of £594.95.

This money was raised during the Spring National Fundraising Drive which was organised by Pets At Home Support Adoption For Pets.

Thank you all for your continued support of HULA

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Photo taken at Pets at Home store in Bedford
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Pets at Home store in Bedford.

They kindly raised a fantastic £841.87!

We are so appreciative of all your support and kindness.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful & hard working team from Mercedes-Benz who picked Hula for their charity day.

We enjoyed welcoming the team and sincerely thank them for their help with gardening and clearing on site.


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August 2013

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We are delighted to have been donated a HALO scanner by Ark House Vets in Leighton Buzzard.

This scanner is very special, not only does it pick up microchips it will also alert us if the chip has been registered stolen or lost.

Thank you so much to Kate Semple and her team.

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Photo Aimee and Gaz at HULA
We would like to say a huge thank you to Aimee and Gaz for coming down to HULA to promote our work and our dogs.

We really do appreciate your time and support. Cara enjoyed the photo opportunity too :)

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Photo of Karma the dog at Pets at Home in Aylesbury meeting and greeting the public
We would like to say a huge thank you to Sharon and her lovely team at Pets at Home Aylesbury for welcoming staff member Sarah & our lovely lad Karma to their store recently.

Karma & Sarah had a lovely afternoon meeting and greeting and Karma enjoyed his treats then promptly fell asleep, snoring loudly when he got back to Hula.

Thank you all for making us so welcome

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Community Life

We would like to say a special thank you to the team at Community Life who have chosen HULA as their charity of the month in August.

There is a double page feature to promote the work of HULA and you can read the on-line version right here.

Community Life is a monthly magazine that focuses on the Bedford community and we are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to reach so many local readers. The magazine is packed with informative articles, local trades and plenty of ideas for things to do in the area.

Thank you Community Life!

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Photo of Bubbles going to his foster home
Bubbles recently left us to live in his new foster home with Steve & Sharon and Marley, Badger & Purdie.

We were so pleased to hear that he has settled in very quicky and has even found time to let us know what he's been up to.

Read Bubbles's update here

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Heather and Hannah and all the team at the Lush Store in Milton Keynes for holding a charity day for us.

A total of £117.50 was raised which is a massive achievement.

We are extremely grateful for your support.

For more information about Lush, please have a look at their website

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We would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people at Kyocera who have very kindly donated a fantastic new printer to us.

The donation of our fantastic new office addition was made to celebrate Kyocera's 25th Anniversary.

Happy Anniversary and thank you so much for your generosity which is much appreciated by everyone at HULA

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Spinney Lodge Vets

We would like to thank Spinney Lodge Vets in Northampton for their kind donation of dog collars and leads.

Thank you so much - we really appreciate your generosity and support

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Biggleswade Saddlery

Photo of Sonny and Storm modelling new headcollars
We would like to thank Tammy and Serge at Biggleswade Saddlery Equiworld for donating two headcollars, lead ropes and some pony treats.

Our ponies, Sonny and Storm really appreciate your donation and very kindly stood still to allow us to take a photo of them modelling their new accessories.

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Photo of Samson going to his new home

July 2013

Please raise a glass for Sir Samson....

We have said a very special goodbye to our little man with a big heart and huge personality.

Samson at 13 years young left us to live with his wonderful new family, we packed his bags this afternoon including his favourite maroon blanket and lots of treats.

Photo of Samson going to his new home
Samson has one eye and is a little deaf however, this does not stop him having a wonderful zest for life and cheeky personality; he has captured the hearts of many since being picked up after straying and faced being put to sleep in the dog pound.

He was rescued by the wonderful people at Safe & Sound and he was then HULA bound.

Good luck in your new home Sir Samson and we would like to thank your new family for giving you a wonderful new and loving home.

Photo of Samson in his new home

.....and just a few days later we received this lovely photo from Samson's new family showing how settled in and relaxed he is already!

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Kaiser the dog at agility class

July 2013

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to the Up N Over Training Club, Upper Heyford for their fantastic fundraising on behalf of HULA. We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £200.00 today - thank you all.

For more information about the training club please see the Up N Over website.

