Heye, a quick update...
Just PayPal'ed over a donation, hope it helps a bit!
Just seeing this now......any updates?
I can try to get some funds out too.
I'll send a small donation later but it will only be small because money is in short supply in this house.
Thankyou so so much to everyone who has helped, it really does make a difference and thankfully things are now starting to look a bit brighter
As a supplement to hay, could you make silage? You could ask local councils to supply you with all their grass cuttings that have come from unsprayed grass. Grass on council-owned land is not sprayed as far as I can tell. It is cut every now and then, and some machines collect the grass. Or the grass could be fed directly to the grass eating species. Or use the grass to make hay because making silage is a rather complicated process.
Hi MartinVegartin, unfortunately round here there just isn't much grass at all, also, being only just spring, councils aren't cutting it yet. There's also the risk of toxic plants being in the verge cutting too
Thankfully, now spring is here there is a bit more grass in the animal's fields so that'll help.
Perhaps schools and hospitals could supply their leftover meat and greens from the meals they provide. Meat could be kept separate to feed dogs and cats. School children could be rounded up to collect leftover food from their homes and could take it to school.
Another good idea in theory
Again unfortunately it wouldn't be possible as it is illegal to give waste food like that to the animals. Also the risk of plant-based food being contaminated with meat is too high, the recent outbreaks of mad cow disease a few years back were reported to have been caused by feeding meat to herbivores (which is why it is now illegal). And although I'm sure kids would be very enthusiastic, it'd be a messy, smelly job so parents might not be!
We used to feed the cafe waste food to pigs at an animal attraction I used to work at and every time I'd have to go through the food really carefully by hand and pick out the unsuitable foods and the bits of plastic, napkins, bottle tops, drinking straws etc
It took ages and that was just one small bucket load - the quantity of food needed for Hillside would be enormous and it just wouldn't be possible to check it all.
Another point is that because the vast majority of the animals at Hillside are rescues, many are elderly, ill or on special diets for some reason, they need a correctly balanced and tailored feed. They may become really ill if given human food waste. Hillside are a farm animal rescue, they can't take in cats so most of the animals are primarily grazers or browsers so human food waste wouldn't be suitable anyway
Aaaagh it really is such a shame as the amount of food our society throws away is staggeringly wasteful
You might be able to rope in the local scouts and girl guides...to help with the haymaking.
Bet they would love it too but again, sadly this wouldn't be possibly either
Hillside don't grow their own hay as all the land is used for the animal enclosures and grazing, plus hay making round here is done by combine harvester by the farms themselves. Thankyou so much for your suggestions though
It's not that there is a shortage of feed, hay, medicine etc, it's that Hillside have been so hard hit by the recession, the rise in feed prices and the large number of animals that have recently come in their care, that they are running low on funds to buy the supplies. So the best way for anyone who wants to help is to donate a little money, that way Hillside can buy the correct feeds, hay, medicines etc that the animals need
They have lots of lovely gifts, animal sponsorships etc too http://www.hillside.org.uk/acatalog/index.html
so I've been buying stuff from Hillside for birthdays, Christmas etc, it's a great way to help.
But.....on the plus side things are looking a bit brighter, now the tourist season is starting the sanctuaries are opening up to visitors again so that's a little bit of income
Also some very cute news - a rescued muntjack deer that was brought to the sanctuary after being hit by a car has not only made a full recovery, but gave birth to a very healthy and bouncy fawn the other night! It is so cute! I saw it bouncing about like a rabbit, it's not much bigger than a rabbit actually either! And we have the first piglets born at the sanctuary since it was founded 16 years ago. Most pigs that come in are farm rescues of pets, not breeding sows but lucky Annabel was saved along with her partner Tom from slaughter. She has had nine of the cutest little piglets ever!
This is Hillside's Youtube channel where they have lots of videos of the animals around the sanctuary, recent rescued and undercover investigations into the cruelties of farming etc if anyone is interested in fining out more about them http://www.youtube.com/user/HillsideAdoptAnimals
Thank you all so much again!http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Hillside-Animal-Sanctuary/135561519840094