It has been a while since we have been able to help our canine friends here at the Society for Abandoned animals. Our old kennel unit had served its purpose for many years but had become too badly outdated and worn down that we were faced with no other choice but to close it completely while refurbishment were made. Now we are very very close to getting dogs back again and once again fulfilling the wishes of the fantastic woman who founded our charity many moons ago.
Peggy Henderson started off the SAA as a way of feeding the stray dogs that were left to fend for themselves during the housing clearances in South Manchester in the 60s. Her life is a wonderful thing to learn about and we have a few remaining books on her life story available to purchase from our site.
With this mission in mind it never really made sence to us to not have dogs, why wouldn’t we when that was the one species the SAA was founded on? Well soon we will be graced by the incessant barking of happy dogs once again but until then we are still very keen to help rehome as many dogs as possible by less direct methods.
First there was Harvey – The dog that everybody needed but didn’t know it yet. Now there is Alfie. Watch his story…
If you have any questions about Alfie’s campaign or where you can adopt a dog in the Manchester area while we are still dog-less them please leave a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We don’t think there is anything wrong with Alfie
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.
The past month has been packed full of event days including the first of this years Rabbit Care Days and our Spring Fair which was blessed by some of the best weather we have had so far this year. Normally this would be the time to sit back and give ourselves a pat on the back for some fantastic fundraising. Not this year!
Now we are steaming towards our next event, our first ever Cat Care Day on the 15th may! The bunnies have had their day in the spotlight, now it is the time for some fantastic felines to strut their stuff and show us just how purrrfect they can be!
This is uncharted territory for us at the Society for Abandoned Animals, we are not sure on how the day will go down. There is one thing we are sure of though. It is going to be day to remember! A day when we can reach out to the cat owners of Manchester and beyond to help them with purrplexing behavioural and health issues.
We will have expert teams of health checkers there to advise on any potential health concerns and we will be providing low-cost flea and worm treatments to ensure each cat is as healthy as can be.
The safety of our pets is a major concern for anyone who owns an animal and in order to help owners with this we will be providing low-cost microchipping and registration. A microchip would allow staff at a vets or rescue centre to identify your pet and contact you in order to reunite you and your beloved pet as soon as possible should the animals go missing. The microchip itself is the size of a grain of rice and cannot be felt after it is implanted under the skin at the base of the neck.
As we have never held an event like this before we would value your input on how to make the event the best t possibly can be. Do you have an idea for a cat-based stall or are you able to help us out in any way? Please contact us to give us your ideas either by commenting below or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Sunday was the first of this years Rabbit Care Days here at the Society for Abandoned Animals. We were offering complementary Rabbit health checks for all who attended with rabbits and had a vet performing low cost vaccinations in order to help the pet rabbits of Manchester be as healthy as possible.
The aim of the day was not only to help people who had been kind enough to adopt rabbits from us in the past but to help those who might not have otherwise taken their pets to see a vet. We managed to identify a number of minor health problems in rabbits that had never seen a vet before and potentially prevented those rabbits from developing serious health conditions.
An alarming percentage of the rabbits we saw were not neutered and were living alone. Their owners believed that as they were single rabbits that they did not have to be neutered as the risk of breeding was nonexistent. Many of these owners were shocked to hear about the health risks to domestic rabbits that have not been neutered, particularly with the high percentage of an unneutered female rabbit developing uterine cancer and unneutered males developing territorial aggression. We hope that by giving good advice endorsed by the Rabbit Welfare Association that we were able to help provide these rabbits with a better future and higher levels of welfare.
Other aspects of responsible rabbit ownership we were promoting included adequate accommodation size, rabbits as social animals and the possibility of keeping a rabbit as an indoor pet. Rabbits are still commonly seen as ‘disposable’ children’s pets with owners still believing that rabbits are cheap to keep and only live naturally for a few years.
The truth is that rabbits have been known to live into their teens and are notoriously expensive to keep, especially if they are taken twice yearly to a rabbits specialist vet. Rabbits are a big commitment and parents of children who want to adopt a rabbit should be fully prepared to take on the responsibility themselves when the children become bored of the commitment.
Hopefully last weekend we went some way to dispelling the myths surrounding domesticated rabbits and managed to improve the standard of welfare for a great number of local pet rabbits.
We also held games, stalls and even pony rides with our partner charity Urban Riderz to entertain all of our visitors, not just those with rabbits. One lucky visitor even won the grand prize of £25 of ‘Pet Life’ Vouchers!
The day was a fantastic success and as soon as we have the official figures in we will be letting you know via this blog our facebook and our twitter pages just how successful it really was!
A massive thank you goes out to all of the staff and volunteers who helped to make this day a fantastically enjoyable one for everyone!
Posted in Event Days, Fundraising, Rabbits, Success Stories
Tagged animal, animal care, Animal welfare, bunny, hutch, peggy henderson, rabbit, rabbit care day, the society for abandoned animals
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***
This little tortoiseshell cat appeared on site one day hiding in a small kennel belonging to our feral cat Lucy. As this newcomer ran straight up to one of our animal care staff, it was obvious she wasn’t a feral and so we took her in and gave her her first meal in what must have been a while. After swallowing down her food like her mouth wasn’t quite big enough she settled down and finally started to relax with us.
Lucy was very bedraggled and half-starved with her spine and ribs sticking out alarmingly. Over the two weeks she spent in our quarantine unit she got used to the fact that she would be getting meals twice a day and that she would never need to search for a safe and warm place to sleep again. She has been given a clean bill of health by our vet and has been fully vaccinated.
Like many rescue animals, Lucy has obviously been through a tough time and her current behaviour reflects that. While she is normally a very calm cat, loving a stroke and a gentle groom, she objects strongly to being picked up and is liable to bite. This means that we are currently looking for a home with no young children who may be tempted to handle her a little more that she would like.
This behaviour is purely defensive and is a reaction to what she feels is a threat. With time and patience she will bond with new owners and eventually will learn to trust them enough to pick her up. Untill then she will still make a fantastic addition to any quiet household where her personality can break through her defensive shell.