June 2021 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

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As some of you may already know, it is rabbit awareness week from 28th June until 4th July this year!
This event is to give bunnies the spotlight and spread awareness of how they should be kept in order to maintain good quality animal welfare. 
On the 29th June we put out a rabbit quiz on our Instagram page (@rspcaburton) for you all to get involved in. If you missed it, feel free to take the quiz below!

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Here are some of the bunnies we currently have that are awaiting their new family! To find out more, go to our "Adopt a rabbit" page.

Sponsoring one of our kennels or cat pods is a very special way to remember your loved ones. It is an incredibly kind thing to do in such a heart-breaking situation and it also helps to raise money for the animal home. 
Since Covid began we have had no fundraising take place so funds have been low. Like everything and everyone at the moment, we are unsure when we will return to normal but we are doing our best. If you would like to find out more about this, please feel free to call us on 01283 569165.

Recently we found out that beautiful Tilley, who was adopted from us in September 2011, had sadly passed away. She gave her family so much love and joy for the past ten years and they decided to honour her memory by sponsoring one of our kennels. Below is a quote from her fabulous owners:

“Nothing can ever bring back Tilley but sponsoring a kennel at the RSPCA centre where we found her 10 years ago is a great way to keep her memory and support a great cause.  This support will help the kennels ensure they will be there to rescue more lovely dogs like Tilley who will make some families very happy.”

Conan & Lily

These golden oldies came to us on the 14th May 2021 after their owner had to move and couldn’t take them.
Conan is 8 years old and Lily is 6 years old and they are very bonded so we knew from day one that separating them was out of the question. (We only separate animals that come in together if we see that they don’t get on)
They were absolute delights from the get-go and never once were a problem. They got the all clear from the vets and started their search for their new home. 
Considering we usually struggle with older dogs, especially a pair of them, it didn’t take long to find the perfect people for these two. Their new owners had to wait for Conan to be neutered and were so patient with the process. They came to visit and sent us emails asking how they were. It was extremely clear that their love for them was already there and they were itching to get them home. 
They went off to their new home on the 11th June 2021 and it’s safe to say that the dogs and owners are very pleased and content. 
See for yourselves below!

“Just thought we’d share a couple of photos with you of us in our new home. We have lots of beds and a big garden to play in. We have settled in really well. 
We have our 1st holiday in something called a caravan in a couple of weeks. We are so excited.
Love and Licks from Lily and Conan xx”

Bailey

Well well well.. where do I start with our Bailey? As you can see, he is incredibly handsome!
This little boy was with us for 9 long weeks with barely any interest from anyone. 
Usually we find re-homing small breed dogs easier so you may be looking at his pictures wondering “why did it take so long to re-home this cutie?”
The truth is, the first 4 years of Baileys life, he was extremely under socialised so this meant he found new experiences and other animals very scary and over-whelming. It wasn’t his fault and we worked really hard to combat this by putting him on a behaviour plan and we even got a behaviourist to come and look at him. Her advice was brilliant and he started to improve when going out on walks so this behaviour plan just needed to continue in his new home. 
One on one, Bailey was always a dream to be around, giving LOTS of cuddles and very playful so we knew he would make someone a fantastic companion as he has so much love to give. 
Finally we found the most perfect home for him and they took him on the 2nd June 2021 and as you can see from below, he is a very happy boy!

Ben came to visit us!

Ben was adopted in March 2021 by one of our Swadlincote charity shop volunteers. He now goes with her to the Swadlincote shop and is slowly becoming a local celebrity there as he is always happy to greet the customers. Thanks for the pop-in Ben!

Guinea Pigs

We rarely get guinea pigs in for re-homing here at Hillfield Animal Home but recently we have had two wonderful pairs of males who were an absolute pleasure to look after. 
Firstly we had Aero and Fudge who were re-homed on the 5th June. Then we had Stevie and Whoopi who were re-homed on the 14th June. 
Below you can see them in their new homes getting plenty of enrichment and the love they deserve. (Click on images to expand them)

Aero & Fudge

“They’ve settled in really well. Fudge is a shy little sweetheart, but he does love a cuddle now and then. Aero is definitely the more lively one, whizzing around his run and causing mayhem! 
Thank you for letting Aero and Fudge join our family!” – quote from their new family

Stevie & Whoopi

We would finally like to pay tribute to handsome boy Paddy, who sadly past away in June 2021. He was adopted from us in February 2019 and we still remember how utterly fantastic he was.  His owners contacted us to request the photographs we have of him and in return they kindly sent our kennel supervisor, Nicki, some flowers to thank her for her brilliant photography. 

