News stories and events from 2014

A very special gift

Photo of Samantha Gomez and HULA's Nicola Leach
Recently Samantha Gomez turned 10 years old. Instead of presents for herself she asked her friends and family for gifts and donations for the animals of HULA Animal Rescue.

Samantha's friends and family were so very generous and Samantha paid us a visit to donate the items to us.

We cannot thank Samantha and those who donated items to her for us enough.

It was a pleasure to meet Samantha and her Mum and our animals are very excited to receive these items at Christmas!

Blessed with Beauty

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We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Lesley Swaby and her wonderful clients from Blessed with Beauty.

Lesley held a Christmas Draw and raised a fabulous £207.

We are so grateful for such wonderful donations.

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Contacting HULA

Please note that HULA's email address has changed.

To contact us please use the following email address:

Staffies. They're softer than you think

On Sunday 12th October we held our monthly open day. As you may be aware we have teamed up with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to launch the Staffies. They're Softer Than You Think campaign.

We were so delighted to team up with such a fantastic and dedicated rescue and we are also delighted to have had such wonderful support from Staffie and non Staffies owners that afternoon.

It was great to see so many loved Staffies and we have a few picture for you to see.

Photo of visitng Staffies and their owners at the special open day

Photo of Candy the PAT dog and a Medical Detection Dog at the open day Photo of Esther the staffie with HULA's Laura Randall at the open day

Click here go to the Battersea website and to read more about this important campaign and find out how you can get involved.

Photo of leads and collars donated by Bark n Purr boutique

Bark n Purr Boutique

We received a very wonderful donation of brand new collars and leads recently.

Many thanks to Lauren Hearn of Bark n Purr Boutique for this kind donation at Christmas.

We think our little ones are going to look fabulous!

We've wrapped some up under the tree for them to open on Christmas day.

Photo of leads and collars donated by Bark n Purr boutique

Collage of photos from the bake sale held by BI Worldwide staff

BI Worldwide

We recently heard via twitter that staff from Bi Worldwide recently held a bake sale to raise funds for HULA.

What a lovely thing to do... eat cake..... oh wait, we mean raise money for us!!

A massive thank you to everyone for for fundraising, we are so very grateful.

Photo to say thank you to Pets at Home for VIP loyalty card points

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Team Quarsh

A fantastic group of employees from Quarsh have teamed up to run a half marathon on December 14th in aid of HULA.
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We are delighted to be chosen by Quarsh and would really like your help in publicising their fundraising efforts.

If you can spare a £1 or two please donate via their JustGiving page. You can also sponsor by texting ‘QUAR54’ followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070.

Good luck and thank you team Quarsh!

Hand Knitted for HULA!

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Handknitted for HULA is the Facebook site created by one of our fantastic dog walking volunteers.

Frances is very talented and her knitted items have so far raised an incredible £945.

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If you are looking for a unique gift please take a look at the amazing items on sale including her beautiful handmade Christmas decorations which are just £3 each.

If you are not on Facebook don't worry - a selection of her work is also on sale in the HULA Reception.

Christmas is coming … the season of good will or is it?

Despite much publicity and warnings, companion animals will still be given as presents this Christmas.

Larry the staffie seeking a new home
What happens in the new year when the recipient of the present tires of it, or for some valid reasons can no longer care for the present any longer? No doubt the person will contact their nearest rescue centre and ask for help. This is where there is a problem as most rescue centre’s just like us would love to say “yes of course bring the animal to us and we will take care of him or her and find a lovely new home”. Sadly, this is where expectations cannot meet demand.

If we look at the HULA picture today we are currently full & have the following guests in our care :-
They came to us for a variety of reasons (this list is not exhaustive):-
Thunder the rabbit seeking a new home
All are lovely, all are unique and we stand by them all. Whilst here we fully assess them, provide vet care, feed and walk them and we also offer rescue back up for life. However, we can only help more animals when we find loving responsible forever homes for our current guests. Yes we do ask a lot of questions, yes we do conduct a home-check and we will ask you to visit several times to meet and get to know your potential new family member. We really do want to get it right for you and the animals in our care – we want to see them become a valued and loved member of your family.

On our waiting lists to come in through no fault of their own we have :-
All are waiting patiently for a space to become available so they can start the journey towards finding a new home. Every person and every animal on our waiting list has their own story and some have very valid reasons for having to say goodbye to their pet. It hurts when we can’t say yes immediately but we are thankful that the owners are prepared to wait for a rescue space and not go down the route of advertising their companion animals as ‘free to a good home’.

So please, before you think of giving a companion animal as a Christmas gift, think of those on our waiting list, think of those facing an uncertain future in pounds up and down the country.

Angel the cat seeking a new home
Please please don’t add to the number on rescue centre waiting lists up and down the country and have a really good think about what could happen if it all goes wrong. To those who for whatever reason who are seeking to re-home their current animals please spare a thought for the rescue centre. We are absolutely doing our best and really do want to help.

Every animal deserves a loving forever home and we spend every day working towards helping as many as we possibly can.

Larry, Angel and Thunder pictured here are just three of our lovely guests and are all hoping that 2015 brings a forever home and that more animals living in difficult circumstances can be helped.

If you would like to make a donation towards HULA’s work please do visit our Just Giving page.

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Pets at Home VIP Points

As you may already know you can nominate HULA as your chosen charity for the Pets at Home VIP card. This means we get a little bit of money each time you purchase items from the store.

