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. 

February 2021 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

At last it looks like things are looking up and we may see some sort of normality come the summer! We can’t wait to welcome back our wonderful volunteers and see you all on our fundraising events. The past year has put a huge dent in our funds so we are still relying heavily on your generous donations. Any donation you can give, no matter how big or small, is massively appreciated.

Valentines Weekend 

Pets at Home Burton carried out another event for us this past month which focused on spreading love on valentines day to all of the animals who currently have no family. 
Every penny that was donated was distributed to all of the RSPCA centres that Pets at Home support but we especially thank the Burton Pets at Home store as they focus on helping our branch and we are so grateful.
As well as this, we were invited to a Facebook Live event on 12th February where Support adoption for pets (a registered charity established by Pets at Home) had a special surprise for us. 
Our admin supervisor attended this online and it was announced that we would receive a bonus surprise of £2000! This was very unexpected and we were over the moon! 
Thank you to all of you that donate towards these events that Pets at Home carry out throughout the year as, without you, this would not be possible. 

Fifi

Continuing the great news, we have a lovely story about a stray cat for you below!

A cat was reported to us at the beginning of February as a stray that had been hanging around for a while. We managed to catch her and bring her in and once she was here we noticed she was actually on our lost and found register as missing from July 2020!

Luckily she was microchipped as well so we immediately contacted the owner and she was absolutely thrilled. The owner could not believe that she was alive and well after all of this time.

Fifi the cat has now been picked up by her owner and has the happy ending she deserves. The second photo of her below is her once she got back home and we have also been told she has reunited with her loving sister who missed her very much. 

Please always keep your pet’s microchip details up to date, it is so important as you never know if you will be in the position of losing them.

Check out some of our adoption stories below from the past month!

Chanock

Gorgeous boy Chanock came to us on 21st January after his owner sadly wasn’t giving him what he needed and couldn’t cope. Due to his past, we expected him to have a few behavioural issues but we couldn’t have been more wrong. Chanock was an absolute pleasure from day one and was always such a good boy. He is 5 and a half years old and is very well mannered and friendly with everyone he meets. Once he had his vet checks and neutering, we set to look for his new home and it didn’t take long at all.

He captured the hearts of a loving family and was adopted on 6th February.

Once again, he settled very quickly and it’s like he has always been there. His lovely new owners have been brilliant and sent us lots of photos of him, we miss him a lot so this is really nice to see. Below is an update that they also sent us:

“Chanock is so affectionate and loves lots of cuddles and a good brushing. He has settled in very quickly in his new home. He likes to sleep on our bed at night but if he gets too warm you will find him downstairs on the cuddler settee.  He likes going for walks over the field and loves to say hello to other dogs and give them a good sniff.

 He has a new toy ” Miss Strawberry” he is so gentle with her bless him. So happy we adopted him as he is a smashing dog.”

Florentine

Last month we featured a cat called Biscuit and this month we have a story about one of her kittens for you to read!
Little Florentine was born at our centre on the 21st September 2020, along with her three brothers. They were healthy kittens and their mum did a fantastic job at raising them for 9 weeks. 
All was going well until we sadly had a ringworm outbreak at the centre and these babies caught it just as they would have been ready to leave the nest. 

Ringworm is a fungal skin infection which presents with hair loss and scabby skin. It can be treated but sadly it can take a while for the spores to go. Our staff were amazing with the treatment and always wearing protective gear but sadly the ringworm just was not going away. We had to change their treatment after a couple of months and this started to work, yay!

One of her brothers got the all clear so he was adopted immediately so that there wasn’t a risk of him being re-infected. Then in mid-January the remaining three kittens were re-tested and unfortunately Florentine still had ringworm on her nose. Her brothers were all clear so we had to reluctantly separate them from her.

Florentine is incredibly social with people and other animals so having her brothers away from her and spending a couple of nights alone really upset her and she broke our hearts with her cries. We couldn’t see her like this so we made the decision to put her brothers back in with her and she was back to her cheeky and happy self straight away! This meant that the boys would have to stay with us until she had the all clear but in the long run, we knew it would all be worth it.