May 2021 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

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Now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, we are getting busier and busier. We are open by appointment only so are asking people to not turn up at the centre without an appointment.
To get an appointment, you would have needed to have filled out an online application form and then we will call you to come and meet the animal. 

We understand that not everyone has access to a computer so if you know someone who is looking to adopt but is put off by the online aspect, please urge them to contact us and we are quite happy to send an application form out in the post. 

Magic's tragic story

Some of you may have already read Magic’s story on our Facebook page but we are trying to spread the message as much as we can so that this can be avoided as much as possible. 
Please read her story from her loving owners below.. 

“Magic was adopted by ourselves from the RSPCA in Burton as a kitten in 2016. She was so adorable. She was even content when we moved house and adopted another Kitten (Poppy) from RSPCA Burton in 2017.
Magic was a crazy yet loving cat, she had such a character about her and was very nosy. She was an outdoor cat but wouldn’t venture far and would always be in at mealtimes as she loved her food.
On the morning of Tuesday 27th April 2021 Magic was her usual self, she ate her breakfast as normal, ventured out, was her normal cheeky self then went to sleep on a bed upstairs. She would always come meowing for her food at about 4:30pm but that day she didn’t she stayed upstairs, she eventually came down sniffed her food and went outside. When she returned, she sniffed her food again and went back upstairs and slept. We thought she had maybe eaten something that had upset her tummy. Later in the evening she was becoming lethargic and also couldn’t make it outside to the toilet so we put 2 litter trays inside for her. She started to pick up late at night and ate some food, walked around, jumped on my knee for fuss, so we again thought it was an upset tummy.
The next morning she was upstairs walking around, she was very wobbly and had no energy.
We managed to get her in the vets who kept her in and did blood tests. They found that she had Ethylene Glycol in her body which is found in antifreeze and other products. This is attractive to cats as it’s sweet smelling. The tiniest amount is very harmful to cats and unless you see them drink it and get them straight to the vets it’s impossible to treat. Sadly the vets couldn’t treat her as it had attacked her internally so on the evening of Wednesday 28th April 2019 we sadly had to have her put to sleep. She was only 5 1/2 years old, we were and still are devastated.
We have no idea if it was an accident or if it was deliberate.
Please ensure items with Ethylene Glycol in are kept out of a cats reach, in a sealed container and all spills are cleaned up immediately.
If your cat becomes unwell and you think it may be poisoning please get it checked out immediately by a vet.”

We hope you all stay safe and have fun in the nice weather but please remember the safety of your four legged friends as heatstroke can be fatal.

Please never leave your dog in a warm car, not even if you are "going to be quick". A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees! Please don't be afraid to call 999 if you see a dog in a hot car, you could save a life. For more information on how to help and keep dogs cool in this weather, visit here:

Oscar

If you’re a regular on our social media and blogs, you will know all about our ginger boy Oscar who was re-homed at the end of April. (You can get up to date with his story in our previous blogs)
We have had various updates from his wonderful owners since then so I will allow them to tell you below all about his progress so far!

5th May 2021:

“The first few days were clearly quite stressful for him; a lot of pacing around and being quite wary of us. But Saturday morning we saw a bit of a change. He came through to get us up (he is clearly a very early riser and is keen to get food as soon as he is awake). After scoffing down his food he was ready for play. This was the first time he engaged with us and his toys – he had given all the play things a wide berth – but now he wanted to chase and jump and generally just have fun. It was great to see him relax a bit and enjoy himself. 
Since then he has just come on leaps and bounds (literally! he just loves jumping), and is now having several playtimes a day. He is great fun and we always let him initiate the play so that he feels comfortable. He comes and gets us when he wants to play, it is amazing.
He is also sitting on our laps and generally engaging well with us, he is quite an affectionate little boy.
He is obviously desperate to get outdoors. We try to distract him when one of us needs to go out but he is already far too clever for us and can sense when a move towards a door is happening. He also knows exactly where the food and treats are kept and is often to be found sitting at the cupboard door looking for something more to eat.
Quite honestly, we just love him and are delighted to have him as a part of the family.”

