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Rabbit Care Day at the SAA

Did you know that a group of rabbits is known as a ‘colony’ or ‘nest’?

Well it was definitely a big nest of bunnies who descended upon the farm on Sunday, 29th September. Large, small, brown, white, pointy ears and floppy ears… and all of them, and their owners, enjoying the unexpected Autumn sunshine.


A total of 18 rabbits were vaccinated thanks to a local vet, and many more received free health checks from the SAA animal care staff. Volunteers were on hand to provide advice on everything from grooming to bunny toys and hutches. There were even poo samples to show what a good or bad diet can do to a rabbit’s health.


The barbeque and refreshments stall was, as always, very popular, with people enjoying vegetarian soup, tomato pastries, and lots of cakes – all brought by volunteers.

Whilst the buns relaxed in the Rabbit Sitting service, their owners could enjoy many different rabbit-themed games, including Guess My Name,  Drop a Penny on the Bunny Nose, and rabbit toy tombola.


Lots of rabbits – and their owners! – received care and attention, and all the money raised will go towards looking after the other rabbits, cats and dogs in the SAA’s care until they can find their own families.

None of this could be possible without the hard work of the SAA volunteers. If you’d like to help out at a future event, whether it’s with raffle prizes, cakes, or manning a stall, email And don’t forget, whether you have a rabbit of your own or not, you can support the SAA bunnies through our sponsorship program.

For more info on upcoming events, check out the Events Page above or like us on Facebook.


Cuddly Cats Gaining Confidence

The boys asleep

This week’s blog is dedicated to a pair of cuddly cats called Charlie and Chaplin. Like their namesake they love to fool around and play with their toys, although they weren’t like that when they first arrived.

We took over caring for Charlie and Chaplain in March as their owner wasn’t able to look after them. They spent two weeks living in our Sanctuary Manager’s office. Natasha spent hours with them, even getting into their pen to stroke Chaplain who was too scared to move or eat. He needed constant reassurance and a lot of love.

Cuddling cats

Charlie responded very well to our efforts but it still took several weeks before he was confident enough to play with the toys we gave him. Chaplain is still a shy chap but he’s been getting bolder every day.

Natasha says “We’ve seen them grow in confidence. They are truly loving cats who just crave attention and love”.

Charlie and Chaplain are now in the main cat rehoming area in their own pen. They can often be seen with their paws wrapped around each other when asleep. Chaplain’s white paws mark him out from Charlie so we know which is which. The sound of a tinkling bell can also be heard from their pen as Charlie loves chasing his balls with bells in!

Whilst it’s not unusual for our volunteers to fall in love with the cats these two Casanovas have captured the hearts of everyone at the sanctuary. They’re affection for each other as well as anyone who comes near their pen is heart-warming.

Charlie and Chaplain waking up

One of our volunteers Jordan summed up the pair by saying: “Charlie and Chaplin would make the most wonderful pets; not only are they incredibly handsome, they are also affectionate, playful purring machines! These boys have everything going for them, and I have no doubt that with a stable, loving home their confidence will grow, with them becoming even more loveable (if that’s even possible!).”

So if you think you could give a quiet loving home to these affectionate fluffy balls of ginger love then contact the sanctuary to arrange a visit. Call the office on 0161 973 5318 every day between 12:00 and 4:30pm except on Wednesdays when we’re closed.

Lots of love needed here

Remembering our animals in your will

“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.”

This phrase may have been written more than two hundred years ago but it’s as true today as it was then. They’re also still two subjects that none of us like to think about.

However, the question of what sort of legacy we want to leave after our death is currently the subject of the Society for Abandoned Animals latest campaign. We’re encouraging everyone to consider leaving us a donation in their will, because even if you’ve never volunteered in your life or donated a single penny to charity you can still give something even after you’ve gone.

Many people think about leaving money to a charity in their will but often don’t know how to go about it. Concerns about the cost of making a will can be off putting and let’s be honest; none of us expect to die tomorrow so we don’t need a will just yet. Thinking about a will may seem pessimistic but it’s a vital document that will actually bring some comfort to loved ones should the unexpected happen.

Here at the SAA we’ve teamed up with three local solicitors who are offering their will writing services free of charge if you leave a donation to us. The suggested amounts are £85 (single) or £150 (joint) to help continue the work of the Society for Abandoned Animals. Please contact Richardson Law (Tel: 0161 266 1114), Lowick McKay (Tel: 0161 491 5588) and Pennine Kennedy Solicitors (Tel: 0161 881 3133) to discuss taking up this offer. Alternatively you can contact us to ask for more information by telephoning 0161 973 5318.

