Why it’s so important
Bleakholt totally depends on voluntary donations and legacies; we receive no government funding. Legacies are by far our largest single source of income, without which we certainly could not survive.
Our Cat buildings are heated and have outside play areas with lots of activity. There are also dedicated buildings and facilities for kittens, an isolation area and a hospital plus the special needs and ‘oldies’ rooms. These facilities can care for about 200 cats and kittens.
Our Dog accommodation consists of heated kennels, hospital, isolation block, treatment rooms, plus special facilities for puppies and ‘oldies’. All dogs are exercised daily in the runs and walked by staff and volunteers. The dog section has facilities for about 100 dogs and puppies.
There are excellent stable blocks for the horses and ponies, plus separate stables for the donkeys. All overnight fields have field shelters. The goats have their own separate facilities and an outside area complete with their own goat mountain to ‘act the goat’ on. There are currently about 80 equine and farm animals to look after.
Rabbits and guinea pigs are accommodated in hygienic stainless steel hutches. They also have both inside and outside activity areas to provide plenty of stimulation. In recent years there has been a very large increase in ferret keeping and we therefore now have purpose made facilities for these cheeky little animals.
In addition to this Bleakholt has a shop onsite selling everything you may need for your new pet and also Bleakholt souvenirs and gifts, we also have a charity shop in Ramsbottom to help replenish the constantly needed funds which enable us to carry on with our work and aims. We also have a very wide range of fund raising events and programmes throughout the year.
How you can make a difference
A valid up to date will is the only way to ensure the future happens exactly as you wish. It’s also one of the best ways you could help Bleakholt.
A gift in your will to Bleakholt will help to safeguard the future of animals in distress, homelessness, neglect or even from being cruelly treated.
There are three principal types of Legacy:
- Residuary Gift – is the gift of all (or part) of the value of your estate after all debts, liabilities and other legacies have been paid. This is usually the most valuable kind of legacy for the Sanctuary.
- Pecuniary Gift – is the gift of a specified sum of money.
- Specific – is the gift of a specific item of value such as property, jewellery or maybe a painting
If you have already made your Will and decide that you would like to add a gift to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, a codicil is a good, inexpensive way to do so. Adding a codicil to your Will enables you to leave a legacy to us whilst ensuring that the other provisions remain untouched and you won’t have to pay for your Will to be completely rewritten.
Your gift could go to general funds and thereafter help us with our day to day bills for food, veterinary services and the many other expenses of running a busy rescue centre.
You can also specify that you want your gift to be used in a certain way. This could be simply which section you preferred i.e. stables, dogs, cats or farm sections, or you could discuss with us a specific project that you would like to help fund. You may even have a proposal for the development of the Sanctuary that we haven’t thought of yet.
Unfortunately the need for animal welfare agencies is not diminishing as you might expect, but it is actually rising.
We see more cases of neglect and abuse than was the norm only 5 to 10 years ago. In addition veterinary science is getting better and better. This means that we can do things that were impossible until recently. Needless to say new developments are always more expensive than more traditional treatments.
Thank you for considering helping us in your will. If it wasn’t for people like you many animals would not be able to live the healthiest life possible in the most scenic and comfortable surroundings, with the prospect of adoption by a warm and loving family.