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Photo of Wilson the dog
We would like to say a huge thank you to Wendy, Tanya and their lovely team at Brittanya for Mucky Pups in Fenny Stratford.

Once again they welcomed Wilson to their salon and gave him a real pamper session and groom. Wilson had a fantastic time and we are so grateful to Mucky Pups for grooming our Wonderful Wilson.


For more information about the range of wonderful services they offer why not take a look at the Brittanya for Mucky Pups website.

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Photo of Bubbles going to his foster home
We would like to say a huge thank you to Steve and Sharon who this week came to take our Bubbles into their hearts and home. Bubbles will be joining Steve, Sharon, Marley, Badger and Purdie and we are so delighted that he is to join their wonderful family.

Steve and Sharon are two amazing people who have previously fostered for us. Their dedication and passion is amazing and we were all so delighted for Bubbles as he left for his new home and life.

Thank you so much Steve and Sharon for allowing Bubbles to join you and we look forward to updates.

Good luck Bubbles - you have a wonderful new home and family as you do deserve.

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Dog Show

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Steeple Claydon held a community event and dog show on Saturday 27th July. The HULA outside events team were on hand to raise funds and awareness of the work of HULA Rescue.

Thankfully they also managed to avoid the late afternoon storms!

Thank you as always to the events team.

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Our New Collars

Karma the dog modelling a new collar from Pets at Home Adoption Team

July 2013

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Pets at Home Support Adoption Team who very kindly sent us a wonderful package with new collars for our kennel guests.

One of the lovely new collars can be seen here being modelled by our handsome lad Karma who was really chuffed to receive his gift today.

Thank you to the Support Adoption Team for thinking of us :)

Please click here for more information about Pets at Home Support Adoption.

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Summertime Fun

Some of our residents have been enjoying the recent Summer sunshine and finding new ways to cope with the heat.

Pigs Flossy and Smudge have made full use of their mud bath and Henry the goat loved his ice lolly - home made by our work experience students.

Flossy and Smudge the pigs in their mud bath Henry the goat enjoying an ice lolly

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Pets at Home Aylesbury

July 2013

All the Staff & Animals at HULA Animal Rescue would like to say a huge thank you to Sharon Howell, her fantastic team & all the customers of Pets at Home Aylesbury.

We are so delighted to have been presented with a cheque for £2,279.71 after all of your hard work during the Spring National Fundraising Drive (Wednesday 17th April to Tuesday 14th May 2013).

Thank you so much for all that you do to support HULA

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A fresh look at HULA

June 2013

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Isabel Brokmann and her colleagues from IKEA.

The wonderful ladies and gentlemen kindly spent the afternoon at HULA putting together new tables and chairs for our refreshments area. They very generously donated all of the items and we are absolutely thrilled with our new look.

Thank you to all the team for your amazing generosity and help – we are so grateful

Here are some before and after photos!

Photo of HULA cafe before refurbishment Photo of HULA cafe after refurbishment

And here is the fabulous team who made it possible.

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Huge thanks to a terrific quartet

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to four very special ladies - Katrina, Sara, Yvette and Brenda who have very kindly been foster parents for us.

Photo of Heather the cat
Katrina has been fostering our beautiful Heather cat for over eight months. Heather came to HULA quite poorly and a rescue centre was really not the best place for her to regain her strength. You might like to read more about Heather and her foster Mum’s amazing journey on Heather's blog. Heather is now looking for her forever home but really enjoying her time with her foster Mum.

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Yvette is fostering the very lovely Bon Bon. Bon Bon is rather unwell and suffering from Cardiomyopathy. Sadly we have been advised this is a terminal condition however Yvette has opened her heart and her home to care for Bon Bon. Bon Bon is having a wonderful time and being loved and cherished in foster.

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Sara has been looking after Phil a lovely crossbreed dog who came into our care a few months ago. Sara has been taking Phil home and out and about with her own dogs. Phil had a whale of a time whilst in foster! Sara has now said a very fond goodbye to Phil as he went off to live with his new family and she is now fostering Jackson a beautiful cat who found life in the cattery difficult but who is now relaxing in cat heaven at Sara’s home.

