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HULA gets a clean up

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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Simon Barrington from Driveway 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.

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Doing our job isn’t easy. The phone doesn’t stop ringing due to a never ending queue of animals needing rescue space. More often than not you leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve not helped more animals than you’ve helped. The cows need mucking out come rain, shine or snow. We smell. A lot. However when we have a job vacancy, we have often hundreds of people apply because let’s face it...playing with animals all day? Well that’s a dream job isn’t it?

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.

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There are people out there, who work tirelessly, for us, year after year, who don’t often see those good bits. They don’t get to spend their break popping into the cattery for some kitten time, or reading the ‘happily rehomed’ emails to lift their spirits. Sharon Howell, Gary, Carol and Katy and the rest of the team from Pet’s at Home, Aylesbury, are these kinda people. Each year, they raise thousands of pounds for HULA through the Support Adoption for Pets campaign.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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Pets at Home VIP Points

As you may already know you can nominate HULA as your chosen charity for the Pets at Home VIP card. This means we get a little bit of money each time you purchase items from the store.

Pets at Home VIP club purchases
We are delighted to have already received £162.00 to spend.

As you can see we had a field day at Pets at Home in Aylesbury and have purchased many enrichment items for the animals.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up and nominated HULA

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Meet The Office Dogs

Simply click on the "Official Blog" picture.

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.

Want to receive the latest news?

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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. There are items from 44p up to £33 so something for every budget.

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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Are you thinking of adopting a rescue dog? If so please give consideration to the bullbreeds.

There are many good reasons for allowing one of these wonderful dogs into your life.

Click here to read just a few of them.

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