More Happy Endings

Special Christmas 2013 pics from former residents...

Here we have Jason, Hendrix and Dave

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adopted December 2013

Hi Hula - Rudi or Rude the Dude - is settling in. Here he is on his sofa and enjoying the flooded River Ouse.

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Rudi has a new collar and lead and still has some shopping to do. He's a boy who loves his kip but won't go in the park in the dark and doesn't like hoovers!

Thank you for looking after him for so long.

Best wishes
Fiona and Rudi

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Photo of Marley


adopted August 2013

Marley is enjoying his first Christmas with his new family and by the looks of things is especially enjoying the twinkly lights!

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adopted November 2012

We adopted Paddy (8 yr old, pigeon-toed black lab!) from you a year ago. He settled in immediately and has filled a huge hole in our hearts.

Photo of Paddy
When he came home with us he didn't know what toys were for. The first time we took him on holiday with us he didn't know what the sea was and just sat and stared at it. Needless to say he was a quick learner!!

This is my favourite photo of him, taken after swimming in the sea and digging in the sand.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing him into our lives.

Anne and Ken Howard

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FREYA (formerly Chalky) & SAMSON

Freya adopted November 2013 and Samson adopted July 2013

Thought I would send you this picture as an update for both Freya (previously Chalky) and Samson.

Photo of Freya and Samson
After a nervous 24 hours, Freya has turned into a purry lap cat. She has mad half hours before finding the nearest lap to curl up on. She is very brave and gives Samson nose touch kisses. Of course, he is a gentleman, and is very tolerant if her cheekiness. Our resident cat is less thrilled but is keeping to herself for now. Freya is just curious about this other strange cat who hissed before wandering away.

Freya has settled in happily and is a wonderfully mad kitten, as she should be. She loves people and isn't phased by anything.

Well done to the cat volunteers and staff who socialised her so well.

Photo of Freya and Samson
Thank you


Hi all

We thought you might like to see how Samson and Freya are getting on.

Photo of Freya and Samson
Samson still loves his walks, especially if there is a car ride involved to get there. Then he wants a sleep and cuddles from any visitors willing to get down to his level.

Freya is bold and beautiful. She adores Samson and likes to cuddle up with him. He doesn't mind and licks her face.

They find mischief to get into together before curling up for a nap .

See you all soon,

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(formerly Moonlight and Stardust)

They are both very well, settled in and seem very happy!

Photo of Toffee and Treacle the rabbits
They are getting quite active, we put a bale of hay in their pen to encourage them to play, and as you can see - they really enjoy it! They have burrowed through/under/behind it, they play running round it/jumping on and off of it, and then they sit on top and watch the world go by :-)

Treacle (less white) is quite cheeky and nips out of the pen if you don't watch her, Toffee is quieter and really enjoys our company, we go in and sit on the bale and they will both jump up next to us. Toffee just wants a fuss and Treacle wants a treat!

Thanks again for letting us have them.

Joy x

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PENNY (formerly Maisie)

adopted October 2013

Hi guys!

Photo of Penny the dog
Just thought I'd check in after my first month's anniversary...!

I'm so happy here, I go for a long walk every morning and again at night I spend most of my day sleeping...

I've learned some new tricks... Especially paw... Can you believe that every time I give him my paw he gives me treats... Who's training who?

I won the battle for Daddy's armchair... Don't I match it perfectly?

Remember my beautiful pink diamanté collar? I broke it getting over excited and trying to chase a bird... So now I have a lovely snake skin one, and it matches Daddy's bag :-P

I miss you all, but I'm glad I'm not there anymore! I've put on a little bit of healthy weight and the vet is very pleased!

P x

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adopted October 2013

Photo of Jake the dog
Jake is an absolute delight. I could have never imagined how affectionate a dog could be, he has settled in to his new home so well - he has been with us for seven weeks - and has his own most definite daily routine.

My 4 year old grandson takes Jake for a walk and my 90 year old father-in-law expects Jake to visit him a couple of times a week. Jake is so gentle and loving to them both.

