May 13th Update: Our PayPal is working again! We need your donations more than ever as kitten and puppy season is upon us. Please give generously. Thank you.
TABLE QUIZ – Round 2!
Thanks to all who attended our Table Quiz in Lawless’s, Dunshaughlin on April 30th. Our fabulous Patron, Pauline McLynn was quizmaster and the winning team very kindly donated back their winnings!
Update – April 20th 2015
Thanks to the goodwill of our supporters, all 700 hens have been rehomed in just two days. We will have more hens available for rehoming in a couple of months time – check our Facebook page for daily updates.
UPDATE – NEWSFLASH!!!!! APRIL 8TH 2015
All 700 hens have been rehomed. Thanks to all who have given these girls the chance to live a long and happy life.
Thanks to all who supported our quiz in the Ballymore Inn! Great fun was had by all. Special thanks to our patron, Pauline McLynn, who brought some of her fabulous A Go On tea cosies and hats as prizes.
March 2015 – We’re back! Our website has been down for a few weeks, but we’re back in action! Updates shortly on new developments at Littlehill. Watch this space!
Welcome to LittleHill Animal Rescue & Sanctuary
Our PayPal is back in action! Please donate via the button on the bottom right of your screen. Thank you!
Based in Kildare, Littlehill Rescue and Sanctuary undertakes to rescue and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected dogs, cats and horses. The odd turkey, duck, and pigeon has also been rehabilitated at various stages of its existence! Recently, several hundred ex-battery hens have been rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed. This charity is funded entirely by donations, and by the resources of its founder, Susan Anderson, who has worked tirelessly for the past 20+ years to make the world a better place for animals.
We have received numerous reports of dogs being stolen from houses and gardens – these dogs are often taken by unscrupulous people who use them as bait to blood fighting dogs, or for breeding. Make sure your dog is microchipped and wears an ID tag, stating he/she is neutered/spayed. Please be vigilant and make sure to keep your dogs secure at all times.
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In 2013 we rescued over 7,000 young battery hens from slaughter, and rehomed them all around Ireland. In 2014, we rescued almost 8,000 hens, which were due to be slaughtered at only 16 months old. Please contact us by email or on Facebook if you’d like to give these girls, who have spent the 16 months of their existence locked in tiny cages, a chance to live in freedom, to dust bathe, sun bathe, spread their wings, and just be clucking, content, happy hens. Most have already found their forever homes, but we still have some who are waiting for their new families!
November 2014 UPDATE
We are delighted that the fabulous Pauline Mclynn has agreed to become Patron of Littlehill! Already, Pauline is spreading the word on TV and elsewhere about the work we do at Littlehill, and is busy knitting sweaters for the hens from the rescue, which takes place at the end of the month.
In other news, Peggy has had the pins removed from her leg, by Noirín, in Cottage Vet Clinic. They were causing her quite a bit of bother, but she’s much more comfortable now. Peggy, although only a year old, will be on medication for the rest of her life. Her condition, malformed leg joints which prevented her from walking, has now been treated with extensive surgery, and Peggy can run and play with her doggy friends here at Littlehill. Peggy’s condition was caused by poor nutrition in utero, and after her birth.
October 2014 UPDATE
We’ve been busy for past few months rescuing feral cats and kittens, and having them tested for Feline Aids, having them neutered, vaccinated and treated for fleas. Many are now ready for new homes – our Facebook page has full details of cats and kittens currently available, or email us for details.
Long term canine residents, Vicky, Timothy and Henry, are desperate to find their own sofas. As winter approaches, they would love nothing better than to cuddle up with their very own families in a warm home, instead of in a run. Please contact us if you can offer any of these gorgeous dogs their forever sofa. (Please note, they’re not great with cats!)
Follow Peggy’s progress on our Facebook page
PEGGY HAS HAD TWO SURGERIES TO CORRECT HER DEFECTIVE JOINTS, AND IS NOW ALMOST AS GOOD AS NEW. SHE CAN NOW RUN AND PLAY, LIKE ANY YOUNG DOG. HOWEVER, SHE WILL BE ON MEDICATION FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE, TO COMBAT THE ARTHRITIS THAT SET IN BEFORE WE TOOK HER FROM THE POUND WHERE SHE WAS DUE TO BE PUT TO SLEEP.
THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED TO THE PEGGY’S LEG APPEAL.
February 2014 UPDATE
We have been extremely busy in the weeks before and after Christmas, rescuing dogs on death row in various pounds around the country. We are glad to be able to report that we have rehomed the majority of them! However, we have a few with medical issues that will have to be resolved before they can be rehomed. Like little Peggy, below, who has become a celebrity, following features in several newspapers. Peggy is awaiting complex leg surgery for displaced knee-caps and hips – she is only a few months old, and is unable to walk, so the surgeries will turn her life around. Peggy was taken from a pound, where she was due to be put to sleep. She is now living the high life at the Sanctuary!
ADOPTING FROM LITLEHILL
If you can offer one of our dogs, cats, hens, ponies etc. a loving home, please read our rehoming policy on our adoptions page.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT OFFER A RE-HOMING SERVICE FOR UNWANTED ANIMALS. OUR ADOPTABLE DOGS AND CATS HAVE BEEN RESCUED FROM POUNDS AND OTHER HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS.
August 2013 – We are completely full, and cannot take any more cats, kittens, dogs or puppies until further notice. We will update this page when we are in a position to resume taking animals in danger.
We have been asked where people can donate to help with the care of all our rescues. We really appreciate your generosity and so here are some ways. If you would like to help with our vet bills you can contact Troytown Equine Hospital on (045)521686 or Cottage Veterinary Clinic on (045)434848 and donate by debit/credit card or cheque. You can also donate through our fundraising page on Sponsor.ie or email us for Littlehill bank account details. If you would like to donate a bag of dog food you can contact Husse Ireland on 1800750750 and let them know it’s for us. Finally but most importantly of all, THANK YOU to those of you who have donated in the past or would like to donate now. We hope you know that your kindness has made the lives of our rescues profoundly better.
Littlehill on tour!
We depend on the generosity of the public for all of our income. We receive no government funding, and without the help and generosity of our supporters and fosterers, we would not be able to continue our work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming neglected and unwanted animals.
We were granted permits for a few days to fundraise in Dublin, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity of you, the animal lovers who support us, we will be able to clear some of our huge feed, hay and vet bills. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to those fantastic people who foster animals for us, while we find homes for them, mainly through social media. All of our rescued animals are neutered, microchipped, wormed and vaccinated before being re-homed.
Thank you for your generosity!