Latest News 2018-02-05T14:55:18+00:00

Bleakholt Bazar – Online Auction Now Running!

August 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Our Online Auction is now active on Facebook - the Bleakholt Bazar! Lots of fantastic items for sale at:  The first auction will run until 10 August 2020 (UK sales only) It’s a fun [...]

Ways You Can Help

May 14th, 2020|0 Comments

BLEAKHOLT IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE The Sanctuary, Café, Charity Shops, Bleakholt Shop and Book shop are all closed and we cannot hold or attend fundraising events. We would like to thank everyone who has donated, [...]


April 1st, 2020|0 Comments

We know this is such an uncertain and difficult time for everyone and our hearts go out to you. However here at Bleakholt we rely only on your donations to continue to care for those [...]

Urgent Medical Help Needed!

June 29th, 2020|0 Comments

UPDATE 10 JULY!   Axel has now had his op and he is the proud owner of a brand new kneecap! It all went really well and the Vet is very pleased with him. He can’t [...]

Bleakholt Grand Summer Raffle

June 25th, 2020|0 Comments

UPDATE! Thank you so much to everyone who entered - it was a great event. We raised over £1,100 for our animals! Special thanks too to those who donated such fabulous prizes.       BLEAKHOLT [...]

Calendar Competition 2021

June 18th, 2020|0 Comments

COMPETITION CLOSED - UPDATE! Thank you so much to everyone that entered our photo competition. The entries were stunning and it was a very difficult job for our judge! The entries will all be featured [...]

Sorry, our Sanctuary is closed until further notice

March 17th, 2020|0 Comments

24 March - COVID-19 UPDATE Following the latest Government update we have had to close the Sanctuary completely. Only Staff are allowed on site, so regretfully we cannot allow our wonderful Team of Volunteers to [...]

Grant from PetPlan Charitable Trust

March 4th, 2020|0 Comments

We are thrilled to receive a Grant of £5,760 from the Petplan Charitable Trust! This is a fantastic boost to our funding and we are really grateful. Petplan Charitable Trust was delighted to be selected [...]

Introducing Yorick!

January 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Introducing a new member of our fabulous Goat Family in December – Yorick, who is only 2 feet tall! We rescued Yorick when someone reported to us that he was wandering about on the moors [...]

Life as they’ve NEVER known it for these Ladies!

November 14th, 2019|0 Comments

First Rehoming Day - Saturday 14 December 2019 We are thrilled to announce that we have volunteered to be a rehoming collection point for the British Hen Welfare Trust and we will be holding our [...]

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

November 6th, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE 31.12.19! We cannot thank you enough for all the amazing Christmas gifts you have donated for our animals. We are always overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. They all had a wonderful Christmas! Following [...]

Santa’s Workshop, Sun 1 December 2019

November 5th, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE!  We had a fantastic day and are thrilled to announce that we raised £1,939 on the day! Thank you so much to everyone who visited to help our animals. Your support means so much [...]

Scary? Not really…..!

November 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Huge thank you to our intrepid Café Volunteers who really got into scary mode for Halloween! They do an amazing job for our animals & they are only hard on the outside (promise)! There’s definitely [...]

Winter Event Day – Sunday 24 November

October 29th, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE!  £7,653 raised on the day! Huge thank you to everyone who supported us - it was a fabulous day! These events are always really popular and there is so much to see and do [...]

Halloween Quiz Night

September 10th, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE:  This event raised well over £500 on the evening!  A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to support our Halloween Quiz. Specuial thanks also to Haslingden Cricket Club who allowed us to use their [...]

2019 Dog Show Pics!

August 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Dogs Day Out! We held our annual Dog Show this year on 4 August and it really was a fabulous day with lots of visitors of both the 2-legged and 4-legged kind! To see more [...]

Haymaking time!

July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

The weather dictates our Haymaking time and waits for no man. So regardless of the fact that it was also our Summer Event day on 30 June, it was time to get stuck in AFTER [...]

The Walsh Kennel Block

June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Mrs Dorothy Walsh - a Bleakholt Treasure We wanted to honour the dedication, hard work, support and loyalty of Dorothy Walsh by naming our new kennel block after her and her Family. Many of you [...]

Black Panthers in the House?

June 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, sleek black panther? Can this be true - should we run and hide? Definitely not! We love our black panther kitties here with their beautiful green eyes and we can [...]

Refurbishment of our Rabbit Building

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

We have recently completely refurbished one of the buildings housing some of our animals as part of the ongoing Farm Improvement project as this was in a poor state. This is an isolation and intake [...]

