Previous news stories and events
HULA Amazon Wish listBarry would like to say a huge THANK YOU on behalf of all the HULA Animals to the very lovely person who kindly sent in these fabulous items from our Amazon Wish list.
Sadly there was no documentation with the generous person’s name in the package but we are so grateful.
** Found - Yellow Canary **A yellow canary has been found at Eagle Farm in Wavendon near Milton Keynes.
Please contact us if this is your special friend and we will pass on your details to the finder.
Amazon Wish ListHuge HULA thanks to two HULA supporters Jenny Turner and Brenda Newbury for very kindly sending some lovely items to HULA via our Amazon Wish List.
Thank you Jenny and Brenda from everyone at HULA
Support Adoption - Summer Fundraising DriveSupport Adoption are celebrating their tenth birthday and in those ten years they have contributed so much to support rescues just like HULA the length and breadth of the country.
We were delighted to be asked along to the Bletchley Pets at Home Store to meet customers and to help sell raffle tickets.
We would like to wish Support Adoption a very Happy Birthday and thank each and every member of the team for the huge difference they make.For more information about support adoption and the wonderful work they do please click here.
Huge HULA thanks to Mars Petcare and the Pedigree and Whiskas teams.
After bad weather has struck many times this year, leaving us with no option but to cancel our Open days which are a vital source of income for HULA, you start to wonder whatever next.
Sadly, a horrific freak storm and further bad weather hit and caused absolute chaos to HULA. Unfortunately, the storm left us with no choice but to emergency evacuate some of our animals, ruined some of our offices and quiet rooms for our dogs and knocked out our IT systems. We actually started to wonder ‘when will anything go right - surely something nice will happen soon’.
Then along comes a telephone call to once again make you smile and leaves you thinking perhaps maybe the worst is over.
When Andrew arrived at HULA we were overwhelmed to hear that they had raised an astonishing £1,200.00 for HULA through their program ‘Just 1 Thing’. ‘Just 1 thing’ is part of a Mars ‘Do It Together’ goal and connects all of the fantastic activities and personal efforts that contribute to their role in making A Better World For Pets in the UK.
A significant number of Mars Petcare UK staff get involved and make a difference, by fund Raising, supporting assistance animal charities or completing team events that improve rehoming shelters where every action has a positive impact.
To say we were delighted is an understatement and we really can’t thank Mars Petcare Tesco’s Team enough for this fabulous donation which will go towards this month's vet bills and really helps us no end after being hit by a massive loss of income this year.
Huge HULA thanks to the wonderful Pedigree and Whiskas Team for your kindness and generosity to HULA at such a very difficult time.
Whitbread workgroupHuge HULA thanks to Wonderful Whitbread.
It really is amazing what can be achieved in just one day with lots of additional helping hands. We were delighted to be contacted by Whitbread earlier this year who asked if we would like some additional helping hands. Whitbread had selected HULA as a charity that they would like to assist for one of their Team Charity Days.
Sixteen Whitbread employees joined the HULA Team on Friday 24th June 2016. We were all so pleased to see them as we had so many jobs to do. All of the team set about the many tasks with such enthusiasm and dedication and we were amazed at how they all pulled together as a team and got though more jobs than we could ever have imagined.
We certainly managed to keep them busy for the whole day & what a list of tasks they worked their way through
- Dismantled a large hard standing shed that was beyond repair
- Reorganised items that were inside the shed and located them to a new storage unit
- Re-roofed one goat shed
- Carried out gardening and planting around site
- Dismantled two sheep sheds that were beyond repair
- Took down fencing that was not required and then re-sited the re-usable wood to upgrade the geese enclosure
As you can imagine having 32 extra hands for one day made a huge difference to HULA. In fact, we would have not completed even one of the tasks without the hard work and support of Whitbread.
Here are a few quotes from some of the wonderful Whitbread Team "It was rewarding"
"A nice thing to have the opportunity to do"
"Satisfying to know we made a difference"
"We really enjoyed the day and are very glad as a team to have achieved everything we did to help make a difference to Hula. Thanks to you and your team for making us so welcome and for giving us an insight to Hula and the great work you do"
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful Whitbread team for all of their hard work and support to Hula. We truly could not have done it without you!
