We have some exciting news.. we are finally hosting our first fundraising event since Covid began! Be sure to save Sunday 24th October 2021 in your diary and keep an eye out on here and our social media for further details soon!
Autumn Fair 2021
Date: Sunday 24th October 2021
Time: 12noon til 4pm
Location: Hillfield Animal Home, Hillfield Lane, Stretton, DE13 0BN.
Entry Fee: £1 includes free entry into raffle.
Tickets are available on the gate or book now.
There is parking available on our field at the bottom of the drive. Parking at own risk.
Alternative parking available within the village.
Please avoid parking on Hillfield Lane and our Driveway as this can block access onto our site and into the village.
There are limited disabled parking spaces located on our field at the bottom of the drive.
We have one disabled toilet on site for public use.
There will be hand sanitiser available on all stalls.
There are limited card readers across the site for contactless and chip and pin payments.
Beacon Hotel | Roseacre Pub Company
The National Brewery Centre
Wetmore Fish & Chips
We have had a wonderful August with lots of happy endings so we want to continue the positivity and show you these rabbits who were born at our centre on the 30th July 2021, aren’t they lovely!
These beauties will not be available for a little while yet so please keep an eye on the “Adopt a Rabbit” page for when they are ready to find their forever home.
On a serious note..
It has been another busy month for us down at Hillfield Animal Home with kitten season well and truly underway!
At the end of August we had a whopping 27 kittens on site that were either born here or found as strays. Obviously kittens are lovely and who doesn’t love a kitten!? However it is very sad to see as most of the mother cats are very young themselves. No animal should be giving birth when they are barely developed themselves but unfortunately, cats become sexually mature at four months old.
It puts a lot of strain on their little bodies and can soon after weaning their babies become pregnant again. If your cat is not spayed then they will continue to go through this and it can cause various health problems either at the time or later on in life.
We are always trying to spread awareness of the benefits of getting your animals neutered because so many people seem to be uneducated on this subject. We have a page explaining these benefits here:
As well as kittens, this month has been all about the dogs with it being International Dog Day on the 26th August! Below are just three of the cuties that are looking for their forever home at the moment. To find out more about them, head over to the "Adopt a Dog" page.
Please note that at any point the animals below could be reserved or adopted so please ensure they are available before applying.
This handsome hunk came to us in July after he was showing food aggression around the child in the home. At just 11 months old, his previous owners had done a wonderful job with his training so far. He knows basic commands and is a well behaved boy, including around other dogs. This made him an absolute pleasure to work with and he was a firm favourite with our dog walkers. After seeing the vet and settling into kennel life, he was finally ready to search for his new family. We needed someone with no children under 16 years old due to the reason he came to us and luckily it didn't take long for a family to come forward for him. They fell in love immediately after meeting him and couldn't wait to take him home. He was adopted on the 4th August and as you can see from below, he settled almost straight away!
“I think Diesel is settling in fine. He’s not really left our sides all day but is starting to relax, he’s not shown any interest in his wound and has been full of beans all day.
You and your staff have been really helpful and a joy to deal with. Thank you!”
– Diesel’s owner ♥
Luna & Vince
This pair of cuties, previously known as Rosemary and Basil, came to us all the way back in May after they were sadly abandoned in a property. We could see from the very beginning that they needed each other and were very much in love. You may be wondering why their stay was so long.. well it turned out that Luna was actually pregnant and when the kittens were born on the 28th May, it was clear that Vince was the father.
Obviously Luna would have to stay for a minimum of 9 weeks whilst she fulfilled her mothering duties. We were desperate for mum and dad to stay together so we decided to keep Vince here too so that they could start their journey together once their babies had flown the nest.
Luna was a fantastic mother. We sadly did have to separate Vince from her and the babies for a while as mum needed her own space but we made sure that they socialised every day to keep that unconditional bond that they have.
The wait was well worth it as on the 7th August they landed themselves the most fantastic home where they are completely doted on, as you can see below.
“Luna and Vince have both settled in very well, we love them so much so thank you.”
– Luna & Vince’s owner ♥
Chive & Parsley
Following on from Luna and Vince, these boys were two of their kittens that were born at our centre on the 28th May. Since their parents did a fantastic job and the socialising that they got from the staff here, they had wonderful personalities and we knew it wouldn't be hard to find a family willing to adopt and love them. Their sister, Sage, was re-homed and then luckily we found someone who wanted both Chive and Parsley so it was lovely to be able to keep two of them together. They were adopted on the 5th August and their new family couldn't be happier with them. These cheeky little boys are keeping them on their toes!
“Thank you so much for helping us find our boys, we absolutely love them and they have settled in so well! Our two little trouble makers!“
– Chive & Parsley’s owner ♥
Our little Nugget didn’t have the best start in life, bless him, but luckily because of his charming and cheeky personality, his stay was short with us.
