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

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

12th February 2019 We would like to introduce you to Pickle, our smallest resident. Pickle came into the Sanctuary two weeks ago in a terrible condition. He had been purchased the week before on Gumtree. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Charity Shop Volunteers Urgently Needed!

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Fundraising for our animals - URGENT APPEAL! We have two Bleakholt Charity Shops, one in Bury town centre and the other is in Ramsbottom. We urgently need more Volunteers to ensure the success of our [...]

Fundraising for the future

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Ted Robbins & Gemma Atkinson about Bleakholt

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Rabbit of the Week – Tinsel

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Tinsel is a beautiful grey female Lionhead cross who is around a year old. She was left outside the Sanctuary in a cardboard box so we don’t know much about her past. She is lively [...]

Cat of the Week – Carmen

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Carmen is a male black and white cat who is around fifteen years old. He came to Bleakholt with three other cats as sadly their owner went into hospital. He had been used to living [...]

Dog of the Week – Marley

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

This is Marley and he is a nine year old Staffie.  He came to Bleakholt due to his owner’s ill health. He is good with children but would be better with older children due to [...]

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 [...]

Dog of the Week – Lexi

January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Lexi is a beautiful seven year old Terrier who was returned to Bleakholt as she was too much for the lady to handle. Lexi can be reactive to other dogs when out on walks and [...]

Rabbit of the Week – Saag Aloo

January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Saag Aloo is a neutered female who is just over two years old. Sadly, Saag has been passed around a number of homes in the past, none of whom wanted to keep her. She is [...]

Cat of the Week – Midnight

January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Midnight is eleven years old and was originally returned to Bleakholt because his owner sadly passed away. He is a very loving cat who loves attention and having a fuss. We think he would suit [...]

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 [...]

Farm Life 2018

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

We would like to send out a massive thank you from our Farm section to everyone who donated treats, fruit, veg and papers for bedding throughout the year. This really was a massive help and [...]

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 [...]

2019 Bleakholt Calendar

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The 2019 Bleakholt Calendar is on sale NOW! Available to buy from our Bleakholt on-site Shop and all photos are of our gorgeous Bleakholt animals It makes a great Christmas present or stocking filler and [...]

Volunteer Posts Available

November 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Are felines your favourite? We are currently looking for Volunteers to help out in our Cattery in the mornings. If you would like to help, or would like more info, please pop in to the Cat Section [...]

Open Day Sunday 25 November 2018

November 1st, 2018|0 Comments

UPDATE! TOTALS RAISED ON THESE DAYS WERE AMAZING! Open Day - £8,171 Santa's Workshop Day - £3,224 Thank you to everyone for your support - you are all amazing! These events are always really popular [...]

Family abandoned – Mum & babies left alone

October 5th, 2018|0 Comments

These poor things were left in a box on our drive recently so of course we have taken them in. They look like a Mum and two babies who are about 8 weeks old and [...]

£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 [...]

Fantastic Dogs Day Out at our Bleakholt Dog Show

August 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Pictured here is ex-bleaky, little 3-legged Teddy, our Best In Show winner who stole everyone's hearts. Bleakholt Dog Show - Sunday 19 August 2018 We had a great day at the Dog Show and even [...]

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 [...]

Open Day Sunday 30 September 2018

August 15th, 2018|0 Comments

UPDATE - We raised an amazing £8,430 at the Open Day! Massive thank you to everyone who visited to support us. It was a fabulous day and it’s all down to YOU lot out there! [...]

The dramatic disguise of Boris

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Those of you who know our crossbred Kunekune pig Boris will have noticed a big change in his appearance recently and some of you have wondered if he’s OK. But there’s nothing at all to [...]

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 [...]

Bed Mountain – luxury snoozes….

June 13th, 2018|0 Comments

We were absolutely thrilled when we were approached by a company who wanted to donate some dog beds to Bleakholt. “How wonderful!” we thought.  Little did we know that these are not just ordinary dog [...]

Haymaking time!

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Saturday 9 June 2018 Saturday was Haymaking day! Unfortunately, we have one hay field out of action this year but despite that we still managed an incredible 400 bales in the afternoon! That is a [...]

Rabbit Awareness Week 2018

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Rabbit Awareness Week 2nd-10th June 2018 This time Rabbit Awareness Week is about the best foods for your rabbit and the problems that can be caused by feeding your bunny Muesli type foods that often [...]

New Kennels Project nearing completion

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 [...]

Mayoral Charity donation presented to Bleakholt

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

The outgoing Mayor of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther adopted three charities during her term of office as the main beneficiaries of the Mayoral Charity Appeal.  Bleakholt was chosen as one of those Charities, alongside RNLI [...]

Digs For Dogs ‘royally’ helps Bleakholt

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

The Digs for Dogs team were very busy over the “Royal Wedding Weekend” raising more than £1,300 to date for Bleakholt. Caron Mcnulty, who owns a ‘Digs for Dogs’ dog walking business in Bury, organised [...]

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 [...]

Beautiful Bunny Bundle Box….

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

It's always sad when we come across animals that have been dumped, but there are a lot of amazing people out there who care enough to ask us if we have room to take care [...]

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 [...]

Boris is tasked with his tusks!

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Poor old Boris had to have his tusks trimmed recently as one of them wasn’t growing in the right direction which meant it was affecting his lip. Now the very last thing Boris wants is [...]

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 [...]

Meet Ruby, the talking cat…

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

UPDATE 13 MARCH 2018 - we are delighted to say that Ruby now has a wonderful new home and family!   Meet Ruby, our gorgeous 16 year old beauty who just loves to say hello! [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Arena chit-chat

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Our new (recently completed) Equine Arena is going down a storm with our residents. The Arena is in use every day and we are continuing to see the benefits for our animals.  Our amazing team [...]

Our animals do the funniest things

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Our residents never cease to amaze us and make us laugh — just when you thought you’d seen it all. But during the course of a day, it has to be said, there can be many [...]

Weight watchers diet?

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Tilly is the latest addition to join our happy band of pigs. When she came to us she was extremely overweight and had to go on a very strict diet, which she was not at all [...]

Who knew swedes could be so much fun?

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

We had some swedes donated to us and our Donkeys just loved them! You can see them here tucking into this special treat and it wasn’t long before they polished them off despite the swinging [...]

The beauty of bunnies

October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

These gorgeous fluff balls pictured below are Billie and Anthony, sister and brother who were around 9 weeks old when they came to us. Their Mum was found on a playing field and kindly taken [...]

All you need is a welly!

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Our donkeys are forever playful and cheeky and they just love messing around.  There are several versions of one of their favourite games but they all involve an old welly boot! You can join in [...]

Jeffrey playing football – Video

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Jeffrey has everything the modern footballer needs - skill, pace and power.  This video made a few years ago made him nearly famous and very popular as he continued to amuse both us and visitors [...]