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And finally our most recent foster Mum was Brenda. Brenda fostered Charlie who was a very special dog. Sadly he was diagnosed with lymphoma and only had a short time to enjoy his special home. We were all devasted to lose Charlie so soon and are indebted to Brenda for making his final days so happy. Thank you also to staff member Sarah for looking after Charlie while he was in HULA's care.



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DHL charity partner news

June 2013

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Chris Viccars from the DHL Team Milton Keynes who came along to help us paint our reception windows. Thanks Chris for doing this especially while you were on holiday from work.

The windows haven't looked this good for some time!

Collage of cats available June 2013 Link to Bridget Davey Photography

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Bridget Davey who has kindly given up a huge amount of her time to come along and photograph our guests.

Bridget is always a welcome visitor and we so enjoy seeing the stunning photographs she takes. Bridget took lots of photographs at our recent fete and the glorious shots can be found here. Why not take a look?


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May 2013

Once again we have to say a huge thank you to Pedigree for a wonderful and huge donation of dog and cat toys.

As part of their "Feeding Brigher Futures" campaign not only are they feeding our dogs for a whole year but we also get fabulous surprises like this.

Thanks again, the dogs and cats are very excited :))

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Pets at Home VIP Points

We have recently received our first Pets At Home Lifelines card with the VIP club points saved by Pets At Home customers shopping in store. The VIP scheme give shoppers great discounts and special offers and it saves points for your chosen charity for every pound you spend. You can sign up today by following the link to the Very Important Pets Club.

Photo of Dog Puzzles purchased with Pets at Home Lifeline points
If you would like to give your points to HULA please select your home store as either Milton Keynes, Aylesbury or Bedford and then select HULA from the drop down menu of available charities.

We spent our recent Lifeline card points on some fantastic Pets At Home wooden activity games to challenge the dogs in our kennels and give them some mental stimulation.

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Microchipping Plea

June is national microchipping awareness month. We know that many of you will have your pets microchipped already, which is great news. However could we please ask you to check the details on your chip? For example, have you changed any of your contact numbers or moved home since the chip was registered?

Taking a couple of minutes to check will ensure that your family member can be safely reunited with you should they be lost as the first thing that a vet or warden will check is to see whether an animal is chipped.

For further information please read our Microchipping Leaftet

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A helping hand from Loughton Beavers

We were delighted to receive a visit from the Loughton Beavers this week.

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They enjoyed a short tour around HULA to meet the farm animals and then rolled up their sleeves for some work!

We are all very grateful for their help in planting up our hanging baskets and troughs ready for the summer.

Thank you to all the Beavers, leaders and parents for visiting

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Midsummer Madness

Photo of Rosemary and Mimi at the Midsummer Madness event June 2013
Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to our very hard working outside events team. Hazel, Rosemary and Roy kindly went along to the Midsummer Madness event in Bletchley on Sunday 23rd June to represent HULA.

They were accompanied by our lovely Mimi who thoroughly enjoyed her afternoon in the sun.

Thank you all for your hard work.

Why not make a date to visit the team at the Eco Festival & Dog Show, Gt Linford on the 14th July.

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Flitvale Garden Centre

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June 2013

We recently had a wonderful donation from Flitvale Garden Centre who kindly donated some dog food and various toys. The package also included some fab rope parrot perches but without a parrot in our care they have been converted into rabbit enrichment toys.

Thank you Flitvale for helping to keep our bunnies busy.

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A Purrrrfect Open Day

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Thank you once again to all of our supporters for joining us at this month's special Open Day on 9th June.

As June is National Microchipping Awareness month we had a special offer on microchipping and pictured below are some of the "canine customers". All were very brave and none the worse for their chipping experience which takes just a few minutes.

We know from experience how important microchipping your pet can be in helping to re-unite a lost pet with its family. HULA are happy to provide a microchipping service for the usual price of £15. If you would like us to microchip your dog, cat or rabbit please contact us to make an appointment.

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Small Animal Enrichment

Picture of Snowdrop enjoying her new castle
We would like to say a big thank you to Pets at Home Bedford for their fantastic donation of rabbit enrichment toys and games. They got together with a group of Beaver Scouts and made the items for us from largely recycled materials.