He was brought to us on the 2nd August after being found in a McDonalds car park, hence the name Nugget. He was exhausted and filthy so had clearly been out for a while and it wasn’t clear whether he was dumped there. He had to be rushed to the vets not long after his arrival due to becoming lethargic. We believe he was dehydrated and needed lots of TLC, so that’s just what we gave him.
After going through all of this, he was always such a happy boy and such a pleasure to be around. Once we were satisfied that he was feeling better and he had the necessary vet treatment, he was put up for adoption. Overall, his stay was just 9 days! He was adopted on the 11th August to a wonderful family. They soon after sent us the pictures below and they absolutely made our day. He is so funny and you can clearly see that he is having the time of his life. He has finally got the happy ever after that he deserves.
“As you can see he’s settling in well, the quiet first few days are well and truly over and he’s now a little whirlwind!
Him and Lenny have met and played nicely although Nugget is still a bit too bouncy and quick for Lenny so he’s mainly keeping his distance, I think they’ll be future best friends!”
– Nugget’s owner ♥
Beautiful Finn has had a rocky time over the past year or so. He originally came to us in April 2020 after being reported as a stray. We took him in and it was clear he was once loved as he was always such a loving boy. Sadly no one came forward and he was soon adopted in May 2020.
He got on well in his new home, they had absolutely no complaints about him but they had to make the heart breaking decision to bring him back in July 2021 after their circumstances had changed and they felt as though he wasn’t getting the attention that he deserved.
We were gutted for him but understood that they just wanted what was best for him.
Thankfully, his second stay was just as short as the first and we are not surprised because he is such a character.
He was adopted on the 1st August and we are pretty sure he is now where he belongs. He is so happy and his new family are delighted.
“Just wanted to let you know Finn is settling in well. He spends most of his time sleeping on the bed or being very playful, he’s very vocal in the morning but we love him to bits and really don’t mind. You can see he’s excited about exploring outside, he’s met our 2 dogs and wasn’t fussed at all which is good. “
– Finn’s owner ♥
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July has been super busy as we have noticed a HUGE increase in people wanting to re-home their pets unfortunately.
When it comes to cats, we have seen that there are more and more people feeding cats that they think may be strays. We understand that it isn’t always obvious if a cat has an owner or not but it’s important to try and find out before feeding a cat who appears in your garden. Most cats will roam and go into different gardens, this is normal and unavoidable.
Firstly, check with neighbours and put out leaflets to see if anyone comes forward. If no one comes forward, then ask a vet if they will scan for a microchip.
If all of this fails and you are concerned over the health of a stray cat, please contact the National RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
Reasons why feeding cats that you don’t own can cause issues:
- They may actually have loving homes that are waiting for their safe return so feeding them encourages them not to go back and therefore remain in your garden.
- Some cats may have diet requirements/allergies so you could potentially be causing them harm.
- Many cats will take advantage of an extra meal even if they’re well fed by their owners, it doesn’t always mean they’re hungry and underfed.
For cat owners: if your cat will allow it, try putting a collar on with your details and the words “DO NOT FEED ME” engraved on a tag.
Also, microchipping is extremely important for reuniting pets and we offer this service for just £10 per animal!
Sweet little Tabatha came to us in May 2021 after being handed into the vets as a stray in terrible condition. She had matted fur and both of her sides had been shaven causing a skin infection. The vets advised that this happened as whoever had shaved her had used bad clippers and it had caused a bad case of “clipper rash”. After lots of TLC in a foster home, her skin soon healed and her beautiful coat started to show again.
As you can see, she made huge progress.
You can read her full story in our summer newsletter by clicking the button below and please feel free to take a look at the clip below of Tabatha in her foster home just to see what a real sweetheart she was.
After spending two months in our care, our Tabatha finally found the most perfect home on the 14th July. We have since received some wonderful updates and she seems so happy. She deserved a loving and caring home and that’s just what she got!
Big softy, Milkshake, arrived with us in June 2021 after being a long term stray. He was in quite a state when he first came as he had quite clearly been on the streets for a long time. We had to treat a bite wound and carry out a dental for him as he had some broken teeth. As with all of the other cats we have here, we carried out the routine combo blood test on him and sadly he tested positive for a condition called FIV. This a viral infection that weakens the immune system, similar to HIV in humans. It may sound bad but cats with this condition can actually lead happy and healthy lives but we ask that they are kept as indoor cats so that they don't pass it on to other cats. As he was healing in our care, we were approached by the lady who had been feeding him whilst he was living as a stray, as she had fallen deeply in love with him. We told her his diagnosis and she thankfully still couldn't resist his chunky and beautiful little face. So that he could live an even happier life, she was going through a process to get a large "catio" built so that Milkshake would have the chance to still see the outdoors but be safely kept securely in this catio. It all sounded so perfect for him so we kept her updated with his recovery and let him heal before he could head off to stay with her forever. Since the lady lives further up north, we had to get our networking team and arrange for him to be transported to her. Fast forward three long weeks, the day finally came and Milkshake was off to his forever home!