Pets at Home VIP club purchases
We are delighted to have already received £162.00 to spend.

As you can see we had a field day at Pets at Home in Aylesbury and have purchased many enrichment items for the animals.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up and nominated HULA

Dawn Cargill

HULA lost a valued supporter recently and we would like to send our sincere condolences to Dawn Cargill's family and friends. We would also like to sincerely thank them for the very generous donations made to HULA Animal Rescue in memory of Dawn.

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One of Dawn's dearest friends and loyal HULA supporter Tanya Stephens pays tribute to her friend and fellow animal lover.

"Dawn Cargill was a beautiful spirit. Kind, generous, helpful and just a brilliant person to know. She had a most wicked sense of humour and an infectious laugh.

She was passionate in her love of animals - particularly dogs - and her two Pomeranians: Honey and Daisy, were her children. She would attend every companion dog show that she could and if her own dogs came home with a rosette then she was more than a little happy. Instantly recognisable with a ready smile and her camera, she'd be there in wind, rain or shine cheering everyone on.

Not only did she attend the shows, she also organised a number of them and HULA was one of the charities that benefited from her endeavours.

Sadly, at only 48 years old, Dawn lost her life on the 6th November this year. She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her."

Sky High Fundraising

Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Sophie from Sky High Fundraising.

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Sophie very kindly selected HULA to receive the proceeds from her recent on line photography competition. Sophie worked tirelessly to organise a brilliant show and lots of people had fun taking part.

A fantastic total of £305.89 was raised and we were delighted to have a visit from Sophie and her gorgeous Border Collie Sky.


Christmas Art Competition

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We invite all of our younger supporters to design a poster which highlights the dangers to pets at Christmas time.

Entries are welcome from anyone under the age of 15 years.

Please send us your poster by Friday 19th December.

For further details click here.

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A huge thank you to a very special team ... As you may know Pets at Home do a magnificent job of raising funds for animal charities through their Support Adoption Charity.

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During the year there are various fund raising drives and its amazing to see the lengths that the store colleagues go to in order to support their Charities.

Sharon Howell and her team at Aylesbury once again baked cakes, created tombolas and engaged with their customers for the Summer Fundraising Drive which took place from Wednesday 6th August through to Tuesday 2nd September. We were delighted to visit the store along with some of our kennel guests and see first-hand the hard work and commitment from the team.

Sharon recently visited us at HULA and she is always a very welcome visitor but we were so grateful when Sharon presented us with a cheque on behalf of Support Adoption and her store colleagues for the fantastic amount of £2,055.64.

A huge HULA thank you to Sharon, her colleagues at the Aylesbury Store and Support Adoption for Pets.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Pets at Home in Bletchley for raising an amazing £1965.59 for HULA.

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This is a fantastic amount of money and we really appreciate all the hard work that has gone into raising money for HULA.

Thank you to all the staff and customers for your wonderful donation

Ampthill Dog Show

Photo of Peter and Jill from the Ampthill Festival Dog Show
Everyone at HULA would like to extend a sincere thank you to Peter and Jill Rose and the Ampthill Festival Committee.

Peter and Jill very kindly organised a Fun Dog show in the beautiful surroundings of Ampthill Park. Our fund raising team worked really hard on the day and were invited to have a stall selling items and providing information about HULA.

Once again Lynne Davies very kindly gave up her time to judge the dog show and she had the terribly difficult task of picking winners in each of the categories.

Peter and Jill recently visited HULA along with Jake the Border Collie who was adopted from HULA a few years ago. We were delighted to see them and very grateful for the donation of £400.00.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved for allowing us to be part of the day and for your kindness and generosity – it really is appreciated.

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It is with sincere gratitude that we say a big thank you to the Pets at Home Store in Luton for their very generous donation of £1000.

The manager Vicky popped in to see us and present us with the cheque. We'd like to say a massive thank you to her and the team at the Luton branch and we also wish Vicky much luck in her new role at the Oxford Branch.

Charity Christmas Fayre at The Weathercock

The Weathercock in Woburn Sands has loads of events coming up including their Charity Christmas Fayre which is helping to raise money for HULA.

The Fayre is being held on Sunday 30th November. There will be a Car Boot Sale between 10am and midday. Brunch is served between 12 and 3pm with the opportunity to also have a photo taken with Santa! There will also be live Christmas music by "The Other Band".

Make a Difference

We'd like to say a great big thank you to Carol Tarver of Yorkshire Bank, Flitwick who nominated HULA for their 'make a difference week' and subsequently sent us a donation!

It means a lot to us that people think of us and ways to help us in their daily life or work life. It's lovely to be part of such a fantastic network of fantastic people!

Animal Friends Pet Insurance
Vote for a Charity

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Everyone at HULA Animal Rescue was thrilled when we were asked to take part in the November Animal Friends Charity Initiative.

Animal Friends Pet Insurance, who are based in Amesbury Wiltshire, have a strong commitment to animal welfare charities. Every month they run a competition where four charities are picked to take part. Each participating charity is invited to create a video about themselves and provide an insight into the charity’s work. All the video and competition details are placed on to the Animal Friends Facebook page.

Customers and supporters are then asked to view the video and select their favourite by ‘liking’ it.

As part of their very generous commitment to animal welfare charities, Animal Friends will award the charities with a donation dependent upon how may ‘likes’ they receive. In fact, they have agreed to split the extremely generous sum of £10,000 between the four charities. Amazingly the charity that comes first will receive £5,000, 2nd place will receive £2,5000, 3rd place will receive £1,500 and 4th placed will receive £1,000.

