Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary | Animal Friends

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary

This Christmas we are celebrating family, and we know every family is unique. A family is what you make it. Like all of us here, you probably consider your pet as a member of your family so we’re taking the time to consider all of the animals across the country that haven’t found their forever homes yet.

We have chosen two very special charities to work with over winter to ensure the animals in their care enjoy a nice Christmas. Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, Bristol, and Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Manchester, have both received £25k each from us to help towards the costs of running the centres. Not only that, but we are also helping with the fees for rescuing around 50 animal from each centre so that the animals can find their perfect family for life.

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary was first registered as a charity in 1982 to provide a safe haven for animals until loving, permanent and responsible new owners could be found. This is very much still their ethos.

We asked the Sanctuary a few questions about the donation, any future plans, and what family means to rehomed pets.


What does the £25k donation mean to you?

With our ever-increasing running costs and veterinary bills, the donation means so much to us. It currently costs around £616,000 a year to keep our sanctuary open. About £100,000 of that is down to the cost of veterinary treatments alone. Without kind donations like this, we would be unable to provide the care needed to all of our fantastic animals. This includes the need for emergency treatments like Josie the Staffy’s tail amputation, Junior who was in desperate need of hydrotherapy and Scooby who needed his sight saving.

What will the money go towards?

The money will go towards our ever increasing veterinary bills and possibly towards the purchase of a nearby field which will guarantee a safe haven for our dogs to be exercised in.

What future projects do you have lined up?

The purchase of a nearby field is our next project. This will guarantee a safe space for our animals to exercise in. It will also enable us to protect some of the local green belt and the wildlife in it.

What can a family do for a rehomed pet?

A family can provide a loving home tailored to the needs of the animal. You’ll be able to provide stability and routine, especially for animals that have been abandoned and neglected and need time to be themselves again. By adopting, you are supporting rescue centres instead of funding puppy farms across the world where millions of dogs are bred for financial gain whilst being kept in appalling conditions. Lastly, you would be supporting the work of volunteers and the rescue centres that care for the misplaced animals that have found themselves in rescue, often through no fault of their own.



As Animal Friends are helping with the rehoming fees it will absolutely help find some special pets a forever, responsible and loving home, and we are so grateful!

To find out more about our Christmas campaign visit our Family Is What You Make It hub. You’ll be able to find your nearest rescue centre on our interactive map, get a quote for your beloved pet, and keep an eye out for our exciting gift guide!


On the third day of Christmas Animal Friends donated to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary!


Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary was first registered as a charity in 1982 and was known as ‘Animal Concern’. It was run by Pauline Leeson who worked from her own home with the support of animal foster carers. The aim of the sanctuary has always been to provide a safe haven for cats and dogs (and the odd rabbit) until a loving, permanent and responsible home can be found.


Holly Hedge do all they can to ensure that the animals time there is as stress free as possible. They are currently working on a new sensory garden and the cats have their own outside play zone where they can stretch their legs and jump and climb all the different obstacles set out for them!

Our third 12 days of Christmas donation is to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary for the exciting amount of:


We recently visited Holly Hedge to give them the good news and have a little look around! Holly Hedge is run by some truly amazing staff, who care a great deal for the well being of all their furry residents. We saw some friendly, loving dogs and cats who all needed forever homes. It was heartbreaking to see them there, however it was amazing to see how many of them are already reserved just waiting to go to their new homes! If you think that you might have what it takes to take on a new furry friend have a look on their website for details of who is looking for a home. Please remember all pets are for life, not just for Christmas!


As always, we can’t thank our policy holders enough for continuing to use Animal Friends, as without you we would not be able to make such amazing donations.

If you want to find out more or see what Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary are up to,  give them a follow on Twitter, Facebook or go check out their website.

Merry Christmas to all at the Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary!



Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is a local independent charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. They rescue and rehome over 800 cats and dogs a year, ensuring that they all go on to find excellent homes.

Every animal receives the highest in standards of care whilst staying at the Sanctuary, whether they are there for one day or one year. The dedicated team of staff and volunteers ensure that every animal gets the food, veterinary attention and of course love and cuddles they so need, the staff come back at night to give a late night walk or cuddle to every dog and cat and even ‘tuck them in’ before they leave.

Holly Hedge operate a strict non-destruction policy and will do everything in their power to offer each animal the best new start in life – from costly vet bills to behavioural therapy, no animal is ever let down. They receive no funding from the government or National Lottery and rely on the generosity and goodwill of their supporters to keep their kennel and cattery doors open to animals in need. Animal Friends have donated to Holly Hedge to help them with their ever increasing running costs, and the Sanctuary is grateful for every penny it receives.