‘Sooty’ the Springer / Staffie X urgently needs your help please.

2018 ended terribly for eight year old ‘Sooty’. He was simply walking on a pathway near his home with his owner Nicola, when the poor dog trod on broken glass.

Unfortunately, part of a discarded broken bottle went through the tendon in one of ‘Sooty’s back legs. What happened next would have been absolutely terrifying to witness. The injury was so severe it caused projectile bleeding and on seeing this, one of Nicola’s sons passed out cold.

‘Sooty’s gums turned pale and his breathing became laboured, time was desperately running out. Meanwhile – having occurred on a Sunday, Nicola was frantically trying to find a Vet to open up. In the end, she had to ring EIGHT Vet’s before she found one that was open 24 hours. She told me the eighth Veterinary Practice was fantastic. In a life or death situation every seconds counts and the wonderful staff were actually waiting on the doorstep for ‘Sooty’ – whose life was ebbing away – to arrive.

‘Sooty’ was rushed in to surgery, but he’d lost so much blood, he had to have a massive transfusion. Unfortunately, his body rejected it and so he still wasn’t out of the woods ! Luckily, a second transfusion donated by another dog – worked well and after a few overnight stays he has just been allowed home.

I spoke to the Veterinary Practice today and discovered ‘Sooty’s life saving bill currently stands at £3,358-22, possibly with a bit more still to come. Nicola already has enough on her plate struggling with serious ill health and what happened to ‘Sooty’ is a massive added worry to the whole family.

The irresponsible person who smashed the bottle is the one who should pay, but sadly that won’t happen. This is why I am asking everyone  to ‘please do something kind’ and start off your New Year by helping ‘Sooty’ and his family. A donation of any size will be most gratefully received.



For more than 15 years ‘Friends of the Animals’ have supported the ‘Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary’ which is situated in Wolverton, a village between Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon.

This years’ extreme weather, starting with the ‘Beast from the East’ which brought cold, heavy rain and flooding, and followed by a very long, very hot, dry Summer, resulted in the 59 acres of grass the animals would normally have grazed on – simply dying

Worse still, due to this year’s unusual weather, hay and straw are now in short supply and inevitably this has translates into rocketing prices. As you can see from the picture the Sanctuary tries to buy “in bulk” to save costs but even so, bales are running at £35-00 each and rising.

 Farm animals don’t have many friends, so please help them this Christmas if you can. Please use the Pay Pal button (above and below this item) to make a donation of any amount to help these animals get through the Winter.

Please use the Pay Pal button (above and below this item) to make a donation of any amount to help these animals get through the Winter. OR call our office (01983-522-511 Tues – Sat 10-00am to 5-00pm ) to make a card donation OR send a cheque made out to “Friends of the Animals Sanctuary” to 17A Riverway Newport PO30 5UX. EVERY penny raised WILL go to feed those 500 plus animals this winter.


We always try very hard and do our best on every occasion.

Georgie is one of those success stories that we hope will show how, why and what we do.

Please click on this direct link to the video below if you have problems viewing it.

To enable us to help more animals like Georgie please click on the Donate / Paypal button below so that we can help more animals that come to us initially in such a bad way


As well as offering a subsidised spaying and Neutering scheme for Cats, Dogs and small furries at Vets throughout the Midlands and along the South Coast, we rehome all sorts of animals and birds, loan equipment, give advice and talks and support a large Sanctuary in the Midlands with over 400 Farm animals. ALL done because of YOUR support.

GINGE had a argument with a car and was in a bad way. We were able to step in and with YOUR help were able to raise the funds that enabled his broken limbs to be repaired and for him to have a second chance.

I’m getting there, one step at a time

And the latest pictures show what a remarkable recovery he has made:-

“Ginge is extremely happy and is now off all medication, he is exploring the outside world. He still has a slight limp, but he is walking and climbing steps, using the cat flap, just not running and jumping yet.

Just cannot thank you guys and your supporters enough for helping to give Ginge a chance to continue his happy life.

He is due to go back for a check up with the specialist in 3 weeks, to check the healing process.

Many thanks again

Regards Richard and Ginge”.

For TWENTY SEVEN years we have been improving the lives of Animals

from Burnley to the Isle of Wight and from Norfolk to Wales.

Our aims are to:-

  • Offer a subsidised Spaying and Neutering scheme.
  • To rehome animals that come into our care.
  • To support 460+ animals at a Sanctuary in the Midlands.
  • To give educational talks on the care of pets
  • To offer support for members of the public in the care of their pets.

We have also:-

Spayed / Neutered more than 34,000 animals

Rehomed over 8,800 animals

And we provide veterinary treatment for almost 4,000 animals EVERY year.

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