Patron: Martin Shaw
Is There Room at the Inn This Christmas?
Donkeys at Derwent Valley Donkey Sanctuary who are waiting for a new home...
As we approach Christmas we have been asked to help an elderly sanctuary owner who can no longer carry on due to her declining health.
Kath Wilson, founder of the Derwent Valley Donkey Sanctuary, has devotedly cared for animals all her life and even won community awards for her work. However, following a tragic accident that left her hospitalised, her friends have contacted Hillside, asking for our urgent help. No longer able to manage her sanctuary, which is home to eight donkeys and also horses, ponies, sheep, dogs and hens, Kath is desperate to find a safe home for her beloved animals. While the dogs and hens have been found homes locally, we have been asked to help with the donkeys, horses, ponies and sheep.
We always do our best to take in animals in need and face great challenges raising the funds to look after them. It would be easy for us to say ‘there is no room at the inn’ but, in the spirit of kindness and compassion at this festive time, we have, of course, agreed to give them a new home at Hillside...
If you would like to help with this Christmas rescue, any donations kindly received will go towards the winter feed and care of these animals, and all the other animals who live here at the Sanctuary.
Hillside was founded in 1995 and next year we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary! During this time we have taken in animals from several sanctuaries that have sadly had to close.
In 2011 we welcomed 35 horses and ponies as well as cows, sheep and goats from the stricken Quality of Life Sanctuary and in January 2014, we were contacted by the Rainbow Ark Sanctuary after they had been forcibly evicted from their farm through lack of funds. We immediately offered to help their stranded animals and it took two days to carefully transport all the horses, ponies, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, sheep and goats over two hundred miles from County Durham to their new home here in Norfolk. We also brought back all the smaller animals that Rainbow Ark were unable to rehome locally and these included around a hundred hens, cockerels, geese, turkeys, ducks, peacocks, rheas and other birds, which otherwise would have been left behind.
Other sanctuaries that we have stepped in to help included Green Meadows and Blossoms Sanctuary. It is always very difficult when a sanctuary has to close and we are pleased to have been able to step in and take care of the animals.
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