We thought this was such a fantastic idea, so we got together and made our video, which features many of our resident animals and shows the animals in our care during a normal day at the centre.

We would be delighted if you might consider popping over to the Animal Friends Facebook page and ‘liking’ our video. Your ‘like’ would be very much appreciated by us all at HULA Animal Rescue.

All the animals and staff at HULA would like to extend a huge thank you to Animal Friends Pet Insurance for inviting us to take part in November’s competition and we wish all the charities taking part the very best of luck.


A massive thank you to Mimi & Dolly a hair love affair and of course all of their wonderful customers and clients who donated to HULA Animal Rescue.

Mimi and Dolly's very kindly offered to have a HULA collection pot in their salon and together with their clients recently raised an awesome £93.17.

We know Tina, of Mimi and Dolly, continues to support us and so we thank you all for this donation and your ongoing support.

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Sky High Fundraising

Sky High Fundraising is currently running a pet photo competition on Facebook to raise money for HULA Animal Rescue.

Entries are being accepted until the 22nd of November - and it's all for a good cause!

So enter your piccies - we know you've got some fab ones...

Good Luck!!

Staffies. They're Softer Than You Think

October's Open day saw HULA launching the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Staffies. They're Softer Than You Think campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Staffie, challenge negative perceptions about the breed and show the true soft character of these loveable dogs, that were once known as ‘Nanny dogs’ for their affinity with children.

Centres like Battersea and HULA are the last hope for thousands of unwanted and abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffie crosses.

Please visit the Battersea news page to read more about the campaign. And of course do visit their rehoming pages to see the gorgeous dogs and cats currently awaiting new homes.

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Anonymous donation...

A great big thank you goes to the Bristows for their recent donation in honour of the staffie parade we held at our last open day.

Apologies we've not written to you in person there was no return address.

Thank you

An enormous thank you to Tracey Lyle Carter and the Paulerspury Players who nominated HULA as the charity to receive a donation of £100 after their February Pantomime.

We are so very grateful, thank you all very much.

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Photo of Hermione cat with cheque donation
We would like to say a massive thank you to the Support Adoption for Pets charity, run by Pets at Home and the team at the Milton Keynes branch for raising a fantastic £281.51 for us!

This was during their summer fundraising drive. We know how much effort goes in to these fundraising drives and we're so very grateful.

Hermione pictured here would also like to join us in saying a massive thank you!

HULA would like to thank Dogsblog for helping us give Esther, Kia and Trevor a re-homing boost on their website. They also organised a special radio chat between Nick Coffer of BBC Three Counties Radio and Esther the staffie.

To hear Esther's radio debut please visit the Dogsblog site where there is a link to the interview.

HULA Fete & Dog Show Photos

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Did you attend the HULA Dog Show on 14th September? Our wonderfully talented photographer Bridget Davey was there catching all the action so there may be a photo of your dog.

Just click here to view the photos on Bridget's website.

All photos are available to purchase and Bridget will be kindly donating all proceeds to HULA.

And don't forget Bridget is also available to book a photo shoot - what a fantastic present maybe for a birthday or Christmas? £5 from every shoot will be donated to HULA.

Ampthill Fun Dog Show

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Sunday 28th September: Noon to 4.30pm

Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for helping to make the show a great success.

There was a fabulous turnout - the most handsome dog class had 75 entries! Lynne Davies really had her work cut out with such a variety but as ever Lynne proved once again to be a fantastic judge and we thank her for all her hard work in making the show a great event for everyone who participated.

It was a glorious sunny afternoon and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Thank you Ampthill Festival and especially the dog show organisers for putting on a fantastic show.

The Weathercock Pub

Photo of event at Weathercock Pub in Woburn Sands

A MASSIVE thank you goes to the team at The Weathercock pub in Woburn Sands for allowing us to get involved in your recent family summer event.

We had a stall at the event and we raised £160 so we're very pleased and grateful.

We look forward to the next one!

Walnut Pet Supplies

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We'd like to extend a massive thank you to the team at Walnut Pet Supplies based at Walnut Tree Farm in Milton Keynes for holding a companion dog show to raise funds for HULA.

A big thank you also goes out to those who visited and donated and helped to support this event. Our fundraising team had a great time at the show, and we hope you did too.

We are happy to say we raised £552.60!

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Photo of Shane from Williams Plastering

We'd like to say a massive thank you to Shane and Joanne from Williams Plastering.

They recently dropped some donations to us and have offered assistance in helping us with maintenance work also.

We're grateful for partnerships like these and appreciate all the effort and thought that Shane and Joanne give us.

Ice Bucket Challenge!

Sincere thanks to Dave Wilcox for making a donation to HULA as part of his Ice Bucket challenge forfeit!

Dave, your donation was very generous, and is very much appreciated. His friend Kirsten volunteers at HULA so he's heard all about us from her so we're really grateful to both Dave and Kirsten.

If ever there is a reason to not get soaked in ice cold water... donating to charity is it!

Thank you collage to Pets at Home

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Photo RBS gift to HULA
Massive thanks goes to the Service Improvement team at the Royal Bank of Scotland whose recent fundraising efforts were dedicated to HULA!

They delivered us four boxes crammed full of goodies and we are sincerely grateful for the carefully chosen items and all their thoughts and efforts which enabled us to receive such a gift. THANK YOU!

