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.