26th May 2021, Oscar had become frustrated not being able to go outdoor so they decided to let him out earlier than the advised 6-8 weeks as he was too stressed:

“Honestly, we can’t tell you what a difference this has made to his spirits. He seems like a different cat, there is a real spring in his step and he has just loved being out exploring. 
He spent most of the day just going out and in the door, scenting all around the door inside and out. He then went further away from the door and back, a little further and back, and so on for most of the morning. It was such a joy to see how happy he was.
He was exhausted in the evening and snuggled with us on our laps on the sofa for a while before heading off out again about 10pm. We had to wait up until 12.30am to make sure he came home and eventually he did, felt like the parent of a teenager waiting for them to come home 
So, all is good here. He has been out a few times already this morning and is now fast asleep in a new spot he has taken a liking to, still near to where I am working, so that’s lovely for me.”

Twix

Old lady Twix came to us on the 27th February 2021 after her owner had sadly passed away a couple of years ago and the remaining family were struggling to look after her. Her past seemed a little vague so we don’t know a lot other than she may have originally come from a rescue and has had a couple of different homes. She was very attached to her owner who passed away so this affected her behaviour, adding to why she came to us. 
Although she is 15 years old, she has plenty of life in her! She loves to play and we were told she loves nothing more than going out and laying in the sun. 
She is a typical cat and if she doesn’t like something, she sure will tell you! Her quirky ways and how vocal she is really made her stand out in the cattery. Every morning she would shout at the staff walking past, starting our day off with a smile. 
As for her health, she really isn’t doing bad considering her age. She had to have a dental and her tail amputated as she had no feeling in it. She also had her leg x-rayed and it turns out she has mild arthritis. 
We set out to look for someone who was willing to look past her age and see the wonderful little girl she really is and she really would be no trouble. 
After a couple of failed reservations, we finally had a couple come forward who were super excited to give her all of the love she deserves! They met her, fell in love and then never looked back. They adopted her on the 1st May 2021 and now they can’t imagine a life without their sassy Twix. 
Much like Oscar, Twix started to get frustrated after being inside her new home for 4 weeks as she could see that her new family had a HUGE garden so she was dying to explore. We advised them that if it was causing her too much stress staying inside, to let her out supervised and so they did..
She has never been happier! She is living the absolute dream, exploring and sunbathing outside and then coming in for a snooze. We can never thank her family enough for giving her everything she deserves. 

We always look forward to the updates we get about Twix because she is quite honestly a huge legend and we will never forget that meow!
Here is a quote from her owners:

“We adopted Twix on 1st May and we already can’t imagine life without her. She has such a personality, she’s a sassy playful old lady who loves cuddles and lots of quality time! Thank you so much for bringing her into our lives and the amazing work you do!”

Axel

Axel is a beautiful, now 9 month old, Labrador cross who came in half his body weight – only weighing 16kg!
He came to us on the 13th March after his owner had all four of their dogs taken from them by an inspector. His owner was clearly overwhelmed with having too many dogs and couldn’t cope and give them what they needed. Axel wasn’t very close with the other dogs so we were planning on re-homing him separately. Below you can see just how skinny he was whilst in our care.

We had him on a special diet plan whilst in our care to help him put on some much needed weight. He did really well and put on 7kg in his first week!
He hadn’t seen much of the world in his short life so he found new people a little scary. After spending a bit of time with him, he would soon show you the what a lovable and funny boy he really is. We all fell head over heels with him here at the centre because how can you not love that face!? 
After his necessary vet checks and castration, he was now ready to look for his new life. We knew it wouldn’t take long and we were right. He was adopted by a wonderful couple on the 12th April 2021. We had a brilliant update not long after showing us what he had been up to. His family have done a wonderful job and he is going to have the best life with them!
Please read the update below, it’s worth it!

