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Freshfields Animal Rescue by Helen - 15h ago
Missing since: 13/02/2018

Milo is a Blue Point Ragdoll, who went missing in the vicinity of Blundell Sands & Crosby Station on Tuesday the 13th of February.

Milo is micro-chipped.  Please keep an eye out for Milo and if you have any news please contact 07551037065 or 07738396864.

Thank You

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Hi Freshfields Friends,

Here are the Lottery Results for Week 37. Good Luck!

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Missing since: 07/02/18 Walter is missing. He was last seen on Wednesday 7th Feb. He is chipped and was wearing a reflective blue and white collar. Walter is aged 3 years and of medium size. He is black all over with white paws, white chin and tummy. He has a small white spot just under his nose.

He was last seen on Wheatcroft Road, Allterton, L18 and likes to hand about on Moorecroft Rd, Cleveley Road, Keswwick Road.

Any information on his whereabouts please contact Frances Ffitch on 07860 520527 or email f_ffitch@hotmail.com

THANK YOU

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Here are the latest winners of our sports lottery. Good luck everyone and thanks for taking part!

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Echo Calling!

Hello everyone!  I was taken in and looked after by my carers at Freshfields Wales, where they called me Bella. They took such great care of me and helped me get ready to be adopted. My new name is Echo and I now live in a granite cottage up here on the North Solway coast in Scotland.  Over the back garden wall is forest where I will be running with my new pal Enzo the Doberman, I am too quick for him and can pinch his tennis balls launched from the chucker by my new owners.

Last night I finished my dinner first and went over to Amy, who is a fourteen and a half year old Lurcher/Terrier cross to see if she had finished. Big mistake! I've never seen so much teeth and spit and she barked at me and put me in my place, so I won't do that again.  Here are some pics of me and Enzo.

Thank You for looking after me and giving me a new happy life.

Lots of love

Echo Xxx

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7.30am, it was dark , cold  and heavy rain was lashing down when Vanessa, the first of the staff arrived to work on Monday morning. The first thing seen  in the headlights of her car  as she turned into the path leading to the shelter entrance, was a small plastic cat carrier and the sodden remnants of a cardboard box next to it. Fearing that animals had been dumped there, she climbed out of her car and as she did so a small dark shape shot past her into the fields next door. In the carrier were three wide eyed and very frightened kittens so she knew that the box was likely to have  contained the mother cat. After the kittens were settled into a spare catpen, attempts were made to find the missing mum, and a cat trap was set up in the place where the animals had been found. All day we checked on the trap but it was not until evening that she was spotted in the field adjoining our property. Mei, who lives in walking distance to the shelter, made several trips to check the trap  later that evening but it was not until her last trip at midnight that the trap did it’s job and mum was caught and safely transferred to a warm pen in the cattery. Never let it be said that the staff who work here do not go far beyond their daily duties when an animal is in need of help.

It  annoys and upsets  me when animals are abandoned here, anything can happen to them when they are left by the roadside and I fail to understand why  the driver(s) cannot simply drive up the track to the shelter  itself and hand over their unwanted pets. They have come this far, so what is an extra 3-400 yards to ensure that their animals are safe?  I will never understand the mentality of those who just dump the carriers or boxes and drive away. Over the years we have had similar incidents and usually with cats but not all were lucky to be found, most were never seen again. Thank goodness this little one stayed close to where she was left.Mum and babies pictured here

 

I  recently received an email  from a very disappointed vegan, criticising the fact that our website ,and therefore the charity, did not promote veganism as opposed to vegetarianism. Freshfields is not a campaigning organisation but because we are an animal welfare charity, we do try our best to make people aware of the cruelties behind both the meat and dairy industries. That said, my personal opinion is that by severely criticising those who have not yet reached the decision to leave out  animal products from their diet, there is less chance of  them  ever doing so. Many years ago (I was 19 yrs young)   my mother and I tried to persuade my sister to give up meat and she was steadfast in her refusal;  the more we talked about it, the more  annoyed she became so in the end we  were forced to give up and leave her to it. Some years later she became vegetarian of her own volition. Actually it was the original channel 4 screening  of ‘The Animals Film’ which changed her views  and that of  thousands of others who also   became vegetarian after watching it , and no wonder! It showed graphically every type of animal cruelty from the poor elephant who died so Eddison could test his electricity theory to intensively farmed animals and those suffering daily in laboratories. A shocking but true depiction of the atrocities perpetrated upon the animal kingdom by a supposedly more civilised and intelligent species!

