Sadly this weekend we have lost our oldest resident Guinea pig.
Lard came in to us as a failed breeding guinea pig, she ended up a permanent resident as nobody wanted to re-home her due to her red eyes. Lard soon became a favorite of everyone here due to her tough spirit! She took no nonsense from anyone and her ability to drag off vegetables 3 times her body weight while fighting off everyone else was nothing short of impressive.
Sadly old age hit our lady and a couple of months ago she developed Glaucoma, we knew that diabetes was the likely cause so she was closely monitored and sadly over the last couple of months she started to decline, this weekend she took at turn for the worst this weekend and we took the decision to have her put to sleep, as although her body had given up, her little heart was still going.
Thank you to everyone for your help and support in this time. We are in the process of organising the planting of trees for the scattering of ashes of the rescue animals.
We are in need of foster homes for the following animals:
Rodents for example Hamsters, rats, degus etc
All equipment, food, vet care and support is provided by the rescue. What we are looking for are people to provide a roof over their head, training, guidance and understanding to get them ready for a new home.
Fostering is Ideal for people who like holidays and can’t commit to a animal full time. We have a few foster’s that are retired and go on regular holidays, they just let us know when they are away and when they are able to foster and we make sure they have a pet.
Some of the animals we get in to the rescue just need a little tlc and a roof over their head until we can find them a good home.
Some however have come in because they have never been given any training, brought for all the wrong reasons and then passed from home to home. These animals can be challenging and I won’t lie can push all of your buttons, wee in your house, chew things they shouldn’t etc!!
They just need boundaries, routine, consistency and with hard work and determination can be brought round. There is nothing more rewarding than taking a animal from death row who is completely messed up, unscrambling the mess and then seeing them in there new home happy and content!
Have a spare room, foster a cat! a spare room will be way bigger than a cattery and they will get used to all the sounds and smells of living in a house, as long as you have time in your day to spend with them they would be more than happy.
Fostering is not easy!!! It can be heart breaking you win some and you lose some, some will get right under your skin and it will be heart breaking to see them go to their new homes. Some will be so messed up that they will push you to your limits! But the good times way out weight the bad times. I love going to see one of the animals I have fostered in their new home, happy, settled and content. It is a feeling money can’t buy!
THANKS TO ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND SUPPORT, THE RESCUE IS NOW SAFE AND WILL BE REOPENING IT’S DOORS ON THE THE 3RD OF JANUARY!!
WE COULD NOT OF DONE IT WITHOUT ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT. WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH XXXXXXX
It is with a heavy heart and tears that I am writing this post.
We are at serious risk of closure, the rescue bank is empty and I have used £8000 of my own savings to keep the rescue open for the last two years and that has now run out.
We would like to let all owners/potential new owners of our rescue animals (as we still have a few animals in that are looking for homes) that we will always take any of our animals back even if we close, I made all of those lovely babies a promise and I will keep it. All of the resident animals will stay with me as my own.
Animals are my life, they were my one constant through a difficult childhood and kept me going when all I wanted to do was give up. so I have devoted my adult life trying to repay that favour to them.
The last couple of years have been really tough on the rescue, the demand for our help has been overwhelming!
As many of you know we are a very small team here, all of our animals are kept in foster homes and we only use kennels as a last resort and the rest of the rescue is run from my home.
All Animal Rescue is a non-profit organisation and have shied away from charity status as we want to keep control of the rescue. Now I know this sounds a bit OCD, however we want to be able to decided what happens with the animals that come in to our care, quite a few of our animals have come to us from other organisations as they were deemed unsuitable for re-homing, in most cases these animals have just needed time, stability and good quality care and have gone on the be re-homed as loving pets.
The rescue is funded by donations and my wages! ( My long, suffering better half pays all the bills and he allows my wages to go on the rescue) Over the last couple of years with a larger number of animals coming in, we have found it hard to have the time to get out and about fundraising. I hear you shouting get volunteers to go out!! There are so many animal lovers out there, but time is precious and finding people willing to get up at 5am to do a car boot sale on possibly there one day off in the week, is really hard and don’t get me wrong I understand! Money is also tight for everyone so even asking for simple cake sales for Coffee mornings is more expensive than people think, cakes are not the cheapest thing to make anymore. So if anyone out there has any great ideas on easy fundraising we would be interested to here them.
We have started a Crowd funding page to try and stop the closure, if we can raise these much needed funds we will not only be able to prevent the closure, but we will be able to reopen the rescue’s doors to animals in need.
If you are able to donate, even if it is a £1 please follow the link to our Crowdfunding page
All Animal Rescue Southampton Crowdfunding page
This year has been a tough year for the rescue! Sadly the amount of animals needing our help has gone up and so many have been in such poor condition or seriously ill.
As many of you know the rescue is run solely on donations and my wages, everybody that works here is a volunteer and nobody gets paid, however we are relying more and more on my wages and sadly there is only so many hours in one day that I can work.
So we are going to slow down the rescue and take some time to concentrate on fundraising!
The animals that come in to our care get everything that they need, we don’t want to take any in not knowing if we can give them a 100%, so we are going to work hard on building up a nice buffer in the account.
Sadly this means that the rescue calendar is going to have to go on the back burner and be a 2018 calendar, as the cost of making them is slightly out of our grasp at the moment.
If anybody would like to donate, we have a donate button on our website www.allanimalrescue.co.uk or our bank details are as follows:
All Animal Rescue
We would also like to take the time to thank all of our loyal supporters, we really would not be able to do what we do without you!
You could help us by registering at the link below, all you need to do is register, once you have registered, you can raise us money by simply going through the Easy Fundraising website to the website you want to shop on!! I know it is that simple.
www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/allanimalrescue (Just copy and past this in to your search bar and it will take you straight to our area)
Due to a huge demand on the rescue over the last couple of years we are having to shut our doors to any new animals for a few months, while we concentrate on fund raising! Last year we had to use over £11,000 pounds of our own money to keep the rescue going!
If you would like to help with fundraising please do give us a call, as without these much needed funds we just can’t continue on with our work.
Happy Easter!! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and are not too sick of chocolate! I have finally had the chance to sit down and have a look at the latest way we can use media to our advantage! My lovely niece informed me that we could create a Amazon wish list for the bits that we need at the rescue, so below is the link!! All the items on this list are needed desperately and will be gratefully received.