Previous news stories and events
Ampthill Fun Dog Show
Sunday 28th September: Noon to 4.30pmThank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for helping to make the show a great success.
There was a fabulous turnout - the most handsome dog class had 75 entries! Lynne Davies really had her work cut out with such a variety but as ever Lynne proved once again to be a fantastic judge and we thank her for all her hard work in making the show a great event for everyone who participated.
It was a glorious sunny afternoon and everyone seemed to have a great time.
Thank you Ampthill Festival and especially the dog show organisers for putting on a fantastic show.
The Weathercock Pub
A MASSIVE thank you goes to the team at The Weathercock pub in Woburn Sands for allowing us to get involved in your recent family summer event.
We had a stall at the event and we raised £160 so we're very pleased and grateful.
We look forward to the next one!
Walnut Pet Supplies
We'd like to extend a massive thank you to the team at Walnut Pet Supplies based at Walnut Tree Farm in Milton Keynes for holding a companion dog show to raise funds for HULA.
A big thank you also goes out to those who visited and donated and helped to support this event. Our fundraising team had a great time at the show, and we hope you did too.
We are happy to say we raised £552.60!
We'd like to say a massive thank you to Shane and Joanne from Williams Plastering.
They recently dropped some donations to us and have offered assistance in helping us with maintenance work also.
We're grateful for partnerships like these and appreciate all the effort and thought that Shane and Joanne give us.
Ice Bucket Challenge!Sincere thanks to Dave Wilcox for making a donation to HULA as part of his Ice Bucket challenge forfeit!
Dave, your donation was very generous, and is very much appreciated. His friend Kirsten volunteers at HULA so he's heard all about us from her so we're really grateful to both Dave and Kirsten.
If ever there is a reason to not get soaked in ice cold water... donating to charity is it!
They delivered us four boxes crammed full of goodies and we are sincerely grateful for the carefully chosen items and all their thoughts and efforts which enabled us to receive such a gift. THANK YOU!
Thanks also goes to Gerald Petts, one of HULA’s fab volunteers, who nominated us to be their chosen charity.
They also got well and truly stuck into painting sheds and our surgery area...we think they clocked up the speedy rate of 2 sheds per hour... an amazing job by all the team!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mercedes-Benz for revamping and reorganising our reception area inside and out and also our small animal house.
Without their help we would not be able to achieve all this work in a year let alone one day!
We really do appreciate all the hard work and effort from all the team on that day and also a big thank you to Gina Pearce who organised us to be lucky enough to have the help of the team.
A new HULA HeroOn the 26th of August and finishing around 3rd or 4th September 2014, Ian Davison is walking the Offa’s Dyke Trail from Prestatyn down to Chepstow in aid of HULA Animal Rescue!
If you'd like to donate to Ian's fundraising and make those blisters worth it, please have a look at his fundraising page.
HULA gets a clean upDriveway Cleaning Solutions
Simon very kindly gave up his valuable time and visited HULA to clean all of our gutters and drains. Simon did a fantastic job and we are now all ready and prepared for those Autumn leaves.
Thank you Simon for all of your help it really is appreciated.
Well, yes. To be honest, you won’t hear us complaining. Because for every down moment, every "I’m sorry we cannot help you" you have to say, every animal you meet who’s clearly been abused, and you know full well there’s thousands out there who you just can’t help, you just can’t get to, there’s those moments when we receive an email from a previous HULA guest, who’s landed on their paws and is in a loving home. There are those moments where you get to spend 5 minutes with an animal who is simply grateful that they can trust you enough to enjoy a belly rub. When an animal who was a HULA guest years ago pops in to say “hello, look how happy I am, look how much my family loves me”. Obviously, it makes it all worth it.
They bake, they sell, they dress up, they shake the tin, they tombola, they raffle, they smile, they fundraise. All to help HULA help animals and they do it all simply trusting that their efforts will pay off. Well they do.