“It’s been a great few weeks, he has settled so well with us. The toilet training went smoothly and he’s now very happy going to the back door to let us know when he wants to go out. 
Axel has met a dog, Ted, at work three times already and loves playing chase around the warehouse and office bashing into anyone who gets in the way! He also loves prancing around collecting up all the toys that Ted has hidden. All the ladies at work have loved having him about and he’s featured on the work Instagram story more than once already. 
He has had play dates with Harley (Lhassa Apso X Toy Poodle) which have gone really well. Harley loves to be chased and Axel obliged running rings around us all in the garden.  
He’s really been great, such an intelligent boy, and such a character. We have laughed more in the last few weeks than the last few years with his funny looks and head tilts. He loves to steal your seat if you get up off the sofa, even if he already has his own spot and he makes sure we’re both in bed with a patrol around the room before he’s content with going to lie down in his for the night. 
Every single dog we’ve met he has wanted to play with from Dachshunds to St Bernards. He really isn’t afraid of dogs of any size and everyone we meet when out walking gets a slobbery lick of the hand as a greeting before moving along. He has really just been a joy…even if he did decide to break out of his crate and sit waiting at the door for 20 minutes last week! 
He is also filling out nicely with his ribs now nearly completely blended in and more shape around his hips. 
Thank you again to everyone there for looking after him and letting us be his new parents. It has been an amazing few weeks and we’re looking forward to many years to come with Axel.”

Wilson

Our crazy boy Wilson came to us on the 3rd May 2021 after he nipped the neighbour and since his owner shared a garden with them, they couldn’t risk it happening again. 

It was clear to us that in his nearly 3 years of life, he hadn’t really been taught a lot of manners so needed training, socialising and plenty of exercise. His mind is always on the go so he is a handful and needs a lot of stimulation. We knew his handsome looks would get lots of attention but we were looking for someone with experience with terriers and also someone who had the time to put him in his place and keep him busy. 
It didn’t take long until we heard from a lady with lots of Terrier experience, so she came to meet Wilson. 
Immediately she fell in love with him and even after hearing about what a little terror he can be, she was very happy to take him on and give him all that he needs.  
She adopted him on the 19th May and changed his name to Frank. Usually we wouldn’t advise that an animals name is changed once they are adults, however, he never responded to “Wilson” so we felt it would be fine and he could have a proper new start to his life. 
We very quickly received an update on how he is doing, which you can see below:

“Been whizzing around my new owner’s home and garden, doing the grand tour….looks okay, my sort of place!!
Have met some of the neighbours and they seem okay, they liked me, which is always a bonus!!
Thank you for looking after me.
Take care, keep safe and thank you.”

Lulu

Now some of you may have read about another Lulu from April's blog.. I can assure you, even though they look suspiciously similar, this months Lulu is a completely different cat. She came to us on the 8th April 2021 after her owner had sadly passed away. Much like our other Lulu, this little girl found coming to us quite scary and greeted us with a hiss a lot of the time. Once spending some time with Lulu and out of the cattery environment in our social area, she did show us what a lovely and affectionate cat she is so we knew she had huge potential. We just needed someone willing to look past the initial shyness. We expected her stay to be much longer than it was, due to her nervous nature, so we were thrilled when she was adopted on the 3rd May 2021! I will let her new owners explain how it has gone since then:

“Having adopted Lulu on Monday (May 3rd), we just wanted you to know how very loved she is and that she is starting to settle in.
Your analysis of how it would go was spot on. For the first half an hour,  she actually played with a cat nip toy, in the kitchen and then ran into the utility room and huddled in the litter tray for what seemed like forever ☹!
She’s tried one or two hiding places, but her preferred one became the top of the spare microwave. 
This morning, she was in a pyramid bed when I came down.  She actually rushed up to welcome me and clearly wanted me to sit down and make a lap for her (Of course I did!)
I don’t think she’ll ever be a food-driven cat, but she was clearly too stressed to even think about food at first and we never had any evidence that she’d drunk the fresh water that was constantly available for her.  But she is eating a bit more now and we even caught her drinking today.  She’s used her litter tray over the last day or so, which was also good news!  She’s washing herself as well, which I think is another good sign!
I’m so glad we kept her lovely name; she definitely recognises it!  It’s good for her to have one constant in her world.
She now approaches us regularly for fuss and cuddles and will doze on our laps.  When we’re both on the sofa she spends a few minutes with each of us, and then switches to the other … almost as though she doesn’t want to disappoint either of us.  For a longer afternoon nap, her preference is still to be on the microwave under the boiler.  She’s calling all the shots, and we don’t mind a bit!
My grandchildren are very much looking forward to getting to know her in a few weeks when Lockdown has further eased and Lulu is ready.  In the meantime, they were fascinated by a video I sent them of Lulu standing up on her back legs, planning her imminent leap on to the sink-edge!
So all is well.  We love her to bits and can’t imagine our home without her now.
Thank you for everything you did for her.”