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The rabbits and guinea pigs have been having fun with their dig boxes which are filled with hay, toilet roll tubes, bunny nuggets and much more. They have also received newspaper tubes, grab and throw toys made from the inners of toilet rolls and kitchen rolls and a fantastic Smartkitz Cardboard Castle which has gone to our very own Princess Snowdrop.

Rabbits and guinea pigs are very intelligent animals who need daily enrichment for mental stimulation to keep them happy. You can enrich your own rabbit's day simply and cheaply with ideas such as these. More info on rabbit enrichment can be found on the Rabbit Welfare Association’s site in the A hutch is not enough section.

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This week is National Volunteers Week

We want to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all of our volunteers for all of their hard work and support for which we are very grateful.

At HULA we have lots of volunteers who help us in all areas around the centre and our shop. From fund-raising and events, to hands on with the animals in cattery, kennels and small animal houses and we really could not do without them.


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The Cat's Whiskas

Photo of HULA cats enjoying their delivery of Whiskas

June 2013

We would like to say a big thank you to the team at Whiskas UK for their wonderful delivery of Indoor Complete cat food.

As you can see from the picture it has gone down a storm in our cattery.

We are so very grateful for their kind donation.

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Pet First Aid with Ark House

Photo of Laura Randall, Sarah Tester
We would like to say a big thank you to Ark House vets in Leighton Buzzard, who very kindly invited us along for a fantastic presentation on animal first aid. Pictured here are Laura and Sarah from HULA who had a lovely evening and learnt so much.

Also pictured are Stanley who was a fantastic patient alongside Claire Rockell, Head Veterinary Nurse from Ark House who answered our many questions.

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Doggie Do at Willen

Photo of the HULA team at Willen Doggie Do

We had a fantastic time at The Parks Trust event at Willen Lake on the 1st June.

The Big Doggie Do was a fab day out in the sunshine with a fun dog show and lots of stalls (including the HULA stand shown here). We would like to say a big thank you to the Parks Trust for welcoming the HULA dogs into the ring at 3pm so that we could show off some of the dogs looking for new homes and see if there was a potential owner in the crowd. The dogs all behaved fantastically and we were very proud of them all.

We would like ot say a big thank you to Roy and Hazel Mather for manning the HULA stall at the event and to Christina, Rosemary and Jacqui our volunteers for taking the time out of their weekend to bring a HULA dog and escort them round the show.

Thanks also to BBC Three Counties Radio for interviewing us on the day and letting us reach a wider audience.

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Thank you to...

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A big thank you to Bravissimo MK for raising £75.00 just for HULA.

The store choose HULA Animal Rescue to raise funds for and we are extremely grateful.

We are looking forward to meeting the rest of the team very soon!

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and also...

We would like to thank Pets at Home Bedford for all the support during their summer fundraising and allowing us to go in store with some doggie friends during this period.

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Fun Dog Show & Fete

Thank you to all of our supporters, new and old, for attending our fete on 12th May.

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HULA's photographer Bridget Davey took some wonderful photos on the day which can be see via her website Bridget Davey Photography. If you or your dog are featured you are also welcome to order prints.

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who do so much in advance, on the day and helping afterwards.

There are so many jobs to be done to hold a successful fete such as baking cakes, shopping for supplies, preparing tombola's, erecting and taking down marquees and gazebos, preparing food & drinks, moving equipment around the centre, manning stalls, directing traffic, the list is endless.

It simply wouldn’t be possible to put on such wonderful events without the hard work, support and enthusiasm of our fantastic volunteer team.

Thank you to everyone.

....and here are the sponsors and winners of the dog show

Class 1 – Best Veteran – kindly sponsored by Dee Brooker in memory of her beloved Tia

1st – Mrs While and Poppy
2nd – Susan and Emily
3rd – Chris and Billy
4th – Angela and Halley
Judges special awards – Paula and Ace and Matt and Danny

Class 2 - Best Puppy – kindly sponsored by Jade Craven

1st – Sam and Kia
2nd – Sam and Max
3rd – Katie and Danta
4th – Letitia and Scarlett
Judges special awards – Sade and Harley and Irene and Abbie

Class 3 – Most Handsome dog – kindly sponsored by Captain Carpet of Olney

1st – Lynne and Kobi
2nd Paula nad Murray
3rd Lizanne and Charm
4th Enna and Gibbs