We are so pleased Rebekah, Lucy's Locket's mum, persuaded us to have Jake.

All the very best

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adopted July 2013

Photo of Mimi the dog
Mimi was sadly overlooked for a little while until she found her very own happy ending. Sadly staffies are often overlooked which is such a terrible shame as so many are looking for new families.

Staffies make wonderful family members. Just a have a read of Mimi's story which has kindly been sent to us by her mum who as you see clearly adores her.

"How to choose the perfect dog."

When you're thinking of choosing the perfect dog for your family what do you really look for?

- A dog with the perfect smile
- A quiet dog that doesn't bark at everything
- A good companion
- A well trained dog
- A dog that will fit into your life & can even come to work with you if you want to
- A dog that loves lots of cuddles and affection
- A dog that doesn't mind being left at home on their own
- A free hot water bottle or seat warmer
- A dog to keep you company on the sofa whilst watching tv
- A dog that greets you with a big kiss because she loves you
- A dog that loves to play frisbee and ball
- A dog that mixes well with other dogs
- A dog that loves days out at the beach, the woods and a nice walk along the canal
- A dog that makes your family complete
- A dog that loves wearing her winter coat
- A dog that doesn't pull when you take her for a walk
- A dog that has a very distinctive smell just to remind you that they are still there
- A dog that's good natured and chilled out

Photo of Mimi the dog
If these are a few of the things you are looking for in a dog then guess what, your perfect dog is out there. They might already be at HULA waiting for you to visit as 4 months ago we visited late on a Sunday afternoon and we found the most perfect dog anybody could ever wish for, in fact she is positively perfect in every possible way xxxx and we love her very much in fact she makes us complete as she is so perfect xxx

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MELODY (formerly Rose)

adopted 2001


Over 12 years ago I adopted a rather small, wild tabby kitten called Rose from Hula animal rescue, she was very vocal and liked music so we renamed her Melody.

Photo of Melody Rose the cat
She is very affectionate but still does not like being picked up although she has mellowed over the 12 and a half years since we got her.

She gets on with my other older cat and my Mum's cat who visits regularly though they do not always appreciate her mischievous chasing games. Unfortunately, she is petrified of the neighbour's cat even though they are the same age and heads for the cat flap whenever she sees her.

She has always been a hunter and if you are a bit late with her meals she will go and catch her own food but still wants her dinner when I come home and treats for 'pudding'.

She does not like being shut in the house and loves the freedom of the cat flap so she can come and go as she pleases.

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Photo of Sonny the dog

SONNY (formerly Sunshine)

adopted October 2012

Sonny has now been with us for a year so he wanted to say Hi to his friends at Hula and give them an update.

Photo of Sonny the dog

“Well what a year it’s been! My new family adore me and they say I make them very happy. I have them all well trained and they cater to my every need. Apart from my meals I get a filled Kong and lots of little tasty titbits throughout the day. I get four walks a day and I get to chase after my rope or Frisbee as much as I like. Well, I do want to keep my fabulous slim physique.

Photo of Sonny the dog
We all went on holiday in the summer to the seaside. I loved the beach! The first time we went on the sand I went crazy. I ran round and round and round for ages which my family thought was hilarious. I had such fun! As I expect you will remember, water is not my favourite thing so I decided not to go for a swim or even a paddle. I made lots of doggy friends and had lots of ice cream and ice lollies.

Photo of Sonny the dog
I have two beds – a dog bed downstairs and my big sis’s bed which she lets me share once she is awake and I get it all to myself during the day when she is out. When they tell me to go to bed, I say which bed?

I’ve heard rumours that I will be getting a super-duper new bed for my birthday in a few weeks. That will be lovely!

I’m so glad that all my old roomies at Hula have now gone to their forever homes. If you ever hear from my son Thunder (now Digs?) give him my love. I hope he is as happy as I am.

