2010 has been a very hard year for all animal rescue shelters but for us, it was the hardest on record. We had to contend with problems and challenges coming at us from all sides and when you run on resources as limited as ours, keeping your head above the water is not easy.
As those of you who have been following this blog from its start last year will know, we had a crisis on our hands that could have resulted in this sanctuary, a much-needed and very much respected part of the local community, closing down for good. Due to higher demand for animal places and fewer donations coming in, we were running out of money fast. They say money makes the world go round and to us, money is the difference between being able to help an animal in need of a new home and having to stand by and watch that animal suffer. Without money we would not be here.
However, thanks to the fantastic efforts of our small team of staff and our massive group of dedicated volunteers we pulled through! Our campaign, the ‘Save our sanctuary’ campaign was picked up by out local newspaper group the Messenger and they followed us, running stories on our plight every week for he whole of our 3 month emergency appeal. With their help and more importantly yours, we were successful in reaching our target of £50,000 in just 3 months! This enabled us to keep functioning untill we could put other long-term plans into place that would secure our future for years to come. We are not there yet but thanks to you we are in a much better place now than this time last year.
There was unfortunately a down side to all of the local media attention we received. More people knowing where we are is undoubtedly a good thing, this means more people are aware of our situation and can come down to visit us or to volunteer with us. however, this also means that more people knew where to bring their unwanted animals. While this is what we are here to do, take in unwanted and abandoned animals, we do have very limited resources and we can’t help everyone. unfortunately, our situation was made harder to contend with by an excessive num,ber of animals being abandoned at our gates. We literally had animals coming out of our ears! For months now our foster homes have been maxed out with abandoned cats and kittens all in need of care and attention.
To give you an idea of our figures, during 2010 we took in 215 cats!! That is a lot of mouthes to feed!
We did, however manage to get through it! All of the animals left in our care received the best care and welfare standards we could provide and all have come through their ordeals in fantastic condition! This is all down to our fantastic team of staff and volunteers who spend hours each day grooming, playing and rehabilitating these very often traumatized animals.
We know times are hard for everyone at the moment, lots of people are loosing their jobs and are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Often in these situations the animals are the first thing people think of to give up. Please, if you are in this situation and feel you have no other option, speak to your local animal rescue shelters to see what help they can offer. I have no doubt in my mind that the people who leave an animals tied to our gates overnight think it is in the best interests of that animal but there is no way of knowing what could happen to the poor creature all on its own, defenseless and afraid.
That time of year has come round again where Manchester laces up its trainers, warms up its muscles and gets running for charity in the Bupa Great Manchester Run! This is a fantastic event that lets ordinary people compete with the best of the best. This event puts the fun in fundraising!
This year, our very own Aggie Sheppard is running the grueling 10K course to raise money for the Society for Abandoned Animals. Fundraising events like this one help us to rescue unwanted and abandoned animals from all over Manchester and to find loving new homes for them where they will be safe and happy forever! Through the fundraising efforts of people like Aggie we are able to reach out the multitudes of different communities around Manchester, providing support, advice and education to the thousands of pet owners in this city!
We honestly hope that through our help and support, people can learn that it is not as difficult or as costly as people think to properly care for an animal and that there is help out there for those who are struggling with their pets. Over the years we have helped many hundreds of animals find new homes, many of which came to us because of their owners financial commitments.
unfortunately, our resources are extremely limited therefore we can only help a small number of animals at a time. Our phone never stops ringing with requests for pen spaces and unfortunately the most we can do for some people is to give them the numbers of other local charities. With your help and support we can help so many more animals!
If you would like to help support our work with cats, rabbits and in the future, dogs then please give whatever amount you can in support of Aggie, our fantastic-fun-runner! a 10k run is definitely no doggie walk in the park! This takes real effort and we thing she deserves all the support in the world to make her event a truly fantastic day!
We hope the weather treats you kindly Aggie, Good luck!
