Bazaar OpeningWe are delighted to announce that on Saturday 6th February our Bazaar will be open from 10am until 1pm.
Many of you will be familiar with our bazaar which is usually only open on our Open days. Our dedicated volunteers are going to be very kindly working doubly hard this February so that the Bazaar will be open twice. There will be an array of items for you to browse and in addition you might like to have a lovely hot cuppa or a chat to our team.
We hope you can join us
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.
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 email@example.com we would be so pleased to hear from 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.
Iain Stewart MPLast December, HULA Animal Rescue were delighted to welcome Iain Stewart MP along with his parliamentary assistant Alex Walker to HULA for a tour of our site and a chat about HULA’s work. Our visitors met Prince a lovely staffie cross who had found himself abandoned before HULA offered him refuge & were able to hear about how HULA was founded by a local vet Cecil Schwartz in 1972 and is still serving the local community to this day. It was an opportunity to talk about the wonderful support we receive form the local community and about some of the some of the many animals we have helped over the last 43 years.
Mr Stewart & Mr Walker had lots of questions and enjoyed a site tour which provided an opportunity to meet some of our lovely animals that are looking for new home and our resident farm animals.
Mr Stewart said of his visit “I would like to thank everyone at Hula for the visit. It was a wonderful afternoon and it is clear the team work incredibly hard. It is always sad to hear of stories of the animals who have been rescued by Hula. But what is so pleasing is how Hula then take the animals on for life, giving that cat, dog or other animal a fresh start.”
Thank YouOn behalf of all the staff and volunteers at HULA we would just like to say a very big thank you to everyone who sent donations to us over the Christmas period. We are always grateful for the donations we receive but for you all to think of us over Christmas when it is a busy time for everyone made it extra special.
Your lovely donations ensured that all our animals including our farm animals had a nice Christmas. It is always the time of year when we would love to see our animals get re-homed in time for Christmas but unfortunately this is not always the case and many of the animals remain at HULA to be cared for until they find their forever homes.
Our work is always on going here at HULA. All our staff and volunteers worked hard over Christmas (including Christmas day) to ensure that all our residents here are loved are cared for.
Thank you once again and we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We hope that 2016 is a hopeful and happy one for all our supporters. We hope to see you soon.
Charity Shop Volunteers NeededOur Charity shop based in Woburn Sands is a vital source of income to HULA and we are seeking additional volunteers.
Retail experience would be really useful to us as you would need to be confident in using a till, but it is not necessary. More important is enthusiasm to help raise much needed funds and the ability to ensure our customers enjoy their visit to the HULA shop.
We are currently looking for volunteers for the following days/times:-
|Monday||9am to 1pm|
|Wednesday||9am to 1pm|
|Thursday||1pm to 4.30pm (when required)|
|Saturday||1pm to 4.30pm|
If you are interested but have further questions, please email your details and contact number to Joy Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're ready to volunteer then please complete the application form which may be found on our Volunteering page.
Meet The Office DogsSimply click on the "Official Blog" picture.
We have a special page dedicated to Happy Endings. Do take a look at some of these really happy stories and if you have rehomed an animal from HULA why not drop us a quick line and a picture or two as we would love to hear from you too.
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- Simply create a text message containing the text HULA40 followed by the amount you wish to donate.
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- Send your message to 70070
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