On 16th February we had the fantastic news that Florentine was finally ringworm free! We were over the moon because this meant that these three babies could now go to their new families after waiting a whopping five months. 

Florentine was adopted on 17th February and then her brothers went the following day. They are all settling in really well. Flo’s new family sent us an update below:

“Florentine seems to be settling in well and a bit of a night owl for her playfulness. She has explored the downstairs of the house but seems weary of going upstairs for now. She is eating well and using the litter try quite well if with a bit of litter getting kicked around the floor afterwards and is finding a new hiding place for us to find her from in the morning every night.

The kids love her lots already and she seems to be fitting it with us very well.”

Myla

Myla arrived with us on 4th December 2020 and spent 52 days altogether here with us. She came to us with two babies but they were soon split from her as they were old enough and Myla is a very independent lady who needs her space. Her previous owner was moving house and couldn’t take her with them unfortunately. We sadly see this very often so it is always important to consider your animals when moving house and to do everything you can to take them with you as they are a part of your family.

Myla is a really funny bunny with lots of personality, she loves her toys and to be hand fed so we knew she would make someone a lovely little companion.

On 25th January she was re-homed and has never been happier. We have received lots of pictures of Myla making herself at home and she is now mainly a house bunny so she has all the space and attention she could wish for. We couldn’t have asked for a better home for this little girl and she even has two canine friends who she is getting on with wonderfully, especially Bertie!

“Myla is doing amazing and is absolutely adorable. She has become a bit of a house bunny as she spends so much time with me while I study and she appears to love it. Myla loves Bertie’s company, they have become good friends!”

This month we would like to share some of our not so happy stories so that you can get an insight of what we deal with every day..

Poor Oscar is on his third sting with us since September 2020, after being returned again due to his (sometimes) feisty nature. We’re so sad to see Oscar back in the cattery and we are making it our mission to find his final, 100%, no giving up on him FOREVER home! Oscar is a complex character and certainly not for the faint hearted, but given time and space he will show you what a great guy he can be.

Oscar is outgoing, adventurous and friendly… yes, FRIENDLY! Oscar is not a grumpy guy through and through and actually 98% of the time he is a chatty good natured boy who is happy to potter about doing his own thing and pop back over for a meow and quick head bump to let you know he’s not forgotten you.

However, Oscar has shown an unpredictable side and has at times been very aggressive. In time we hope these grumpy moments will become fewer and far between. We very much take the approach of letting him be independent and don’t put pressure on him for cuddles and we think this has definitely helped

In January we published an appeal on our Facebook page and very quickly Oscar became a global celebrity. You may think we are exaggerating but we did actually receive over 100 applications for him, some being from the US, Australia, Germany and Mexico!

This was fantastic but unfortunately we do not re-home outside of the UK and due to the lockdown we have to keep strictly within an hour of our centre, so Australia was definitely out of the question!

We did have a few applications who were close enough but we found that these people either had children or other animals and sadly Oscar would not like this at all. We have to put Oscar first so we had to decline almost every kind person that came forward to help this little guy.

A few people came to visit him but after thinking about it properly they decided he was too much and therefore, Oscar is still here waiting for his final home. To find out more, click the button below:

Appeal to trace person who dumped elderly neglected dog

In February 2021, an investigation was launched by the RSPCA after an elderly dog was found abandoned in the garden of an empty shop.
The elderly female German Shepherd-cross dog was found outside an empty premises in Waterloo Street, Burton on Trent, by a workman who had just finished a job on the property. He could see the dog was in poor condition and had no food or water so brought her to us on Monday 1st February.

The dog, who was named Shadow, was found to be clearly underweight, her fur was filthy and she had an untreated and infected tumour the size of a golf ball on her neck and a mass near her groin.

She was put on antibiotics and tests were carried out to see if she required an operation to remove the growths.

Shadow was not microchipped so we were unable to find any contact details of an owner so the Inspector who took over her case then launched an appeal for information to trace her owner.