Just to say an amazing thank you to Mary Bjerregaard from "Jog My Dog" for raising an amazing £411.30 at the Willen Lake Big Doggie Do 2016.
Mary and her team helped raise money for HULA by selling baked goodies and raffle tickets. It was a great turn out especially with the weather on their side. We are so pleased that Mary chose us to donate to.
Thanks again to Mary and your team and also to everyone who purchased a ticket and goodies, what a great people you are!
Thanks to Dan WalderHULA Animal Rescue would like to say a HUGE thank you to very talented local musician Dan Walder who raised a wonderful £840.22 at his Charity Album Launch on the 7th May in Newport Pagnell.
We are so grateful for all the effort Dan put in to raising so much for us.
Good luck with your new album Dan and thank you for thinking of HULA Animal Rescue. We have all enjoyed listening to your album and we wish you every success.
A message from Millie
Millie says that if you have a dog please please check that they are micro chipped. If they are not then make an appointment to do so as soon as possible.
Millie says that if you have micro chipped your dog that’s brilliant. However, next time you have a spare few minutes do check that the telephone contact numbers and address details are correct so you can be reunited should the worse happen.
Bless her Millie does worry about all the poor dogs that get lost and can’t be reunited with their families as they are not chipped or the details are not up to date :(
For more information about our lovely Mille please click here.
Poppy and BridgetPoppy is such a character and a big favourite at HULA... she has a wonderful ability to make you smile.
Poppy had a visit last week, HULA friend and very talented photographer Bridget Davey, who came along to take photographs of our current guests and she spent some time with Poppy who was as pleased as punch to see her.
Here is the latest photograph of Poppy taken by Bridget.
To see more of Bridget's photos and information on all of our dogs seeking new homes please visit our Kennels page.
Thank you Bridget for making Poppy's day and for once again giving up your time to come along and take photographs for us. As always this is really appreciated by the HULA Team and especially the animals!
Fete day photosOur friend and very talented photographer Bridget Davey was once again on hand to capture some wonderful photographs of our recent fete.
If you would like to view the photos or purchase some of these wonderful shots then please use this link to Bridget's website www.bridgetdavey.com/hula-dogshow.
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“Hello my name is Cranberry and I am a Black Norfolk turkey. I arrived at HULA after a member of the public found me straying along a busy bypass when they stopped in a layby. They have no idea how I got there, but I was very relieved to be here when Christmas came and went I can assure you!”
As Cranberry is reaching sexual maturity his current living situation is proving quite frustrating for him without any company of his own kind, particularly females. In addition, living with Jimmy, the already established cockerel in our flock proved too difficult for their male egos and they have started to bicker. The Norfolk Black, is a breed of domestic turkey and is generally considered the oldest turkey breed in the UK. Cranberry is a stunning example of the breed.
So if you think you can offer Cranberry the home he needs with turkey company then please get in touch.
My Ideal Home
Very special thanks to VioVetEveryone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to VioVet who are based in Luton. The lovely team at VioVet very kindly donated a number of rolls vet bedding to HULA.
Thank you VioVet for your kindness and generosity which is really appreciated.
For more information about Viotvet please click here.
For more information about our lovely Holly who is who patiently waiting for her new home at HULA please click see our kennels page.
Thank you Fat Face!We would just like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Fat Face in the Centre MK who donated a fabulous £889.77.
Fat Face did not participate in the Black Friday event that took place last November; instead they decided to donate the 10% of their profits to a chosen charity and they picked us!
Thank you to all the colleagues that work in the Centre MK store by choosing us you are making such a difference by helping to rehome our dogs, cats and small animals, what great people you are.
We're very grateful that we recently collected items we purchased with our recent voucher totaling just over £400!! This is a massive amount for us and helps us purchase the things we really need.... and often leaves us a little to buy some treats for the animals too.
This time, along with much needed puppy pads, training long lines, frozen dog food and feliway refills, we also got some toys and chewy toys for the small animals in the small animal house.
THANK YOU Pets at Home VIP Charity Scheme
Thank you Mars Petcare and TescoImagine this.. You have just had to cancel a series of Open Days that are key to fundraising for HULA as the awful weather has rendered your field unable to park your valued visitors and supporters. You are thinking what you can do, to encourage our wonderful supporters to keep helping HULA.
