Christmas time is busy time of year for everyone (whether you believe in Santa or not). A time of hope for the future, good will and (as any self respecting 7 year old will tell you) presents!! Topping almost every childs christmas list at some point in their lives is the inevitable “I want a pony/puppy/kitten/bunny” quickly followed by the equally inevitable grimace from the adults. The giving of pets at christmas has been a socially acceptable thing for many years which has resulted in a lot of animals being bought on a whim without proper consideration beforehand.
Some animals do find themselves in loving homes from this situation, however most animals end up being viewed as a nuisance after the novelty has worn off. When buying a pet on a whim or as a present people don’t often consider the amount of care an animal will need in the future. Cats will need a litter tray cleaning out every day, a dog will need training and walking and rabbits need their hutches cleaning out every day despite the weather. Not to mention that cute little ball of fuzz you carefully put in a bow and unveil on christmas morning will soon grow to be quite a large animal that will not be so cute and cuddly for very long.
It is these animals that end up in our care a few months down the line, needing behavioural or health issues sorting out before they can go to their new forever homes. Tis situation can be stopped once and for all if people would only think twice before buying a pet as a present.
The Society for Abandoned Animals does not rehome pets as presents no mater what time of year it is unless we are confident that the family have considered adopting very seriously and are all committed to the animals care. We always ask that it is the adults in the family that take on the daily care of the animal as it is often too big of a responsibility for a child to manage on their own.
A pet can make a wonderful addition to any family and we would not stand in the way of any of our animals going to a fantastic new home over the christmas season. If you are or were considering giving a pet as a gift to a member of you family this year then please contact us on any of the methods provided below to discuss the options and precisely what each of our animals requires by way of daily care.
You can e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org,
phone us on 01619735318
or visit us at The Society for Abandoned Animals off Dane Road, Sale, Manchester.
Posted in Cats, Dogs, General, Rabbits
Tagged Animals, cats, charity, christmas, dogs, rabbits, the society for abandoned animals, welfare
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.
This week the Society for Abandoned Animals made the front page of the local newspaper with news of its next fundraising event. The Christmas Fair, held on Saturday November 27th at St Mathews church hall in Stretford, promises to be a fantastic day out for one and all!
The event which has been organised by our dedicated team of fundraising volunteers holds games, attractions and goodies galore. The Chinese Auction and Bottle Tombolla are always big crowd pleasers and never fail to disappoint! All proceeds from our stalls and attractions go directly to benefit our animals who are, as always, the driving force behind all of our efforts to keep the SAA going.
Local newspapers the Sale and Altrincham Messenger and the Stretford and Urmston Messenger have once again shown their support by rallying their readers in support of our cause. A link to their article will be published as soon as it comes available on their website. Without this support from the Messenger group we would not have been able to reach our £50,000 target during our emergency appeal. For their support we are eternally grateful.
All of us at the Society for Abandoned Animals would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to come and join us to celebrate the approach of christmas and show their support for this much-loved charity and help to provide a safe haven for all of our cats and rabbits.
Posted in Cats, Event Days, Fundraising, Rabbits
Tagged altrincham, animal, charity, christmas, Fundraising, manchester, messenger, sale, stretford, the society for abandoned animals
A while ago we told the story of Rose, our long-stay cat who was finding it difficult to find a new home (previous post here). We know very little about her past, she was found living rough arount the Stretford Arndale. She was painfully skinny and obviously not taking care of herslef during one of the worst winters in UK history. She was finally caught and taken in by one of our members of staff who helped to nurse her back to full health.
Rose was admitted into our re-homing centre last february and has remained with us ever since. From the begining her behaviour was very unpredictable, she was usually seen sitting at the door of her pen meowing loudly for attention, however once someone went into her pen, if they did anything other than allow her to sit on their lap she would bite and scratch.
Our dedicated staff and volunteer cat socialisers spent a lot of time working with her, trying to show her that people could be trusted and that she didnt have to be n guard all of the time. Even when she seemed to be dozing on someomes lap she was tense. It was as if she felt she had to constantly be ready for an attack of some kind.