Ooh! I smell food! Bye xx”

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Photo of Marley the cat

adopted August 2013

Hi All

Thought I'd give you an update on our little boy Marley, he's been with us 8 weeks, and has settled in really well, after trying out all the seats in the living room he has settled on one of the recliners that his now claimed for his own.

Photo of Marley the cat
On all our visits to Hula to see Marley he always kept his distance, we were fully expecting it to take a while for him to settle in, but after just a few hours he was snuggled up next to me on the sofa.

He has now got us into his routine of daily play times, being 6am when we get up for work and 10pm before we go to bed, if we don't play ball with him he cries, he's getting very good at catching and kicking the ball back, next thing we'll be seeing him on Britain's got talent!!

Photo of Marley the cat
He's starting to venture outside, but only likes to go out for a little while at a time, and not much further than the garden, he seems much happier following me around, he's now my trusty sidekick and we would be lost without him.

Thank you so much for bringing us together.

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Photo of Molly the dog

adopted December 2002

Hi everyone at Hula.

Just a quick update on Molly (previously called Purdy), we got her from you when she was 4 months old and she will be 11 in December.

Photo of Molly the dog

When we first got her she was extremely shy and nervous but it didn't take her long to settle in and become a member of the family. She is extremely spoilt and we could never be without her now.

Molly loves nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa next to her mum and being out in the garden chasing off the neighbours cats and even birds.

Thank you so much for letting Molly join our family and for all the amazing work you do.

The Bailey's

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Formerly Moonlight & Stardust

adopted October 2013

Photo of Toffee and Treacle the rabbits
Just to let you know that they are great! Happy and eating well - loved being outside in the sunshine today and no trouble at all to catch and put back in their indoor pen this evening :-)

We have renamed them Toffee (more white and shyer!) and Treacle (smaller but bolder!)

Love them already, thank you

Joy Costello x

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Photo of Andre the dog
Hi there,

Hope you're well. Just thought I'd send a little update as it has almost been 2 years since we have adopted Andre.

Photo of Andre the dog
It has been the best 2 years of my life, he is a little sunshine that brightens up each day, he loves his walks and play time, he will cheer me up when I'm upset and he just loves cuddles!

He is a little clumsy at times, and he is being naughty every now and then, but his little cute face makes us forgive him very quickly :-)

Photo of Andre the dog
It was the best day in my life when we found out that we can take Andre home.

Once again, thank you HULA, you've brought a lot of happiness to our everyday life by letting us have Andre :-)

Marta ( with Andre sitting on her lap)

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Photo of Bacardi the cat
Dear Hula

I thought you would like to see some pictures of Barcardi who we adopted in July. He has been such a delight to have in our home and has become a real part of the family.

Photo of Bacardi the cat
As a volunteer at Hula I get to know all the cats personalities and as much as they are all lovely there was just something about Barcardi and I knew that I wanted him.

He loves being outside but after a couple of hours he always comes home and likes to rest on the sofa. He is such an affectionate cat and loves his fuss and is great company to have.

Photo of Bacardi the cat

We have had the odd guest and I don't know how many collars we have lost but we are so pleased to have him and he is so loved we would be lost without him.

Thank you all,


Lorraine,Mark,Chloe, Kyle and Barcardi xxx

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Photo of Dexter the dog
Hello Hula,

Dexter here. Guess what? I've become a Dogfather! My little human offspring is called Saabira Grace and mum calls us 'partners in crime' because Saabira feeds me her dinner when the grown ups aren't watching.

Photo of Dexter the dog
I'm being very well behaved in my new role but do get told off for eating tissue or clean nappies out the changing bag.

I spend most of my day chilling out and having cuddles or running after my Boomer ball. Dad says I'm lazy, I prefer to think of myself as 'mellow'. I even got myself a girlfriend but haven't seen her for a while. She cheated on me with a Labrador. I don't care though, I've got my eye on a cheeky little boxer called Brian.

Photo of Dexter the dog
Hope you're all well. I'll come over soon to say hi and give you all a lick.