The Inspector said: “It seems poor Shadow was abandoned by her owner probably because she was elderly and they could see needed treatment for a tumour. It is heart-breaking that someone would choose to do this to their pet when they are clearly in need of help. It is clear her needs were not being met and we are grateful for the member of the public who found her. At this stage I don’t know if Shadow was dumped in the garden of the property or if she was abandoned nearby and wandered in – but the garden was enclosed. There is never any excuse to dump an animal when there are plenty of charities out there to help those struggling. I am hoping someone will recognise the dog and may be able to identify who owned her. I would also like to find out who the previous tenants were in the property before it was vacated as they may be able to help with my enquiries.”

We were bathing her neck tumour regularly as it had been bleeding and was in quite a mess, but she put up with everything like a star and was so well natured. Unfortunately since arriving, she suffered terrible with diarrhoea and not eating and no treatment seemed to be working. She went to our vets a few times and it was picked up that she was absolutely riddled with cancer and as well as the visible tumours, a mass was detected in her abdomen and suspected to have also spread to her lungs which was causing her to struggle with breathing. 
With the vets advise, we sadly had to make the decision to put this poor girl to sleep as it was the kindest thing for her and her cancer was causing her a lot of pain. 

We are sharing Shadows story because we think it is important for people to be aware that, unfortunately, situations like hers happen every single day. 
If you ever suspect that an animal is being mistreated, please don’t hesitate to contact the National RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 so that it can be looked into. 

January 2021 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

Happy New Year!

Last year was a tough year for everyone. We certainly struggled, like many other charities, as all of our fundraising events had to be cancelled. We get no funding from the National RSPCA so our fundraising events are what we heavily rely on for money to keep our animal home running. Any donations you can give, no matter how big or small, are massively appreciated.

January 2021 brought us lots of snow in Burton-on-Trent one weekend and we just couldn’t resist showing you some of our dogs enjoying it. Check out the video below!

Pets at Home

Some of you may know that our local Pets at Home store have supported us for a while now and regularly carry out fundraising events with Support Adoption for Pets. The most recent one was Santa Paws 2020 and we are thrilled to say we received an amazing £1472! 

The money raised is all thanks to the Pets at Home employees and of course, you! There’s lots of waggy tails who are incredibly grateful so thank you to each and every one of you who takes part and donates towards this fantastic cause. 

There will be another event happening soon so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Macey

Old girl Macey came to us in February 2020 after being part of a cruelty case. She had some health issues, such as a couple of mammary tumours and sight loss, but due to her being 14 years old, the vets said it was more dangerous to operate.

Re-homing an elderly dog with health issues can be quite difficult and older dogs really struggle in kennels so we set out to find a long term foster family for her to retire with.

A fantastic family came along and have been fostering her since March 2020. Apart from her sight deteriorating, she is in pretty good health considering her age and just needs ongoing pain relief medication.

Her foster family spoil her rotten and regularly update us on how she is doing. Macey recently had a birthday so they sent us a really heart-warming message and pictures that we just had to share:

“On Macey’s paperwork it says her birthday is January but no date, so we pulled a number out of a hat and she celebrated on the 3rd. In her doing so, raised £75 through Facebook for RSPCA!”

Check out some of our success stories below from the past month!

Lola

Tiny little Lola came to us in August 2020 after her previous owners were struggling with her separation anxiety. Sadly, dogs can develop behavioural issues when left alone if they feel anxious and can even become destructive.

She was an absolute sweetie from the start and a pleasure to work with. We re-homed her in September 2020 and explained all about her separation anxiety. All was going well until they unfortunately found it too much and she was brought back to us again in December. Lola is incredibly clingy and because she wasn’t allowed up to bed with them, she cried and barked all night.

We went straight back to searching for a new home for her but made sure this time we would find someone who didn’t mind having a little Lola-shaped shadow following them around and going to bed with them.

Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for the perfect family to come along and she was adopted for the final time on 5th January 2021. She has gone to a wonderful family who are home all the time and adored her from the minute they met her. They have send us a lovely update below, along with some pictures of her in her new home:

“Lola is doing great; she really is no trouble at all. She was reticent to go for walks at first, but is getting the idea now. She loves exploring the garden and spends most of the time asleep on someone’s lap! She sleeps on our bed at night and we don’t really notice her there. We are struggling to understand why she ended up with you, but we are grateful to have her.”

