New Edenfield home for abandoned pets

Lancashire Telegraph: Hayley Collins holds one of the youngest arrivals, six-week-old Cinnamon Hayley Collins holds one of the youngest arrivals, six-week-old Cinnamon

DOZENS of animals at an animal sanctuary were rehomed over the festive period.

Staff at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Edenfield, said around 30 cats and 50 dogs were given new homes over the past month.

Liz Ellis, 31, who has worked at the sanctuary for four years, is responsible for looking after the cats.

She said: “We have rehomed a lot of animals this winter.

“We only had one cat dumped this year too. We usually have them left in carrier bags.”

Liz said the limited resources at the sanctuary meant unwanted cats that already had homes were put on waiting lists, whilst those without homes are given priority.

She said: “A woman wanted to leave her cat with us, and we said it would have to go on a waiting list. She left it in the sanctuary’s grounds, but we didn’t realise for two days because she just let it loose.”

Liz said more and more people were choosing to adopt cats, usually older felines, rather than choosing to buy them from a pet shop or private seller, because the sanctuary ‘looks after the animals properly’.

She added: “We neuter, de-flea, vaccinate, microchip and worm them.”

Rob Irvings, 26, began work at the sanctuary seven months ago. He said: “We have been busy. We have had up to 50 dogs go out, and we have not had a lot strays or dumped dogs, although we have had some returned.

“A lot of people get them for Christmas and I would hope they keep them forever.

“We will probably see a rise in dumped dogs in January and it’s normally because people don’t want them because they are unwanted gifts.

“These things happen and circumstances change or people realise they can’t look after them, so they bring them to us, which I would rather they do than dump them.”

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1:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Many Thanks to Liz and Hayley and their friends!

Common sense usually goes in one ear then out the other but here’s what everyone should be able to understand: Pets should not be treated as toys. If you don’t like animals then don’t get one. Don’t buy one for your daughter or son unless they are old enough to look after them properly. Don’t buy one from casual animal breeders or pet shops. Don’t get a pet if you can’t afford to look after them. Don’t get a dog if your afraid to get wet taking it for a walk. Not forgetting they need feeding and vet’s fees can be expensive.

But if you show your love for them and treat them well they will be your best friends for life. Unlike most human beings they don’t discriminate and will never let you down.

A Happy New Year to all who have pets and look after them!
Many Thanks to Liz and Hayley and their friends! Common sense usually goes in one ear then out the other but here’s what everyone should be able to understand: Pets should not be treated as toys. If you don’t like animals then don’t get one. Don’t buy one for your daughter or son unless they are old enough to look after them properly. Don’t buy one from casual animal breeders or pet shops. Don’t get a pet if you can’t afford to look after them. Don’t get a dog if your afraid to get wet taking it for a walk. Not forgetting they need feeding and vet’s fees can be expensive. But if you show your love for them and treat them well they will be your best friends for life. Unlike most human beings they don’t discriminate and will never let you down. A Happy New Year to all who have pets and look after them! blackburnwithdarwen

2:36pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Mothernature says...

Wholeheartedly agree blackburnwithdarwen. Give me the love & loyalty of a pet over a human and 99% of the time I'll opt for the pet.
Wholeheartedly agree blackburnwithdarwen. Give me the love & loyalty of a pet over a human and 99% of the time I'll opt for the pet. Mothernature

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