Love and snuggles,

Dexter 'Who's the Daddy' Dog

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Photo of Boycie the dog
Hi Guys,

It has now been a year since I had the absolute pleasure of bringing Boycie home with me, and not for one second have I regretted that decision!

Photo of Boycie the dog

My entire neighbourhood has fallen in love with this gentle giant. I barely get out of my front door and he is surrounded! His gentle nature has even worked its magic on a lady who used to be petrified of the smallest dogs! Boycie gets complements and cuddles wherever he goes, and has no problem standing back and soaking up all of the attention!

He's also made a few canine friends. A rottweiler and a labradoodle being amongst them. They will spend hours chasing each other and playing until finally they collapse in a heap, recovering before for the next round!

Photo of Boycie the dog
He's had me constantly laughing for the past year and I love him to the moon and back. He's my baby and I cannot wait to see how he continues to develop.

Anyway, I could write you an essay about him, but instead I'll attach some pictures so you can see for yourselves how he's getting on.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to love this amazing boy. :) Michelle

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Photo of Alice the rabbit
Hi Hula lovelies,

I just wanted to send you an update for both Alice and George. I enjoyed writing this up, it has reminded me how lucky we are to have such awesome buns.

I also wanted to add that they both receive regular Reiki healing and have crystals near their hutches to support them in feeling calm and relaxed.

ALICE - Alice has settled in well and each day seems to be relaxing more into her new life. I knew taking her on would be a challenge and her self defence behaviour was part of the deal. I have been amazed to see that her growling and leaping forward has virtually stopped (fingers crossed) over the last two weeks. I have spent time sitting with her and she now will accept a hand gently placed in front of her. It's still early days, and I don't want to rush her, but I am confident she will eventually be able to let go of her issues.

Photo of Alice the rabbit
She has full access to the garden about 3-4 hours a day. She loves exploring and standing on her hind legs to reach the leaves. Its lovely for her to get the Sun on her back and be able to run and leap about.

I am thrilled that she has joined our family and so happy to see her relaxing a little to accept our love and attention. She is still separate from her man George but signs are good that eventually she will be able to be in with him.

Photo of George the rabbit
GEORGE - We have had George for over a year now and I still can't believe how far he has come. When he came to us he had never been out on grass or had any space to roam freely. The first few months were difficult as his friend Dylan had to be euthanised (due to serious dental issues) and then George experienced digestive problems. Both of these due to years of neglect and bad nutrition. It seemed as if we were going to lose George too.

Luckily he managed to pull through and gain weight. For months he would just sit all day not moving, even though he had a large space in the garage and open access to the garden. Some days I would pick him up out of his hutch, walk him to the middle of the garden and put him on the grass (asking him to find his inner-bunny!) It was obvious he didn't really know what to do!

Photo of George the rabbit

Eventually the only way to stop him running back into his hutch was to sit outside with him. As the weeks passed he started to enjoy being outside and active. I remember the day he ate grass for the first time - we were all leaping about with joy looking through the window!

Photo of George the rabbit
He has now totally found his inner-bunny!! He loves his garden, chasing off the birds who dare to land on his grass and comes into the house to chew my sofa, at every opportunity. Sometimes when Im working at my computer, and the door is open, he will come and sit near my feet to snooze.

George has shown me that with lots of love and patience miracles are possible. I still can't believe that the scruffy, urine stained bunny that was so quiet could have transformed into such a handsome boy with a big personality.

Debbie x

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JAZZ (formerly Tigger)

adopted May 2013

Photo of Jazz the cat
Hi All

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Jazz.

She's been with me for 3 months now and apart from some pretty frequent visits to the vets she seems to have turned a corner now. A few probs with her ears still but I think we'll just deal with it when it comes up.

She settled in straight away and we have definitely helped each other! She's helped me cope with losing my last cat and in turn I'm spoiling her rotten!!

Photo of Jazz the cat
She has a lovely nature, loves cuddles and tends to stay close to home when she goes out. She has also developed a charming habit of bringing me spiders too!!! Yuk!