Biscuit

Biscuit arrived with us back in September 2020 and unfortunately her stay with us was much longer than we expected. She came to us from a multi-cat household as the owners were struggling to cope and we were told that she was pregnant. She was indeed pregnant as after just 4 days with us, she gave birth to four beautiful kittens.

She was the best mummy and raised them for 9 weeks. Unfortunately, it was picked up within this time that they all had ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal skin infection which presents with hair loss and scabby skin. It can be treated but sadly it can take a while for the spores to go.

Whilst she was having treatment we were approached by someone who had adopted from us in March 2020 and they were looking for a chilled out female cat. We informed them about Biscuit and they were immediately in love and wanted to take her home as soon as she was better.

After a few months of treatment, Biscuit finally got the go ahead from our vet that she no longer had ringworm on 7th January. Her new owners had patiently waited for so long and were so excited that they adopted her the same day!

She is now doing really well and living the life she deserves with her new family. The cat they adopted previously from us called Dave has taken well to her and they are even playing together. Her owners have sent us some wonderful pictures and a quick update below:

“Biscuit has settled in so well in our house. She loves to sleep on our son’s bed in the day time and then at night she has started to play hide and seek behind the curtains with our other cat, Dave.”

Yoda

 In December 2020 Yoda was reported in someone’s garden as a stray and they were concerned he may have cat flu. After being picked up by an inspector, he came to us and seemed in pretty good health luckily so he was quite quickly ready for adoption. He was always a pleasure to look after and even went home with the Cattery Supervisor, Hayley, for a little while so that he could be socialised and have a bit of company through the night.
A friend of Hayley’s heard about him and immediately fell in love with his picture and he was exactly what she was looking for. 
On 15th January 2021, the lady adopted this little lad and has recently sent us the most lovely update along with some cute pictures:

“We adopted Yoda from Burton RSPCA and I just wanted to recognize how amazing Hayley has been. We’ve been looking at adopting a cat for many months but with the ever changing lock down, we didn’t know how best to start this process. Having seen Yoda on the website we fell in love instantly! Hayley took the time to tell us all about the adorable little fella, what he’s like, his character and even how much he’s eating… he’s a hungry boy! She kept us informed from the get go and would send us daily updates letting us know how he is. What I really wanted to recognize is just how much love Hayley gives to each and every animal. It’s very clear she pours her heart and souls into making sure they are happy and okay. We can’t thank her and yourselves enough for helping us with our baby boy. Hayley made the entire process smooth and she was just incredible!

He’s now safely at home, eating all the food, chasing his tail and getting all the cuddles. A very happy boy indeed and we love him dearly.”

 

December 2020 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

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!

If you read our November blog, you would have seen all about the Santa Paws event that has been held this year by Support Adoptions for Pets and Pets at Home.
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.

Christmas Presents

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

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.”

Teddy

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.”

Daisy

 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!

November 2020 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

The past 8 months have been extremely difficult here at Hillfield Animal Home and, like many other charities, our funds have dipped as we are unable to hold any fundraising events. We rely heavily on the generosity of the public, therefore if you are able to help in any way, we would really appreciate it.

Santa Paws 2020!

We are over the moon to say that our local Pets at Home are supporting us once again with the Santa Paws event this year!
The event is to support animals at Christmas time who don’t have a family. Here at Hillfield Animal Home we don’t get a Christmas break, the animals need us 7 days a week, all year round so we need your help so that we can continue our vital work, especially at such a difficult time. To find out more or to donate, please click the button below.
Social Asset for Rescues

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We have been able to carry out adoptions from the 17th April 2020, following very strict guidelines from RSPCA headquarters and DEFRA, ensuring the safety of staff and public at all times.

We are pleased to say that we have managed to successfully re-home 124 cats, 47 dogs, 24 rabbits and 4 guinea pigs during this time!
Check out some of our success stories below from the past month!