Sometimes people say to us “You do such a good job here”… “Keep up the good work” … “Thank you for all you do for these animals”. Please don’t thank us. We get our rewards. Help us to thank the people like Sharon and her team, for without them we couldn’t do what we do.
Sharon and her team’s recent efforts have raised us £2419.46 and we could not be more grateful. To see the work of the Support Adoption for Pets drive and to see how you can get involved please have a look at Support Adoption for Pets.
Thank you Noah's Ark
We are so happy that you thought of HULA and the animals will really appreciate your gifts.
A visit from local Guides
The 1st Woburn Sand Guides unit had a VIP tour around the site by staff members Susan Willet and Sarah Tester. They enjoyed their time at HULA and have sent us some pictures.
We were also very grateful for the kind donation from the guides.
Newport Pagnell CarnivalMassive thank you to everyone who came to see us at Newport Pagnell's carnival where we had a stand.
A hugh thank you too to our team of ever willing volunteers who, without, events like this would not be possible.
Each lead carries a special message such as "Nervous", "Friendly" or "No Dogs" which we think is a brilliant idea for dogs who may need some special attention when out and about.
If you would like to know more about Jenny and the work that she does to see if your doggie friend would benefit then please visit her website. You can also find Jenny’s details on our Useful Links page.
A much needed makeover
We are very happy to show off our refurbished caravan!
Thanks to a lovely family, who adopted a dog named Reece from us last year, Dimmock Construction Ltd and some hard working volunteers and staff our caravan is now back in business!
As always, we're moved by people's generosity and hard work and are sincerely grateful. How long before a dog is snoozing on the sofa?!
An unusual appeal
We are in need of broom heads and lots of them, so if you have a discarded broom at home then we would love to have it.
....and speaking of our farm animals it's been a busy time for the HULA sheep.
Last week it was time for the sheep to have their annual hair cut! Sheep shearing is a quite an art and we call in the specialist for this. 3 sacks of wool later and our sheep are all ready for the summer!
A Purrrfect Open Day at HULAFelines had their turn in the spotlight at Sunday’s Purrfect Open Day at HULA, along with the usual fun stalls, delicious home-made refreshments and of course the popular dog parade featuring pooches looking for a loving home. Newly renovated café ‘The Trough’ was busy serving up hot and cold drinks and a wonderful selection of cakes which were baked and donated by talented volunteers.
Long and short haired, kittens and senior cats, the fabulous residents of HULA’s cattery are hoping to find a permanent home soon. If you are interested in a purrfect addition to your family, then please consider one of our rescue cats. Prospective cat pawrents are subject to introductions and a home check. Cats must be homed at least five miles away from their previous address, if known, and preferably away from busy A roads. Full details of each moggy and the sort of home he or she needs can be found on the cattery page.
Once again from the cats, other animals and the staff, huge thanks to all the volunteers who made the Purrfect Open Day a success, and of course to the many visitors who joined us on Sunday. Your support helps us in our vital work to care for and rehome stray and unwanted animals.
We hope you had fun and look forward to seeing you in July at our next Open Day!
Is this your photo?We held a photo competition at our recent fete and unfortunately we have misplaced the owner's details of this picture. Please do get in touch if you recognise this photo as you have also won third place in the category "Best in Show".
We would like to return your photo together with your winner's rosette.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Tesco for donating a variety of items to HULA.
We are extremely grateful!
Thank you Tesco
Fun Dog Show & FeteGlorious sunshine and a fantastic array of competitions, stalls and the Fun Dog Show attracted record crowds to HULA for last Sunday’s Fete.
Best Six Legs encouraged creativity from humans and their canines, including a pair of three-legged rescue dogs, whose owners wanted to show that tripawds can do everything that their four-legged friends can! One half of the amputee duo was HULA regular Tyco Lurcher, of the Tyco’s Treats stall.
This year, totally limbless pets were a hit with visitors, who flocked to the Lee’s Reptiles stall to meet and stroke the many snakes, lizards and even a tortoise. HULA does not have rehoming facilities for exotic pets, and Lee’s Reptiles, who are affiliated to Luton Reptile Rescue, were there to explain about caring for snakes and other reptiles and help overcome phobias. Join them on their Facebook page.