Class 4 – Prettiest bitch – Kindly sponsored by Beasley & Partners of Woburn Sands

1st- Christine and Tanny
2nd – Peter and Daisy
3rd Larry and Lily
4th Deborah and Suki
Judges special awards – Lia and Roxy and Jessica and Dotty

Class 5 – Child and their best friend – kindly sponsored by JLT Photography

1st – Rachel and Scooby
2nd Ella and Rosie
3rd – Damian and Wonky
4th – Olivia and Zara
Judges special awards to Molly and Brian, Josh and Lady, Louisa and Murdoch and Cordie and Snooze

Class 6 – Best Staffie Smile – kindly sponsored by Richard Brierley recent adopter of the smiling staffie Kellah

1st place – Cheryl and Taya
2nd place – Katie and Indie
3rd place – Mark and Lotty
4th place – Jackie and Tyson

Class 7 – Waggiest tail – kindly sponsored by The Hogsty End Handbook

1st – Liz and Alfie
2nd – Hugh and Pheobe
3rd – Justin and Kizzy
4th – Lizzie and Suki

Class 8 – Most appealing eyes – kindly sponsored by Sharon and Steve in memory of Winnie & WInston

1st – Debbie and Starr
2nd – Emma and Blue
3rd – David and Chance
4th – Yvonne and Lola
Judges special awards to Jason and Red and Henry and Jack

Class 9 – Dog most like its owner – kindly sponsored by Willow Vets Centres in Newport Pagnell

1st – Peter and Wonki
2nd – Jeff and Jess
3rd- Emma and Missi
4th – Molly and Brian

Class 10 – Best Fancy Dress - kindly sponsored by Willow Vets Centre in Newport Pagnell

1st – Liz and Charm
2nd- Pete and Wonki
3rd- Emma with Missi and Gibbs
4th – Emily and Teddy

Class 11 – Best Rescue – kindly sponsored by K9 Heads Canine Massage Therapist

1st Mrs White and Alfie
2nd Henry and Jack
3rd Carole and Randi
4th Vanda and Marley
Judges special awards Michelle and Abbey and Jodie and Bonnie

Class 12 – Best HULA Rescue – kindly sponsored by Bridget Davey Photography

1st – Alison and Charlie
2nd – Laura and Reece
3rd- Rebekah and Lucy
4th – Philippa and Spud

Thank you to EVERYONE who took part

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Head Collar Appeal

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We are in need of headcollars for our dogs at the moment. Ideally we like to use the Gentle Leader headcollars so if you have a used one that you no longer need for your own dog we would love to have it.

Headcollars are used with the dogs who pull on the lead as a training aid to reduce their pulling and show them how rewarding it is to walk next to their handler. Headcollars also help us to maintain consistency of handling styles between the staff and the volunteers.

If you have a used Gentle Leader or Halti that you can no longer use you could pop it in the post to us at:-

HULA Animal Rescue
Glebe Farm, Salford Road
Aspley Guise
Milton Keynes, MK17 8HZ

or pop in to see us so that we can say thank you in person.

Alternatively you can find Gentle Leaders and much needed Long Lines on our Amazon Wish List.

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May Day Success

Thank you to volunteers Roy, Hazel, Jeannie and Rosemary for promoting the work of HULA at the recent Leighton Buzzard May Day event.

Thanks also to the generous people who helped the team raise a fantastic £286.03 during the day.

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Thank you Asda

We would like to say a big HULA thank you to the Milton Keynes branch of Asda for their recent donation of £50 from their Community Life Campaign. Thank you to Adele Johnson the branch Community Life Champion for organising everything.

News from Pedigree

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April 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that our friends at Pedigree will be feeding all of the dogs in our care for the next year. It’s part of their Feeding Brighter Futures campaign, which will see them pledge to feed 1 million meals to rescue dogs up and down the country.

The initiative will see the dogs here at HULA provided with the right nutrition they need to get them on the road to their new home – from wet and dry food for balanced daily meals, to care and treat items used as tools for behaviour training and improving issues such as poor oral hygiene.

To find out more about the campaign and learn about the difference good nutrition can make to rescue dogs like the ones here at HULA, visit or

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Congratulations to our marathon runners!

