As we get settled into the New Year, over at Hula Animal Rescue, it is simply business as usual.
The Aspley Guise Animal Centre is always bustling with animals, and – with people still feeling the financial pinch –there is no sign of relief for the centre, which cares for abandoned animals from the area.
Hula is one of those places that shows the very best and worst of people simultaneously.
It is staffed by a small army of volunteers who care passionately and devote their time to the creatures who depend on them. It’s heartwarming.
Some of the stories of the animals who wind up at Hula though, are truly heartbreaking .
Running a centre like this doesn’t come cheap, with food bills, health costs and maintenance all soaking up plenty of cash.
To raise funds, Hula hosts open days throughout the year, as regular readers already know.
The fun affairs are a great chance to meet the animals at the centre – the permanent residents and those available for adoption.
Even if you can only give a cuddle, those puddy-tats, bunnies, canines and other inhabitants will be more than happy to be made a fuss of.
Kids will be kept occupied too, with loads of fun and games to get stuck into, and the bazaar sale will present bargains for those of you who make the effort and get along to Sunday’s New Year Get Together.
Staff and animals will welcome you between 1 and 3.30pm, so wrap up warm, grab the brollies (as necessary) and don’t let the naff January weather rain on Hula’s parade.
Every penny raised will go direct to the care and welfare of the residents, so do as their slogan suggests and ‘Help Hula Help Animals.’
Admission is£2 for adults, and accompanied children go free.
Friendly dogs are welcome too, so long as they are on a lead, so don’t leave Rover at home. It’s time for ‘walkies’...
> Hula had a cash boost from our Olympic winner Greg Rutherford over the Christmas perod – he participated in ITV show The Cube and nominated Hula as his chosen charity.
They benefited to the tune of £10,000...well done, Greg!