Sponsor

Although many of the animals who enter the rescue are rehomed to forever families of their own, some of our residents are not that lucky. At Furlock Holmes, we take in animals that have been neglected and mistreated. These animals suffer and are often in pain, needing extensive veterinary treatment and lots of extra care. Some of these animals are so damaged that they are unable to be rehomed due to needing ongoing treatment for permanent health or behavioural conditions and so remain under the care of the rescue for the rest of their lives. Some of our permanent residents have never been fed a proper diet and so have dental problems, while others have been confined to such a tiny space for such a long time that they have severe behavioural issues. These are just two examples of the extra needs that some of our animals have. However, is it fair that these animals will never have a family of their own, just because they're not strong enough to leave the rescue? This is where sponsoring comes in.

Sponsoring one of our animals not only helps with the ongoing cost of their treatment, but also provides the animals with families of their own. Sponsored animals have been shown to develop a close bond with their human sponsors and enjoy lots of treats and attention. This improves their quality of life which then makes them happier and healthier. As a sponsor, you will be helping an animal in need and they can also help you in return! After a stressful day at work or a bad day at school, nothing is more relaxing than spending time with animals. For people unable to have pets of their own, sponsoring is a great way to enjoy the benefits of pet ownership, but without the daily commitment.

Sponsor for just £5 per month

Marley

The lovely Marley came to us with his sister, Margot. They had sadly been passed from one home to the next and his issues had not been treated. He had apparent dental problems with his incisors (front teeth) being very long. A dental x-ray showed that Marley had an infection in the roots of his teeth which was causing him a lot of pain and discomfort. Marley was then put on a course of antibiotics and a medication called Metacam to help him feel more comfortable. Sadly, Marley recently developed a severe head tilt showing that the infection has spread to his inner ear. He is very congested which you can hear when he breathes, but this and his head tilt are aggravated by stress. Poor Marley will continue to undergo treatment to try and help him feel better, but is likely to have some long-term issues meaning he may end up staying with us as a permanent sanctuary resident. By sponsoring Marley, you will help us pay for his ongoing treatment to ensure he gets the care he deserves! 

Sponsor for just £5 per month

Mika

Beautiful Mika is a slightly strange bunny! He one day became suddenly paralysed in one of his hind legs for reasons no one knew. Not long later, he started chewing on the toes of that leg and causing quite severe damage. His owners, wanting the best for Mika, decided to surrender him to us as they thought maybe he was lonely and distressed living without another rabbit. Mika came to us and was bonded with fellow long-term resident, Popeye. Sadly, this didn't change anything and Mika was still chewing on his toes. A recent CT scan shows that Mika has a small, metal-like piece of material on his spine which is causing the problems with his leg. No one knows exactly what this substance is or how it got there, but it is likely that nerve damage is causing his toes to tingle a bit, hence the chewing. The material is too close to the spine to remove, but Mika has now started on antibiotics, pain medication and a medication to help with the nerve pain. If this medication does not work, we may have to look to amputate his leg, but he is certainly a lot happier now that the pain is under control! By sponsoring Mika, you will help us pay for future investigation into his health problems as well as treatment.

Sponsor for just £8 per month

Popeye

Meet the wonderful, cheeky Popeye! He is full of character and always a firm favourite amongst volunteers and visitors! At just 4 years old, Popeye developed an abscess behind his eye so his previous owner's vet removed his eye. Sadly, the abscess returned showing there was a deeper, underlying issue. Popeye's owners were not in a position to pay for ongoing veterinary treatment and so surrendered him to us. Recent CT scans showed that Popeye is suffering from problems below the gumline in the bone of his jaws where he has very infected teeth roots which are causing abscesses. Inside the rabbit's head, there is a network of cavities and infections easily spread between them. This means Popeye's dental problems have knock-on effects and his retrobulbar (behind the eye) abscess has been caused by dental issues. Sadly, an infection can make a rabbit feel very poorly and this, combined with awkward teeth making it hard for him to eat, means Popeye is very weak and underweight. Popeye is on a course of antibiotics and painkillers and is also syringe-fed to ensure he doesn't lose too much weight. Popeye's prognosis is unknown at the moment, but we hope that, with time, he will be strong enough for further treatment. 