April 2013

HULA would like to say a huge thank you to two HULA heroes.

Chris Simms and Susie Wallis both ran the London Marathon this year to raise funds for HULA.

Photo of Chris Simms Photo of Susie Wallise

To thank them for this fantastic achievement there is still time to show your support. Just click on the Virgin London Marathon logo and you will be taken straight to Chris's on-line fundraising page or on the photo of Buster the Beagle (adopted last year) for Susie's page.
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Phot of Buster the Beagle

To anyone kindly thinking of donating please know that every £1 will truly make a difference.

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More great volunteer news

Congratulations to HULA volunteers who have been recognised by the Petplan and ADCH Awards and were nominated for Volunteer of the Year.

Pictured below are Ralph and Irene who have been dedicated volunteers for many years working at our Open Days in the cafe and bazaar and also helping to sort the generous public donations of used items to sell in our shop.

Also pictured is photographer Bridget Davey who dedicates much of her time and to take the fantastic photos you will see throughout the website. Her talent for capturing animals amazes us all and her photos have captured the hearts of many prospective adopters.

Photo of Ralph and Irene with nomination certificate Photo of Bidget Davey with nomination certificate

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DHL Helping HULA Help Animals

April 2013

We would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful team at DHL Snellshall, Milton Keynes.

They recently took on the enormous challenge of climbing Snowdon to raise funds for HULA. We are pleased to hear they all had a lovely day and everyone made it to the top to see the snow and enjoy the wonderful views.

Photo of DHL staff who climbed Snowdon for HULA

John Rice and Dave Chamberlin of DHL
We are thrilled to have been picked to be the team’s charity partner for 2013.

Two very brave DHL boys have also taken part in a sponsored "Wax Off" to raise funds.

A big thank you to John Rice and Dave Chamberlin for being such good sports.

Thank you to the wonderful team at DHL for Helping HULA - we are so grateful.

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Domino's Makeover

April 2013

Everyone at HULA would like to extend a huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Domino’s Pizza head office. Angie Lawrence and her team spent the day re-furbishing our cattery, the results are amazing and we now have upgraded accommodation for our feline guests and a cattery to be proud of.

Here are some photos of the work and a message from Domino's

The team worked really hard painting, laying carpet and refurbishing and we all had a really lovely day working together and getting to know one another.


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Pets as Therapy

We would like to say a huge well done to Emily Stritser and her dog Candy who has passed her PAT dog assessment.

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This means Emily and Candy will very soon be donning the special Pets As Therapy jacket and going out to hospitals and nursing homes to visit the residents and bring them cheer. Emily works tirelessly here at HULA as our volunter coordinator inducting and training our new volunteerrs in her own time. Candy is her beautiful Staffordshire bull terrier cross Ridgeback.

Congratulations Candy and Emily.

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Easter Eggstravaganza 2013

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Photo of Easter Bonnet entrants
We had some glorious Spring sunshine for the Easter Open Day. Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers for all their hard work in making the event a success.

And of course a huge thank you to all of our visitors, especially those who made a fantastic effort to make some wonderful Easter Bonnets - well done!

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Some special thank yous

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Blue Bell Tents for their wonderful donation of duvets and giant outdoor beanbags.

If you are looking for a 'glamping experience' we would recommend you take a look at their website.

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We would like to say a big thank you to Vets for Pets in Bedford for their kind donation of veterinary diet dog and cat food. It will go a long way to helping the animals in our care and we are very grateful for their support.

We need to say big HULA thank you to Marshalls Amplification. For many years they have let us borrow a PA system for our fun dog shows and Fetes. This year they have gone one better and donated the PA system to us!

We are so very grateful to them for their kindness and very much looking forward to using our own PA system at our Fun dog show on the 12th of May.

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A fabulous new trailer

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March 2013

We would like to say a big thank you to Pam and Dave Twyford for purchasing HULA a multi functional trailer. We are very grateful and can think of plenty of things to use it for in fact we have used it already and it had only been here for an hour, it will be a very busy trailer!

Thanks again Pam and Dave.