Not everyone can make the jump from committed carnivore to immediately eschewing all animal products from their diet  and it is unrealistic to expect that. By promoting a meatfree diet, , those who show interest and are motivated to become vegetarian are often likely to become vegan once they have taken  the first step towards a cruelty free lifestyle. Therefore I stand by our more gentle  stance of  promoting a meatfree diet to the animal lovers who read our website and follow us on Facebook in the hope that some will take the facts on board and eventually start to lead a life which does not involve the mistreatment and  slaughter of any animal species.

Finally on the same topic, when I became vegan so many years ago, there were no ready meals available in supermarkets, the only vegan magarine was  a Jewish margarine  called Tomor which looked and taste like lard (there are now several options available in health food stores and supermarkets) one brand of soya milk , a  wonderful product called Sosmix (for some strange reason this popular veg food has been taken off the market!) and my diet left a lot to be desired. Nowadays there are  so many  healthy  choices, there are vegan cafes and restaurants opening up everywhere , supermarkets are stocking many vegan foods and finally it has become an accepted diet in todays society. My hope is that it is not just a fad and will remain a popular diet with those who want a healthy and cruelty free way to live.  In my (late) teenage years, if I could have had a 'normal' meal like this one I had at Voltaire vegan restaurant in Bangor, I would have been very happy indeed.

 

There seem to be lots of elderly dogs looking for homes at the moment. We have 13 years old Bichons whose owner was moving to a  bungalow with  an unfenced garden, a  14 years old unwanted farm collie  and then we have an 8yrs old  and 13 years old  Bedlington crosses.  The latter were working dogs at one time but a relationship breakdown  made them and their owner homeless. It is so sad for old animals when they find themselves in a strange environment although lurchers Alfie and Laurie seem more than happy to be away from their old life !

 

Date for your diary – we will be holding another sponsored dog walk in Anglesey  on 27th May. The last one was very successful thanks to the help of dog trainer Ray Owens who runs Packleaders in the Holyhead area.  Sponsor forms will be available soon.

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Freshfields have joined together with our friends at Everton Football Club to raise funds for the animals in the Everton Football Club Lottery. Here are the latest winners; congratulations everyone and thanks for taking part!

You'll be able to sign up online soon - watch this space!

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Freshfields staff nominated for national award!

We are delighted to announce that our incredible staff team have been chosen as one of 2 finalists in the Charity Today 'Animal Welfare Charity of the Year' Awards!

Our dedicated staff save lives every day. This is a great opportunity to give them the recognition they deserve, for going that extra mile - and more - for animals like Buddy here. Dawn's dedicated foster care has given Buddy the best chance possible to find a new home, and is just one example of the love and care shown every day by the team at Freshfields.

It's now up to a public vote on Twitter. All you have to do is:

Follow @CharityAwards on Twitter

Simply retweet the post with the Freshfields logo.

Here's the link to the page:
https://twitter.com/CharityAwards

Don't have a Twitter account yet? Why not think about setting one up and doing something amazing with your first Tweet!

Closing point will be 11am Friday 26 January 2018.

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19th January:

Two weeks into the New Year.Has it been quiet? No, it has been incredibly busy.Those who didn’t manage to part with unwanted pets before Christmas are now clamouring to get rid of them now! I do not recall it ever being this busy so soon after Christmas.

I am pleased to say that the initial plans for our new cattery have been drawn up so we are all looking forward to seeing that dream come to fruition but in the meantime we are still struggling with the problems which arise every time it rains. Once the plans are submitted we will have to wind down our admissions; what we don’t want is to find ourselves ready to move ahead with the demolition of the building and still having  20 plus cats for which we need emergency accommodation.Certainly some can be accommodated in other areas of the shelter, there is usually  some room in the conservatory and we can reserve a couple of pens in the kitten room for those cats temporarily displaced but we still need to reduce numbers before the building work commences.

