Animal charity which rescues hundreds of creatures needs help amid ‘staggering’ cost hikes

PUBLISHED: 07:34 04 June 2018

Holly Hedge takes in up to 800 animals a year, but needs financial support.

Holly Hedge takes in up to 800 animals a year, but needs financial support.


An animal sanctuary which rescues hundreds of pets each year is calling for support to aid its ‘financial struggle’ amid ‘staggering’ rises in costs.

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, in Barrow Gurney, is facing mounting financial pressure and depleting reserves – and has launched a public appeal for help.

The sanctuary, in Wild Country Lane, has told of ‘escalating’ costs which have seen more than £650,000 required per year to keep it running – with vet bills alone costing £100,000.

The charity says it must raise another £300,000 per year to prevent it from turning needy creatures away.

Pauline Leeson, Holly Hedge’s founder, said: “Vet bills have risen considerably and reached a staggering £100,000 in the past financial year, as no animal is denied the veterinary help they need to enjoy the best quality of life.

“We have followed our hearts and carried out our solemn promise to do everything in our power to make our rescues pain free and whole again.

“We struggle financially to keep up with the insurmountable numbers coming to us in urgent need of veterinary treatment.

“Some poor souls have stoically endured excruciating pain straying for years before coming to Holly Hedge, and the difference made to their lives once treatment has been given is worth any amount of money.

“At Holly Hedge they are given love, kindness, every home comfort possible. It is so heart-warming when their faith in people is restored and they are ready to face the world again in a loving new home.”

The charity takes in up to 800 animals each year, before aiding their recovery and finding them a home, but its services could suffer without considerable public support.

Ms Leeson added: “Please, help us to help those who cannot speak for themselves. There is nowhere more totally committed and dedicated to making a better life for all our animals than Holly Hedge. Our rescues mean the world to us, but we cannot exist on love for them alone.

“Please make a donation today to save our sanctuary, whatever you can afford would be greatly appreciated and could help us to save a life.”

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