As the months rolled by and countless other cats came and went, she remained. Various attempts at helping her cope with her environment were made including the use of homeopathic remidies and reiki sessions. Our options were begining to run out.
Then, despite all of Rose’s behavioural quirks, a visitor came to the sanctuary asking to view her. Her profile had been discovered on our official website (www.saarescue.co.uk) and they believed that their home would be a match for Rose and her unusual disposition! With crossed fingers and quiet hopes, our staff and volunteers watched as the prospective new owners met her, stroked her, allowed her to sit on their laps and most importantly, were not put off when she became angry at being stroked and had a bit of a bite!
We had managed the most unlikly! We had found the perfect home! No young children, away from any busy roads, lots of space for her to carve out her own territory! It was absolutly puuurrrr-fect!
Everyone at the Society for Abandoned Animals would like to wish her a happy and peacefull future in her new home with her new family. With the concistancy provided by a loving family we hope she can learn to forget the demons from her past and learn to relax into her new life.
Meet Fluffy. Yeah, we know, not the best name for a witches cat but hey, we all have things in life we don’t like. Fluffy sure does make up for his names lack of ferocity with sheer brutish good looks.
At 8 years old he is a seasoned spellcaster and has had his fair share of near misses with disappearing tricks and escapology. His magic is truly tangible when you look at him, his eyes seem capable of looking right into your very soul! his silky soft fur is as black as night from nose to tail giving him the looks of a panther stalking through the undergrowth. This panther can truly cast spells however as he can go from slinky stalker to purring pussycat the moment he meets a friendly face.
Coming from a life on the streets he is tired of having to steal a living from unsuspecting mortals. He is a bewitching bachelor who needs a good family to show him that you do not need spells, potions and hexes to feel loved. If you think your house of horrors can contain such a devilishly handsome creature of the night then please call us on (uk) 0161 973 5318 or e-mail us at email@example.com
…All night long!!!
Theres nothing like a bit of rock music to loosen up your soul and transport you to a place where anything is possible, especially if you have a motorbike. Well, now rock music is doing its small part to help out abandoned and unwanted animals in Sale and beyond.
A gig made up of unsigned and local rock bands (plus some other genres) is being held in aid of The Society For Abandoned Animals at ‘The Lively Lobster’ in Sale on Thursday 28th October, 8 PM. Tickets are just £3 and can be purchased direct from the SAA or at the door on the night. It promises to be a fun night out no matter your music tastes.
Join us for a few and have a blast rocking out for the animals!
In other news, its been really busy down at the Society recently, with lots of people welcoming new animals into their lives. Many of our kittens have been rehomed to excited new owners and a good number of our rabbits have found new owners and new rabbit-friends to live with in fantastic new forever homes.
Check out our twitter feed for near-daily updates on sanctuary goings on.
Posted in Cats, Event Days, Fundraising, Rabbits
Tagged Animals, cats, charity, gigs, music, Rock, rock music, tickets
Three months ago, the Society for Abandoned Animals faced closure due to a lack of funds. Recent years have been difficult for everyone and so with people finding it harder and harder to make ends meet, it’s not surprising that people have little to give to charities. To fight back against this we launched our ‘Save Our Sanctuary’ campaign (previous posts here and here). This campaign featured appeal, events, newspaper reports, radio slots and even a tv interview on the regional BBC news.our target was to raise £50’000 in 3 months.
It is with great pleasure that we can no announce that we have not only reached our target but we have smashed through it!!!
We owe everyone who has donated to us in this time a massive thankyou as you have helped to safeguard the futures of all of our animals and the animals that are still out there waiting for new homes. Without you we wouldnt be here right now.
The fight is far from ever however. We still need people to give as much as they can to ensure our future and therefore the futures of all of our animals. If you are in any way able to help, be it with a financial donation, donation of goods, your time as a volunteer or with any offers of work from tradespeople, we will be very grateful to hear from you. Also, if you have any ideas for fundraising events then please call in and speak to our general manager.
Take a look at our contact page for ways of getting in touch or click on our logo at the top of this page for further information from our website.