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Find out about the dogs, cats and four legged friends at the Pet Samaritans Animal Sanctuary in Derbyshire.

Scampi for adoption

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Scampi’s owner has been in hospital and can no longer care for this little Yorkie x.   He’s been with us for a couple of months now and has settled well.  He is a bit of a character and gets on best with people he knows.  Scampi wouldn’t be suitable for anyone with children, he doesnt like cats and we think he’d be best as a ‘one and only’ companion.  He’s around four years old and is neutered and fully vaccinated.  We’re looking for just the right home and if you’d like to know a bit more about him please get in touch.

Good morning little hedgehog

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Our baby hedgehogs were all wide awake this morning and foraging round.  When they’ve had their breakfast they scurry off and burrow down in the hay for a snooze. We leave a selection of mealworms, sunflower seeds and peanuts out for them but it’s very rare for them to come out again till teatime.  The hedgehogs brought in last week are older and bigger – we’re still de-ticking them.   They are still being kept separately, one of them had a  lung infection when he came in so we’re making sure he’s alright before joining the others.  We’ll release them as soon as we’re sure they are alright.

Friendly Rabbits for Adoption

rabbits - mabel & betty 2These friendly and very tame rabbits are best friends and need a loving home where they will be together.   They eat together, sleep together and hop around without moving far from each other.  Mabel and Betty are a charming duo, we don’t know whether they are sisters but have been told that they are around three years old.  They are dwarf rabbits and very dainty.   Mabel has more grey splodges, Betty is mostly white.   They are both very lovable.  If you can give them a good home please come and meet them.  They need a large hutch with sleeping quarters and a big run or to be free some of the time in a well fenced garden.  Rabbits also like to come in the house and can be trained to use a litter tray.

Mabel and Betty have had a load of brambles for breakfast today, they chew the thick stems and this helps to keep their teeth short.   Rabbits also need good quality hay ad lib and lots of dandelions, clover and grass.  Willow twigs are liked and provide something to nibble on, also small branches from fruit trees.  Half a slice of brown bread toast is good in the morning or a small handful of cereal.   Carrots and apples are good too but hay is the most important item in their diet.

Masbel and Betty love to be stroked and petted, they are real sweeties – if you’d like to come and meet them please get in touch.

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Mabel is very pretty.

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Betty is smaller and very dainty.

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Hedgehogs doing well

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They’re eating, sleeping, having a little walk and then back to bed.  Our hoglets are doing well and growing.   This is all the view we get during the day, they burrow down in to the hay or under a towel (and they do like a soft towel for a bed cover!).  When we put food out nothing happens for a while then they come scurrying out and scoff the lot.  They get through a lot of food every day – if anyone can spare some cat pouches, chicken is best, or proper hedgehog food, please bring it in, these little hoglets are growing boys and always hungry.  When they get a bit bigger we’ll release them and it’s back to the wild.

Super Staffi Stella is back with us

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Stella has been one of our long term residents, we  had her in the sanctuary for many years. Then she was re-homed to a lovely family who gave her a wonderful hone life.  Sadly, ill health, a forthcoming operation and no one to look after her has meant that she has had to be brought back.  There were tears – everyone loves this personality plus staffi girl.  Stella is middle aged, brindle, smooth coated and is friendly, well behaved and a people pleaser.  She is vaccinated and spayed and is good with other dogs and cats and loves everyone.  She loves to go out for a walk so if anyone has an hour or two to spare, Stella will enjoy a stroll through the woods or along the canal.  She likes car outings also and is interested in everyone and everything.   One of her biggest delights is playing football – Geoff, who is one of our volunteers, took her out to the park and let her off only to see her scoot off.  Was she a runaway?  Not at all – she’d seen some lads playing football and went to join in!

Stella is available for adoption so if you’d like to come and meet her please get in touch.   We’re open for adoptions from 11.0am to 3.0pm every day.

Newsletter summer issue ready now


Our latest newsletter is ready now with updates on owls, birds, wildlife rescue, cats, hedgehogs and more.  We’ll be happy to post a copy out to you – free to members (so why not join us now?) or £1.25 inc. postage.  You can call and collect from Reception if you are in the area, a small donation to cover our printing costs is appreciated.  We’re open between 11.0am and 3.0pm every day.