Thank you very much - hope all is well.

Jo & Jazz

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adopted July 2013

Dear Hula,

We thought you might like to see a few pics of Fluffy and Ozzy in their new home. As you can see they both like lounging around, especially Fluffy. She also likes to spend time in the garden whilst Ozzy, although he does venture outside, prefers snoozing inside.

Photo of Fluffy the cat Photo of Ozzy the cat

They're good fun and seem to have settled in well in their new home and we're sure they'll be happy here. We certainly love having them around.

Andrea & Steve

Photo of Fluffy the cat Photo of Ozzy the cat

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adopted July 2013

Well a big hello hula from mimi xxx

Photo of Mimi the staffie
Well it's just over 4 weeks now that I came to my new home and wow what a lovely family xx You're never guess they brought me a lovely bed with a nice fluffy blanket (which I love) lots of toys , my favourite is my kong frisbee and kong.

We go on lots of lovely walks to the woods which I particularly love as there's always lots of sticks but my ultimate favourite thing is going for walks with my dad to the park to play frisbee or ball (even though I have chewed a few) I even carry my ball or frisbee home from the park x but you're never going to guess what..... I even go to work with my dad - I am officially a builder! I even have my own harness with my dads company name on it so I am one of the lads and guess what I have another bed and toys at work too (aren't I a lucky lady).

Photo of Mimi the staffie
When I am relaxing at home my new family give me lots of cuddles and it only took me three weeks to get on the sofa with my dad (I only go on it when I am invited though) but I truly couldn't be any happier - I truly am a happy staffy xxxx

I look forward to seeing you on the 8th September for 'the best staffy smile' because I really am the happiest staffy with the most loving family and we all love each other so much xxx

I hope you like my photos xxx ( aren't I a scary staff (not) just a loved staffy xxx

Lots of love Mimi xxx

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Photo of Elmo the cat


Hello to all at Hula,

Approximately 7 years ago I came to Hula looking to give a cat a home, but instead I ending up giving 2 lovely boys a place they could call their own. Oscar (black and white) was known to hula as Gareth, and Elmo (black) were neighbours in hula and were side by side. Seeing them together playing across their little homes it was clear that they had to be together.

Oscar was home two weeks before Elmo however, they hadn't forgotten one another and once together it was like old times (however Oscar does tend to get a little carried away lol!) Since then we have moved again and now Oscar and Elmo have even more companions, Wiggles the family cat, and cats from up and down the street who come in and play in the garden with all the boys (Oscar appears to invite all the cats over lol!)

Photo of Oscar the cat Photo of Oscar the cat

Over the years Oscar hasn't grown up one bit, he is Peter Pan the boy who never grew up, and Elmo has come out of his shell no end. They are the most funniest, cutest loving little boys, and I thank hula for choosing me to bring them into my home, I'd be lost without them!

Photo of Wiggles the cat Photo of Oscar the cat

Kelly & Chris

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SCRUFF (formerly Tobi)

Hello to all at Hula,

I just wanted to drop you an update on a former resident you would know as Tobi but we renamed him Scruff. He has been with us for 4 years now if I remember rightly.

He's still fit and well and extremely happy and getting on famously with our other dog Eddie. He's such a character, he has us in fits of laughter most days with his ridiculous antics. I only have to wave a finger at him and he throws himself on the grass and rolls on his back, kicking his legs in the air. He's like an eternal puppy. If he does anything wrong I can't stay mad at him because I always end up laughing.

Photo of Scruff the dog
He loves his exercise and play but the downside is that he is utterly obsessed with those kong squeaky balls which I have to buy in bulk now. It can be quite painful on our ears when he starts squeaking and if I fail to take the ball and throw it he pushes it into my hand so I have no choice. That can go on for hours!

Anyway, I thought I would include an up to date picture so you can see how he has grown up, this is his favourite play spot in our field. He had his coat cut when the hot weather started so he looks a bit like a shorn sheep now but I have sent you a pre-haircut picture so you can see how he got his name.