We’d like to encourage everyone to consider taking advantage of this generous offer. Did you know that leaving a donation in your will could lower the amount of money you have to pay in inheritance tax? The tax office has more information online.Image

We’d like to encourage everyone to consider taking advantage of this generous offer. Leaving a donation to the SAA through your will ensure you leave a lasting legacy helping animals in need for years to come.

Easter Bunny Delivers Early

Spring has finally sprung for us here in the UK with the years first true ‘warm spell’, we were even out and about in our SAA t-shirts this week instead of the 3 or more layers we have been wearing up untill now with the bitterly cold weather! The boost in the weather conditions has also brought the joys of spring to many of our animals!

Rabbits in particular!

It has been March Madness in our rabbit unit this week with many of our rabbits finding their new owners and going out to new homes. The madness continues this sunday as we have this years first Rabbit Care Day raising awareness of rabbit welfare aswell as much needed funds for the Society for Abandoned animals.

On the day we will be performing free rabbit health checks and low cost vaccinations (by appointment only with our vet) in order to help you keep your rabbit in tip top condition! There will also be pleanty of stalls including soft toy tombolla, childrens toy stalls and lots of bargains on our second hand sale tables! There will be lotas of games and fun things for the little ones, there will even a fantastic face-painter and special Shetland Pony rides!

It promises to be a brilliant day all round so why not see if you can help make it even better? Pop on down this sunday from 10:30 onwards and visit us at our site based alowng the canal towpath between Dane Road and Stretford metroling stations. Parking is available off Dane Road and the site can be accessed by a short and very pleasent walk along the newly refurbished Bridgewater Canal towpath.

Contact us on 01619735318 for more details. If you are traveling by car and are planning on using a SatNav to find us please use the postcode M33 7QH.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

ADCH Conference 2011

Have you ever wondered who acted as the voice for rescue centre animals all across the country? Who stood up infront of everyone and shouted about how animals have rights even when no one in the world loves them? Who brings together the big and the small in the world of animal rescue? The ADCH do all of this and more.

Founded in 1985, the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes is a consortium of animal rescue charities both large and small, all with one thing on their minds, the process of improving animal welfare in rescue centres. The ADCH is committed to the continued improvement of kennel and cattery standards and the education of staff and volunteers so tat animals can be provided with the best possible life and a short a stay as possible in any UK rescue centre.

The ADCH (Association of Dogs and Cats Homes) is holding its annual conference in Jersey this week, which two representatives of the Society for Abandoned Animals are attending. This conference is intended to enable member organisations of the ADCH to share their experiences in order to better the lives of cats and dogs (and other animals) while they are residents of rescue centres. If centres like ours can avoid making the same mistakes others have made and can follow other charities leading the way in animal welfare we can improve the lives of all of our animals.

While the primary focus is on the lives, behaviour and welfare of cats and dogs, our rabbits are definatly not going to be neglected! Many of the member organisations also care for rabbits and other small furries (Some may even look after small scalies!!) and these will be a hot topic in later discussions. Any cattery designs intended for cats can be made suitable for rabbits with a little inginuity and bit of elbow grease!

We will be bringing you the biggest and the best news from the conference as and when it happens and, as a valued supporter, you will be kept in the loop as the changes slowly take root at the sanctuary!

The Supporters Club

Here at the Society for Abandoned Animals, our volunteers and the people who support us are the biggest and the strongest resource we have! Without these two groups of people we would not be able to help as many animals as we have done and continue to do! They deserve all the praise and thanks we can give them and should know that we really appreciate all of the work they do for us.

In an attempt to help bring all of our volunteers and supporters together as part of a wider community, the Society for Abandoned Animals is soon launching its ‘Supporters Club’ which is completely free to join, enabling us to keep in contact with members with regular newsletters and updates.

It will allow us to show you just what all of your hard work has allowed us to accomplish and to say thank you in bigger and better ways that was ever possible before.

Stay tuned on this blog for more information about the upcoming launch of the club. If you would like to sign up then please email your name, full contact details and how you know the society be it as a volunteer, donor or as a complete newcomer. All are welcome to join our Supporters Club and to put their suggestions forward as to how we can improve our facilities and services into the future!

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