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Project information

Paws in Peril

Holly Hedge exists purely to help animals in need and strives to give them all a much brighter and happier future. They come to us with broken hearts, broken limbs and broken spirits, but with your support we can continue to put them back together again.

April 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary

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  • Need


    Completely self funded and independent, there is nowhere more totally committed and dedicated to making a better life for all our animals whilst providing a wealth of volunteering and educational facilities for our local community. However a decrease in legacies and donations have left the charity unable to cope with the rise in demand for our services, costs have escalated to over £650,000 a year to keep the Sanctuary running to a high standard with increasing running costs and vets bills.


    We have plans in place to sustain our future with income generating strategies, but right now we are on a mission of survival. Heart broken owners surrender their pets to us unable to pay for surgery, renters evicted after desperately searching for a home for all of their family, and neglected and abused souls, they all need us to be there for them! Paws in Peril aims to provide the essential funds to never turn an animal in need away. Sadly we cannot exist on love for them alone.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help us survive so we can continue to rescue over 800 cats, dogs & small furries each year.


    » By appealing to the local community who desperately need us to continue the work we do and businesses who hold us in high regard.

    What success will look like

    A successful appeal will contribute to our aim to see an increase in the numbers of animals we can save, sheltering them from harm and giving them a promise of a brighter future.

  • Impact


    Increasing our income by 50% each year will allow us to continue the work we do for many years to come. Established in 1982 we have overcome many struggles throughout the years, but as times change and families struggle financially we can no longer cope with the insurmountable numbers coming to us particularly those in urgent need of expensive veterinary treatment, it is essential that we remain within our community, supporting those that need us the most.


    Paws in Peril is built upon a clear Fundraising strategy and management plan to ensure the long term sustainability of our sanctuary. We have clear goals and objectives to ensure its success, however cost cutting measures and savings are in place to allow us the time we know we need to achieve our goals.


    Our e-newsletter, facebook page, Twitter & Instagram all highlight the impact of our campaign, with happy ending stories and daily photos of the animals in our care who are finally pain free and whole again. Seeing them leave for their new homes and sharing that with our community is such a joy.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Veterinary Care Providing urgent medical care for numerous cats and dogs with life threatening injuries & illnesses
      £3,000 Behaviour/Training To rehabilitate, positively train and rehome balanced and safe animals back into the community
      £1,500 Providing Daily Enrichment To provide daily enrichment, activities to help minimise stress.
      £1,500 Providing suitable housing Keeping the kennels & cat pens warm, cosy, giving a home from home feel.
  • Background


    Based in a rural part of Bristol, we provide a huge volunteer service to the local community, colleges & universities. With a population of 535,907 as well as surrounding towns and villages taking our catchment to over a million homes. Many of these areas are inner city, with council housing, and low incomes. We also provide an essential trap, neuter and rehome service to many stray & feral cats in the community. We are often the last resort as we endevour to never turn away an animal in need.


    We currently rescue and rehome up to 800 animals in need each year. With our future financially stable we can continue this and extend our help further in the community. However the hundreds of volunteers, many who's health and mental well being is helped by their time with us will also benefit immensely as well as our renowned daily work placements from colleges and universities and schools across the region.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With our detailed Fundraising strategy in place we know exactly how to take the charity forward and not only continue to thrive but we aim to further our reach within the community, helping people and animals that need us the most. With decades of support and goodwill in our region, Holly Hedge is renowned for our leading enrichment and welfare programmes. However this will take time and right now, you can play a part in a brighter future for us all.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Schranz

    General Manager/Fundraising & Marketing - living on site, sarah runs every aspect of the charity and the daily ins and outs.

    Pauline Leeson

    Founder & Trustee, Pauline established the charity originally from her home and has grown the charity into the large wonderful sanctuary it is today.

    Ginny Matchwick

    Volunteer Coordinator & Business Manager - Ginny an experienced project manager working for Airbus devotes her free time to ensuring our success.

Holly Hedge - A Short Documentary