Teddy, the 7 month old Jack Russell, is our animal of the month as he is still looking for his forever home to join. Check out his profile on the "Adopt a dog " page to see if he is the one for you!

It is very quiet with our rabbit re-homing at the moment so if you know anyone looking for a rabbit to adopt, please send them our way because, as you can see, we have lots of cuties available!

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April 2021 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

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If you saw our March 2021 blog, you would know that we were asking you all to consider signing a petition to stop ear cropping dogs in the UK. Sadly, the RSPCA has seen a 236% increase in the number of reports during the last five years. We needed your help to get this petition through to parliament so that it can go up for debate. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures then this will happen. 
Thanks to all of you, we can proudly say that the petition did reach it’s goal! Please don’t stop signing though, this petition will be open until August 2021 and the more signatures the better.
 

To sign, click the button below! 

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Baby fox rescue

On the 10th April we were notified that a tiny fox had been found at the side of the road and the lady wanted to bring it to us. We are not equip for wildlife here but we are happy to temporarily take them in and then organise for an RSPCA officer to take them to a wildlife sanctuary. This is exactly what happened with this little guy and we are so grateful that the lady cared enough to save him.

Vote for us in the Forthglade 50 for 50 charity initiative🙏 They’re giving away 50,000 dogs dinners and we need your help to make sure we’re included! To vote click the image below..

Oscar

I’m sure most of you recognise this famous lad. He has been with us since September 2020 but during this time he has been returned to us twice due to his occasional aggression. 
We were determined to find him his final and forever home but it needed to be extra special with very patient and experienced owners. 
We carried out appeals and he ended up being a global superstar! We had applications from around the globe and so many people kindly came forward for him. Unfortunately, we could not risk him going just anywhere and most of the applications were not suitable. Lockdown travelling restrictions were also a problem so we had to stay local (Australia was out of the question then!)
Our heart broke for him as we could see every day he was getting more and more fed up but we would never ever give up on him. 
As lockdown restrictions eased, we were approached by a couple in Glasgow who had been following Oscar’s story. They sounded absolutely perfect for him, we were over the moon!
We managed to contact the RSPCA Networking team and arranged transport to take him to his new home. It would be a long journey for him but we knew it would be so worth it. 
On the 27th April we said our goodbyes to Oscar and off he went to start his new life up North.

His new owners soon notified us that he had arrived safely and send us a lovely update:

“The team at Hillfield have been incredible throughout. They helped us with everything related to the adoption, we can’t thank them enough. They gave Oscar such a lovely send-off and I have no doubt they are all missing him already.

 He has only been here less than 24 hours but he is exploring the house, getting to know us and is now asleep on the chair near where I have my ‘working from home desk’ set up.  Don’t get me wrong, we have already seen some of the behaviours that might have led to him getting that reputation in the first place, but after a very long journey in multiple vehicles and the stress and anxiety he must have been feeling, really it is nothing. He even sat on my lap for a couple of minutes yesterday evening without any encouragement or coaxing, he is a lovely, friendly guy.

 It’s all good and we will keep telling him he is safe here with us, he has nothing to worry about, we are not going anywhere and in 8 weeks, when he is finally able to get outdoors to the garden – he looks super keen to get out there – I have no doubt he will be a much happier boy with a lot less frustration. But right now he is just as good as gold, which matches the colour of his beautiful coat.”