Sponsor for just £10 per month

Mittens + Floki

You may recognise the iconic Mittens from some of our previous fundraising efforts. Mittens is a beautiful, kind, gentle bunny who absolutely loves people! She sadly suffered from severe malocclusion and so had to have her incisors (front teeth) removed. Since doing this, Mittens has been a lot more comfortable, but does now struggle to pull up grass to eat! Mittens enjoys finely chopped vegetables as well as various homemade smoothies and hay. Due to not eating much hay and grass, Mittens frequently has her back teeth (molars) filed down.

Mittens lives with her lovely partner, Floki. Floki recently had a dental x-ray which showed he is suffering from stage 4 out of 5 dental disease. He has daily antibiotics and painkillers which make him more comfortable and will hopefully reduce the infection. When Floki is feeling particularly bad, we syringe feed him a critical care formula to help keep him strong and healthy. By sponsoring Mittens and Floki, you will be helping to fund any furture treatment to make them more comfortable.

Sponsor for just £5 per month

Frodo

At 14 years old, Frodo is our most senior resident - and certainly the wisest! Frodo is both blind and deaf and suffers from chronic weight loss. He has ongoing eye infections which are treated with eye drops, antibiotics and painkillers. Sadly, Frodo is way too old and fragile to have much chance of surviving an anaesthetic so surgical treatment is something we would ideally like to avoid. We bathe his eyes daily and he does enjoy the pampering! 

Frodo's main issue, however, is his behaviour. Having been left in a very tiny hutch for so many years, Frodo struggles with being in a confined area and constantly paces up and down whenever the door is closed. He also hates being in unfamiliar places and panics whenever put outside. 

If you ever visit the rescue, you are bound to bump into our precious Frodo! He is a hilarious character and loved by all!

Sponsor for just £2 per month

Heidi

Heidi is a beautiful, 5 year old, Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Shortly after arriving, Heidi's picture was put on the website and a lot of people showed interest in adopting Heidi meaning Heidi would have found a forever home with a husbun. We then took Heidi to the vet to be neutered, just like we do with every other rabbit. Her operation showed her uterus to be cancerous and, sadly, the cancer was not just contained to the uterus and had spread to the surrounding tissue. Heidi had been in a lot of pain for a long time but, like prey animals do, had hidden it from us. If Heidi had been neutered when younger, this would never have happened. However, because people are not told about the importance of neutering female rabbits as well as the males, she was left until it was too late. Heidi will stay with us for the rest of her life as it is likely that the cancer will spread to her organs. By sponsoring Heidi, you will help fund her ongoing pain medication and keep her comfortable.

Sponsor for just £3 per month

Candy + Flossie

Candy and Flossie have been with us since August 2017 and we have now decided that, due to Candy's poor health, we are going to keep them here as permanent residents forever (or at least until we see improvement in his condition). Candy is both blind and deaf and struggles to maintain a healthy weight. He and his sister, Flossie, are inseparable as Candy relies on her for support. However, Candy dislikes going out for a run and thumps constantly when he is taken out of his hutch. For this reason, we feel rehoming him would be too stressful and risky. As Candy and Flossie are unable to go and live with a family of their own, we are looking for someone who would like to give them the extra cuddles, attention and treats they deserve here at the rescue! They are a gorgeous pair and incredibly friendly! 

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Email: enquiries@furlockholmes.uk

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All donations are greatly appreciated and go straight towards the care of the animals. This can include neutering, vaccinations and other veterinary costs, food and bedding, equipment and much more! Without donations, we wouldn't be able to run. If you would like to find out more about where your money goes or if you want to donate towards the care of a particular animal, please get in touch. Thank you!