Phoebe is such a pretty cat and doesn’t she just know it! She’s always ready to pose for a picture – and give you a fuss and a love too. Phoebe and her sister, Esther, (who was in a playful mood and wouldn’t keep still) are young middle aged cats who have been with us for quite a while and are lovely girls. They are well behaved, litter trained, very friendly and fully vaccinated and spayed. All they need now is a new home – please come and meet them – you are sure of a great welcome. Purr, purr, purr……..
Find out about the dogs, cats and four legged friends at the Pet Samaritans Animal Sanctuary in Derbyshire.
Betty came to us recently and has settled in straight away. Usually hens are timid and flighty when they move home but Betty is the exception. On day one she inspected her hen hut, decided it was suitable for her requirements and put herself to bed without any bother. She is a very placid young lady.
She came in because she was lonely, like most animals, hens crave companions. Sometimes they’ll make do with us humans and we know of hens who live in the house and become part of the family. Betty has made friends with the ducks to begin with, they are companionable together. She likes their food and they don’t mind her helping herself although she can’t understand why they always want to jump in the water and get their feet wet!
Our duck duo, William and Harry, are real charmers. They are quite tame and like being picked up and given a fuss. They are well behaved and put themselves to bed at night. Their hut has an upstairs room, it was a former chicken coop, and they go up the little walkway and into their hay filled bedroom every teatime.
They need a home with a similar hut to keep them safe from predators at night, also a securely fenced pen and most important of all, they want water – the more the better. If you have a stream or a pond or can make one for them, they would be in heaven.
You can come and meet this princely pair between 11.0am and 3.0pm every day except Thursdays when we are closed.
We get several calls almost every day asking us to take rabbits in. We don’t have the room and facilities to help everybodyt unfortunately. But if it’s an emergency we won’t say no and when we heard about this little fella we were pleased to help. This dwarf lop-eared bunny found his own way to safety and hopped into the council Highways Depot near Tesco. He’s a tame and friendly rabbit and didn’t mind being picked up. A kind hearted staff member brought him in to us and we tucked him up in a cosy hutch with attached run. Rabbits need plenty of room and are rewarding pets but they do need lots of companionship and care. We’ve called him Pepperpot because he has a brown flecked coat, although he doesn’t have a spicy nature, he is very laid back and good to handle.
We haven’t had anyone come forward to claim him so far and, sadly, rabbits are often let go when they are no longer wanted. It’s unlikely that a pet rabbit would survive long in the wild so Pepper is lucky. Pepper will be available for adoption if he isn’t claimed so if you are wanting a really friendly rabbit please get in touch.
Dusky Maid and Cinders are sister cats who are almost identical. They are a chocolatey brown colour and semi-long haired – quite beautiful, especially their orange eyes.
Dusky and Cinders have such good natures, they are loving and friendly with people as well as with each other. They like to be picked up and fussed and sit on your knee and have lots of attention. They also dance together, weaving in and out and circling each other just like dance steps – they can do the waltz – now we’re teaching them to tango!
Cinders and Dusky are just over a year old and are spayed and fully vaccinated. If you’d like to come and meet them please get in touch. We’re open between 11.0am and 3.0pm every day except Thursday. We’re looking for a very special home for these pretty and loving sisters.
We’ve been campaigning against ritual slaughter of goats for many years and now one of the U.K’s top vets has issued a statement saying that it is cruel. There is no doubt in our minds that slaughtering animals without stunning them first causes them stress and terror. Slitting their throats and letting them bleed to death is a barbaric practice. That it is done on religious grounds doesn’t make it any more acceptable – there were many horrific things done in mediaeval times in the name of religion but that doesn’t mean to say that they should be carried out now when we are more enlightened.
Do you know that if you buy meat from supermarkets you may well be purchasing it from ritually slaughtered animals? There is no requirement at present to label this meat.
This is a first start. When meat is labelled as from animals that have been ritually killed then buyers can make a choice as to whether they want to eat a creature whose last moments were filled with pain and terror. It’s not just goats who are killed in this way, it’s sheep, lambs and chickens too.
Only public pressure will put an end to ritual slaughter. Best of all is not to become vegetarian and not eat a dead animal. It’s a much healthier option and will help save the planet too.
Please sign our petition to make labelling of halal meat compulsory at :
Tortie is an elderly cat who has been with us for several months. We took her in as an emergency when her owner had an accident. She’s a lady in her eighties, who fractured her hip and had to go into hospital. Since then she has recovered but has has changed accommodation. It’s sad but Tortie can’t go back home. This lovely calico cat is a real favourite here though and has settled well. She’s put weight on and is very loving and good natured. Tortie is a well behaved cat who is clean and rewarding to care for, she is an excellent companion. Although she is a teenager (we don’t know exactly how old she is) she is in good health for her age. She only has one eye but it doesn’t seem to bother her at all and she gets around just fine.
It would be lovely if we could find someone to give her a gentle retirement home, alternatively if you would like to sponsor Tortie by making a donation that would be much appreciated. You can come and meet Tortie during opening hours and she will give you a big fuss, especially if you bring her a pouch!
Many of the dogs we get brought in to the sanctuary have behavioural problems and a period of re-hab and re-training is necessary. This isn’t the case with Scooby who is very well behaved and a pleasure to look after. He is polite, good mannered, sociable and charming as well as walking calmly on the lead. Dogs who pull are not good to take out and if they haven’t been taught their manners as puppies, they are difficult to handle.
This is why so many are thrown out as young adults, a boisterous ‘teenage’ dog is a handful. Teaching puppies how to behave is so important, it’s much harder for them to learn their lessons when they are older.
Training classes are good ways to socialize young dogs, it helps to avoid the nightmare of the nervous adult who shows fear aggression. Most of the training is done at home though, by example and consistent routine. If you let your dog sit on the sofa when he’s a baby dog, it’ll be hard to stop him doing it when he’s grown up.
Bud has gone missing and her owner is desperate to find her. She is a female cat who has been spayed. Bud is a dark tortieshell in colour and is wearing a collar with a bell and a cat flap magnet. She is 5 years old and very affectionate. She was last seen on the morning of 19 February 2014 in the Wingerworth area. Please get in touch with us in the first instance and we’ll pass all information on. 01246 455777 or email.
Thank you for a wonderful response -Zeus now has his new family and is very happy - Zeus is one of the most handsome and well behaved dogs we’ve had in recently. He came to us when his owner had to give up his house and could no longer keep him. Zeus is approx. 3 years old and is a wonderful character, clean, well behaved, laid back and very loving. He’s a pure bred Labrador and a lovely chocolatey brown colour.
He loves to go a walk and is a ‘people pleaser’ – always likes to meet you and with a big smile on his face. He hasn’t put a paw wrong while he’s been with us and we’d like to find him the best home ever – someone with plenty of time for him and to take him out for the walks he loves.
If you’d like to come and meet him please get in touch. 01246 455777