Lulu

From feisty to best friend… happy endings don’t get much sweeter than the incredible story of our beautiful Lulu.
Lulu arrived in early January after being rescued by an RSPCA Inspector. She was living in squalor and had been abused and taunted by her owners who would spray her with a water gun whenever she approached them. When the Inspector eventually managed to catch Lulu in a cat trap she was wild with fear.
The first few days in the cattery were incredibly difficult and Lulu very much chose ‘fight’ over ‘flight’. We could barely get close enough to feed her without her lashing out and hissing ferociously and she was so fierce there were moments we wondered if she would ever be rehomable. A behaviour plan was put in place and staff painstakingly spent the days working with Lulu at a snail’s pace, doing everything we could to gain her trust. It took weeks of blood, sweat and tears (literally, this girl had us feeling every emotion!!) but we got there, and one day things just changed. Lulu relaxed, let down her guard and hopped onto the cattery supervisors knee purring like you’ve never heard before. She finally knew she was safe.
Well just look at her now!! Lulu was adopted on the 3rd April and is settling into her new home as if she’s always been there. Her fabulous new owners adore her and describe her as their best friend. We are so incredibly proud of Lulu and forever thankful to her new owners for taking a chance on her.
Well done Lulu!

Graham

Gorgeous Graham didn’t get the best start to life and had been living as a stray for quite a while before he was rescued. He had obviously been in the wars, with cuts and scrapes to his face and a crooked tail from an old injury. 
When he first arrived here in March he was quite withdrawn and understandably worried. He was shy and submissive and didn’t give much away… but that soon changed! Graham soon turned into one of the biggest characters we had in the cattery, always yawping at us for attention, bouncing around with bundles of energy and he absolutely insisted on sitting on top of the washing machine despite the fact he wasn’t allowed in the laundry room. He was super cheeky and just had a way of wrapping us around that little paw of his.  
Being cooped up in the cattery proved frustrating for Graham at times and he had had his grumpy moments where he’d swipe a little, but he gave plenty of warning when he was in these moods and it mainly happened when he was playing and getting over stimulated. Being a street cat for so long he really missed his freedom but equally he had definitely readjusted to the comforts of domestic life and we were confident in his new home he would find the perfect balance between fun filled companion and avid outdoor explorer.
To give you a glimpse of his cheeky ways whilst he was at the animal here, check out the clip below:

It didn’t take too long for someone to fall head over heels for this handsome boy and he was adopted on the 24th April. His new owner quickly sent us a fabulous update:

“I adopted Graham from you today. I was going to give it a week before I sent in some photos but he’s done so well already! He’s settled so quickly and is loving life. He’s such a loving character and loves sitting in the sunny window looking out and cuddling with his mouse! A bit thank you for your service when adopting Graham and everything you do for all the animals.”

As well as cats, we re-home lots of dogs here at Hillfield Animal Home. Below is a fantastic success story about not one, but two of our beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terriers..

Arlo & Sandy

This story starts back in October 2020 when Sandy, the 12 month old Staffie came into us as her owner was struggling to cope due to their own health issues. 
Sandy was a sweet girl but found new experiences and people quite scary, which wasn’t a surprise considering how young she was when she came here. We worked super hard to gain her trust and before we knew it, she was ready for her new start. 
A very keen gentleman came forward and adopted her on the 12th December 2020 and she has been so happy every since. We were over the moon!
We received some brilliant updates from her new family but he desperately wanted to find her a little friend so we assured him we would let him know when we have a dog suitable. 
Fast forward to March 2021, a very handsome young Staffie called Arlo came to us as his owners were struggling with health issues and lack of time.
He, as do 99% of the animals that come in, found it very scary at first but soon realised we were nice people who would never hurt him. Then we saw the absolute cracking dog that he is!
We had a feeling him and Sandy would make a lovely couple so we contacted Sandy’s owner and they came down a few times. They got on well and Sandy’s owner was so determined for it to work. He had lots of patience and knowledge of the breed so we were confident he would be ok to take them both and have Arlo for a trial at his home. 
We received some fantastic videos and pictures of them both, which you can see below. Situations like this are never going to be smooth sailing and sometimes Arlo did push Sandy too far but overall they were getting on well and it was clear the issues could be worked on. 
Arlo was adopted on the 19th April 2021. They are both hard work but this is something their owner is willing to take on so we are incredibly happy with the final result and can’t thank him enough for persevering and giving them the best home. 
Below is some of the updates we received:

“On the first night I thought what the hell am I thinking, I was so so so tired. Arlo pushed and pushed Sandy and she told him off a lot. He has been getting less boisterous and they have been playing together loads, I think he does maybe irritate Sandy at times but she does also goad him.
Yesterday was a lot better and they have walked really well together several times. I left him on his own whilst we went to my mums for dinner with Sandy and left my camera on him and he was fine. 
Both slept on my bed last night, definitely looking more positive.”