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To join the Pet Samaritans please send your name and address and a donation is much appreciated (sugges £10.00) for a year’s membership.   We are aiming to bring newsletters out on a regular bi-monthly basis so you will be able to  keep in touch and up to date with everything that’s happening.   You’ll also get a FREE keyring, FREE Emergency Pet Care Card, advice and info – we’re here to help.  Pay by Paypal – donate online – or cheque or p.o. payable to Pet Samaritans.newsletter - summer 2014 4


New pigeon patient

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She’s a lovely looking bird but her wings are both injured.  Not broken hopefully but not quite folding back as they should do.  She was sitting quite still when she was found and brought in to us. Resting and moving as little as possible is best for her until her wings heal.   They usually do and we are optiimistic about her chances.  She looks well in herself and is eating with a good appetite.  When birds and animals don’t eat their chances are less good.

The little hedgehogs are all doing well, Justin has perked up and enjoyed his dinners today.  He had to be encouraged to begin with and soon got the hang of eating from a spoon.  Now he is quite lively.   Solo is free from masggots and is also doing well, which is quite miraculous after the dreadful state he was in yesterday.  Both these hoglets are quite tame and seem to be enjoying all the fuss and attention.  Our other baby hedgehogs in the nursery just eat and sleep and snuggle under their towels and yawn and curl up until it’s feed time again.  They are in good shape now but not big enough yet to release.  When they’ve grown a bit more and put on weight we’ll let them go.

Hedgehog hospital

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Our hedghog nursery now has a hospital wing, some of the babies brought in are quite poorly and need to be on their own and have intensive care.   Everybody has survived the night though and it seems like a miracle considering their condition on arrival.   The little one shown above is the worst and is still having a real struggle.   When he came in he was covered in ticks, we’ve had to pick them off as he is so small.  It’s a slow job and Rebekah and Amy (two of our wonderful volunteers) have endless patience.   When we managed to uncurl him and examine him further we saw that he was also infested with maggots.  He was close to death and they were in his eyes.   We’ve tweezed them all out but one eye has gone.   It seemed hopeless but then he took a bottle of milk and ate a bit of meat.  He’s a survivor and looking much better this morning.  We’ll call him Justin – he came in just in time!

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Sharp eyes and nimble fingers needed to get the ticks and maggots off this tiny hoglet.  Well done, girls.

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Hang in there Justin …..,

If anyone can bring in hedgehog food, sunflower seeds and peanuts we’d be very grateful.  We have a lot of little hoglets to feed!   Towels and lblankets also please.  Reception is open from 10.0am to 4.0pm = portacabin on right in top yard.  Many thanks.

Poorly hedgehog

hedgie - 19This little baby hedgehog came in yesterday.   He was looking very sorry for himself and was lethargic and cold in spite of the warm weather.  We warmed him up with a heated pad and a drink of special milk and then treated him for ticks.  He had a massive infestation and that may have caused his weakness.  Ticks suck the blood and will have made him anaemic.  There were too many to remove with a tick ‘twister’ so we gave him a careful spray of frontline, which kills the ticks instantly.  We don’t use this on the really tiny hoglets though.

This little chap  is looking much better now and had had some chicken and a nibble of sunflower seeds.   All he wants to do is is have a nap – hopefully he’ll sleep himself better.  All our baby hedgies like to be tucked up in bed and covered with a towel or thin blanket.   It’s like putting babies to bed!   We’ve called this little chap Solo – he came in on his own and has to stay by himself till we see if he’s well enough to join the others in the nursery.  Good thoughts and prayers for him please ……. if he’s still with us tomorrow he has a good chance of pulling through.

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Getting ready to snuggle down – night, night little one.


Happy ending for Ellie

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A lovely photo of Ellie who came in as an unwanted puppy and has grown up into  such a good looking and well behaved young lady.   We were so lucky to find her such a great home and she settled straight away with her new family.  We’re told that she is a firm favourite with the younger members and loves to play with their toys as well as her own.   Thanks folks for giving this personality plus youngster such a good home.