Holly Hedge

Providing shelter from harm and the promise of a brighter future

About Us

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is a local independent charity (registered charity number 294606) that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. We receive no funding from the government or National Lottery and rely on the generosity and goodwill of our supporters to keep our kennel and cattery doors open. It costs approximately £616,000 every year to run – that's over £1,687 each and every single day.

We rescue and rehome around 800 animals each year finding loving and responsible new homes for each and every one of them. No animal is put to sleep unless we are advised that it is in their best interest to do so by a veterinary surgeon, this decision is never taken lightly.

The sanctuary employs 13 full time equivalent members of staff, and to enable us to continue providing excellent high levels of care for cats and dogs in need we rely heavily on our team of dedicated and passionate volunteers. Our volunteers undertake roles from walking our dogs and cuddling our cats to providing refreshments at fundraising events, manning the phones in reception, helping out with site maintenance to taking photographs of our animals (to find out more about volunteering at the Sanctuary please click here).

Holly Hedge is governed by a board of Trustees (on a voluntary basis), one of whom is elected as the Sanctuary’s Chairman. They perform a vital role in ensuring good management at the Sanctuary, but are not involved in the day to day running. The Trustees are responsible for monitoring the achievement of objectives and the financial position. Our Trustees come from a variety of backgrounds, and they all have empathy for the mission of Holly Hedge. Trustees are voted in at the AGM by our members. Members have voting rights once they have completed one full years membership and have paid the appropriate membership fees. Members must be aged 18 or over to be able to vote at the AGM. For more information about becoming a member of the Sanctuary please contact us.

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