Our policy is that we never put a healthy animal to sleep except on veterinary advice.
Our supporters help us with donations of a wide variety of items.
Animal Food: We can take advantage of most donated animal food. If for some reason we cannot use it ourselves, we will ensure that other animals in need benefit from your generousity. Fresh vegetables are always welcome for our farm and equine animals.
Bedding: We have a never-ending need for bedding! This can be blankets, towels, sheets and other similar materials that we can use to make beds. We regret that we CANNOT use duvets and pillows etc!
Items For Selling: We have a tireless team of people who use a number of ways to turn your donated items into cash. The items we can sell include unwanted gifts, good quality bric-a-brac, household items, books, toys, clean clothing. If you have any large items please contact the sanctuary first. Please note that Bleakholt is generally unable to collect donations.
The Items We Cannot Sell: We are not able to sell old videos or cassette tapes. Other unsaleable items include electrical items, damaged or incomplete toys, drinking glasses (tumblers etc.). PLEASE DO NOT BRING ITEMS TO US THAT WE CANNOT SELL AS THE COST OF DISPOSAL CAN BE A MAJOR EXPENSE. If you are unsure you could give us a ring or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can advise you. We do thank you for all your support.
Bleakholt is entirely funded by public donations. Our annual funding requirement is now approximately £1,000,000. We have no income from national or local authority and no national or parent charity to draw funds from. We rely solely on the goodwill of people such as yourselves to help us to take care of all our animals.
We do not rehome our equine animals as they are permanently homed at the sanctuary.
Dogs and cats are all de-flead, wormed, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. They have a full health check by our vet and will receive any necessary treatment.
Puppies and kittens may not have had their second vaccination when you take them home and if so you will be given a voucher to book an appointment at our vets, who are Vets4Pets in Bury. Also, under six months of age they will not be neutered and we will again give you a vouucher to arrange for this to be carried out at Vets4Pets. Neutering is not optional as it is our policy to neuter all our animals and there is no extra charge for the procedure at Vets4Pets.
All our dogs are assessed for re-homing as this will allow us to help you choose the right dog for your home and family.
Rabbits are also de-flead, wormed, vaccinated and neutered before leaving. You will be given a voucher for very young animals for neutering where appropriate.
We do not neuter Guinea Pigs as routine in the interests of the welfare of the animal.
We ask for fixed donations of £95 for dogs (£120 for a pedigree dog), £60 for cats (£80 for a pedigree cat), £35 for a rabbit or £50 if you adopt two at the same time, £10 for a guinea pig and £5 for a degu.
This is a donation towards costs not a purchase. The actual costs to the Sanctuary per animal are greatly in excess of this. If you can afford more, then this would be greatly appreciated and you may also like to ‘Gift Aid’ the donation which enables us to claim an extra 25p per pound from the government. You can download a Gift Aid declaration form from the ‘Forms’ section on this site.
Our farm staff will advise on a suitable cage size, any accessories and types of food.
All rabbits are vaccinated against VHD and myxomatosis.
We use a variety of different foods. The staff will be able to advise on the type of food the dog has been eating at the Sanctuary. We do recommend that you keep it on a similar type of food. If you want to change the food this should be done over a period of time to avoid digestive problems.
Again these are very specific to each dog. However in most cases we only have the information supplied by the previous owners, so we may not have all the answers. Of course, in the case of strays we have little or no definitive information. The dog staff will advise you about each individual dog’s known history and can discuss this with you when you visit.
There are a variety of reasons and every dog will be different. You could discuss this with our staff when you visit us and they will give you all the information you need.
Bleakholt always recommends that you register your cat immediately with a vet.
Bleakholt does not recommend that you give your cat milk. They should always be provided with fresh water.
This should be done on a regular basis throughout the year, but you should seek veterinary advice for your cat. The cat will be treated before you take it home and the date will have been recorded.
The basics are a cat bed (this makes them feel secure), litter tray, litter, feed and water bowls, food and a cat grooming comb. A cat carrier is important for transporting the cat. They should also have a scratching post and some toys to play with. We do sell cat starter kits in our shop on the Bleakholt site.
Usually after 6 to 8 weeks. We recommend you let the cat out before feeding and this way it will come back for food.
We use both wet and dry food of good quality. The dry food is good for their dental health. Individual dietary needs are discussed fully at the time of adoption when we will make any appropriate recommendations.
Cats scratch to help keep their claws healthy. A scratching post will help keep your cat from using your furniture.
Cats will moult as the weather becomes warmer and grooming will help keep the cat’s coat healthy.