‎***HELP NEEDED PLEASE***Woodlands Animal Sanctuary at Holmeswood is in desperate need of help to get through the winter. Woodlands cares for rescued Ponies, Sheep, Goats, Ducks, Chickens, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, cats, Hedgehogs and ex cage bi rds. We have 129 permanent residents on site plus 31 cats for rehoming and 42 hedgehogs that will need over wintering. We have never seen the rescue situation so bad, we are taking up to 30 calls a day to take unwanted cats, kittens and rabbits and hedgehogs still continue to come in as the weather changes so dramatically and they cant cope without a proper food source. As the recession hit, Woodlands has had an exceedingly tough time, donations in general are down and intake is up like never before. We had lots of big ideas this year about rebuilding the delapadated stables and the shelter block, but all our funds have gone on running costs, these include food, bedding, gas, electric, vet fees and general day to day costs. We are running on a shoe string budget at the moment, we dont have large amounts of staff, we are run mainly by a small dedicated team of volunteers and a very small team of 4 part time members of staff. Our daily running costs are around £250 which equates to £1.24 per animal per day, which compared to other animal shelters that are a similar size who have running costs of over 10k a week, so that gives you an idea of how stringent we are with our cash! We need £22,000. To see us through to Easter next year and we need all the help we can get to raise it! We are having a coffee morning on Friday 9th November at St Johns, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale and we are having two Christmas fairs, one on the 17th November at Gregson Lane Community Centre, Gregson Lane, Houghton and one on the 24th November at St Johns, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale both of them are from 11am until 3pm. If you can find it in your heart to help the animals at the sanctuary see the winter through please get in touch, donations can be made to Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, Sandy Lane, Holmeswood, L40 1UE or can be made via paypal on the website Woodlands Animal Sanctuary - Home Page Direct link to the donate page: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary - Donate Please help this sanctuary, they are very good, very caring and one of the best in the North, any little will help them alot.