Cost of living crisis hits Holmeswood Wildlife Sanctuary

Woodlands has approximately 30 kittens to feed as well as a full cattery.

Proposed by Louise Doyle

Holmeswood-based Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is feeling the pinch following the rising cost of living and the impact of Covid.

The sanctuary has seen a rapid drop in donations and is asking if the public could help cover some of its £5,000-a-week running costs.

While the team is as lean as possible and cutting costs where they can, there are areas where that just isn’t possible.

The forests are currently in the midst of a baby boom with kittens and baby hedgehogs, which in turn brings added tension with the amount of milk and food needed to see them through, as well as the electricity that it takes to keep everyone warm and healthy.

Animal care manager Eleanor Davies oversees the day-to-day running of the sanctuary and knows all too well the challenge of maintaining the balance between savings and fundraising. “There are a lot of hidden costs that people don’t realize when thinking about an animal shelter.

“Food, bedding and vet costs are all obvious costs but there are also the electricity bills to keep the cattery enclosures and the hedgehog unit warm as well as the gas bills to make sure we we have hot water to wash dishes and maintain hygiene standards as best as possible. be. It all adds up pretty quickly.

The dedicated team appeals directly to their followers and the wider animal-loving community to support their ongoing, life-changing work by contributing whatever they can give.

A standing order may seem daunting at the moment, but for the same price as a cup of coffee each month, you could save a life. Just £3 a month buys a full treatment for a single hedgehog or feeds a litter of growing kittens for a day.

Woodlands sponsorship packages and their Carer for the Day experiences make great gifts for special occasions and, as with all donations made, every penny goes towards animal care.

They also have a lottery, run by Unity Lotteries, where you can play for just £1 and have the chance to win £25,000 in return.

For online shoppers, there are even ways to fundraise for free. By shopping through Amazon Smile or Give as You Live, you can fundraise at no additional cost to you while buying the things you need. And by adding gift aid to donations if you can, you’ll raise an extra 25p for every pound spent. You can also browse the Sanctuary’s Amazon Wish List, which is frequently updated with the most needed items.

Woodlands is extremely grateful for all the donations that come in and simply couldn’t continue their work without their network of supporters behind them. If you want to learn more about the different ways you can help, visit their website for more information.

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