Thanks also goes to Gerald Petts, one of HULA’s fab volunteers, who nominated us to be their chosen charity.

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Photo of HULA reception and new floor painted by workgroup from Fossil
A massive thank you to the team from Fossil who visited us recently and helped complete the transformation our reception area with a new coat of paint on the floor. We were lucky enough to have had the area revamped by the previous group (see below) and so to have this last painting job completed by Fossil was fabulous timing.

They also got well and truly stuck into painting sheds and our surgery area...we think they clocked up the speedy rate of 2 sheds per hour... an amazing job by all the team!

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Photo of workgroup from Fossil

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Mercedes-Benz for revamping and reorganising our reception area inside and out and also our small animal house.

Without their help we would not be able to achieve all this work in a year let alone one day!

We really do appreciate all the hard work and effort from all the team on that day and also a big thank you to Gina Pearce who organised us to be lucky enough to have the help of the team.

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A new HULA Hero

On the 26th of August and finishing around 3rd or 4th September 2014, Ian Davison is walking the Offa’s Dyke Trail from Prestatyn down to Chepstow in aid of HULA Animal Rescue!

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We think this is pretty awesome...a Google search tells us this is approximately 200miles!

If you'd like to donate to Ian's fundraising and make those blisters worth it, please have a look at his fundraising page.

HULA gets a clean up

Photo of Simon Barrington and Sue Willett
Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Simon Barrington from Driveway Cleaning Solutions

Simon very kindly gave up his valuable time and visited HULA to clean all of our gutters and drains. Simon did a fantastic job and we are now all ready and prepared for those Autumn leaves.

Thank you Simon for all of your help it really is appreciated.

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Doing our job isn’t easy. The phone doesn’t stop ringing due to a never ending queue of animals needing rescue space. More often than not you leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve not helped more animals than you’ve helped. The cows need mucking out come rain, shine or snow. We smell. A lot. However when we have a job vacancy, we have often hundreds of people apply because let’s face it...playing with animals all day? Well that’s a dream job isn’t it?

Well, yes. To be honest, you won’t hear us complaining. Because for every down moment, every "I’m sorry we cannot help you" you have to say, every animal you meet who’s clearly been abused, and you know full well there’s thousands out there who you just can’t help, you just can’t get to, there’s those moments when we receive an email from a previous HULA guest, who’s landed on their paws and is in a loving home. There are those moments where you get to spend 5 minutes with an animal who is simply grateful that they can trust you enough to enjoy a belly rub. When an animal who was a HULA guest years ago pops in to say “hello, look how happy I am, look how much my family loves me”. Obviously, it makes it all worth it.

Photo of Sharon Howell from Pets at Home donating cheque to HULA
There are people out there, who work tirelessly, for us, year after year, who don’t often see those good bits. They don’t get to spend their break popping into the cattery for some kitten time, or reading the ‘happily rehomed’ emails to lift their spirits. Sharon Howell, Gary, Carol and Katy and the rest of the team from Pet’s at Home, Aylesbury, are these kinda people. Each year, they raise thousands of pounds for HULA through the Support Adoption for Pets campaign.

They bake, they sell, they dress up, they shake the tin, they tombola, they raffle, they smile, they fundraise. All to help HULA help animals and they do it all simply trusting that their efforts will pay off. Well they do.

Sometimes people say to us “You do such a good job here”… “Keep up the good work” … “Thank you for all you do for these animals”. Please don’t thank us. We get our rewards. Help us to thank the people like Sharon and her team, for without them we couldn’t do what we do.

Sharon and her team’s recent efforts have raised us £2419.46 and we could not be more grateful. To see the work of the Support Adoption for Pets drive and to see how you can get involved please have a look at Support Adoption for Pets.

Thank you Noah's Ark

Photo of donation from Noah's Ark Vets in Dunstable
HULA would like to say a big thank you to Noah's Ark Veterinary Clinic in Dunstable who dropped off a donation of goodies for our animals.

We are so happy that you thought of HULA and the animals will really appreciate your gifts.

A visit from local Guides

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Working in at rescue isn't all about the animals we are here to work with people too.

The 1st Woburn Sand Guides unit had a VIP tour around the site by staff members Susan Willet and Sarah Tester. They enjoyed their time at HULA and have sent us some pictures.

We were also very grateful for the kind donation from the guides.

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Newport Pagnell Carnival

Massive thank you to everyone who came to see us at Newport Pagnell's carnival where we had a stand.

A hugh thank you too to our team of ever willing volunteers who, without, events like this would not be possible.

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HULA would like to say a big thank you to Vicky Lawes and Clare Petheridge of Lawes Paws for their generous donation of some wonderful new leads and treats for the HULA dogs.

Each lead carries a special message such as "Nervous", "Friendly" or "No Dogs" which we think is a brilliant idea for dogs who may need some special attention when out and about.

Canine Massage

We would yet again like to say a huge thank you to Jenny Youdan for volunteering her time to allow some of our dogs to get a session of Canine Massage Therapy. Jenny is a very busy lady so we really do appreciate all that she can do for HULA.

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As you can see Cuddles is enjoying his massage, we are sure that is a big smile on his face!

If you would like to know more about Jenny and the work that she does to see if your doggie friend would benefit then please visit her website. You can also find Jenny’s details on our Useful Links page.

A much needed makeover

We are very happy to show off our refurbished caravan!

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We're pleased to have an area where adopters can go on their intros with their potential new dogs to spend some time with them in a home-like environment. As well as this we can offer this space for volunteers and staff to use at break times as well as a place to bond with dogs.

