By Vickie Maude Trustee Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary based at Holmeswood, Lancashire, has a well-established and respected reputation for the work it does. Along side farm animals and domestic pets the shelter rescues, rehabilitates and releases Hedgehogs in the local area.

The Sanctuary celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, in our time as Woodlands we have helped more than ten thousand different animals. The Sanctuary receives no government funding and relies purely upon donations from members of the public, alongside fundraising events and activities. Although the Sanctuary specialises in hedgehog rehabilitation, over the last few days, we have been called upon to come to the assistance of other wildlife desperately needing help.

On Friday the 16 May, staff were contacted to come to the aid of a fox cub, a badger cub and a number of deer, all by different people in different locations!

The tiny fox cub was found in a garden in Southport by a couple who were concerned about him, mum was nowhere to be seen. He was very hungry when he arrived and after a good feed, staff completed a 220 mile round trip to take him to a specialist rescue centre in Cumbria .

The centre staff think he is around 4 weeks old and they will now continue his rehabilitation until he is big enough to release back into the wild.

The badger cub came into the sanctuary via Lancashire Badger Group. She has received a thorough check up and medication from the Wildlife Vet at Rufford Veterinary Group and is now safe and warm tucked up in her bed at the Sanctuary. She is currently receiving round the clock care from our staff and will require lots of on-going care and tlc.

The wildlife arm of Woodlands, whilst specialising in Hedgehogs, always try to help and on this occasion we were the only animal rescue in the area able to respond to these emergencies.

The sanctuary is now running on emergency funds and without some extra help we will not be able to continue at the level, as resources are being cut back to try to ensure the safety of the sanctuary in the long term. In short we are desperate for further funding if there is anything you can do to help us we would be most grateful!

For further information please do not hesitate to call me on 01704 823293 or 07977 539560


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