Enjoying the show was first-time visitor Saxon, an 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier whose owners describe him as the most gentle and loving dog ever - a sentiment echoed by many of the Staffie owners who entered Best Staffie Smile or brought their dogs along to join in the day. Julie, Wendy and Norris from the Senior Staffy Club stall were promoting Staffie awareness and dispelling the negativity surrounding this affectionate breed.
Once again, months of planning from the HULA events team and the hard work and dedication of volunteers and staff alike made the show a great success, with a little help from the weather! Volunteers baked cakes, staffed stalls, flipped burgers, erected tents, directed traffic and donated tombola prizes and plants. Local businesses kindly sponsored dog show classes and talented photographer Bridget Davey captured the day (photos taken on the day are now available on Bridget's website. HULA’s monthly events raise vital funds for the animals in its care and spread awareness of the work that HULA does.
A big thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day as well as the stallholders - and of course the hundreds of visitors who came along and supported us.
We hope you all had a great day and look forward to seeing you at the next HULA event!
Remember the old cafe area at HULA? Thanks to employees from Domino's Pizza Head Office in Milton Keynes, HULA now has a fantastic stylish refreshment area, which doubles up as a meeting and training space.
On Friday 2 May, the hard-working Domino's team spent the day totally revamping and making over the cafe, and what a transformation it is!
For the past five years, Domino's Pizza have helped HULA by kindly donating their time and materials, for which the charity is hugely grateful. HULA receives no government funding and relies completely on donations from the public and the generosity of companies such as Domino's. All materials and labour were supplied free of charge and represent a considerable investment that the charity couldn't have otherwise afforded. In previous years, Domino's have also made over and smartened the reception area and transformed the cattery and the surgery block, helping make HULA a much better environment for the animals, staff and visitors.
This year, the team got to work cleaning and painting the cafe inside and out, repairing damaged exterior panels and ensuring that electrics are safety compliant. Inside, there is now a smart new serving area, coordinating blinds and cabinets and more tables and seating, complete with matching 'HULA green' tablecloths.
Importantly for open day visitors, staff training and volunteer inductions, there is also now a large wired-in hot water urn for those endless cups of tea and coffee that keep everyone going! And as a finishing touch, a talented Domino's employee has taken pictures of the HULA animals with a 'cup and saucer' theme which are displayed on the walls.
HULA's Katrina Smith says: "The area is now looking so smart and is a lovely environment to chill out with a cuppa or for use as a business space for meetings and training for both large and small groups."
From the animals and humans at HULA, an enormous thank you to Angie Lawrence and the employees of Domino's Pizza for their valued help, tireless enthusiasm and vision which have helped us transform the Café. Your support is invaluable to the work we do.
A huge HULA thank you to Sharon Mulliss, Diane Gildersleve, Claire Bracey, Karen Copley, Michael Vallas, Tim Cawley, Bobby Owens, Karen Severs, Adrian Scott, Angie Lawrence who all worked tirelessly on the day.
We hope to see our many HULA visitors enjoying the new cafe soon!Domino's Pizza Press Release
We are so grateful for this and we know the dogs are too!
We were amazed at the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff who had baked magnificent cakes and put together a tombola full of wonderful prices.
We all had a wonderful afternoon and it was our third visit in the last couple of weeks. As usual we were all made to feel very welcome and very much a part of the team.
Further information is available about the Pets at Home and Support Adoption on the Pets at Home website.
A huge HULA thank you to all of the team in Aylesbury - we are so grateful for your support.
Easter Egggstravaganza at HULA
HULA holds monthly open days, including the twice yearly Fun Dog Show and Fete. All are vital to raise funds and awareness for HULA and show visitors the vital work that HULA does. It is a very enjoyable afternoon out for all the family with something for everyone.
Please see the Events section of the website for more details and we hope to see you soon!
