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Bazaar Opening

We 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

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Limited spaces

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It often surprises people that we have waiting lists... not of people looking to adopt, but of animals needing our spaces. Recently our waiting lists have been closed, simply due to us needing to 'catch up'. On recent count 46 cats have places on our waiting list plus an additional 15 stray cats are on there needing our help too. We do understand it can be frustrating and difficult when looking for a space for your cat, however, we want to make it clear we really do try and help as many of these cats as possible. With just 9 pens however, our spaces are limited.

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!

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No chip, no luck with the paper collar? Pop up posters asking if anyone recognizes the cat and use local village facebook pages too.

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!
Leaflet from Dog Lost organisation 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.

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Photo of cat trees purchased with the Pets at Home VIP points

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

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There are lots of local companies that take Corporate Social responsibility very seriously. We are very fortunate in that over the years we have been incredibly lucky to welcome workgroups to HULA who have helped us with a variety of tasks.

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 hularescueoffice@gmail.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:

Some FAQ’s about the Law

Does this mean that I don’t need a collar and tag for my dog? Is it expensive? Is it just for dogs? How do I get it done?
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 MP

Last 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.”

Photo of a visit from Iain Stewart MP in December 2015

Thank You

On 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.

Christmas presents received December 2015

Charity Shop Volunteers Needed

Our 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 hularescueoffice@gmail.com

If you're ready to volunteer then please complete the application form which may be found on our Volunteering page.

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Meet The Office Dogs

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Happy Endings

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We are always so delighted to receive news from previous guests - a day, a week or even years after they have gone to live in their forever homes. Seeing the pictures of them enjoying a happy home life is so rewarding.

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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A huge thank you to everyone who has kindly bought something for our dogs, cats and rabbits from our Amazon Wish List.

It is a great way to treat one of our animals to a special gift. The list allows us to tailor what we need at any given time.

If you do make an order please send your contact details along with it as a note so that we can be sure to thank you. We love reading the personal messages people have been adding to their orders.

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