A couple of weeks later, another update:

“Arlo and Sandy are quite happy together. Arlo is a bit of a noisy little devil when he wants to be. I have him training on the long lead now with some very short releases. He is quite over the top, possibly from a bit of anxiety, when left as he goes mental which then sets Sandy off. Overall, hard work at times still very good!”

Get ready for cuteness overload! Bella and Pippa, the mother and daughter Basset Hound duo..

March 2021 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

This months blog is jam packed with cuties and their wonderful happy endings!

But first, we would like to bring the ear-cropping crisis to your attention in hope that you will join our fight against this horrific act that is happening every day here in the UK.
It sounds obvious, right? Dogs are born with ears – so they must have a purpose and they must be important. They are. Dogs don’t just use their ears for hearing but also for communicating with other dogs and with us too.
Ear cropping is illegal in England and Wales, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. It’s a painful process where a dog’s outer ears are removed altogether or are surgically altered, with the tips or huge sections of the outer ear being cut off.
It’s against the law to carry out this procedure yourself or to send your dog to a vet in this country or abroad to have their ears cropped. Unfortunately, it still happens.
The National RSPCA has reported that sadly they are seeing increasing numbers of dogs coming into our care with cropped ears and there has been a 236% increase in the number of reports of ear cropping during the last five years. 

There is good news though, YOU can help! 
Please sign the petition below. If it reaches 
100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

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On 16th March 2021, it was officially a year since our old girl, Macey, went to her foster family! I think it's clear she has been spoilt like the princess she is and we could not have asked for a better foster home for her.

Mya

Our big and lovable Mya came to us in January 2021 along with another dog called Buster, after their owner couldn’t cope and they both needed vet treatment which they couldn’t afford.
We kept them separate as they didn’t seem to like each other. Buster had some skin issues which we treated immediately and he very quickly went into a foster home, where they have now adopted him.
Mya had more serious issues as she had a huge lump on her abdomen and also a smaller mammary lump. We were nervous for her big operation because the vets had no idea what the lumps could be until they opened her up and it is also such a big operation for an older dog (10 years old).

Mya pre-op and as you can see, the lump on her abdomen was very large and uncomfortable.

On the 10th February she went in for her big operation and it was found that the big lump was actually a hernia. They managed to repair this with some mesh that was fitted. The smaller lump was a mammary tumour which was sent off to the lab.
It was touch and go what the outcome would be for a few days and she stayed in with the vets overnight so that they could keep an eye on her. Very quickly, Mya seemed to feel massive relief because she perked up a lot and was ready to come back to the animal home. The smaller lump came back benign, thankfully!
We didn’t want this poor girl to have to go into a kennel after such a big operation so she went off into a lovely foster home whilst she recovered.
All of her post op checks went really well and we are so proud of how well she coped with everything that happened to her over such a short space of time. She really is such a wonderful girl who loves everyone she meets. 

It was now time to start looking for a home for this beautiful girl! We were approached by a member of our committee because she thought her friend would be ideal for Mya. Soon after, they met and it was love at first sight. Mya was officially adopted on the 6th March and is happier than ever before. Her new owner is the apple of her eye and they couldn’t be a better match for one another. 

Below are pictures of Mya post op and then happy in her new home. 

Get ready for cuteness overload.. Bunny was adopted at the end of February and we just couldn't resist sharing this video that her owner sent of her new boyfriend grooming her ears whilst having a cuddle!

Lottie

Poor little Lottie has had quite a rough few months, bless her. She originally came to us in January after she was apparently growling at the children and other dogs in the house. We believe the house was too busy for this anxious lady and this is why her temperament changed over time.
Whilst with us, she showed no aggression and was a very happy little girl.
After having the necessary vet checks and behaviour assessment, we found a lady who sounded perfect for her. The lady had a huge garden for Lottie to explore and was retired with no children around so it would be nice and quiet for her.
This lady adopted Lottie on the 26th January but unfortunately brought her back to us just over two weeks later. She told us that Lottie was urinating in the house a lot and she could not cope with this. We were confused why she would act this way as she was always clean in her kennel and her previous owners said she was house trained.
It was a shame to see her back but we thought maybe it just wasn’t the right match for Lottie as it sounded like she was very anxious with this lady unfortunately.