Thanks to a lovely family, who adopted a dog named Reece from us last year, Dimmock Construction Ltd and some hard working volunteers and staff our caravan is now back in business!

As always, we're moved by people's generosity and hard work and are sincerely grateful. How long before a dog is snoozing on the sofa?!

An unusual appeal

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Our farm animals love to keep clean and also to have a good old scratch and what better to do it with than a good old broom head!

We are in need of broom heads and lots of them, so if you have a discarded broom at home then we would love to have it.

....and speaking of our farm animals it's been a busy time for the HULA sheep.

Last week it was time for the sheep to have their annual hair cut! Sheep shearing is a quite an art and we call in the specialist for this. 3 sacks of wool later and our sheep are all ready for the summer!

Photo of a sheep after shearing

A Purrrfect Open Day at HULA

Felines had their turn in the spotlight at Sunday’s Purrfect Open Day at HULA, along with the usual fun stalls, delicious home-made refreshments and of course the popular dog parade featuring pooches looking for a loving home. Newly renovated café ‘The Trough’ was busy serving up hot and cold drinks and a wonderful selection of cakes which were baked and donated by talented volunteers.

Photo of Rocky the cat
HULA currently has 11 cats looking for their forever homes, with another 40 or so on their waiting list. It is often assumed anyone turning up at HULA with an unwanted or stray animal can have it taken in immediately, but sadly the charity has very limited kennel, cattery and hutch spaces and dogs, cats and small animals are placed on a waiting list with a strict priority system in place.

Long and short haired, kittens and senior cats, the fabulous residents of HULA’s cattery are hoping to find a permanent home soon. If you are interested in a purrfect addition to your family, then please consider one of our rescue cats. Prospective cat pawrents are subject to introductions and a home check. Cats must be homed at least five miles away from their previous address, if known, and preferably away from busy A roads. Full details of each moggy and the sort of home he or she needs can be found on the cattery page.

June is National Microchipping Awareness Month and HULA offered a microchipping service at the Open Day for a specially reduced price of just £10. A scanner is kept at HULA to help reunite stray animals with their owners, and HULA are keen to stress the importance of chipping your dog or cat (and even rabbit!) and keeping the details up to date. Pet microchipping is available throughout the year by appointment at HULA for £15.

Once again from the cats, other animals and the staff, huge thanks to all the volunteers who made the Purrfect Open Day a success, and of course to the many visitors who joined us on Sunday. Your support helps us in our vital work to care for and rehome stray and unwanted animals.

We hope you had fun and look forward to seeing you in July at our next Open Day!

Missing photo from competition

Is this your photo?

We held a photo competition at our recent fete and unfortunately we have misplaced the owner's details of this picture. Please do get in touch if you recognise this photo as you have also won third place in the category "Best in Show".

We would like to return your photo together with your winner's rosette.

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Photo of donations from Tesco

We would like to say a massive thank you to Tesco for donating a variety of items to HULA.

We are extremely grateful!

Thank you Tesco

Fun Dog Show & Fete

Glorious sunshine and a fantastic array of competitions, stalls and the Fun Dog Show attracted record crowds to HULA for last Sunday’s Fete.

Some dogs at the fun dog show May 14
Eleven varied classes, including Most Handsome Dog and Best Rescue, gave every dog a chance to compete for the ultimate prize - Best In Show. And halfway through, HULA staff and volunteers showed off dogs looking for loving homes, followed by a parade of happily rehomed former HULA guests.

Best Six Legs encouraged creativity from humans and their canines, including a pair of three-legged rescue dogs, whose owners wanted to show that tripawds can do everything that their four-legged friends can! One half of the amputee duo was HULA regular Tyco Lurcher, of the Tyco’s Treats stall.

This year, totally limbless pets were a hit with visitors, who flocked to the Lee’s Reptiles stall to meet and stroke the many snakes, lizards and even a tortoise. HULA does not have rehoming facilities for exotic pets, and Lee’s Reptiles, who are affiliated to Luton Reptile Rescue, were there to explain about caring for snakes and other reptiles and help overcome phobias. Join them on their Facebook page.

Enjoying the show was first-time visitor Saxon, an 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier whose owners describe him as the most gentle and loving dog ever - a sentiment echoed by many of the Staffie owners who entered Best Staffie Smile or brought their dogs along to join in the day. Julie, Wendy and Norris from the Senior Staffy Club stall were promoting Staffie awareness and dispelling the negativity surrounding this affectionate breed.
Mary dog at the fun dog show
Staffies can live as long as 18 years and make excellent family pets. Sadly, a high percentage of dogs in rescue in the UK are Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and they are often overlooked by potential adopters in favour of more fashionable breeds.. The Senior Staffy Club rescues abandoned and unwanted Staffies and crosses of seven years and over and they always need volunteers and foster homes. Find them also on Facebook. HULA currently has some gorgeous bull breed dogs patiently waiting for a forever home – including the beautiful Mary -- and has recently successfully rehomed the lovely Sasha, Cara, Jasmine and Gentle Joe.

Photo of show rosettes
The HULA Pet Photo Competition attracted over 50 entries, and gave cats and hamsters their chance to shine as well as dogs. HULA Dog Walking Volunteer Co-ordinator Emily Stritser ran doggy competitions such as Best Sausage Catcher, and tickets for the tombola’s mystery bags quickly sold out. Delicious home made cakes and a BBQ catered for hungry visitors and a bouncy castle, car boot sale and many stalls entertained visitors young and old.