His wonderful new owner soon sent us an update on his progress:
“Milkshake is doing really well and is so happy and settled. He is growing in confidence every day and will now jump up on the settee and on the bed. He is a beautiful cat with a wonderful personality. He loves to play, especially with his orange fish toy and blue mouse. He uses his scratch post every day and chirrups happily to communicate with us. Hopefully the Catio will be completed by September. We can’t wait to show you the pictures.
Thank you for bringing him to us we are so happy to see him. ” – Milkshake’s owner ♥
Ella & Teddy
This tiny duo came to us in June 2021 after their had been an incident with the resident cat. We were advised that the elderly cat had always lived in the home and then when they decided to get dogs, the cat had to go upstairs and carefully put outside sometimes as the dogs didn't like her. We would always advise against getting new animals if they will not get on with your existing animal as situations like this can sadly happen and existing animals can feel left out. Whilst they were with us we found that with people they were a really sweet pair, always happy to see you and wanting attention. Teddy was always a bit more reserved than Ella but once he got to know you, he was just as cheeky and lovely. After the necessary vet checks and treatments, they were finally ready to find their new home. It was noted at the vets that Ella had an old injury to her eye but it wasn't causing her any issues or discomfort so we were advised to monitor this. We said goodbye to them on the 18th July 2021, exactly a month after they arrived, and they haven't looked back since. We could not be happier for them as they have landed in such a brilliant home, getting all of the fuss they could possibly want. We received these fantastic pictures and update below from their new owner:
“Just wanted to say thank you again for helping us find Ella & Teddy.
As you can see they’re settling in nicely and we are so in love with them.
They’re quite photogenic as you can see!” – Ella & Teddy’s owner ♥
This absolutely stunning girl found herself here with us in June 2021 after her owner’s circumstances unfortunately changed.
At just 8 months old, she hadn’t yet seen much of the world and still needed lots of socialising and training, which is sadly something we see in older dogs that come to us too.
It is super important, especially at a young age, to have your dog around different people, animals and environments (at a steady and careful pace of course) so that they will grow to be confident and sociable. Puppy classes are a great idea to get this all kick started at a young age!
After lots of patience, toys and treats, we gained Quinn’s trust and she showed us what a clever girl she really is who is just so excited about life!
After just two weeks, Quinn found the most loving family to join and as you can see below, she is just full of beans and enjoying every minute of her new life!
“Quinn has settled into our family so well, we can take toys and food from her with no growling. She is super quick to learn and she really wants to please. No accidents in the house she is going outside to toilet. Super fantastic little lady.
Thank you for putting us together” – Quinn’s owner ♥
This tiny little bundle of fluff came to us at just 1 month old back in December 2020, along with five other bunnies, one of them being his mum. His previous owner had accidental breeding going on and was also moving house so couldn't take all six of them sadly. We had them all in and had to separate a few of them as we didn't want any more babies. At Pickle's initial vet check, it was noted that his teeth were overgrown so we had to increase his hay intake. When this didn't make much difference after a few of months, he went into the vets to be castrated and at the same time they burred some of this teeth. The vets only wanted to remove teeth as a last resort so we had them burred again a months later and continued to monitor him. Unfortunately his teeth continued to cause him problems so we booked him in and he had his two upper incisors removed. Due to this being a long anaesthetic for such a small bunny, we waited for him to recover before booking him in to have his lower incisors removed. During the healing process he did have a little infection at one point but this was very quickly treated and he made a full recovery! At six months old, he was finally ready to find a family to join and this is exactly what happened on the 10th July 2021, after a whopping 7 month stay with us. His new home could not be better for him and he is the happiest of bunnies with free roam around the house, lots of cuddles and toys to play with.
“He’s settled into his new home really well. He’s so lovely and very funny and lively! He loves exploring every room in the house and jumping up on to the sofas (he’s just jumped up on the sofa next to me now!)” – Pickle’s owner ♥
Handsome little Nigel came to us in June 2021 after he was found in very unsuitable accommodation. We don’t believe his needs were being met and he wasn’t being fed the correct food as his teeth were overgrown, stopping him from eating. Rabbits can go downhill extremely fast so we had him looked at by a vet immediately. His teeth were burred, he was given a gut stimulant injection and placed on some medication and this seemed to work, he was soon looking much better thankfully.
Nigel’s stay with us was quite short compared to other rabbits we get here at only 5 weeks.
His new family came and adopted him on the 12th July and he even has a girlfriend to spend the rest of his days with. They are getting along great, as you can see below!
“It’s safe to say he’s happily settled in and enjoying the bonding time with Belle!” – Nigel’s owner ♥
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.
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”
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!
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.
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
Please read her story from her loving owners below..
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:
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.”
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 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.”
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.”
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!
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!
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.
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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.”
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!
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..
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.
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.
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).
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!
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 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 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 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.