On Saturday 16th June, we headed back to the Tadley area for the Silchester Fete and Dog Show. This event was only a few hours long, but possibly one of our most successful events of the year and we raised a massive £230! With our cuddly baby guinea pigs and Benson the giant fluffy bunny, the animals were very popular, despite the slightly damp weather. Thank you to volunteers Alex, Harry, Lily, Sarah and Alice, the event organisers and to everyone who came along and supported us!
On Friday 15th June, we visited Winnall Primary School for their summer fete. We took the baby bunnies, baby guinea pigs and the normal team as well as volunteers Alex, Michael, Harry, Debbie and Tia. It was very successful and the animals were very popular with all the children! Thank you to Winnall School for inviting us!
A week after the Tadley Treacle Fair, we had another early morning start as we went to the Hampshire Country and Garden Festival! Due to the event being held at Bere Mill, just a short walk across the field from Furlock Holmes HQ, we took ponies as well as the normal bunnies and guinea pigs. Amy and Star, the ponies, behaved impeccably and will definitely be making an appearance at future events! Star even helped shake the donations bucket and it turns out he's the perfect height to rest his head on the table...
As always, a massive thank you goes to the event organisers, our volunteer team and to everyone who supported us on the day. We made a grand total of £243!
On Sunday 3rd June, our team missed their weekend lie-ins and set off to the Tadley Treacle Fair! This was probably one of our busiest events of the year and it didn't disappoint. We were positioned next to the donkeys and alpacas (and also the first aid tent just in case...) so, being animal lovers, were very happy! It was a very hot day, but we were armed with ice packs and frozen bottles which the children seemed to enjoy more than the animals at times! With Candy and Flossie showing off their amazing hairstyles and Jaffa the guinea pig being as cute as ever, we managed to raise a grand total of £242 which we were incredibly pleased with! Thank you to Jen, Jessica, Olivia, Michael, Alex, Hazel and Russ for all your amazing help.
Last weekend (19th and 20th May), Furlock Holmes Animal Care took in a total of ten new animals. With 6 new rabbits and 4 new guinea pigs, we have lots of upcoming vet bills! If you would like to donate to help one of these animals, this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Our latest arrivals include...
- Cain and Abel: young, male guinea pigs (bonded pair)
- Rusty and Snoz: young, male guinea pigs (bonded pair)
- Milly: female rabbit, approximately 18 months old
- Casper: male rabbit, approximately 7 months old
- Onyx and Opal: female rabbits, mother and daughter (bonded pair)
- Mickey and Minnie: male and female pair of rabbits, slightly older (bonded pair)
On Wednesday 23rd May, we were visited by three students and two teachers from Mark Way School in Andover. The students were taught about caring for small animals, what we do and why we are needed. They asked lots of questions and seemed to enjoy meeting the animals - especially when they were asked to feed them some carrots! We look forward to building a closer relationship with Mark Way School in the future.
We visited our local preschool, Rising Fives, with five rabbits and two guinea pigs. Jen and Eleanor took Benson, Coco, Jemima, Nougat, Marshmallow, Spongebob and Patrick and taught the children about caring for small animals. All children were able to handle the animals and this proved to be very popular!
On Sunday 20th May, Furlock Holmes volunteers and animals attended the celebration of the Church's Birthday. We had a great day and luckily the weather was bright and sunny! In total, we managed to raise a total of £110 which will go towards the care of the animals in rescue at Furlock Holmes Animal Care.
On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018, we travelled to the Basingstoke Rotary Club for our next event. The event was a large family festival with rides, stalls and even a bird of prey display! Despite the rain on Saturday forcing us to pack up early, we raised vital funds for the rescue and awareness of what we do. Furlock, our giant bunny mascot, made an appearance and was very popular with visitors (but not so popular with dogs)! We would like to thank everyone who supported us and it was great to see so many familiar faces. Another massive thank you must go to the incredibly dedicated and hard-working volunteers: Michael, Alex, Elliot, Jo, Monica, Amelia, Jen, Jessica, Louise, Lily, Erin, Debbie, Tia and Russ!