Once again, months of planning from the HULA events team and the hard work and dedication of volunteers and staff alike made the show a great success, with a little help from the weather! Volunteers baked cakes, staffed stalls, flipped burgers, erected tents, directed traffic and donated tombola prizes and plants. Local businesses kindly sponsored dog show classes and talented photographer Bridget Davey captured the day (photos taken on the day are now available on Bridget's website. HULA’s monthly events raise vital funds for the animals in its care and spread awareness of the work that HULA does.

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day as well as the stallholders - and of course the hundreds of visitors who came along and supported us.

We hope you all had a great day and look forward to seeing you at the next HULA event!

Sponsors of the dog show

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Remember the old cafe area at HULA? Thanks to employees from Domino's Pizza Head Office in Milton Keynes, HULA now has a fantastic stylish refreshment area, which doubles up as a meeting and training space.

On Friday 2 May, the hard-working Domino's team spent the day totally revamping and making over the cafe, and what a transformation it is!

For the past five years, Domino's Pizza have helped HULA by kindly donating their time and materials, for which the charity is hugely grateful. HULA receives no government funding and relies completely on donations from the public and the generosity of companies such as Domino's. All materials and labour were supplied free of charge and represent a considerable investment that the charity couldn't have otherwise afforded. In previous years, Domino's have also made over and smartened the reception area and transformed the cattery and the surgery block, helping make HULA a much better environment for the animals, staff and visitors.

This year, the team got to work cleaning and painting the cafe inside and out, repairing damaged exterior panels and ensuring that electrics are safety compliant. Inside, there is now a smart new serving area, coordinating blinds and cabinets and more tables and seating, complete with matching 'HULA green' tablecloths.

Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza

Importantly for open day visitors, staff training and volunteer inductions, there is also now a large wired-in hot water urn for those endless cups of tea and coffee that keep everyone going! And as a finishing touch, a talented Domino's employee has taken pictures of the HULA animals with a 'cup and saucer' theme which are displayed on the walls.

Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza

HULA's Katrina Smith says: "The area is now looking so smart and is a lovely environment to chill out with a cuppa or for use as a business space for meetings and training for both large and small groups."

From the animals and humans at HULA, an enormous thank you to Angie Lawrence and the employees of Domino's Pizza for their valued help, tireless enthusiasm and vision which have helped us transform the Café. Your support is invaluable to the work we do.

A huge HULA thank you to Sharon Mulliss, Diane Gildersleve, Claire Bracey, Karen Copley, Michael Vallas, Tim Cawley, Bobby Owens, Karen Severs, Adrian Scott, Angie Lawrence who all worked tirelessly on the day.

We hope to see our many HULA visitors enjoying the new cafe soon!

Domino's Pizza Press Release

Photo of cafe refurbishment by Domino's Pizza

Canine Massage

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jenny Youden for volunteering her canine massage services here at HULA.

We are so grateful for this and we know the dogs are too!

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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Sharon Howell and her dedicated Team at pets at Home Aylesbury.

Photo of Sharon Howell from Pets at Home and Seamus staffie
Sharon and her store colleagues kindly invited us over to the store as part of their May Support Adoption Fundraising Drive. Once again the Aylesbury store very kindly nominated HULA and we all had a wonderful afternoon selling raffle tickets in store and having the opportunity to spend time with the team and say hello to the Pets at Home Customers.

We were amazed at the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff who had baked magnificent cakes and put together a tombola full of wonderful prices.

We all had a wonderful afternoon and it was our third visit in the last couple of weeks. As usual we were all made to feel very welcome and very much a part of the team.

Further information is available about the Pets at Home and Support Adoption on the Pets at Home website.

A huge HULA thank you to all of the team in Aylesbury - we are so grateful for your support.

Easter Egggstravaganza at HULA

Photo of HULA bunnies
An army of dedicated volunteers and staff helped make the HULA Easter Eggstravaganza open day a huge success – and of course the generosity of the many visitors who came to meet the animals and support a great cause.

Photo of Patch the dog with Sarah Tester
Face painting, a bouncy castle, competitions and games kept the crowds amused, and in the Hula Dog Parade, staff showed off adorable canines looking for a forever home. Name the lamb, an egg hunt, Easter bonnet competition and an Easter egg tombola were very popular, with some superb prizes. The Rabbit Welfare Association was also on hand to give out useful advice about buying and keeping rabbits as pets. At this time of year, many rabbits are given as presents and sadly end up in rescue homes like HULA.
Photo of tombola stall
The message is that unless you are sure of the commitment and costs involved, stick to giving chocolate eggs instead! The usual farmyard animals proved popular (particularly with the younger visitors) as did the home-made refreshments and bric-a-brac. Regular supporters Tycos Treats sold their delicious home-made dog treats and cakes.

HULA holds monthly open days, including the twice yearly Fun Dog Show and Fete. All are vital to raise funds and awareness for HULA and show visitors the vital work that HULA does. It is a very enjoyable afternoon out for all the family with something for everyone.

Please see the Events section of the website for more details and we hope to see you soon!

Photo of Easter Bonnet competition entrants

Calling all stallholders

Photo of HULA dog show
Pubs, Pie and Chips, The Royals, Ant & Dec, 3 Lions on our shirts... we know what it means to be living in sunny old Blighty! And with Summer fast approaching that can only mean one thing - The Good Old British Fete!

