Welcome to LittleHill Animal Rescue & Sanctuary
Your donations keep us open. Please donate via the PayPal button on the bottom right of your screen.
We wish to state that we no longer act as hosts for Wwoof Ireland. Applications for internships may now be made directly to Littlehill’s email. See our Volunteer page for details.
HEN RESCUE 2016
We will have more hens available at the end of June/early July 2016. We will not have hens available until then. Please check for updates on our Facebook page.
We will post updates here and on our Facebook page as soon as we get details of dates and numbers of hens available. There won’t be as many as the February/March rescue, so book your hens early, as soon as details are posted here and on Facebook!
UPDATE MARCH 21st
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the people of Ireland, we managed to find homes for all 7,500 ex commercial laying hens. They are now pottering around in gardens the length and breadth of the country, and enjoying life to the full!
UPDATE March 2016 – The big hen rescue of 2016 took place on February 28th and 29th and on March 4th, 5th and 6th. Almost 7,000 hens found new homes all over Ireland – thanks to everyone who gave these girls a new lease of life, and to everyone who delivered hens to the four corners of the country.
Our wonderful Patron, Pauline McLynn, will be making lots of media appearances promoting the rescue, and will even be delivering some hens herself!
Even if you’ve never kept hens before, please consider taking a few to provide your family with cruelty free eggs, and you get fabulous pets into the bargain. (Some eggs sold as free-range in Irish supermarkets are, in fact, laid by caged hens, so the only guarantee that the eggs used by you and your family is to have your own hens!) We will provide you with guidelines for what is involved in keeping hens. Two or three hens can live quite happily in suburban back gardens!
Please keep checking our Facebook page for daily updates.
ADOPT SOME HENS!
We just can not answer emails and personal messages relating to the hen rescue, there are literally only five of us organising this massive rescue and then collecting and driving all over the country, we just don’t have the manpower. ALL details of locations and dates for collecting the hens will be posted on our Facebook page ONLY.
Please PLEASE SHARE this FAR and WIDE and let’s get these poor little girls to freedom .. We can provide all info and we never give ‘free to good home’ so there is an Adoption fee of €5 each hen …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!