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Recycling for HULA

We would also like to say a big thank you to Suzy de Zilva for always thinking of us here at HULA for the used postage stamps from her workplace Johnson Controls in Luton.

Postage stamps are one of the many items that we are able to recycle for cash and collecting them can help to contribute to our work and of course helps the environment.

Other items we are able to recycle include mobile phones and phone batteries, used printer ink cartridges and washed plastic bottle tops.

Thank you Suzy for thinking of HULA

Cecil Schwartz Tribute

From Robin How, HULA Trustee

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Cecil Schwartz, the founder of Hula Animal Rescue.

Cecil died peacefully on March 6th in hospital. He had endured several years of almost complete paralysis and was bedridden for all that time.

When I visited him just one week ago I was able to tell Cecil of the many recent successes at Hula and of the very devoted team of supporters, volunteers and employees. He was quite clearly very happy to know that his beloved Hula is continuing in very safe hands.

From a young man starting work with an animal charity and throughout his life, indeed until his last breath, Cecil was completely devoted and dedicated to animal welfare. His bedside manner with humans was another matter and it was no secret to him.

I knew Cecil for over 40 years, first as a client and then for the past 29 years as a committee member/trustee of Hula. I likened Cecil to a stick of seaside rock, the name HULA would have been written right through him. He was probably one of the poorest veterinary surgeons in existence because he gave financially for animals in need and especially through his veterinary care and donations, to HULA. Cecil always acknowledged the untiring devotion to animal welfare that his late wife Margaret also gave.

I feel privileged to have known him. His work is now done and he can rest in peace.


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Another HULA hero

We would like to extend a big HULA thank you to Beverley Tierney of the HR department at the Open University.

Beverley is a very clever lady when it comes to the kitchen and baked lots of scrummy cakes and treats for her colleagues including some treats for their canine companions. She held her bake sale with proceeds coming to HULA and raised a fantastic amount.
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Thank you so much Beverley, without fundraisers such as yourself helping to raise funds and awareness of HULA we would not be able to help as many you do it in such a tasty way!

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Thank you Bridget

We would all like to say a huge thank you to Bridget Davey who gave up a lot of her time recently as a volunteer at HULA. Bridget always manages to capture the best side of all our dogs, bringing props and tasty treats along with her to tempt her models. Thank you for your time Bridget, we all really appreciate it and always look forwards to seeing the end results.

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As you can see Kellah had fun with Bridget yesterday showing off her favourite trick.

Bridget is a very talented photographer and more of her work can be seen on her website

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Pets at Home

Photo of Sharon Howell from Pets at Home and HULA's Animal Welfare Assistant Gareth Pryce

February 2013

Everyone at HULA would like to extend a very sincere thank to Sharon Howell & all staff and customers from Pets at Home in Aylesbury. Sharon and her colleagues nominated HULA as their chosen charity for the Santa Paws Fundraising Drive which ran from Saturday 1st December to Monday 24th December. Sharon Howell (pictured here with HULA staff team member Gareth Pryce) visited us today and we were delighted to receive a cheque for £2,477.22.

We all visited the store in December and received a wonderful welcome from staff and customers and are so thrilled that once again Pets at Home Aylesbury have supported us.

Thank you Sharon - we are so grateful :)

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Coffee Morning at Brantano

February 2013

Photo of Brantano staff and HULA's Sue Willett
A huge thank you goes to Brantano Milton Keynes for their fun and friendly coffee morning held on Wednesday 27th February in aid of HULA Animal Rescue. It was held as part of their Senior Savers promotion. A thank you also goes to Sue Willett who attended the event on HULA's behalf.

We are thrilled to have been selected as their local charity partner for 2013 and look forward to working with them on future events. The next being a ladies night, more news on this to follow.

Thank you to all the staff team and customers of Brantano.

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The Hogsty End

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Maria at The Hogsty End Handbook for all her support and work in promoting some of our animals looking for new homes.

The Hogsty End Handbook is a brilliant free monthly resource for Woburn Sands and the surrounding areas and their kindness ensures our animals and open days reach a wide audience and we get a great response as a result.

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Community Matters

Photo of Heather Wren receiving cheque from John Lewis Partnership
We were lucky enough to be selected as one of the charities for the Community Matters token donation scheme in the John Lewis Centre:MK cafe.