Wilma

Big girl Wilma came to us in July 2020 after a lady had rescued her from a puppy farm where she was being sold for cheap online. The lady took her home and sadly her dogs were not happy by her presence so she turned to us. 
Wilma is a Caucasian Shepherd so she is naturally a very big girl and very fluffy! This meant we needed a particular home for her as not everyone can handle such a big dog. 
She went to live with a couple in August that we trusted very much and we knew them from when they had adopted previously. 
Unfortunately she was back with us just over two weeks later as she had pulled the lady over and it was a concern for everyone as we didn’t want anyone getting injured. 
We were back to searching for her forever home and we thought we were getting nowhere until a pair of lovely people came forward who had adopted from us back in July this year. 
Some of you may remember our August blog, if not, you can take a look here: 
https://rspcaburton.org.uk/keeping-up-5/
Bruno was adopted by these wonderful people and had an incredible three months with them but sadly he passed away in October 2020 due to an illness. They did everything they could and we are forever grateful for the happiness they gave Bruno in the last months of his life. 
They were missing him greatly but knew they could give Wilma the home she deserves so decided to take her home. She was officially adopted on 14th November 2020 and although she is a very cheeky monkey, they couldn’t be happier with her. 

“Wilma is beginning to settle in now and losing her aloofness. She’s greeting us in the morning, rather than ignoring us until her breakfast is presented. She really enjoys her walks and being in the garden where she bounces around like a pinball. We were relieved to find that she reacts to fireworks by treating them as a threat so just barks back at them. She’s still an obstinate so-and-so but is starting to learn the rules, coming back when called, although intermittently and chicken skin bribes help. She’s learnt about paw drying on entering the house and seems to be content here, snoozing with a snore not dissimilar to a pneumatic drill! ” 

Daisy

When this beautiful girl came to us in October 2020, we knew she wouldn’t be here long because how could anyone resist that gorgeous face!? She had the most perfect personality to match too.
She’s a five year old Saluki and unfortunately her owner had health issues and found themselves unable to cope so a very kind dog walker brought her to us as she knew we would be able to do best by her. 
Daisy had her vet check and the necessary vaccinations and due to our waiting list to adopt, we were able to find the perfect match almost immediately. She was officially adopted on 1st November 2020 and has very much landed on her feet with her new family. You can see from the photo’s below just how settled and content she is!

“Well… it’s like she’s always been here! Such a lovely natured dog and she loves the bed, especially next to the hubby! Couldn’t imagine being without her. Thank you all so much.”

Roxy

 Crazy girl Roxy had us all smiling as soon as she arrived here in October 2020! She is such a happy girl and adapts incredibly well to new surroundings. You could hear Roxy from a mile away with her powerful bark, she liked to let you know of her presence! The kennel staff have said she was a firm favourite and that she was an absolute pleasure to walk
She came to us through no fault of her own, her previous owners were struggling with health issues and felt she needed someone who could give her more. 
Roxy stayed with us for only three weeks before she found her new family and now she is putting a smile on their faces. We did warn them that she’s a barker but as you can read from their quote below, she has been good as gold since being home. Sometimes animals can show different behaviours here with us because of the environment so we are thrilled she is being such a good girl!

“She is a lovely well behaved dog and hasn’t stopped wagging her tail since she got here. To say we are pleased to have her would be a massive understatement. You warned us of her barking but she hasn’t barked at all since she has been with us. She just seems to be the happiest  ” 

October 2020 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

The past 7 months have been extremely difficult here at Hillfield Animal Home and, like many other charities, our funds have dipped as we are unable to hold any fundraising events. We rely heavily on the generosity of the public, therefore if you are able to help in any way, we would really appreciate it.

Morrisons to the rescue!

This past month, Burton and Derby Morrisons have both been extremely generous and dropped off two lots of donations for our animals. 
Some supermarkets, such as Morrisons, have donation bins in their stores for you to buy food for us so please do check it out next time you do your weekly shop!
Our dogs particularly like Chappie tinned meat, the cats like to eat Whiskas or Felix meat and the rabbits enjoy Burgess nuggets.
Thank you!

