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Every Dog Has It’s Day!

And Sunday the 26th of June is no exception! This year’s all Trophy Dog Show and Family Fun Day promises to be a fantastic success with new, never before seen games, a brilliant barbecue (with stuff for the veggies among us too), stalls and prize games galore and not to mention the Dog Show in all its glory!

This year sees a very busy schedule with 7 (yes, 7) classes including Cutest Puppy, Most Amazing Trick and (my personal favorite) Best 6 Legs where our panel of expert judges will look ast not only mans best friend but also his human handler! So ladies, time to get your glad rags on and fellas, well we never could say no to a touch of designer stubble.

The full range of classes will be announced shortly on this blog and on our official website www.saarescue.co.uk so stay tuned! There will be rosettes and certificates awarded to everyone placing 1st 2nd or 3rd in each class with a trophy being awarded to those placing 1st! Your dog will then have its photo taken by one of our brilliant photographers to be included in your winner’s package.

In addition to this the winner of each class will then be entered into the last category of the day, BEST IN SHOW! To win a fantastic huge trophy aswell as a hamper of doggylicious prizes including a voucher for £25 redeemable at Petlife, the UK’s leading supplier of pet bedding and health care.

Gates open at 12PM with the first class (Handsomest Dog) starting at 12:30PM so get here early, we are expecting a fantastic turn out. registration will end 30 minutes before the start of the final class.


Paws for Thought

“Why was I so afraid of that vet?”

Last sunday (15th may) was the day of our first ever Cat Care Day here at the Society for Abandoned Animals and boy did the cats come out to play! We saw big ones, skinny ones, fluffy ones (but no bald ones) – all different shapes and sizes came to have a visit with our vets who donated their time from the Chorltom Animal Medical Centre Referral Services.

The whole event was geared around cats, something we have not attempted before at one of our event days. We were let down by the damp and dingy British weather but our army of volunteers still marched out to bring the words of cat welfare to the visiting public!
possibly the most rewarding part of the day was the fact that we microchiped 8 cats who may otherwise have gone un-chipped, risking being separated from their owners forever if they ever went missing. Microchiping is one of the most important things a cat owner can do, it ensures that no matter what someone else does to the cat, it can still be identified.
Collars can be removed, identity microchips can’t!
If you would like more information on how microchip implantation affects your cat then please feel free to contact us on 0161 973 5318.
When all of the monies from the event have been counted we will be announcing the grand total so watch this space!

Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

Go on, I dare you to rub my belly!

Rose the cat has been featured on this blog before multiple times in an attempt to find her a home and finally in celebrationg of a home accepting her in. This post is a letter from her new owners who are obviously enjoying the rewards of the choice they made so many months ago.


 Last October, my wife Hazel and I decided it was time to give a deserving cat a home. We had 2 cats, Kitty and Ringo, who sadly died during 2010. This was a very sad time for Hazel and I. We had always had cats, so we were missing feline company.

We decided we wanted a cat that really deserved a loving home, as we didn’t want to replace our other two. We were aware of the The Society For Abandoned Animals on the Stretford / Sale Border. We had a look on their website and looked for a cat that had preferably been at the centre for a long time. 

 That’s where we found Rosey. She had been in a pen for 9 months at the centre, waiting for a potential owner to give her a home. Usually cats find a home in days or weeks. She was about 2 years old and the volunteers at the SAA could tell that she at one time did have a home, but for whatever reason had become a stray.

She was found scavenging for scraps of food at the back of the Stretford Arndale Centre by one of the volunteers while shopping. The volunteer said that Rosey wouldn’t allow you to get too near. She was a painfully thin and in a bad state, and the weather in January 2010 was extremely cold. The snow and ice stayed for weeks. After a few days of visiting Rosey, the volunteer managed to grab her and put her in her cat box.

 When we went to visit her, she bit both my wife & I. The staff said that they think she had been mistreated because of her behaviour. She would flinch and cower if you moved your hand too fast. At the same time, she was intelligent and  loving. She would sit on your lap for hours. The volunteers at the SAA became very attached to her, but they knew she couldn’t go to just anyone, and that they thought that she wouldn’t be suitable for a family with children, or one with other cats. She also might have been too much for an elderly person.

 We knew we had to give Rosey a home. She wasn’t suitable for many people, but Hazel and I knew that she was perfect for us. We could give her a chance to have space, patience and freedom to allow her to eventually be happy. After having been locked in a small area of for about 9 months, however loving and caring the staff were at the SAA., she needed a stable calm home with a garden in a quiet traffic free street.

 Today 6 months on she has become much happier. She loves our company. She’s always waiting for us when we come home, even though the cat flap is open always. Now it’s starting to get a bit milder, and we are gardening, she’s always follows us. She climbs trees and many of the neighbours have commented on what a friendly cat she is. She has become friends with many of the cats on our street, which we always wondered what she’d be like. 

Since we gave her a home, she has never bitten us, only pretended to bite us in the first week or so, and she hardly ever scratches us anymore, only when we are too playful with her, or on the odd occasion if we pick her up, though we were never able to at all previously, now she rarely minds.

 She’s come so far in 6 months and we’re sure that as we show her love and affection, and give her space, she’ll continue to become what she should have from the start.


This Is No Walk In The Park!

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!

Thank you.

The Five Freedoms – The Animal Owners Code

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.

Year Of The Rabbit

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?


<———  **MOONPIG**



 **LEYLAND** ——->



<—– **HOLLY & IVY**




Rabbit Update: Pippi

A while ago we featured a story about a rabbit called Pippi, a beautiful little rabbit who unfortunately suffers from blocked tear ducts. This causes her eyes to become sore and inflamed if left untreated. With some gentle eye bathing when she needs it and the occasional course of metacam and antibiotic eye drops shes as fit as a fiddle and really enjoys human company.

Pippi is still looking for a home where she can live indoors as a single house rabbit as previous bonding attempts have been unsuccessful. Over the past month, Pippi has been living in a foster home where she has been receiving the TLC that she needs to help her deal with a flare up of her condition. She has been thriving in this home and truly enjoys being a house rabbit. She loves human company and is slowly beginning to learn that she can relax whilst being handled.

Pippi has been with us for far too long and is in desperate need of a new loving home. If you think you would be able to provide pippi with the home she so desperately deserves then please contact us on 01619735318, at office@saarescue.co.uk or some down to the sanctuary to chat to our animal care staff.  We can organise for you to view Pippi by appointment and as she is such a special rabbit we would be willing to extend our normal rehoming boundary beyond the existing 1 hours driving distance. Please contact us to find out if we would be able to perform a home check in your area and ask for the Animal Care Manager.