Winter seems to be really setting in this week and as such our team are ensuring that all of our animals stay dry, snuggly and warm.  The winter months see the animals at the sanctuary spend more time in their homes, stables & hutches and as such the charity spends even more money on straw for bedding.  They spend approximately £3,400 annually on hay and straw for the animals in their care.


Woodlands have therefore launched their Buy A Bale scheme again to help cover this increased cost.  Funds can become even more stretched over the winter months and covering running costs allows us to continue to help as many animals as they can over the upcoming festive period.

Ponies, goats, sheep, rabbits and guinea pigs all utilise hay and straw and the cost of these can sometimes vary dramatically depending on the prices from farmers that year.  Being economical with supplies is a large part of how the sanctuary operates, but sometimes costs increase despite their best efforts.  With options to buy one or two small bales, or one large bale this scheme caters for everyone’s pocket.

So please ‘Buy A Bale’ and help support their animals this winter by following this link:

We also have our last fundraising event of the year this Saturday 14th.  Our Christmas Fayre, this year being held indoors in the warm and cosy Banks Leisure Centre, from 11-3.  Pop along to enjoy all their festivities, including delicious festive treats to suit all tastes – vegan and vegetarian options will be available!  Why not take your dog with you and join in with the fun dog show to really include the whole family in the festivities?  Visit out 'Events' section on our website or visit our Facebook page to get all the details and join us to help raise funds to see our animals over the winter.

There are so many good causes out there that it is impossible to support them all & extremely difficult to choose between them which invariably leads to not supporting anyone.  We at Woodlands are aware of this, but we also depend upon the donations and fundraisers that are held to continue the work that they do.

Hi everyone, my name is Sassy and I have been at Woodlands for 5 months!  I believe the hoomans have taken the liberty of writing about myself and my fellow mums who I am living with at the moment. They have done this without even asking us! But, I may let it go this time as I’ve been told they did it to try to find us our own hoomans to go & live with.  It’s also been suggested to me that they will even vet the new hoomans to check that they will look after us nicely and not abandon us again….that just seems like a fairy tale though.

An anonymous job description was once written for being a mum and although a lot of people applied & turned up for the interview; it will give you more job satisfaction than you have ever had before, no one wanted the job when the hours 24/7 & the pay £0 were given.  However, so many of us choose to become a mum/parents and accept and even embrace the highs and lows this amazing life changing decision gives us.  However, a lot of our pets do not get to ‘choose’ when or even if they want to become a mum.

Woodlands have an anniversary this week, but the team do not feel like celebrating.  Harry, a beautifully handsome cat will have been living at the sanctuary for a full year, as despite his best efforts he has been overlooked by every single person who has fostered a cat from Woodlands in the last 12 months.


The team at Woodlands have had a first this week with caring for a pig!  Woodlands Animal Sanctuary have not taken pigs before and have only done so on this occasion as a one off.

Louise and the team at Headlines Hair Tarleton participated in an annual event created by Schwarzkopf which runs for 100 lucky salons throughout the uk and Ireland.  This event raises money for charity which each salon chooses for themselves.  The team at Tarleton very kindly opted to help Woodlands!  Louise, the salon team leader said “Myself and the team at Headlines Hair Tarleton not only use the event to thank our lovely customers for their continued loyalty and support but to also raise money and awareness for a charity.  Woodlands Animal Sanctuary was our chosen charity this year not only because we are all huge animal lovers but because we like to try support our local charities within our close community and surrounding villages.”

If you are a follower of us you may be aware that we had to cancel our second open day of the year due to the great British Weather!  This decision was most disappointing for us as a charity, because we have rearranged our events calendar to reduce the risk of cancellations due to adverse weather complications. 

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