The voting ran from November through to the end of January and we were thrilled to receive a cheque for an amazing £1367.10. This money will be used towards some refurbishment in our cattery.

We were made to feel very welcome at John Lewis and had a lovely morning with Anne Dodds the Community Liaison Coordinator and representatives from the two other charities in the Community Matters Scheme Macintyre and Age UK Milton Keynes.

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Toy Appeal

March 2013

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We are in need of more dog toys for our resident pooches.

We currently have a lot of toys that can be used for supervised play with a person such as tennis balls and tuggy ropes. However, we are running low on harder, rubber toys that the dogs can have in their kennels with them to have a nibble on when they are bored.

They do not need to be new, second hand rubber toys go down just as well with our residents.

Willow Veterinary Centres in Newport Pagnell and Olney have kindly offered to act as a collection point if that is more convenient to drop them off instead of HULA.

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Animal Charity Awards

Petplan UK and the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes have kindly decided to recognise the outstanding work of staff and volunteers and to say thank you to those who have made an exceptional contribution to animal charities across the UK over the past 12 months.

The Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2013 are now open and you can place your votes.

There will be a gala evening in Stratford Upon Avon when presentations will be made to award winners across the following categories: For more information and to vote please visit the awards website?

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The Cat's Whiskas

February 2013

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Whiskas Pet food on line Facebook community is aptly named "The cats Whiskas" and their Facebook page brings together cat lovers up and down the UK. Whiskas decided to run a volunteering day and HULA were thrilled to be picked. On Monday 18th February five wonderful people came and spent the day with our feline guests and what a day they had.

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Katherine Maling HULA’s Animal Welfare Team leader said "During the day our visitors helped to assess five of our newest guests Bon Bon, Freddie, Billy, Skye and Jazz which has really helped us here at HULA. They also socialised all the cats, this included socialising with people and other cats. It was great to see nearly all our cats mixing together and having great fun. Our Cattery outside pen has had a revamp and the store room is looking tidier than ever. Freddie cat allowed everyone to see him being health checked and vaccinated and Jeff cat was very brave for his micro chipping. The day was a great success and we hope to see everyone again soon".

More pictures from the day can be seen here on The Cat's Whiskas Facebook page.

HULA would like to sincerely thank Charlotte Large for organising the day and of course everyone who worked so hard during the day – THANK YOU ALL.

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Lifestyle Show

Photo Pauline and Heather at the MK Lifestyle Show

February 2013

HULA were once again invited to attend the Lifestyle Show at Centre:MK

Pauline Warren organised a stand for the four day show held in Middleton Hall from 21st to 24th February. Our thanks go to Pauline and all the other HULA volunteers for their hard work and dedication in ensuring that HULA was represented for the whole of the show.

This was a wonderful opportunity for us to spread the word about the work of HULA and of course raise funds for the animals.

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February 2013

HULA was delighted and honoured to host the February 2013 meeting of ADCH members.

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The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes promotes best practice in animal welfare for dogs & cats. Member organisations come from all over the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands and include national rescues such as the Dogs Trust, Cats Protection and the Blue Cross plus many independent organisations such as HULA.

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Representatives attended the meeting in Milton Keynes and took the opportunity to visit HULA to see the many recent changes and hear about future plans for the charity.

Once again our staff, trustees and volunteers showed what a great charity HULA is by providing a very warm welcome to visitors (including a vast selection of delicious home baked cakes!).

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Special thank you's

January 2013

We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff and customers of Bailey's Travel in Leighton Buzzard.

They did a fantastic collection of dog and cat food, toys, duvets, dog coats, wool blankets and some lovely hand knitted blankets for the cats.
Photo of Bailey's travel staff

It is so lovely of them to think of us and we had a well stocked van for the drive home!

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We would also like to say a huge HULA thank you to Lucy Watson of the Curriculum management and monitoring office at the Open University.

Thanks to Lucy and her colleagues we had a bumper crop of donations for the new year including bedding, towels, lots of dog and cat food, dog treats and even rabbit and guinea pig goodies.

Thank you so much to everyone at the Open University for their donations and to Lucy and her team of helpers for bringing them down to us.

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