This year we are finding that our services are being
stretched further than ever and we are having to put a number of the less
urgent cases on a waiting list.
A few years ago we remember saying that we felt that the neutering
message was finally getting through but that now does not seem to be
anymore. Whether people are becoming more complacent or whether the
current financial climate is having an effect we are coming across more
abandoned cats and kittens than ever before and people who are getting
totally unsuitable puppies for all the wrong reasons.
We are also frequently being contacted by Vets who have clients with pets
that they cannot afford treatment for; their only option is to have them put
to sleep something which thankfully most Vets are very reluctant to do.
Of course this then puts the cost of the treatment at our door at a time
when donations are drying up and we find we are having to spend more
time fundraising just make ends meet.
On the other side of the coin the financial situation is making a lot of
people think twice about taking on a pet, in itself probably not a bad thing
but it means that animals are staying longer in our care and costing us
more to keep.
However we will keep battling on with our usual optimistic philosophy that
something will turn up. Thankfully so far it usually has.
If you feel you can offer a suitable home to one of our rescued animals
please do get in touch with us.
If you can not take an animal on full time how about fostering?
This is the hands-on part of the operation and one of the most important.
Dogs are the most labour intensive and you would need a fully secure
garden, to be able to take them for walks and not be out for more than 4
hours at a time.
Cats are easier and can be accommodated in a spare room where they can
initially, at least be kept apart from your own pets if you have any.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, other small furries and birds can be kept in a safe
environment in their own accommodation.
We have also had occasion to rescue larger animals such as goats and
horses so if you have a paddock or stable we would love to hear from you.
Vet fees, food and equipment will all be provided if required.
You can contact HEART by calling Ange on 0117 986 8005 or email
To offer a home to one of our rescued animals call Gill on 0117 953 5663. The latest listing is here.