Well.. what a year it has been!
Although it has been incredibly tough, especially financially, 2020 has really shown us the generosity of our local community and we feel incredibly lucky to have such kind hearted supporters.
The cancellation of all of our vital fundraising events has been difficult and we will still need your support in 2021 as we still don’t know when we will be able to return to normal.
We miss all of our fabulous volunteers massively and we really do hope to see them all in 2021.
On behalf of Hillfield Animal Home, Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy reading our final blog of 2020.
Making a Difference Locally
Nisa Local in Burton-on-Trent put us forward in December for a chance to win £1000 from the Making a Difference Locally organisation.
They had £3000 to giveaway to three local charities and whoever came in the top three of their votes won £1000 each and we were lucky enough to come third!
You can see the poll for yourself in the pictures below, thank you so much to everyone who voted, all of the charities are incredibly grateful.
Nisa Local have said that they will be participating in more charity events in 2021 so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page! To visit their Facebook page, click the pictures below.
Santa Paws 2020!
We are thrilled to say that this appeal raised £1.2m thanks to all of your lovely supporters! This money will be split between many rescues in the country and will help so many little lives.
As well as the above financial help, our animals have received some absolutely brilliant Christmas presents this year!
Dunelm approached us as they wanted to do an appeal to their customers in order to give our animals lots of goodies this Christmas. The appeal went well and they brought down some lovely gifts. Thank you to everyone that took part, our animals deserve the best and that’s what we can give them when we have your help.
We also had a lovely young lady who donated some shoe boxes filled with toys and treats. She had asked for this as her birthday presents from her friends and family which is incredibly selfless of her.
Considering the year we have all had, we are pleased to say that we have still managed to carry on making a difference to so many animals’ lives. This year we have re-homed 208 cats, 97 dogs, 33 rabbits and 6 guinea pigs!
Check out some of our success stories below from the past month!
Rosie is a two year old Dachshund cross who came to us in November 2020 after she wasn’t getting on well with the young children in the home. When she first arrived she was absolutely terrified and struggled to get used to the kennel environment. After lots of attention and work from the staff she finally started to show what a sweet little girl she really is. She started to become confident meeting new people but still had a long way to go.
We knew her stay with us wouldn’t be long as smaller dogs do tend to be easier to re-home and she also had a lovely personality to match.
A young couple came along with their dog Luna and they adopted Rosie on 8th December. As she was once again heading into an unknown place, she needed to adjust and settle. Her new family have been wonderful and taken things at her pace and now she is loving life with her new best friend Luna. Rosie’s family sent us some brilliant photo’s and a short update on how she is doing below.
“Rosie did really good on her first night. She slept in her new bed all night and didn’t even need to get up during the night for a toilet break. She is becoming quite attached to our other dog Luna, which is lovely to see.”
We then received a truly lovely message on Christmas day:
“Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank everyone at RSPCA for looking after Rosie. She has fitted in so well with out life, so we are really blessed, thank you for letting us adopt her, we are forever grateful.”
Tiny little Teddy came to us in November 2020 after he had developed a very strange habit and it was causing concern to his previous owner. He had started to become posessive over the faeces of the other dogs in the home and because of him ingesting lots of this, he was frequently getting stomach infections.
We found that he is a sweet boy, he just needed someone who knows his breed and can put him in his place.
Luckily, this is just what we found and he was very quickly adopted on 28th November and is doing extremely well and being treated like the prince he is!
Shortly after his adoption, we received a fantastic email from “Teddy” telling us just how happy he is.
“I just thought I’d let you know that I’m doing very well in my new home. I have a lovely bed to sleep in, I’m getting lovely dinners and I’ve put a bit of weight on, 0.8kg in fact. I’ve been given some nice toys which I like to chase, pull and nibble on. I have been to two different parks and have been walking a bit more each time I go and I’m getting braver at meeting people. I’ve have lots of cuddles and I’m constantly told that I’m a good boy.”
Gorgeous Daisy is a six year old Collie cross who sadly found herself with us through no fault of her own, the previous owner was in a difficult position and couldn’t give her what she needed.
She was an absolute pleasure to look after and never caused any problems whilst in our kennels. She would always greet everyone she met with a wagging tail and just craved love and affection.
Once she was placed up for adoption, we found that a lot of people wanted to offer this beautiful girl a home, which is great! We managed to match her with a couple who fell in love with her instantly and she was actually adopted on her birthday, which was just the best birthday present she could ask for.
Her new family sent us some pictures of her chilling out so she obviously felt right at home!