Calling all stallholders
Come rain or shine, you'll find us in our socks and sandals having a burger and trying our luck on the lucky dip.
Well here at HULA we love a good fete so much that we decide to put on a couple ourselves! On May the 18th and September the 14th we'll be hosting a fun dog show and fete.
If you would like to hold a stall at one - or both - of our shows please contact us on via email. Your stall could be anything, from selling home made goods, car booters, to wood working demonstrations - we'd love to see you there!
Pookie Cat for featuring our very own Soda.
Pookie Cat campaigns to help find homes for cats with certain needs. In their own words... "Of course there are so many cats that are waiting for their homes in the shelters, but PookieCat think that SPECIAL NEED cats are very important. Those are cats who are older, have behaviour problems or need special medical treatment. Why they are so important? Because mostly they are being overlooked and left behind and sometimes needs to wait a very long period till they are getting adopted."
Everyone at HULA would like to say thank you to the staff and customers at Waitrose, Oakgrove, Milton Keynes.
Every month the store pick three charities as part of their Community Matters Scheme and customers vote with their green token's.
HULA were lucky enough to be picked to take part in the Scheme in January.
Sally Keen kindly invited us along last week to meet the staff to say thank you for the fantastic cheque for £444.00 which was raised in January.
THANK ALL SO MUCH
MK Lifestyle Show
Thanks to your support and the fantastic work of HULA volunteers led by Pauline Warren we raised an amazing £523.61.
Thank you all so much and we hope to see you at the next one in the Autumn
It is with sincere gratitude that we collected a cheque from Pets at Home in Hemel Hempstead recently.
As always people's support and kindness is astonishing, so to all the staff at Pets at Home, and their customers who donated - thank you a million!
So if you haven't had your beloved pet chipped why not give HULA a call and we can book you in to have your pet microchipped for just £15.00.
It was an honour to be picked as the teams chosen charity and we were humbled by everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT DHL – YOU ARE AMAZING
DHL SUPPLY CHAIN SITE CHARITY FOR 2013By Chris Viccars
Every year we like to pick a chosen charity to help and raise funds for. Last year we wanted to support a local charity who didn’t get government funding, not just to help by fund raising but we also wanted to help out by volunteering our time and helping the charity out hands on as well. We had a ballot at site and HULA came out on top as our chosen site charity for 2013.
Here are a few activities that we tried out in aid to raise some funds for the much deserving charity.
We held Cake Bake days at work, selling homemade cakes to the staff across all 3 shifts, we had toy sales, perfume sales, a Christmas Raffle where we got a lot of local firms to donate some great prizes, we had two brave colleagues off our shift taking part in a “Wax Off”, one had his chest waxed OUCH... And one his legs, staff were more than happy to donate some money to watch their friends have pain inflicted on them!
A group of us were sponsored to climb SNOWDON this was a great day and achievement, made possible by a determined and brave handful of people. The company laid on a mini bus for us, our General Manager drove the bus with the helpful map reading from myself. All funds/sponsorship raised went into the HULA pot.
On a monthly basis we sold football tickets & played Jackpot Joker selling tickets at a £1.00 a time. We collected old towels/quilts/blankets in a donation box in the canteen for the dogs/cats. We sold HULA calendars on site, promoted the animals who were up for adoption every week, by printing off posters and putting in canteen, toilets, anywhere really that colleagues could read it. Donated chocolates for Open days & volunteered on Open days to help with stalls/gates etc.
HULA was a great choice for our chosen charity, the staff are so friendly and always cheerful considering the amount of stress they have to work under. The work they do there is far more than just rehoming animals and I think we got that across to a lot of our colleagues over the months and gave people a different perception of the charity.
We really enjoyed our time working with HULA and made some good friends along the way, this is certainly not the end of our relationship with them, we will support & carry on helping HULA out as best we can going forward.