Come rain or shine, you'll find us in our socks and sandals having a burger and trying our luck on the lucky dip.

Well here at HULA we love a good fete so much that we decide to put on a couple ourselves! On May the 18th and September the 14th we'll be hosting a fun dog show and fete.

If you would like to hold a stall at one - or both - of our shows please contact us on via email. Your stall could be anything, from selling home made goods, car booters, to wood working demonstrations - we'd love to see you there!

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Thank you very much to Pookie Cat for featuring our very own Soda.

Pookie Cat campaigns to help find homes for cats with certain needs. In their own words... "Of course there are so many cats that are waiting for their homes in the shelters, but PookieCat think that SPECIAL NEED cats are very important. Those are cats who are older, have behaviour problems or need special medical treatment. Why they are so important? Because mostly they are being overlooked and left behind and sometimes needs to wait a very long period till they are getting adopted."

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Everyone at HULA would like to say thank you to the staff and customers at Waitrose, Oakgrove, Milton Keynes.

Photo of cheque presentation from Waitrose, Oakgrove, Milton Keynes

Every month the store pick three charities as part of their Community Matters Scheme and customers vote with their green token's.

HULA were lucky enough to be picked to take part in the Scheme in January.

Sally Keen kindly invited us along last week to meet the staff to say thank you for the fantastic cheque for £444.00 which was raised in January.


MK Lifestyle Show

Photo of HULA stand at the MK Lifestyle Show
Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the Middleton Hall Lifestyle Exhibition.

Thanks to your support and the fantastic work of HULA volunteers led by Pauline Warren we raised an amazing £523.61.

Thank you all so much and we hope to see you at the next one in the Autumn

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Photo of cheque presentation from Pets at Home in Hemel Hempstead

It is with sincere gratitude that we collected a cheque from Pets at Home in Hemel Hempstead recently.

As always people's support and kindness is astonishing, so to all the staff at Pets at Home, and their customers who donated - thank you a million!

Photo of Viovet donating HALO scanner to HULA
We are delighted have been donated a wonderful Halo Microchip Scanner from Richard Jordan of VioVet.

Photo of Lola the dog with the new HALO scanner donated to HULA
It is so important for all owners to microchip their pets, we as a rescue see many animals that have been straying and hear of so many that have gone missing. If your pet is microchipped and you keep the details up to date your pet will be re-united with you.

So if you haven't had your beloved pet chipped why not give HULA a call and we can book you in to have your pet microchipped for just £15.00.

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HULA Animal Rescue would like to say a huge thank you to Chris Viccars and her colleagues at DHL in Milton Keynes. Chris and her colleagues very kindly picked HULA as their chosen charity in 2013. We enjoyed meeting the team and are indebted to them for all of their help and magnificent fundraising efforts in 2013.

It was an honour to be picked as the teams chosen charity and we were humbled by everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm.


DHL 2013 charity of the year cheque presentation


By Chris Viccars

Every year we like to pick a chosen charity to help and raise funds for. Last year we wanted to support a local charity who didn’t get government funding, not just to help by fund raising but we also wanted to help out by volunteering our time and helping the charity out hands on as well. We had a ballot at site and HULA came out on top as our chosen site charity for 2013.

Here are a few activities that we tried out in aid to raise some funds for the much deserving charity.

We held Cake Bake days at work, selling homemade cakes to the staff across all 3 shifts, we had toy sales, perfume sales, a Christmas Raffle where we got a lot of local firms to donate some great prizes, we had two brave colleagues off our shift taking part in a “Wax Off”, one had his chest waxed OUCH... And one his legs, staff were more than happy to donate some money to watch their friends have pain inflicted on them!

A group of us were sponsored to climb SNOWDON this was a great day and achievement, made possible by a determined and brave handful of people. The company laid on a mini bus for us, our General Manager drove the bus with the helpful map reading from myself. All funds/sponsorship raised went into the HULA pot.

On a monthly basis we sold football tickets & played Jackpot Joker selling tickets at a £1.00 a time. We collected old towels/quilts/blankets in a donation box in the canteen for the dogs/cats. We sold HULA calendars on site, promoted the animals who were up for adoption every week, by printing off posters and putting in canteen, toilets, anywhere really that colleagues could read it. Donated chocolates for Open days & volunteered on Open days to help with stalls/gates etc.

HULA was a great choice for our chosen charity, the staff are so friendly and always cheerful considering the amount of stress they have to work under. The work they do there is far more than just rehoming animals and I think we got that across to a lot of our colleagues over the months and gave people a different perception of the charity.

We really enjoyed our time working with HULA and made some good friends along the way, this is certainly not the end of our relationship with them, we will support & carry on helping HULA out as best we can going forward.

On a personal note myself (Chris) will be helping out at Open days this year and any other way I can when I get some spare time. It really is a great atmosphere at HULA and a get away from the hustle & bustle of every day in the office, and as an animal lover I am still looking out to adopt the right “forever dog” when she or he comes along :)

Thank you HULA for making 2013 charity fund raising a pleasure and an honour to do for you and here’s wishing you a successful 2014 to all the staff.

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Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Maddie Buckland and her colleagues at Home Retail in Central Milton Keynes.

The wonderful team held an internal competition recently and kindly donated £100.00 to HULA


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Photo of Sharon Howell from Pets at Home and Laura Randall Animal Welfare Assistant
Everyone at HULA would like to say a huge thank you to Sharon Howell, her wonderful colleagues and the customers of Pets at Home Aylesbury.