We would like to say a very special thank you to Shacklocks LLP who have recently been in touch to tell us that we were chosen this year to receive funds from the Russell Swinson Memorial Trust. We are over the moon that a very kind soul decided to distribute their estate to animal charity’s and we received a very generous amount of £5000 in October 2020.
This money couldn’t have come at a better time as we have struggled tremendously during the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who leaves a legacy for our animals, they are extremely grateful that they are in your thoughts and these types of donation are what we rely on so heavily to keep running.

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We have been able to carry out adoptions from the 17th April 2020, following very strict guidelines from RSPCA headquarters and DEFRA, ensuring the safety of staff and public at all times.

We are pleased to say that we have managed to successfully re-home 105 cats, 43 dogs, 23 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs during this time!
Check out some of our success stories below from the past month!

Nelson

Our extremely handsome chap, Nelson, gave us a rollercoaster of emotions during his stay with us and after his rocky start became a firm favourite with everyone he met here at our centre. 
He came to us in July 2020 after being kept in poor conditions and absolutely no socialisation, meaning he was scared of his own shadow. Coming to us was especially scary for Nelson so we took it very slowly with him at the start, as he made it quite clear he didn’t want us near him. 
After a couple of weeks he gradually started to let certain members of staff near him because they worked so hard to gain his trust. Fast forward a few months and he is still a little wary but he has well and truly shown us his loving and gentle side thanks to our amazing hard working staff! 
Due to the fact it took us a couple of months to be able to walk Nelson and get him to trust us, we were unable to get him to the vets until September. He desperately needed a dental as his mouth seemed to be causing him discomfort and was rather smelly. He went under for his operation in September and due to some complications he unfortunately came out with a nasty infection, fractured jaw and minus 33 teeth! We were told that all of this is a lot to deal with and would be very difficult to heal but he had already shown us what a true fighter he is so we brought him back to the centre with lots of medication and started his healing journey. 
After a few weeks on antibiotics and pain killers, he went for an x-ray and we were over the moon at how well he had fought his fracture and infection.
Now that he had shown us what a miracle he is, we knew he was ready to find his new family but we needed a very particular home for this boy as he was still very nervous of new people. 
He got quite a lot of attention and applications and within these applications we found a couple who have a female Bassett called Betty. They explained how they have had plenty of experience with nervous Bassett’s, their home was perfect for him and we found that he really thrives around other dogs so the fact they have another dog sounded perfect! 
After lots of visits and getting to know Nelson, his adoption day finally came on 16th October 2020. It was a very emotional day for all and the centre hasn’t been the same without this special boy but we are thrilled at how well he is doing after having such a sad start to his life. 
His new family have sent a few updates and also sent a picture of him sleeping with his new best friend!

“He’s settling in just fine, he had a couple of accidents but he is fine now. He follows me everywhere and doesn’t like it when he can’t see or hear me but that’s only to be expected, as he adapts he will learn I am always coming back. He and Betty were zooming around the garden last night playing chase, never knew Bassett’s could move that fast!
We hoped they would lie together but not this quickly! He really is a beauty, thank you so much!” 

Louise

Our quiet girl, Louise, broke our hearts when she came to us in August 2020. We had a phone call from a very kind gentleman who was concerned about his neighbours cat. He explained how his neighbour had sadly passed away in December 2019, leaving behind his beloved cat, Louise. The lovely neighbours had done the best they could to feed her every day but it was coming to a time where the house had to be sold and therefore, Louise needed somewhere to go. This meant Louise had been living without her loving owner for 8 months and this had a huge impact on this poor little soul because when she came to us she was extremely frightened and her fur was all matted.
The neighbours said that she was very much a loving lap cat with her previous owner so we knew she had great potential.
We were absolutely right because when she found her new home on 10th October 2020, her new family sent us immediate updates to say how amazingly well she had settled and so quickly! We expected her to take a while to come out of her shell but she obviously felt right at home straight away. She is absolutely loving all of the fuss and attention she is getting in her new home. The owner’s granddaughter was a great help throughout the whole process as she was the one who spotted Louise for her nan. She sent over some lovely pictures of Louise in her new home and also some tear-jerking words, be sure to have tissues at the ready!