On a personal note myself (Chris) will be helping out at Open days this year and any other way I can when I get some spare time. It really is a great atmosphere at HULA and a get away from the hustle & bustle of every day in the office, and as an animal lover I am still looking out to adopt the right “forever dog” when she or he comes along :)
Thank you HULA for making 2013 charity fund raising a pleasure and an honour to do for you and here’s wishing you a successful 2014 to all the staff.Back to top
The wonderful team held an internal competition recently and kindly donated £100.00 to HULA
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY
Sharon very kindly selected HULA as the store's chosen charity in December - we were invited along to take part and as usual HULA staff members & our dogs were made very welcome by the lovely Aylesbury colleagues.
Sharon and her colleagues worked really hard, baking delicious cakes and putting together a brilliant Christmas tombola.
Sharon who has recently adopted a kitten from HULA called Milo kindly visited us last week and presented us with a wonderful cheque for £3324.27 and gave us an update on Milo's progress.
Thank you Sharon and all of your customers & colleagues for your support, hard work and enthusiasm.
Further information about the Pets at Home Support Adopton for Pets charity.
We are so delighted to be working alongside the Bletchley branch and really appreciate their wonderful donation.
Forget bitcoin – pet food is the new currency!Hula is thrilled that supporter Rowena Gibbons has very kindly organised a concert of talented musicians.
Saturday 8th March: 7.30pm
You won’t have to fork out a penny to get into this FUNdraising concert (with the emphasis on ‘fun’), all it will cost you to get in is either a tin of cat or dog food, emphasising the essentials that are always needed.
St Mary's Church, Shenley Church End
The concert is presented by Cisaro – a violin, oboe and piano trio - plus friends, all of whom are music teachers and performers. There’ll be something for everyone, from well-known classical tunes to a bit of jazz and latin, humorous ditties to tango.
During the interval will be stalls selling a cornucopia of high quality locally made crafts to tempt you whilst you enjoy a cuppa. For full details please see our Events page.
Please do come along and join in the fun
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Help Shaun Help HULASunday 9th March.
Shaun has very kindly offered to raise funds for HULA and we hope you will support him by sponsoring his run. Every penny really does make a difference to the lives of the animals at HULA.
If you can spare a pound or two please visit Shaun's JustGiving page.
Good luck Shaun and thank you from all the animals.
...another HULA HeroWe also have another brave runner in the MK Half Marathon. Everyone would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah Norton for choosing HULA as her chosen charity whilst running the MK Half Marathon.
To sponsor Sarah please go to her JustGiving page.
We wish Sarah all the best of luck with her training!
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Nick and Nia spent time with our guests and put on a fabulous show.
Thank you so much for visiting us.
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A meeting of two very special GregsEveryone would like to say a huge thank you to Greg Rutherford who very kindly took an afternoon out of his busy schedule to come along and meet everyone at HULA.
Huge thanks to Greg Rutherford for visiting us and for spending many hours with all the animals in our care and for really making little Greg's day.
Everyone at hula was delighted to meet Greg Rutherford and it was lovely to hear about his own dogs and see his utter devotion to animals.
Thank you Greg from everyone at HULA.
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We have many pets brought to HULA who have been straying and to be able to scan the animal and find a chip is fantastic. The Halo scanner is ideal as we are able to link this to a main database which allows us to know immediately if the animal has been reported lost or stolen.
We are so grateful to have won the Halo scanner and to have such wonderful support.
Thanks again, Vets Get Scanning and VioVet we are very excited to receive this gift.
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Morrisons in Leighton Buzzard kindly have a donation bin for HULA in store.
On behalf of all the HULA animals we wish to thank Morrison's customers for their very generous donations.
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Bailey's TravelAnother Leighton Buzzard company, Bailey's Travel, are long standing supporters of HULA.
We wish to say an enormous thank you to the staff at Bailey's and all of their customers who gave so generously during a collection over the Christmas and New Year period.
We are so very grateful to have such fantastic support from local businesses. You really do make a difference to the lives of all of our animals.
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Thank you so much and we're glad that you enjoy our website.
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Fancy a fun evening of Bingo?
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Words cannot express our overwhelming gratitude to Greg for choosing a small independent charity like HULA.
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