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Animal Charities Need Your Help More Than Ever

Updated on June 1, 2018
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Ethel is actually Eileen in the real world. She is now aged late sixties and happily retired, loves to travel and her rescue dog

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Rescued donkeys saved from the slaughterhouse.
Rescued donkeys saved from the slaughterhouse.

Charities Desperate for donations

Animal Charities, Welfare groups and Rescue Centres work tirelessly in an attempt to cope with the increasing acts of cruelty and abandonment on animals. There are many such charities in the UK and Abroad, and of course all of them need your help.

Hillside Animal Sanctuary is such a charity. It has been working hard in the UK since 1995, and is now in desperate need of your help. Hillside Animal Sanctuary works tirelessly in an attempt to protect and rescue animals. These are often farm animals. Here is what Hillside say:-

"Hillside Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1995 to help and campaign for animals in need' and most importantly, to bring public awareness to the millions of animals suffering every day in the intensive factory farming industry. Although at Hillside we have given sanctuary to 300 horses, ponies and donkeys, most of our residents have been rescued from the farming industry."

Having had rescue dogs sharing my home, on and off for what seems a lifetime, animal welfare has always been a high priority for me. In the past I have sent donations to Hillside Animal Sanctuary and bought gifts from their online shop.

It was therefore sad to receive a letter from Hillside recently asking for urgent donations. With the credit crunch starting to bite in England Hillside's funds have been disappearing fast. Legacies from Last Will and Testaments have dropped in value, or also disappeared with house prices plummeting.

With all the doom and gloom financially this is something that most of us forget about. Of course all charities are worthy, deserve support and are probably struggling just now. However, if you support animal welfare please see if you can send even a small donation to this charity or perhaps by a gift.


Of course the traditional animal rescue and welfare group in the UK is the RSPCA, Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Our local RSPCA centre has a constant struggle to keep its head above water and survive. Many dog owners in particular are finding that they can no longer afford to keep their pets and of course, for some, this also gives them an easy excuse to part with their animal.


HDRS, Hessle Dog Rescue Service is a local rescue charity which, although small, rescues and helps re-home many dogs as an ongoing process. They have only recently created an online presence and previously have relied on local events, a market stall, donations and bequests to keep them afloat. In the last couple of years they have opened a local charity shop which sells mainly second-hand goods. This has been very successful for them. My two dogs came via HDRS and so this charity is very close to my heart. Their volunteers spend a lot of their time helping sick and maltreated animals recover and then finding a suitable home for these animals.


The PDSA, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, provides free care for those animals that would perhaps be left to suffer. Owners who are genuinely struggling financially will often find it impossible to pay hefty veterinary bills for the pet, no matter how much they care for the animal. The PDSA, like all charities relies on your generosity and donations.

Of course the list of charities is endless. However the ones above all would benefit from any help that you can offer. If you unable to offer financial help then perhaps you could volunteer some of your time or your skills. These charities always need help fostering animals, raising funds, advertising and more.

Please give what you can to animal charities as in the present economic climate such charities are often way down people's lists of worthy causes.

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      8 years ago

      people should be nice and help adopt these dogs

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Well I know there are just so many charities it is hard to help them all.

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks so much Caliber. It is a good job there are still people like you around. I adore animals too and hate cruelty in any form. I look forward to reading about your animal welfare experiences.

      Have a great new year and give those dogs a great big hug from me :)

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for an honorable hub! I have a very weak spot when it comes to animal cruelty. When I say weak spot, I mean rage to the 3rd degree. If the time and place was correct and I caught someone in the act of beating a dog, killing a cat and so on I would play judge, jury, and executioner on their a$$.

      I often find dumped dogs on my dirt road to civilization? Seems many folks like to drive out into the desert and rid themselves of a pet. I then have to stop my jeep and coax them to me and load them up and take them home with me. I take them to the vet in town and get them checked out and vaccinated. I keep them and feed them up until the ribs disappear and work with them to get them over the cowering stage that almost every one of them have from being mistreated. I have 3 female Rottweilers that are permanent live ins they are my kids and keep me entertained. I have had up to 15 dogs at one time and all are taken care of until I find homes for them and that takes time as I take them to a flea market and sit with them and interview people who are interested in one of them, as well as watch how they interact with the dog. I give the dogs away, no charge to the right people(I Hope) and ask for a simple donation of a 50 pound bag of dog food or money to cover at least that amount of food. All the dogs are trained to be house broken and I allow them to live in my bomb shelter house with me until they are adopted. I feel a new hub coming on, as this task is very entailed but worth it. I have 4 right now not counting my Rotty's.

      Anyway, thanks for the hub and I will be reading and following you from here forward.


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