You then receive a telephone call from Andrew Winfrow, Charities Manager at Pedigree to say that Tesco’s and Mars Petcare are to partner to "raise awareness of Pets in Need" and that this very unique event is taking place from 27th April 2016 to 19th May 2016.
Well as you can imagine we were delighted to hear this but even more delighted & excited to learn that HULA and seven other charities have been selected to benefit from this fabulous initiative.
So we all hope that you will support HULA by getting involved in the Pedigree/Tesco initiative to support rescue homes.
How can you get involved?Between 27th April 2016 to 19th May 2016 every time you purchase Tesco own label, Pedigree, Whiskas, Sheba or Cesar pet care products at your local Tesco, the wonderful people there will donate 1p to be split between the lucky charities who have been selected.
How fantastic is that? As you know only too well, every penny helps. As you will see from the poster below the aim is to raise a staggering £150,000 to support rescue homes.
Everyone at HULA would like to extend sincere thanks to Pedigree and Tesco for thinking of us and nominating us to be part of their initiative to support rescue homes up and down the country.
Super Support from Santander
We were absolutely delighted when the Finance team from Santander, who have their headquarters in Milton Keynes; contacted us and said those magical words ‘we would love to help’.
Jarrod from Santander visited the site and saw the extent of the work and then rallied his team. We were delighted to welcome 20 Santander employees who carried out the following jobs on Wednesday March 16th:-
- Filled 68 potholes and moved 50 bags of tarmac
- Re-varnished our farmyard fencing
- Helped with a spring clean and transformed our café area
Here’s what the Santander Team said about joining the HULA Team for the day..
Lisa Sparks – ‘Although it was a cold day, it was good fun and all the staff there were very helpful’
Lisa Trigger –‘It was a really lovely day!! Can we do it again?’ :)
Jarrod Glover – ‘HULA are a fantastic local charity and we welcomed the opportunity to support them with our Discovery Day. The HULA team were fantastic, very supportive and welcoming and this was reflected by the huge effort from the Santander team; working beyond the allotted time and providing personal donations of over £70 to fund additional materials”.
Thank you so much Santander we are extremely grateful for your help and support.
A belated thank you
As a Support Adoption partner we were delighted to be given the opportunity to take part and visit our local Pets at Home stores and this year we were also chosen by the lovely team at Pets at home Bletchley. Because of their hard work with Support Adoption For Pets we were recently awarded a cheque for £950.68.
We really can't say thank you enough!
Barrel BikersIt's with sincere gratitude that we say a massive thanks to Barrel Bikers who paid us a visit recently and brought us a MOUNTAIN of food, donations, office supplies etc, to help HULA and our animals.
It was very exciting having you all on site and it was great to meet you all!
Can you help Jacob help HULA?
Jacob can’t repay HULA Animal Rescue but would love you to help him, on his behalf. Help us raise £150,000 to support rescue homes throughout the UK by simply shopping at Tesco (instore or online at www.tesco.com) between 27th April and 17th May. Purchase any Tesco own label Petcare products or any of these brands; Pedigree, Whiskas, Cesar, Sheba or Dreamies and together we will support rescue homes and give that forever loving homes to pets like Jacob.
Have a look here for more information.
Fundraising event Saturday 7th MayTo all music fans out there, musician Dan Walder will be performing at The Cannon, Newport pagnell High Street on Saturday 7th May 2016 for a charity album launch.
All the proceeds will be going to HULA. Please see poster below for full details.
Thank you Dan for thinking of us at HULA.
Special ThanksWe would like to say a huge thank you to the lovely guys from Williams & Blake Limited who have been onsite helping us with lots of jobs and who have worked so hard to help us.
Thank you guys we are really grateful
This is an annual initiative set up by the team, and we’re really so very grateful!
A huge HULA thank you to Support Adoption for Pets
Support Adoption for Pets exists to help give abandoned and homeless small animals a second chance at happiness. They partner with nearly four hundred charities and HULA is very lucky and grateful to be one of them. Support Adoption for Pets are the UK's number one grant giving animal charity and every year they work with Pets at Home and encourage support for rescue centres just like HULA and they really do make a huge difference.
We would like to encourage you all to find our more about Support Adoption for Pets and to join their Facebook and Twitter pages to support them and keep up to date with all the wonderful work that they do.
Here are the links to find out more about this fantastic charity.