If you can sponsor Aggie on her 10k run then please visit her JustGiving page and give as much or as little as you can!
Animal welfare has really come into its own over the last few decades. People in every walk of life have gone from believing that an animal is a possession or a commodity to being a member of the family and something to be respected. This change in the way of our thinking has been difficult to achieve but it has made a world of difference for the animals we share our lives with.
The question now is how we make this change in thinking a reality for all of animals out there in homes and rehoming centres all around the world.
One way of doing this is by making sure each and every one of us keeps to and respects the 5 freedoms. The 5 freedoms were set out initially by the Farm Animal Welfare Council to protect the lives and welfare of every animal out there. Together they form a code of conduct for owners to live by in order to provide the best level of welfare possible for their animals. If all of us live by these simple rules then no animal would ever have to suffer from neglect or cruelty ever again.
The 5 freedoms include the following:
1) Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition – This relates to your pets diet, it must be enough that the animal does not lose condition but not so much that it becomes overweight. Read the package of food you are feeding it for feeding recommendations or contact your vet to discuss specific dietary requirements.
2) Freedom from discomfort – This related to discomfort caused by living arrangements. Specifically regarding shelter from the elements and the ability to rest comfortably. A dog living outside with no shelter and only a hard concrete or flagged floor to sleep on would go against this freedom.
3) Freedom from pain, injury and disease – This relates specifically to the health of your pet. Nothing that happens to your pet should cause it any unnecessary pain or suffering. This is the hardest one to live by as there are naturally times when an owner must cause the animal pain for its own benefit. Recovery from surgery can be a very painful time for an animal but it is in the animals best interests. Training using punishment techniques is now generally frowned upon as being barbaric and ineffective, mainly because in the time between the animal performing the undesired behaviour and you punishing them for it they have already done something else like sitting down. The animals would therefore think it was wrong to sit down. (Training behaviours in and out of dogs will be covered in a later article.)
4) Freedom to express normal behaviour – This relates to providing the animal with enough space and resources that it may express itself in its natural way dictated by the animals genetics. In the case of rabbits that would be providing it with another rabbit as company, with things to chew and wear down its teeth on and a bedding that it can dig and burrow in.
5) Freedom from fear and distress – This is another difficult one, how do you ensure that your animal is not scared? The answer is you can’t, not all the time, but you can take every opportunity to ensure that your animal is as safe and secure as it could be. Again, using rabbits as an example, they should be provided with a shelter that protects them from the sight and sounds of foxes or other natural predators. For example a hutch should have a solid wood door on at least one section where the rabbits can hide.
In many ways it is difficult to love by all of these rules all of the time but it should not be. These rules are designed to provide guideline that will stop an animal from suffering. If all of us lived by these freedoms and applied them to our daily lives then no animal would suffer needlessly ever again.
Now wouldnt that be a fantastic world to live in.
Posted in Cats, Dogs, General, Rabbits
Tagged animal, animal sanctuary, Animal welfare, cruelty, five freedoms, neglect, peggy henderson, welfare
Why is this year the year the chinese year of the rabbit? Well, why not? Rabbits are fantastic!! Every year should be for rabbits if you ask me! Who doesn’t love the sight of a cheeky bunny running round with a scrap of carefully torn newspaper clasped between their little bunny teeth?
Rabbits make fantastic pets and are very easy to look after if you know what you are doing. But beware, they are frail little creatures so you really should do your research before adopting a bunny for the first time. As any good rabbit owner will tell you, myself included, rabbits are simply fabulous to have around regardless of whether they are in a hutch in the garden or in an indoor pen.
We are all just bunny bonkers at the Society for Abandoned Animals!
So why not join us>? Come down for a chart and to view our animals and who knows, maybe you could soon be adopting a brilliant lucky new years bunny!
Here are a few of our rabbits that are still looking for loving homes, all with their own personality quirks and habits! So why not come down and see them in the fur?
<—– **HOLLY & IVY**
***PLUS MANY MANY MORE***