“After reading Louise’s story on the RSPCA website about the passing of her owner, I knew I had to reach out to adopt her for my nan who has found herself alone since the passing of my grandad last year. Watching the two of them bond and seeing Louise go from a scared, timid cat who would sometimes lash out when being approached, to confidently walking up to house visitors and lapping up all the fuss within just a few short days of being adopted, has been so beautiful to see. My nan may have provided Louise with her forever home, but Louise has provided my nan with the love and company she’s long needed. We can’t thank the RSPCA enough for all their hard work and the good they do for all the animals in need of their help. Thank you.”

Cher & Suki

This cheeky pair of girlies had a long stay here, they came to us in June 2020 along with 6 kittens because their owner had too many animals. Cher is actually Suki’s grandmother so they share a very special bond and nursed their kittens together. 
Once their motherly duties were coming to an end, they were ready to start their own lives in a home just for them! 
We were surprised at how little interest they had but we do often find it is harder to re-home a pair of cats as it is more responsibility. We definitely didn’t want to separate them so we just needed to hold onto hope that someone would come along and luckily, the perfect lady did! 
We were extremely grateful as this lady went well out of her way and travelled 3 hours to come and see them. They were adopted on 29th September 2020 and are now living a life of luxury down south.
Their new owner sent a very lovely message shortly after their adoption: 

“If I had known then what I know now, I would have re-named the girls Thelma and Louise!
From the “great dry food tub” attempted break in, to the theft of the defrosted chicken breasts, these two are trouble! 
Equally, Cher loves nothing more than laying on my lap for uninterrupted, constant affection. Suki prefers to attack my feet when I’m in bed, Cher isn’t ready for that yet, although I was pleasantly surprised to have her greet me this morning when I woke up. 
The girls settled in immediately, with Cher instantly showing her gratitude by wanting constant attention and hopping from one front paw to the other in eager anticipation of it. 
They came into my life at a point where I was extremely unhappy. I knew the unconditional love of a pet would help me, but receiving double the love and affection has been the best cure ever! I have absolutely no regrets! I guess you could say, I didn’t rescue them, they rescued me.” 

Arthur

Big boy Arthur may look like a big bruiser but he is quite the opposite. He has shown us that he is actually quite a timid and shy little soul. The only time he plays up is when we have to de-flea and worm him but this is purely out of fear. 
He has unfortunately found himself with us twice this year. He originally came to us in February 2020 after being a long term stray so we are completely unaware of his past. Due to being stray, he had quite a rough look to him and didn’t quite trust new people so it took three months for him to be re-homed. Sadly this home didn’t work out because he was acting very independently and didn’t seem to relax so he was back with us in July. 
We were really sad for him but knew a lot more this time the type of home that he needed. Thankfully, some very patient and experienced ladies came along and adopted Arthur on 4th October 2020. He went to live with a dog, cat and a chicken! We were eager to know how he would deal with such a big change in his life but he has not looked back. We have received some lovely photo’s of him snoozing the days away and he seems rather happy with his new little family.

“Arthur is doing well so far. He sleeps on my bed, is OK with the dog if she doesn’t move too fast and is making friends with my other cat slowly. We love Arthur!”

Frankie

Frankie found himself with us in August 2020 after being found as a stray.  Sadly no one came forward for this fur baby so we soon after put him up for adoption. He was always a sweet little boy and we desperately wanted to find him a female rabbit to be paired with. 
A rabbit that had previously been adopted from us in June 2020 had sadly lost her friend so they came back to us looking for a male to pair with her and we had just the boy for the job!
They adopted him on 6th October. We went through the whole bonding process and warned it may take a while, as it sometimes can. Luckily, these two took to each other immediately and are absolutely inseparable. Just look at the photo’s they have sent us, they make the sweetest couple. His new family sent us an email on their progress too:

“We adopted Frankie last week and I just thought you’d like an update. Our aim was to slowly bond him with Molly, who we adopted from you in June, but that wasn’t required as they became instant best friends and are generally inseparable already. We do often wonder how many rabbits we have as they never keep still so when we are trying to clean them out, it’s like there are six of them!”