During December 2015, Support Adoption worked so hard and organised the Santa Paws Appeal with a target to provide over ONE MILLION meals to provide meals to homeless and abandoned Animals. This target was exceeded and over one and a half million meals were donated.
As a Support Adoption partner we were delighted to be given the opportunity to take part and visit our local Pets at Home stores. We are always made so very welcome in store and it's lovely to see the hard work of the store colleagues and generosity of their customers. However, none of this could be achieved without Support Adoption For Pets who organise and plan these events as well as running very important Grant Award and Damaged Stock Schemes which HULA and other rescues are incredibly lucky to benefit from.
Pauline Warren a long standing fund raiser and dog walker for HULA says "Janet (another HULA volunteer) and I went to the Milton Keynes store on Saturday 19th December, the staff had organised a beautiful display, with homemade cakes and dog biscuits, and bric-a-brac to sell. They gave us a lovely welcome and were really enthusiastic about the fund raising. The members of the public were really friendly and generous and of course we got to pet the dogs who visited the store".
HULA were delighted to welcome Sharon Howell from Pets at Home Aylesbury and Kerrie Beckett from Pets At Home Milton Keynes recently and the ladies had a look around and took a very keen interest in our work and the animals in our care. Sharon and Kerrie were representing Support Adoption for Pets and we were astounded to learn that during the Santa Paws Appeal support adoption had raised an absolutely staggering £6,337.02 for HULA.
We really can't say thank you enough and this huge donation will be put towards a project of plumbing upgrades to the HULA site and towards our ever increasing veterinary bills, therefore helping dogs like our gorgeous Bruce.
In addition, Bruce suffers from skin conditions, which may be allergy related. We are still in the long process of working with our vets to work out the best care plan we could give Bruce to ensure he is kept pain free and comfortable. So far, Bruce's vet visits in relation to his skin complaint have amounted to 27 vet visits. He's tried medicated baths and 9 different medications. He's had various skin scrapes and allergy tests. His bedding has been washed in carefully controlled conditions and now, Bruce is on a specific food to combat potential allergies to potato, wheat, barley and grains. HULA orders his food in from Pets at Home stores and this is currently costing £38.99 for a 12kg bag. We are of course more than happy to continue to care for Bruce and are dedicated to providing him everything he needs, however, as a small independent charity, the pot of money gets stretched quite far!
We would never deny Bruce - or any animal - the care or treatment they need if we're able to provide it, but donations like this one from the recent Santapaws appeal from Support Adoption for Pets means that we can continue our work for Bruce... and all the other animals in our care.
Everyone at HULA would like to extend their sincere thanks to Amy, Laura, Lynn, Jess and Justine at Support Adoption for Pets, and Sharon and Kerrie and their store colleagues at Pets at Home Aylesbury and Milton Keynes and of course the very generous and caring Pets at Home customers and supporters of Support Adoption for Pets.
We sincerely thank them all for their hard work, enthusiasm and generosity to HULA and to other charities up and down the country who like us are so lucky to be supported by Support Adoption for Pets. We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to be a partner and very grateful for this fantastic donation and the huge impact that this amazing donation will make to the animals in our care.
We also try and be fair when prioritising 'urgent cases', difficult, as I'm sure you can imagine, as most people are in 'urgent' situations otherwise they wouldn't be calling us in the first place!
We do obviously try and help stray cats as soon as we can, particularly this time of year, but if you find a stray cat, what should you do? Well firstly, on several occasions a stray cat is brought into us (sometimes after being on our waiting list for several weeks being fed by a kind neighbour) and is actually microchipped to an owner a few doors / a couple of streets away! Cats are very clever... "two dinners? Yes please, I'll act like a poor hungry cat who hasn't been fed for days for an extra plate of tuna! (Let me just clean the jelly off my face from my Whiskas pouch I've just had at home first....)."
So, step one. Please take it to your local vets to get it checked for a microchip. Most vets will do this free of charge. No chip? This still doesn't mean it's not owned. Try popping a paper collar around the cat which reads "Is this your cat? Please call me on 07.....". Then, should little moggy pop to his real home for his first meal of the day his owner can let you know he is owned... loved... and probably just a bit cheeky.
Please do these two steps before providing food for the cat if you can, as some cats may be thin due to medical conditions, or allergic to certain foods. A thin cat may not be an indication it's a stray!