Summer Event 30 June

May 31st, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE 3.7.19 We had a fabulous day on Sunday at our Summer Event with lots of Visitors. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us as we couldn't do it without you. We [...]

Dog Show 2019 – Dogs Day Out!

May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE! We raised £3,542 on the day - amazing! We had a fabulous day with lots of visitors 2-legged and 4-legged - it was a GREAT Show! Massive thank you to everyone who came and took [...]

Latest arrivals to the Stables

May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

April/May 2019 - We have been able to take in some new residents recently, so allow us to introduce them to you. On 13th April 2019 we had two new arrivals on the Stable yard. [...]

We know how to throw a birthday party!

May 1st, 2019|0 Comments

We have had two birthdays on the Stables recently and we love to throw a party to celebrate. The first was beautiful boy Peanut on 9 April when it was his 18th! So [...]

Setting them free at last!

April 10th, 2019|0 Comments

We recently rescued a group of ex-battery hens whose future was definitely very bleak if they couldn't be found new homes. They have spent all their lives so far crammed in tiny cages, so most [...]

A Cheeky hello….

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

..........from our smallest pig, Jamie! Jamie was part of the craze for micro pigs and would have only been the size of a cat back then. He was abandoned here back in 2014 and although [...]

Lovely sunny day at last!

March 29th, 2019|0 Comments

It’s been a gorgeous day today and our animals have been loving the sunshine. There's been plenty of time to play and then it's so good to take time out to chill. Gilbert, Wallace and [...]

We would LOVE to give Matilda a REAL chance in Life

March 8th, 2019|0 Comments

UPDATE 29 MAY 2019 - Update on Matilda Pup following her life-saving heart surgery in March. Thanks to you, Matilda was able to get the surgery she desperately needed. Just look at her now! She hasn’t [...]

Record number of animals rehomed in 2018

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Although the high demand to take animals in continues, we are proud to announce that Bleakholt rehomed more animals than ever in 2018. Last year we rehomed more than 1,300 animals – 542 dogs [...]

Help Us to Help Them

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Safeguarding Our Future Most of you will know that as a Charity we rely solely on donations and legacies for our survival. We have made it our mission to take care of those who have [...]

Puppy Pickle’s sad tail…

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Update 22 July 2019 - watch Pickle's Vid dated 22 July on our Facebook page ! Pickle is starting to learn what being a puppy is all about! He is now walking all the time. [...]

Mud, Toil & Tears – Bleakholt’s early years

February 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Irene Macauley (Priestley) wrote this book about the Sanctuary's early years from 1967 - 1969 and it is an account of daily life at Bleakholt from the point of view of one of the kennel maids [...]

The importance of vaccinations & flea treatment

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

25 January 2019 - Meet the beautiful Cocopop who joined us at Bleakholt this week. Cocopop came in as a stray and sadly he came to us with cat flu, sore skin from fleas, an ear [...]

The Rock Express Christmas Train is right on track!

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

The Rock Express Christmas Land Train arrives at its final destination! The Rock Bury ran this special train throughout December and were right on track as they raised money for Bleakholt along the way, asking [...]

Box Bunnies

December 14th, 2018|0 Comments

14 December 2018 These two gorgeous girls were left in cardboard boxes on the road outside the Sanctuary two weeks ago. It's sad as always, but at least they ended up in a place that [...]

Introducing Ziggy! Our newest equine resident

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Let us introduce you to our new resident, Ziggy! He is a 15 year old Thoroughbred cross Irish Draught who came to join our herd on 8 December 2018 - and he is gorgeous! We [...]

Grand Opening of the new Dog Kennels by Gemma Atkinson

November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Most of you will know Gemma Atkinson from her acting career, or from her successful performance on Strictly last year and as co-host on Hits Radio Breakfast Show, but we are lucky enough to have [...]

Volunteer Posts Available

November 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Please note that you have to be over 18 to volunteer.   Is Reception work/admin duties your thing? Please make enquiries with our Sanctuary Manager, Karen Weed at the email address below. As always, we [...]

£100,000 Grant awarded to Bleakholt!

October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

We are absolutely over the Moon! Imagine how thrilled and excited we are to learn that we have been awarded a Grant of £100,000 from Support Adoption For Pets! Our current dog runs need a [...]

Bleakholt hosts Artists Workshop

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

On 14 September 2018 our Stable Section were happy to welcome the Association of Animal Artists which featured artist Lesley Humphrey hosting an art workshop for its members. It was a fantastic day and even the horrible [...]

Microchipping our pets

September 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Why take the risk? Please get your pet microchipped – you know it makes sense! All Bleakholt dogs (compulsory since 2016), cats & rabbits are chipped whilst staying with us before adoption. We have run [...]