I hope all the animals are doing well at Hula,

Kind regards

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adopted August 2011

Hi guys

I just thought I would give you an update on how Morgan is getting on. I adopted her two years ago this month from HULA and it's been an eventful couple of years! :-)

Photo of Morgan the cat
Despite being very feisty when I first got her, she has gradually mellowed over time and is such an adorable cat.

She is proof that older cats give you back so much love and are so worthwhile adopting. She has such a wonderful personality and so much character.

She fitted straight in with my other two boy cats, well, that's not entirely true, she came in, stared them down, gave them the cat version of a two fingered salute and they obviously realised it wasn't wise to mess with her. Having said that, she will often be found asleep next to The Woodmeister on my bed and they all sit together out in the garden now that the warmer weather is here.

Morgan has regular heath checks and will always need to take her hyperthyroid medication but she can move faster than a speeding bullet for a chunk of Co-op Freedom Food Chicken, to be hand fed to her of course! :-)

She is a total Diva with tons of personality and I love her to bits!

Thank you HULA for giving me my lovely Morgella-de-Ville and I hope her story encourages other people to give older cats a chance!

Donna [We are sorry to pass on the sad news that Morgan passed away in January 2014. Morgan had an enormous personality and will be remembered with much love especially by her Donna who gave her such a wonderful and loving second home]

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Photo of Snowy the dog


Hi Hula

It was so good to visit today, Snowy loved cuddles with Sue.

Photo of Snowy the dog
Snowy has been with us for 7 months now and is a very important part of the family. Friends and family alike have fallen in love with her! Though she does still like my Mum's feet!

I have attached a selection of pictures showing Snowy enjoying walks in the fields, keeping guard in the garden, snuggled in blankets and posing for the camera!

Her coat is now thick and shiny, the vet is so happy with her skin and she has not needed any medication after leaving Hula. Her confidence is building and a great character is shining through. Snowy loves her walks in the fields (especially the long grass) and cuddles on the sofa.

Photo of Snowy the dog Photo of Snowy the dog
Photo of Snowy the dog Photo of Snowy the dog

Thank you for introducing us to this very special dog!

Love Vicky, Ben, Snowy and Thumper

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adopted June 2013

Hi Hula!!

Photo of Alfie the cat
AlfieCat here giving an update. As you can see from my photo, I am very, very happy in my new home and me and my (little) big brother get along famously. I like to prod him when he is fast asleep because it makes him jump.

I now have all my favourite places in the house throughout the day, depending on where the sun is, I eat loads and can be very vocal when my people in the house don’t feed me right when I ask for it.

I go out every night and get up to mischief with my friends, then come back in the morning for a tough day sleeping. I prefer to sleep on Matthew’s arm as he is around during the day lots and if he stops stroking me I prod him with my paw to remind him of his duties!!

I am keeping my owners very happy even though they sometimes call me “AlfiePest” and this weekend I learnt how to “Sit” for my favourite Whiskers Temptation sweeties. Clever boy hey?

All the best to you all at Hula, I hope all the furry friends there find new, loving homes like me.

Xx AlfieCat xx

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Photo of Izzie the cat

IZZIE (formerly Bluey)

adopted April 2010

Hello Hula,

Just a short update to let you know how Izzie is getting on.

We adopted Izzie (formerly Bluey) back in April 2010. She is definitely the boss of the house!

As you can see, she still likes to observe the fish in the pond. She is such a good girl, we love her to bits and wouldn’t be without her.

Denise, Donald and Ashlea

Photo of Izzie the cat Photo of Izzie the cat

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adopted 2001

We got Nash and Duster from HULA in 2001 and as you can see they are both going strong!

They refuse to sleep separately and are always together.

They are the most wonderful family pets and companions, although Nash got up to his fair share of mischief when he was younger!

Nash even has his own FaceBook Page (Nash Cartman)

Photo of Nash the dog and Duster the cat

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