We set out again to find the perfect home for her and this time we would ensure she went to someone who could handle Lottie’s sometimes anxious ways and would give her all the love she could ever ask for… and that is just what we found!
On the 2nd March, the most wonderful people adopted our Lottie and she has been no bother at all, as you can see from their update below: 

“Thanks for letting me have Lottie, she’s such a lovely dog. She will walk for hours if I let her and she likes playing with a ball in the garden. She might be little but she hogs the sofa!
She is toilet trained and has settled in lovely!
When some normality comes back I’m sure she would love to visit when you have an open day.”

Pompom

Pompom came to us in July 2020 after being taken from her owner, along with another cat and a dog. She was classed as a “case animal”, which means there is an ongoing court case prosecuting the owner and they cannot be re-homed until this is over.
Pompom was always a pleasure to work with as she is such a confident and clever girl with tons of personality. This meant that when she was signed over to us on 13th February 2021, we could finally re-home this beautiful girl!

To find out more about Pompom’s story, take a look at our Spring 2021 newsletter here: 

She was adopted by a lovely lady on the 25th February and we recently had an update on how she is getting on, she looks so happy!

“Just wanted to say how well she’s settled in and how loved she is. She’s had fun exploring her new home and is definitely more interested in the boxes toys come in than the actual toys themselves! She’s brightened up every day and I feel so lucky to have her, thank you all your help! Here are a couple of my favourite photos of her! “

The other cat from the same house as Pompom was called Webster, this is him below in his new home

Katy

Katy has been through a lot in the past few months and we are amazed at how well she has coped; she has managed to remain her lovely cheeky self throughout.
It started when she came to us in December 2020 after her owner had sadly passed away. She was a scared girl at first, which is understandable as she had just lost her companion.
Soon she started to come out of her shell and show us what a sweet girl she can be but she also had boundaries, like most other animals. She would tell you if she didn’t want a fuss anymore but we didn’t have a problem with this as, if you’re a cat owner you will relate, cats do often have that sassy side to them.
We didn’t have any issues and managed to re-home her in January 2021 to a wonderful and experienced couple who wanted a friend for their cat. They did everything right, introduced them correctly and took their time. Unfortunately, even after a couple of months, there was no sign of them accepting each other and it seemed to be causing their existing cat a lot of stress. Reluctantly, they decided to bring Katy back to us as they thought it would be more fair for everyone.

Katy’s second stay with us was a lot shorter and after a week, we found her a home with no other animals and experienced owners. She was adopted to her forever home on the 19th March and we have since had an update:

Hi everyone, as you can see Katy is making herself at home. She has settled in a treat. She has her own bedroom. We have bought her lots of toys and she makes us laugh. She is gorgeous and truly lovely. She has found her forever home. Love her. She was meant to be with us.”

Roo's Journey

Roo came to our animal home when he was just 6-7 months old, along with five other rabbits. 
Unfortunately the previous owner had an issue with over breeding and also was moving house and couldn’t take them with her. 
Within the five rabbits there was the mother and two separate litters of kits. We separated the older ones from mum as they were fine to leave her now and we also didn’t want any more accidental breeding going on.
The other litter was two tiny 4 week old bunnies so they had to stay with mum for a little longer. 
We cared for them all until they were all ready to find their new homes.
Roo hit the jackpot when he met his new family. They have a female that they wanted to bond with him and the son was incredibly good with Roo so they were sure to become best friends!
The photo’s above show from start to finish the process of the family coming to meet Roo, introducing him to Flopsy, excitingly taking him home and then him settling in. His family have commented below: 

“We feel so blessed and so lucky to have adopted Roo. He’s settled in really well and bonded very quickly with our girl Flopsy.”

Four out of the six rabbits have now been re-homed but we still have the youngest two here waiting for a new family. If you are interested, head over to our “Adopt a Rabbit” page to read more about Pickle and Nibbler.