September 2020 – Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

The past 6 months have been extremely difficult here at Hillfield Animal Home and, like many other charities, our funds have dipped as we are unable to hold any fundraising events. We rely heavily on the generosity of the public, therefore if you are able to help in any way, we would really appreciate it.

In September we saw a bit of a drop with our donations but luckily for us, Phoenix Pet Foods in Swadlincote came to our rescue and gave us a massive donations. Just look at all of those goodies! Our centre cat, Humphrey, decided to check it all out and he certainly approved!
Around the same time we did also put out an appeal for cat food and we had an amazing response, so thank you if you contributed.

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We have been able to carry out adoptions from the 17th April 2020, following very strict guidelines from RSPCA headquarters and DEFRA, ensuring the safety of staff and public at all times.

We are pleased to say that we have managed to successfully re-home 87 cats, 35 dogs, 22 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs during this time!
Check out some of our success stories below from the past month!

Ted

Adorable little Ted came to us in August 2020 after his owner struggled to give him what he needed and he was in quite bad condition. 
From the get-go he was always a super friendly boy who loved everyone he met so we knew his stay wouldn’t be long. After his vet visits, behaviour assessment and a much needed bath, we set out looking for the perfect home for this cutie pie. He attracted a lot of attention, we were overwhelmed with the application forms for him but we managed to pick what we thought would be ideal for him. 
After a couple of visits from him new family, they knew he was the one and adopted him on 23rd September! 
We have had an update since then to say he has settled in fabulously, along with some lovely pictures. Take a look below!

“Ted has settled in lovely, it’s like he’s been here forever. Thank you so much for everything you did for him. He loves cuddles on the sofa and a walk round the local country park.” 

Ellie & Tia

This gorgeous pair of older girlies had a rough start when arriving here. We managed to get to them just in time but they were incredibly skinny, we think this is because they came from a multi-animal household so maybe there was competition for food. They were also extremely nervous of humans so we took it extra slow with these two.
After a lot of time spent with them, they did show signs of wanting affection but we strongly believed in order for them to get better and trust again then they would need to progress in a home environment. This is why we contacted a couple who had adopted from us before and were particularly looking for an older pair of cats, so we thought this would be perfect. The couple had experience with nervous cats and were also willing to do whatever it took.
After an initial meet they decided they definitely wanted to go ahead so they adopted them on 15th September!
Ellie and Tia have settled in much quicker than we thought they would and haven’t had any issues with their eating. It will take a lot longer for them to be comfortable completely but it’s heading in the right direction thanks to the lovely family that took them on. 
Below are some pictures of them in their new home and a little quote from their owners:

“The girls have settled in nicely now! In the last few minutes they were chasing each other around the house, although now it is suspiciously quiet…
Tia has settled in brilliantly and tends to follow me around and she is very sociable, Ellie is still not sure. She came out from her hiding place (under the sofa) last night, had a look round and came for cuddles, but couldn’t settle.” 

Popcorn

Our fluffy little Popcorn came to us in July 2020 through no fault of her own. She was rescued from someone who couldn’t care from her and then in her new home she wasn’t getting on with the ladies male rabbit so unfortunately found herself here at the animal home. We found straight away that she is a very independent bunny who doesn’t particularly like to be handled too much and will tell you if she has had enough.
We wanted to get her spayed as soon as possible because sometimes they can portray behavioural issues due to their hormones so this would hopefully help calm her down, which it did… a little bit. 

We loved her quirky and sassy ways and hoped someone else would also love this enough to adopt her. Luckily, a wonderful lady came along after Popcorn’s 10 week stay here and decided to take her on and she hasn’t looked back since. She was adopted on 18th September and we have received an update recently on how she is doing. It sounds as though she is extremely happy with her new home and is even showing her loving side, have read below!

“She has settled in fine and is a lovely bundle of fluff. She is quite happy to be handled and will come for a fuss too! She also loves to forage in the hay box for treats too!”