Baby brothers – look at them now!

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Jacob and Edward are our two British Saanen goat brothers who have been with us for 5 years now. They were only a few months old when they arrived after being found wandering on a [...]

Sad to say, this is a real eye opener….

August 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

We recently took in a stray Mum and her 3 beautiful kittens who had been born on the streets. They were in an appalling way as they were suffering from cat flu. If left untreated [...]

The dramatic disguise of Boris

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Those of you who know our crossbred Kunekune pig Boris will notice a big change in his appearance during the summer months and people often ask us if he’s OK. But there’s nothing at all [...]

Special home needed for Special ladies Rhonda & Megan

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

These two gorgeous girls deserve a special home with special people to love them. Rhonda and Megan have been with us since April last year when they were found in a sealed box in a [...]

Lambs arrive at Bleakholt, just 2 days old

July 20th, 2018|0 Comments

In May we took in two 2 day old rare breed Soay lambs.  As they were separated from their Mum at only 2 days old, we knew that raising them successfully would be a challenging [...]

The Bleakholt Bookshop – what a gem!

July 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Did you know Bleakholt has its very own on site Book Shop? It was opened in March 2015 and since then has raised over £22,000 to help our animals. We have two very special volunteers, [...]

Bleakholt chosen as new Charity Partner

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

As some of you will know we were recently nominated by The Rock, Bury as one of their 3 chosen charity partners for 2018/19. The voting has closed where more than 1,200 votes were cast [...]

New Kennels Project – the Journey

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

UPDATE - picture taken on 15 October 2018 - looking amazing! The beginning - Monday 4 June 2018 We are very excited and thrilled to announce that the work has started on the brand new [...]

Amazon Smile donates to Bleakholt

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Do you use Amazon? If so, you can now buy instead through Amazon Smile, select Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary as your nominated Charity and a percentage of your purchase is donated to us absolutely FREE! Please [...]

Bleakholt awarded £20,000 Grant!

May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

We are thrilled to announce that we have just been awarded a grant of £20,000! The grant comes from Pedigree and Whiskas Feeding Brighter Futures Grant Fund, an initiative that assists rehoming centres by providing [...]

Official Opening of our new Kitten Room

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

We are proud to announce that our Mum and Kitten Room has now been finished! This has had a total refit with brand new up-to-date cages, a new skylight and a complete makeover. The transformation [...]

Make way for the sunshine!

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

So we've had gales, snow, snowdrifts and freezing cold weather lately – but hurrah! today, Tuesday 13 March, we had some lovely sunshine! Here’s Jacob, Gary, rabbits Jenny, Sixpence & Tulula and Tulip all soaking [...]

Charlie cheers up!

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Let us introduce you to Charlie, who is our light Sussex Bantam cockerel. Charlie was not too happy in his old home as he was housed with 3 other cockerels and was being picked on. [...]

Donkey Play Session – watch the video!

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Our arena is a great place for our equines to run and play and generally let off steam. Of course at the same time they are having loads of fun! Here you can see all [...]

How we start our day….

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Great start to the day. To cheer us all up before we started work, Leo told the funniest joke ever! hmmmm…...he wouldn’t tell us where he heard it though….. just pawsed for thought! So after [...]

Rescued Marty finds peace at last

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

We’d like to introduce everyone to Bleakholt’s new Mule inhabitant, Marty. Marty was admitted to the sanctuary on 5 January 2018 using an emergency stable as he was desperately in need of a new home. [...]

Cat Foster Carers urgently needed!

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Are you interested in becoming a Foster Carer for one of our Cats? Foster homes are urgently needed! If so, or you would like more info, please email us at: You can download our poster [...]

Rainbows and Clouds

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

  We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to work in such beautiful surroundings and have such wonderful views whilst we work. Not only that, but we are surrounded by all our amazing animals, [...]

Bleakholt Wish List on Amazon

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

We have now set up a Wish List on Amazon to help us to take care of all our animals. If you would like to donate something to help with the welfare of our animals, [...]

Cuddly Giants dwarf little Joe

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Meet Barry and Mimsy, the latest arrivals to join our rabbit family. One thing is for sure – you can’t miss them! They are a pair of Continental Giant Rabbits which is one of the [...]

Stock Appeal for our Charity Shops

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

URGENT APPEAL FOR STOCK - CAN YOU HELP? We pride ourselves on offering new and used goods in good condition which are kindly donated by members of the public and which we are able to [...]

Bring us sunshine, make us smile…

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Yes believe it or not the sun is starting to shine on and off and our horses, ponies and donkeys (and Muffin the Mule!) just love it. It’s time to kick up their heels and [...]