It's always worth calling as many rescue centres as possible to pop your cat onto as many waiting lists as you can to increase their chances of finding a space as soon as possible.
Have a look at a great website for more details on what to do if you've found a cat http://www.catchat.org/lost.html#found.
Lost or straying dog?Would you know what to do if you found a lost or straying dog? Would you know who to call?
Have a read through this leafelt, and consider programming the numbers into your cellphone, you never know when they could be useful!
HULA is unable to take in found or straying dogs, and would always advise anyone in this situation to call their local dog warden. There are legal requirements and protocols that must be adhered to in situations like this.
Thank you!We were very grateful to have had a work party from Lantmännen Unibake recently.
They got stuck in doing a variety of different jobs that would have taken our little team a long time, so we're so very grateful!
It was great to meet you all - thank you for coming and working so hard.
We would like to say thank you to all the customers of the Pets at Home stores in Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Bletchley for kindly choosing HULA as their nominated charity allowing us to receive points that get turned into pounds!
If you would like to sign up for the VIP points scheme there is further information via the Pets at Home website.
We were able to buy 9 brand new cat scratching post that we just were not able to afford without your help, so thank you.
Is your dog micro chipped?Did you know that from 6th April 2016 it will become a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. To help you plan, here are some facts:
- A dog must be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks old, unless health reasons as deemed by a vet prevent it from being chipped.
- In relation to a new born puppy, the dog must be registered in the name of the owner of the bitch who gave birth to it.
- For an assistance dog, the dog must be registered in the name of the organisation who trained it.
- For all other dogs, the dog must be registered in the name of the person with whom it normally resides.
- Under the regulations, your dog is considered microchipped when you (1) implant the dog with a chip and (2) register your details on an approved database.
- If any keeper subsequently moves, changes contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the regulations and enforcement can be taken and a notice served.
- If the keeper does NOT get their details up to date within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
Some FAQ’s about the LawDoes this mean that I don’t need a collar and tag for my dog?
- A collar and a tag must still be worn.
- No, most organisations charge around £10 - £15 to implant your dog – a small price to ensure your beloved pooch is returned should they go missing. Some organisations hold free chipping events, so there is no excuse!
- Yes the new legislation is for dogs but it’s a good idea for cats and rabbits also as it will ensure you are reunited should they wander a bit too far!
- Give your vet or HULA a call on 01908 584000 and book a chipping appointment – it’s as simple as that! Alternatively Google ‘free microchipping in my area’ as some organisations hold free microchipping events.
The purpose of this new regulation is to help reunite lost and found dogs with their owners as quickly as possible. Ultimately many pets that have crossed HULA’s doors could have come from a loving home and could have been reunited thanks to a £10 microchip but sadly, without one it is extremely difficult to ever know.
HULA 14th February Open Day is cancelledSadly, the weather has been against us again and the incessant rain has made our field unable to be used for safe parking as it is waterlogged. In addition, various parts of our site are very muddy and boggy so we have taken the decision to CANCEL this Sundays Open Day.
We were looking forward to welcoming you all to our Open Day this Sunday, but with more rain forecast this week it’s a sad fact our parking areas will become more and more unsuitable to safely park all of our lovely visitors and volunteers who were planning to come and support HULA.
Looking forward, we have two events planned in March and we are now keeping everything firmly crossed that the weather will be kind to us. We very much hope that you will be able to come along and support HULA in March.
- Our Craft fayre takes place on Saturday 5th March 2016 starting at 9.30am
- Our next open day will take place on Sunday 13th March starting at 1pm
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will understand that we wanted to place your safety first.
Thank you for your understanding
Best wishes from HULA Animal Rescue
A special appeal from HULA
Sadly, the recent awful weather has played havoc with the main driveway to HULA. We now have a number of large pot holes that need filling & smoothing over quite soon as access to HULA is becoming quite bumpy.
Can you help ???Are you and your colleagues planning a corporate work day this year and are you looking for a BIG challenge? If so, we would love to hear from you.
We will need to undertake the work once the bad weather is over possibly in March/April. We promise to make you very welcome and provide teas and coffees and a tour and talk about HULA’s work.
If you think you and your colleagues might be interested in this challenge or if you have any questions relating to the project then please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org we would be so pleased to hear from you.
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