Sharon very kindly selected HULA as the store's chosen charity in December - we were invited along to take part and as usual HULA staff members & our dogs were made very welcome by the lovely Aylesbury colleagues.

Sharon and her colleagues worked really hard, baking delicious cakes and putting together a brilliant Christmas tombola.

Sharon who has recently adopted a kitten from HULA called Milo kindly visited us last week and presented us with a wonderful cheque for £3324.27 and gave us an update on Milo's progress.

Thank you Sharon and all of your customers & colleagues for your support, hard work and enthusiasm.

Further information about the Pets at Home Support Adopton for Pets charity.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Pets at Home in Bletchley for this fabulous cheque for £431.69.

Sarah Tester collecting cheque from Pets at Home store in Bletchley

We are so delighted to be working alongside the Bletchley branch and really appreciate their wonderful donation.

Cisaro concert poster

Forget bitcoin – pet food is the new currency!

Hula is thrilled that supporter Rowena Gibbons has very kindly organised a concert of talented musicians.

Saturday 8th March: 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Shenley Church End

You won’t have to fork out a penny to get into this FUNdraising concert (with the emphasis on ‘fun’), all it will cost you to get in is either a tin of cat or dog food, emphasising the essentials that are always needed.

The concert is presented by Cisaro – a violin, oboe and piano trio - plus friends, all of whom are music teachers and performers. There’ll be something for everyone, from well-known classical tunes to a bit of jazz and latin, humorous ditties to tango.

During the interval will be stalls selling a cornucopia of high quality locally made crafts to tempt you whilst you enjoy a cuppa. For full details please see our Events page.

Please do come along and join in the fun

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Help Shaun Help HULA

Volunteer dog walker Shaun Wilson will be completing his first half marathon on Sunday 9th March.

Shaun has very kindly offered to raise funds for HULA and we hope you will support him by sponsoring his run. Every penny really does make a difference to the lives of the animals at HULA.

If you can spare a pound or two please visit Shaun's JustGiving page.

Good luck Shaun and thank you from all the animals.

...another HULA Hero

We also have another brave runner in the MK Half Marathon. Everyone would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah Norton for choosing HULA as her chosen charity whilst running the MK Half Marathon.

To sponsor Sarah please go to her JustGiving page.

We wish Sarah all the best of luck with her training!

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BBC Three Counties radio logo
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Nick Coffer show from BBC Three Counties radio who visited HULA and broadcast their fantastic show from our reception area.

Nick and Nia spent time with our guests and put on a fabulous show.

Visit from BBC Three Counties Radio

Thank you so much for visiting us.

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A meeting of two very special Gregs

Everyone would like to say a huge thank you to Greg Rutherford who very kindly took an afternoon out of his busy schedule to come along and meet everyone at HULA.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford and staffie Greg
Greg Rutherford kindly picked HULA as one of his chosen charities when he was asked to appear on the ITV programme The Cube. At around the same time, a very special little staffie with a very sad past came into our care. As a tribute to Greg Rutherford's kindness we named our new arrival Greg.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford and staffie Greg
Sadly our Greg had sustained an eye injury and ended up in a stray dog pound. Unfortunately, the eye could not be saved and recently he had to have his eye removed. Little Greg is recovering well after his ordeal, though his week ended really well as he absolutely loved meeting his namesake and playing with him for the afternoon.

Huge thanks to Greg Rutherford for visiting us and for spending many hours with all the animals in our care and for really making little Greg's day.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford and staffie Greg

Everyone at hula was delighted to meet Greg Rutherford and it was lovely to hear about his own dogs and see his utter devotion to animals.

Thank you Greg from everyone at HULA.

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Viovet logo
We would like to say a huge thank you to Richard Jordan of Viovet for donating a HALO scanner to HULA.

We have many pets brought to HULA who have been straying and to be able to scan the animal and find a chip is fantastic. The Halo scanner is ideal as we are able to link this to a main database which allows us to know immediately if the animal has been reported lost or stolen.

We are so grateful to have won the Halo scanner and to have such wonderful support.

Thanks again, Vets Get Scanning and VioVet we are very excited to receive this gift.

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Morrison's logo

Morrisons in Leighton Buzzard kindly have a donation bin for HULA in store.

Donation of goods from Morrison's store in Leighton Buzzard

On behalf of all the HULA animals we wish to thank Morrison's customers for their very generous donations.

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Bailey's Travel

Another Leighton Buzzard company, Bailey's Travel, are long standing supporters of HULA.

We wish to say an enormous thank you to the staff at Bailey's and all of their customers who gave so generously during a collection over the Christmas and New Year period.

We are so very grateful to have such fantastic support from local businesses. You really do make a difference to the lives of all of our animals.

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Thank you

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We would like to say a huge thank you to L Amswych for her wonderful and kind donation that was sent to our HULA Charity Shop.

Thank you so much and we're glad that you enjoy our website.

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Fancy a fun evening of Bingo?

Photo of Bingo fundraising poster

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Picture of The Cube ITV programme logo
HULA was delighted to receive the news that our local Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford was to participate in the ITV show The Cube and had chosen HULA as a recipient of his winnings.

Photo of Olympian Greg Rutherford
We were astonished by the generosity of Greg and the progamme makers when we learnt that the donation was a staggering £10,000.

Words cannot express our overwhelming gratitude to Greg for choosing a small independent charity like HULA.

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