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Rise in Rehoming Despite Recession

The number of animals being offered new homes is increasing at the Society for Abandoned Animals despite the tough economic times.

The rehoming figures for dogs, cats and rabbits are up by around 25% compared to this time last year, which is good news as more animals are being admitted to the sanctuary on a daily basis.

So far this year 13 dogs, 162 cats and 36 rabbits have found new homes after coming into the SAA’s care for a variety of reasons. This time last year, just 111 cats had been offered new homes.

Natasha with two new kittens

The Sanctuary Manager, Natasha Woest, is delighted with the figures: “We’re really pleased that more people across South Manchester are choosing to adopt abandoned animals. Our priority is to ensure the animal will fit in with a new owner’s lifestyle and we can also offer a wealth of advice about caring for a new pet.”

Earlier this year the sanctuary opened its newly refurbished kennels which has boosted the number of dogs the charity can care for.

Natasha says: “We’re delighted that we can offer sanctuary to more dogs as there are so many animals that need our care. We take in animals for all sorts of reasons and with more people needing to downsize or rent we’re taking in pets at an increasing rate. It’s good news for all our supporters and hardworking volunteers that these unwanted animals are finding good homes.”

The support of volunteers has been vital to the SAA’s rehoming success. A big rise in kittens has put pressure on the foster carers as many of the young animals need to be fed by hand several times a day. So far this year 177 cats have been admitted to the SAA, alongside 11 dogs and 49 rabbits.

Caring for that many animals takes time and costs a lot of money. The SAA has been finding new ways to raise money through selling items on Ebay and sponsored challenges. On the 1st September volunteer Darren Richardson walked 60 miles from the sanctuary to Blackpool dressed as a giant dog! Seven volunteers will also be taking on the London to Brighton cycle ride in aid of the SAA on the 16th September.

Closer to home there are always opportunities to donate or pop in to see the charity and take a look at the animals. Our next event is a party to celebrate what would have been the 99th birthday of the charity’s founder Peggy Henderson on the 8th September at the Chorlton Irish Club from 8pm.

Tickets for Peggy’s Birthday Bash cost £10 in advance and £12 on the door. People should email office@saarescue.co.uk to buy them in advance.


Wet and Wild Spring Fair

Preparations in the rain

Despite the wild weather this weekend and the devastating burglary last week  we’ve had an amazing Spring Fair. We can’t thank everyone enough who braved the lashing rain and howling winds to pop down and help us to raise a whopping £2,437.75!!!

We’re so thrilled at how much was raised and it will go a very long way to helping the many dogs, cats and rabbits that we care for at the sanctuary.

Checking out the rabbits


We’re also delighted that several of our bunnies have been reserved alongside some of our gorgeous cats. We’re going to busy this week with home inspections.


Our resident Jack Russell, Terry, was quite the star of the day making friends all over the place.

Our bric a brac sale in the barn was a busy place from the start of the day to the end, with people queuing to pick up a bargain!

Hunting for a bargain

Some savvy shoppers rummaged for that ultimate find and we know a few children must have felt like Christmas had come early!

A frightening sight by the toys!

Our dedicated volunteers were on hand to help throughout the day and in some ways the weather helped as we sold a lot of umbrellas!

Shopping for bags and cards

Hand made items also proved popular with specially printed bags, greetings cards and framed photos all flying off the stands. Our raffle was also a hit and we know many of you had a go at some of the games on offer too.

Flame grilled burger anyone?

Not unsurprisingly the barbecue went down very well! It was worth getting a veggie hot dog just to warm your hands up! Of course everything was expertly cooked by our flaming fab volunteers! Complimenting the hot dogs and burgers were an array of amazingly decorated cakes that in some cases looked too good to eat.

Yummy cup cakes

Fortunately lots of you got stuck in to that icing!

Tucking in to cup cakes

We also had our resident face painter on hand, turning children into pretty cats and handsome hounds.

A princess cat

It was a fantastic day with the whole sanctuary filled with people.

Making new friends

Our volunteers put in a massive effort with many coming down first thing to help set up and make us storm proof! We must also say a huge thank you to everyone who donated items to us following last week’s terrible burglary. We were overwhelmed with people’s generosity and support for the SAA. More than anything else the Spring Fair has really raised our spirits as well as pounds.

Having a go on the games

We’re more committed than ever to helping the abandoned animals of Manchester and we’re really excited to be working with even more volunteers as today’s event encouraged several people to offer their services. The SAA’s Fundraising Coordinator Aimee Diz Ennis explains how important the Spring Fair is for the charity.

Now let’s just hope the weather can be as bright as our future!

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!

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.

Gearing Up For Festive Fundraising

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.

A Grand Day Out!

Yesterday saw in this years ‘Family Fun Day’ here at the Society for Abandoned Animals and what a day it was! Kids games to be played, prizes to be won, food to be eaten and bargains galore to be had!! Thanks to the great publicity we have been getting through our ‘Save Our Sanctuary’ campaign, this was our busiest event day ever!

Over 1’000 people came to join us and do what they could to help us out of this crisis and at the same time enjoy themselves immensely! The event, which had load of really cool games and attractions for kids including pony rides and face painting, also catered for adults who wanted to have a short break from the buzz of the event with a manicure bar and head/hand massage station complete with aromatherapy candles and soothing music. Dads were catered for too with a putting green and a bottle tombolla with the star prize being a bottle of scotch whiskey.

The animals were of course a real draw for people and all of our wonderful cats and rabbits will benefit from the ‘buy a dinner’ stands we ran in each unit where kind and generous people could buy an animals breakfast, lunch or dinner for £1 and be entered for free into a prize draw to win a cat/rabbit hamper.

Many of our animal were reserved at the event and will hopefully be going off to their new homes just as soon as we can perform a home check.

Save Our Sanctuary

Meet Sox. He was abandoned at a pub with his mum, two brothers and one sister. Thankfully, we found them and they are now growing healthily in the loving car of some of our cat fosterers. However, everything could have turned out much worse for them…

This is a difficult time for us at the Society for Abandoned Animals. Not only are we having to cope with a much higher demand for places for unwanted or abandoned cats and rabbits, we have the added difficulty of a reduction in charitable donations.

The Society does not receive any special funding what-so-ever! Every penny we have has come from the generous donations of animal lovers near and far. But now, in the light of the economic downturn, people are no longer donating as they once have.

This has now left us in a state of emergency as detailed on the ‘S.O.S’ page.

We put out a press release entitled ‘Animal Sanctuary Faces Closure!’ which was taken up by a number of local media outlets, The BBC  & The Messenger  being just a few. The response, so far, has been fantastic!

However, the fight is not over yet. We still need help in order to remain open! If any of you can help us then please visit www.justgiving.com/sfaa or click on our logo at the top of the page to be taken to our official website.

By making a donation you are helping to save the lives of hundreds if not thousands of innocent animals like Sox.