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Ollie’s February News

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Thank you to the many supporters who sent gifts and money for the animals over Christmas, too many to mention but you know who you are.   We also met lots of lovely people and their dogs during the Santa Paws appeal at Pets at Home in Colchester.   One such visitor was Winston, a staffie, with a special set of wheels adapted to get him around since losing the use of his back legs.  His owners realised there were many others in the same predicament and started a fundraising group for Winstons’ Wheels.   You can read more about this by visiting the Winston Daisy Mae Wettner Facebook page.

The other morning I was very surprised when Mother went out on a rescue and returned looking as black as Ollie the cat!   Apparently she had to dislodge a tawny owl from a very sooty chimney, after which they both needed a bath.   One of our volunteers was later left red faced after commenting upon the delightful soft tones of the rescued owl.   She was most embarrassed when told the owl was elsewhere and the cooing was a recovering collared dove!

We are now open again so do visit us if you are looking for furry friend to complete your family.   Although you can see some of our animals on the website there may new arrivals and it’s always good to have a chat in person.   You may even be lucky enough to see me, Ollie (the Black) Cat!

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Kenny’s January News

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“As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we reflect upon the wonderful support given to SESAW throughout out the year.   We are grateful for the generous donations of food, bedding and other items which go towards caring for the animals, and for the saleable goods which help raise money at our sales.

We are also indebted to the many volunteers who make everything happen, including Mrs. Pat (Herbie) Whalley who has now moved on to help a care homes charity.   Herbie has been involved in many SESAW fundraising events over the last six years and organised the twice yearly Sales held at Long Melford.   The Christmas Fair which raised £3,100 was Herbie’s last event and we wish her similar success at Leornard Cheshire Homes. 

Now I’ve finished the serious bit, how about this for something completely different.  It’s not often an ex SESAW dog hits the headlines but two of our canine friends made the news recently.   Hadleigh’s heroic hound Bowza, a Labrador cross, was featured on BBC Look East and the national press after sharing his body heat with a lady suffering a head injury.  Bowza’s proud owner, Don Cox, said the dog seemed to understand the problem and stayed next to the shivering lady for over an hour until an ambulance arrived. 

My old friend Freddie, a very cute chihuahua cross, became the centre of attention during filming for a Channel 4 TV commercial.   The little chap was chosen to appear in an ad with the equally handsome bigger chap in the photo, to advertise “Solidor” front doors.   Of course Freddie was completely unfazed by the experience because we chihuahuas are often the star attraction.   Apparently he has already be asked for his pawprint and might become more famous than me!

I have no idea what animals may be available for rehoming when you read this so please keep an eye on our website or visit when we reopen on Thursday 17th January.   Don’t forget to wear your wellies if the weather is wet!   My vertically challenged canine friends usually return home with very muddy undercarriages, which is extremely uncomfortable, I can tell you!   Time to muscle into the scrum to find a space in front of the Rayburn for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua

Kenny’s December News

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FacebookFacebookThank you to everyone who helped or visited our Christmas Fair at Long Melford last month. A good time was had by all and a fantastic £3,100 was raised. Although we will have a break from sales until next March, life is harder at SESAW during the cold winter months. The work has to be crammed into the shorter days and the animals are ready for bed much earlier. Extra insulation, draft protection and fixings have been installed but Mum keeps watch for damage to the buildings and fences during her daily rounds.

During the long winter evenings our Craft ladies will be knitting, crocheting and sewing lots of beautiful things (like the pink elephant in the picture) to raise money next year. If you have any spare wool, cotton, material or other craft notions they could use, please get in touch. We can arrange collection of donations which need to be clearly marked CRAFT.

I must tell you about Charlie and Gypsy, two lovely Chihuahua/cross dogs, both two and a half years old, very much in need of each other. They may be nervous initially but have progressed tremendously and will continue to do so once they have a new home. We also have a pair of delightful and inseparable Springer Spaniels, see photo. Sadly, seven year old Uncle Kez and his seven month old nephew, Max, have been with us since their owner became ill. They will need further training but they are very loving and will repay their new owner tenfold. Wildlife casualties continue to arrive but I’ll tell more about that next time.

It’s time to thank our volunteers who turn up every week, whatever the weather, to care for the animals, buildings and garden or organise sales and fairs. Also the unseen army of people who deliver donations of food or other items and goods to be sold at our fundraising events. Last but not least, we thank the visitors who attend those events. Please note that we will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period – dates will be posted soon. Best wishes for health and happiness to all our supporters from everyone at SESAW including Ollie (the Black) Cat and Kenny (the Boss Chihuahua)

Kenny’s November News

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FacebookFacebookTalk about have your cake and eat it!   You should have seen the yummy selection at our sales in September and October, all baked and donated by talented supporters. I was only allowed a tiny taste due to my dicky tummy but I did get my usual cup of tea! Thank you to everyone who helped or visited us at Great Bentley and Hintlesham.   We were made most welcome by the locals at both events which raised over £4000 for the animals. Our last event of 2018 is our Christmas Fair at the Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX. Lots of goodies on offer plus a raffle and tombola. Doors open 10am, Sunday 18th November, get there early before they sell out!

Back at the Sanctuary, last year’s rescued blackbirds have reared their own broods and the kestrel is happily flying free above the garden, most frustrating for poor old Ollie (the Black)Cat! Mum and the volunteers have been kept busy with a doggy family after cross breed terrier sisters, Hinge and Bracket arrived. Hinge promptly produced with four tiny pups which are now happily rehomed, leaving Mum and Auntie, the inseparable sisters. They are around two years old with lovely personalities, unlike poor old Jack, the Westie cross, who needs an understanding home. He is a bit of a grump but deserves a chance to be happy and loved.

Ollie says please keep your pets safe during Hallowen and Bonfire night.   As a black cat, he is particularly wary of the spooky season and we animals all dread the fireworks around 5th November.   That is a time when all pets should be safely tucked up indoors, including Ollie (the Black) Cat and me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.   We are usually open 10-1pm Thurs-Sunday if we have sufficient staff – volunteers always needed, so please contact us if you think you can help!

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Ollie’s October News

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FacebookFacebookLittle Lord Fauntleroy is strutting around the house trying to look important. Yes, Kenny “the Boss” Chihuahua has been out to meet his fans, giving me the opportunity to email some exceptional news for you!

Mother, known to you as Maggie, will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Suffolk later this month in recognition of her notable contributions to the community. I cannot tell you how proud and delighted we all feel about this well earned and deserved acknowledgement. Of course the good lady herself will have none of it, insisting she is merely a “facilitator” and will accept said accolade on behalf of the volunteers, without whom there would be no SESAW.

Now back to the animals as I don’t think Kenneth has told you about the cats awaiting homes, in particularly a little puss called Marti who has been with us for six months. She arrived pregnant but the kittens are all weaned and she is ready for an adult only home where she would be the only cat.

Our next sale is at the Community Hall, Hintlesham, IP8 3PS, 11-2pm on 13th October. Lots to buy including collectables, jewellery, furnishings, a tombola, raffle and refreshments. 50p entry, free parking. Our popular Christmas Fair will be held at The Old School, Long Melford on Sunday 18th November. Tables still available, phone 01206 263269 to book.

No award could sway Mother from her evening rounds so I’m off to accompany her before it gets dark. The nights are drawing in and getting damp but a cosy nest in the hay bales is still the best bed for me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.