2018 was a huge year for NAWT, and thanks to your support and generosity it was one of our most successful to date. You’ve helped us achieve so many things throughout the last 12 months, but here are our honourable mentions.
1. Clyde found his forever home
Clyde was found terrified and alone. A stray who had spent time in many stray kennels, he eventually found his way to our Clacton-on-Sea centre, where we were able to begin to prepare him for home life.
Because we had no history on Clyde, it was really difficult to understand his quirky behaviour but with consistent help from staff and volunteers, we eventually earned his trust.
Thanks to your determination to help young Clyde, we managed to share his story and photographs thousands of times. Finally, your hard work paid off when his new owners came to meet him and welcomed him into their family just in time for Christmas.
Clyde before and after
2. Matt’s London marathon effort
In April, our very dedicated supporter and volunteer Matt Dorber took on the London Marathon to raise vital funds for NAWT!
He surpassed his fundraising target by a country mile and raised a huge £3,782.40 thanks to your donations and sponsorship.
Matt at the finish line of the London Marathon
3. A supporter won the lottery jackpot
Did you know we have our own supporter lottery? One of our fab supporters won the £25,000 jackpot just weeks before Christmas and by winning, they also secured a £2,500 donation for NAWT from our charity provider Unity Lottery! Sign up here
4. Your support of Fudge on his journey to a healthy weight
Fudge the Cairn terrier came into our care an enormous 10kg overweight. He had terrible skin conditions and needed a lot of love and TLC.
With your generous donations, we were able to enrol Fudge onto a hydrotherapy course to help him shed a few pounds, and even managed to find a home for him with loving owners who would continue his weight loss.
Fudge when he first came to HULA Animal Rescue
5. When we were blown away by your support of our Big Give campaign
Our Christmas campaign this year was in partnership with The Big Give. For one week only, your donations could be doubled, and we could never have anticipated the incredible support we would receive for this enormously successful campaign.
In just one week, you raised a staggering £37,151!
This money will be spent on rehabilitative training and specialist veterinary care, helping to transform life for pets in rescue.
6. Being named Clarks’ charity of the year
Just a few miles away from our Somerset centre, Clarks’ Shoes based in Street selected us to be their charity of the year. Since the
announcement just a few month ago, fundraising has already began and their cake sales have been a hit in the local area!
Somerset resident Tamlin visiting Clarks' head office
7. Raising and re-homing almost 200 kittens
Kitten season was a busy one but with your help, we were able to provide for pregnant mothers throughout, delivering almost 200 kittens.
8. An invitation to take part in ‘local radio day’
For local radio day in summer, our Cornwall centre had Pirate FM join them to broadcast from the centre itself. They featured lots of animal appeals and even helped us name a puppy born there just a few days before. This was great publicity for the centre and generated a lot more support for them on social media.
9. Reaching a milestone of £500,000 given by NAWT partner Petplan
Since the start of our partnership with Petplan in 2001, they have given a total of £500,000 to the animals on our care. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Petplan and everyone who has re-homed a pet from NAWT with four weeks free insurance.
10. Eight-year-old Josh ran a 3km colour run
One of our youngest supporters, Josh, eight, ran his first competitive race to raise money for our HULA centre. He was nervous before the race, but managed to complete it in record time and enjoyed being bright and colourful at the end.
11. The grand opening of two on-site cafes
Our Berkshire and Watford centres launched their on-site cafes. Holby City star Rosie Marcel opened Waford’s Cottontails on December 2 and visited Guinea Pig Village at Berkshire earlier in the year.
Next time you pay a visit to one of these centres, please do pop in to the café and take a look around.
Rosie at our Berkshire centre
12. Minnie the cat found a long-term foster home after celebrating her 21st birthday
Minnie came into the care of our Berkshire centre after her previous owner sadly passed away.
Minnie was in our care when she celebrated her 21st birthday on November 24th and as a result of your gifts, we could spoil her and give her an extra special treat! Minnie is now living in new home where she can enjoy her retirement.
13. Rocco the parrot made international news after befriending Amazon’s Alexa
Rocco the stray parrot arrived at our Berkshire centre in late 2017. Despite our very best efforts, we could not find his original owner, so he remained in NAWT care.
We soon discovered Rocco had a bit of a penchant for naughty language, which became a slight concern when the centre welcomed young visitors. Thankfully, a member of the team, Marion, decided to take him home on long-term foster.
Things were running smoothly at Marion’s until she noticed Rocco had a rare bond with ‘Alexa’ of her Amazon Echo. Read the full story here
Marion and Rocco the African Grey
14. Former NAWT cat named PDSA’s pet survivor of the year
The devastating tale of ex-NAWT cat Dexter found brutally injured touched the hearts of many of you. Your dedication to helping Dexter on his road to recovery eventually saw him crowned as the PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year.
We’re thrilled to say that Dexter’s family are confident he’ll be given a full bill of health in time for Christmas 2018, thanks to the generous support he received from so many of you.
Dexter after his ordeal
15. Heavily pregnant staffy gave birth to six healthy pups
Heavily pregnant with nowhere to go, Molly arrived at NAWT at the start of the year. Shortly after, she gave birth to six healthy puppies.
Molly proved herself to be a wonderful mother and raised six healthy, happy pups who all found new homes with loving and dedicated families. A beautiful dog herself, Molly was soon snapped up by a family of her own too.
Molly with her pups
16. You fixed Ernie’s legs
Thanks to your generosity, Ernie the French bulldog puppy can enjoy a long pain-free life. In May, a campaign for our Clacton centre was launched to help pay for Ernie’s two leg operations.
When first brought to us, it was clear that he was in a great deal of pain in both of his back legs.
Whilst eager to chase toys and zoom around like every other puppy, Ernie’s legs were simply not able to and instead he was crippled with pain. A trip to the vets confirmed the worst, Ernie had bilateral patella luxation but you raised a huge £2,470 to cover both of his operations.
Ernie is now living a happy and healthy life with his new family, who have re-named him Napoleon.
Ernie before his operations
17. You saved Rubin’s life
Rubin the lurcher was found at the side of a busy A-Road near HULA Animal Rescue, after being involved in a hit and run. Thankfully a kind person took him to the vet and we were able to offer him shelter whilst he recovered from his horrific injures, which included a gaping wound on his neck that required a lot of stitches.
Since then, Rubin has enjoyed lots of TLC and thankfully found a new home!
Rubin during his recovery
18. Cfur found her forever home
Cfur the cat first came into the care of our Watford centre at the start of 2016. A very shy and timid girl, Cfur struggled to settle into cattery life and would rarely be seen by visitors.
After more than two years, Cfur began responding to our Open Paw programme that was rolled out to cats in 2017. In March this year, with her new found confidence, Cfur finally met her perfect match and went to a loving home.
Cfur enjoying her bed at NAWT Watford