Holmewood Animal Rescue
REGISTERED CHARITY #
animals in our care
How has COVID-19 affected the shelter?
About a third of our income is from public donations and the current adverse economic climate has resulted in a steep decline in donations. We are, therefore, prioritising our budget towards immediate needs, and having to postpone improvements to our facilities.
Because of social distancing, we are effectively on lockdown and cannot accept the services of our volunteers, whose health and wellbeing must be of paramount consideration. We are working extremely long hours in order to look after every animal properly.
VISION & MISSION.
Our mission is to rescue and provide care and shelter to stray, abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals of all kinds. To protect animals from ill usage, cruelty and suffering.
We, Holmewood Animal Rescue, are almost entirely an independent charity. We are classed as a small rescue despite the 200 animals that we are currently looking after. We’re not extremely well-known and we usually re-home our animals locally. We have very few volunteers, but the ones we do have, really matter to us.
Over the years, we’ve had many different animals come into our care. Most of those animals have come to us very ill and in desperate need of emergency care. We‘re strongly against putting animals to sleep, and if we feel they have a chance of making it, we’ll help them in every way we can to make sure they make it.
Last year, one of the animals we rescued was a small Netherland Dwarf rabbit who goes by the name of “Neo”. Neo is a sweet little chap who is a big people pleaser and loves cuddles very much. When we first rescued Neo, we knew something was wrong with him so we took him to the vets immediately to have him checked out. The vets examined him very thoroughly and told us that his front legs had been broken in the past. The vet explained to us how, when Neo's legs were broken, he didn’t have the proper treatment to fix them, which is why his legs bend inward. Neo, at the time, also had breathing problems (when he breathed, there was a loud crackling sound). The vets tried him on many different medications but sadly, none of them worked. The vets had Neo transferred to an exotics specialist; when we met the specialist she knew pretty much right away what Neo had wrong with him. It shocked all of us as we’ve never dealt with such a thing in rabbits before... we found out that Neo had heart failure and water on his lungs. The vet got Neo to have certain checks to make sure he did have the things she thought he had, and he did, she was right. We had him put on heart medication and water tablets right away, which he’s still having now and he happily has the medication each day with a blueberry or some small piece of fruit. Neo is a little fighter, we’ve known that from the beginning. Even before he was put on the medication, he did his happy jumps around his enclosure. Not too long ago, Neo was neutered, his breathing was steady and we believed (as he’s a permanent resident at our rescue and we shan’t be re-homing him) he’d be happier if he had a girlfriend. He made it through the surgery, just like we knew he would. Months later, after his recovery, we had him paired up with one of our other Netherland Dwarf bunnies. Harleena and Neo couldn’t be happier. Harleena struggled with E.C/E. Cuniculi when we first rescued her, which made us feel they were perfect for each other. They’re both strong little fighters.
Throughout the whole of 2019, we had bunnies dropped at our doorstep (mostly overnight while no one was around to see who did it). Some were left in cages, some in cardboard boxes and some of the rabbits in those cages/boxes were pregnant females and/or baby bunnies (only about a few days old). Some of the pregnant females were too stressed to look after their babies, they gave birth within days of us having them. We made everything as comfortable as we could for them, but there were still a few babies that the mums refused to look after. We left the babies with the mums for a few days and if they fell out of the nest, we carefully put them back without touching them with our hands. Still no luck though, some of the babies weren’t getting fed, they were getting skinnier and skinnier by the day. That was when we decided it was time to take it upon ourselves to hand rear them. Each baby had 24-hour care every day and went around with us in a pet carrier bag with a blanket around them to keep them warm. They were fed every hour – day and night – until they were about 9 weeks old when they started eating and drinking on their own. We’re proud to say that those babies made it and most of them have been adopted (after neutering/spaying and vaccinations).
We love the work we do; every bit of it helps an animal in need, from giving advice to someone who needs help to rescuing animals who will eventually get their well-deserved forever homes.
We are very grateful to anyone who can help us with donations.
HOW YOU CAN HELP.
We do all we can to assist any animals that are brought to our centre and would like to keep on doing so. The future of Holmewood and any plans that we have is dependent entirely on funding and donations from our supporters.
Please help if you can – with a donation, adoption or standing order – no matter how small.