One of our most recent admissions is a blind Bengal/Maine Coone cat called Tiger. 3 Years  old Tiger was born blind and he needed  a safe secure home. In an attempt to find a suitable home  I posted his story on our facebook page and a  place  was found with a lady looking for an indoor cat. Keeping certain  species of  pets indoors is becoming more common nowadays and although we prefer young healthy cats to have the option to explore and enjoy an outdoor life as much as possible, with so many cats being killed on roads, it is easy to understand why some people are anxious about allowing their felines to have that level of freedom. That fact notwithstanding, I still believe that where possible ,cats need to be allowed the freedom to climb trees and explore their surroundings, Captivity is never the best solution for an animal whose natural  instincts are not to be confined, but there are instances where an indoor home is the only option and disabled  and blind cats like Tiger need such homes.

Rabbits too are becoming more popular to keep as house pets although once again, I believe where possible,  they need to experience fresh air. Having said that I would prefer a rabbit to live indoors and have company and attention than a rabbit kept in a hutch and out of sight, out of mind! Nothing is ever black and white so each home needs to be assessed with regards to the needs of a particular animal and I have no criticism of those who choose to keep their pets indoors for whatever reason. It simply would not be a choice I personally would make. I recently ‘met’ a beautiful healthy 10 years old rabbit who lived indoors most of the time though it has to be said that he was still allowed out in the garden on nice days so he had the best of both worlds.

Two  stray pure white Lionhead rabbits have been found and  given over to our care, they have not been microchipped and enquiries with neighbours has not resulted in finding an owner. I placed an appeal on facebook for a volunteer to come and help us care for our rabbits but so far there have been no takers .We really could do with some more hands on Volunteers at the shelter.  Winter is always a bad time for receiving that much needed extra assistance in the animal units. People are willing to help  when the  weather is better, but come winter, all but the most stalwart volunteers fade away!

This icy cold weather is getting us all down, it’s so hard  especially for those who work in the stables. Working outdoors when the fields are soggy and muddy is no fun, and walking dogs fighting against the elements is hard too.  Altogether it’s pretty miserable , but looking on the bright side, we have not had the thick snow which other areas have experienced so we have been fortunate in that respect. Only the horses seem to want to go out ;  they are so impatient in the mornings, kicking their doors  and whinnying in their anxiety to be back in the fields. It always makes me feel sorry for horses and ponies who languish in stables all day until their owners choose to take them out for a ride. They are big animals and as such need their exercise on a daily basis and not just when it suits owners. Our fields may not be the best but our horses are happy horses.

 20th.

Recently we received a call to help with 2 dogs whose owner had been taken ill suddenly and rushed to hospital .Due to a mix up with a relative , the dogs were on their own all weekend and by the time we arrived at the property, one little dog was seen frantically scrabbling at an upstairs window and neighbours said the distressed dogs had barked all night.  After speaking to the owner who had given  permission for us to enter the property, I decided to bring the dogs back to the shelter. A week later the dogs were signed over to us. Mark(not his real name) having been discharged from hospital, had realised that he was unable to care adequately for his pets and although he loved them and admitted to missing their company, he felt they would be better off being rehomed. This may seem a normal attitude for a man in his position to take but in fact, it is far from usual. Most consider their own feelings first and the welfare of their pets comes very low in their priorities. We have had many similar scenarios where it is clear that animals are not receiving the care needed but few owners do the right thing by their pets and in those cases all we can do is give advice and hope that eventually they will see their way to taking the  right action. Kudos to Mark for being kind and sensible enough to do the right thing by his dogs. Both dogs were well fed and well balanced although both needed neutering and the older one urgently needed  a dental to remove rotten teeth. Both are now ready to be placed for adoption.

 

 

 

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Missing since: 12/01/18

Mudge is approximately 12 years old, he is a Russian Blue and has yellow eyes.

He was last seen on Friday night 12th Jan 2018 in Knowsley Village.

Any sightings then please call Tracy on 07867495414 we are desperate to bring him home.

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