September – 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.

Did you know it was Remember a Charity in your will week from 7th - 13th September? We rely heavily on legacies so to find out more, please click the button below.​

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!”