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Nestled on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Irwell Valley, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury is a charitable organisation committed to the care of animals.

BLEAKHOLT ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Bury


This feature has been kindly donated to the charity, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury in recognition of the continual care it gives to animals, both large and small in the Bury area.


We are a charity who care for animals

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Irwell Valley Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury is a charitable organisation committed to care for dogs, cats, farm animals and small pets. We aim to find happy loving homes for many of our dogs, cats, rabbits and small mammals. Those that cannot be homed spend the rest of their days with us as do our equines and farm animals.

On a cold winter's day the "bleak" in Bleakholt really means something! However our staff and volunteers really care and are ceaseless in their dedication. None of it would be possible without your support.

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

There are many different ways that you can help the Sanctuary. If you have any ideas then let us know! Of course, donations are very important to the Sanctuary which is a non-profit making charitable organisation. The cost of keeping Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury running to cover essentials such as feed and veterinary care continues to rise. We now need to raise approx £1,000,000 annually to meet these expenses. We are a charity relying on the kind donations of the public. Our dog and cat galleries contain more information on the cost of the care of our animals. Any donation, small or large, makes a difference to their care. See our website for information on how to make a donation to this charity.

All donations of empty ink cartridges would be gratefully received.

 


HOME AN ANIMAL

The Sanctuary in Bury provides a home and will care for in excess of 450 animals at any one time. Our equines and other farm animals will spend the rest of their lives here at Bleakholt, Bury. We have a host of dogs, cats and rabbits that would love a new caring home. Whilst we frequently have puppies and kittens available for homing, our older residents would also like to have to pack their suitcase! They can often be less troublesome than a younger animal that needs that extra care. Please consider them as well. Take a look at our dog and cat galleries for the type of animals we have presently looking for that special home and someone to care for them.



SPONSOR AN ANIMAL

As we have said our horses, donkeys, cows, sheep and goats stay at the Sanctuary and are not for re-homing. However that does not mean you cannot help them and support them in their care. Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury runs a sponsorship scheme which covers all the above animals as well as a number of our dogs, cats and rabbits which for different reasons cannot be re-homed. Sponsors receive a lovely pack containing a photograph of your chosen animal and a certificate to keep. A sponsorship makes an ideal gift. Visit our Sponsorship Gallery to see some of the animals we have available to sponsor.


VISIT US AND SHOP WITH US

The Sanctuary is open 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm. There is no entrance fee. If you want to bring a school party, arrangements can be made with our manager. We have a shop on site selling Bleakholt souvenirs, pet care products and more. we also have a mail order service. We have a cafe which is open at weekends and we hold regular Open Days through the year.

 


BECOME A MEMBER

We are constantly looking for new members. For further information please visit the website by clicking the link on the right.

 


HELP AT THE SANCTUARY

Willing volunteers are a huge asset to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury and the running would be impossible without them. This can cover walking our dogs, helping in our cafe, shops or anything else. Get in touch with us to find out more.


Finally we extend a sincere

 

THANK YOU

 

to all our supporters in recognition of all the assistance in care, and the donations we receive .

latest reviews

In December 2013, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Great day out for all the family, very friendly staff who do a great job. So many different animals from cats and dogs to pigs and goats, not to mention the stables and wonderful rural surroundings.

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In December 2013, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

I went to Bleakholt in August 2012 to look for a 'big' dog. I had a wander around by myself wishing I could take all the dogs home!! The staff where helpful but not intrusive and obviously very busy. There were alot of people looking around and several helpers doing dog walks. I then spoke to Adie and asked if there were any Shepherds or Rotties available. There was. I was told that Rio had been there about 6 months, was a bit 'thick' but as gentle as a teddy bear. It was apparent that a strong bond had been formed in the time they had been together. I signed up as a dog walker and took Rio out. Other staff came to talk about the dogs and Rio. The dedication of the staff to looking after and rehoming all the animals in their care is amazing. I adopted Rio and it has been the best decision ever but the best part is when we go to visit is watching Rio when he sees everyone especially Adie. If you can help in anyway and it doesn't have to be adopting an animal please do. You won't regret it.

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In December 2013, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

A totally reliable place! The staff and volunteers are absolutely fantastic. Always helping people and animals in need. They annually host open days which are always a great way to raise money and meet new fur babies! We got our first dog Bella from here and wouldn't look further when getting another! Keep up the fantastic work xx

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In August 2013, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

I'm very disappointed in Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary. Me and my boyfriend have wanted a cat for some time and we decided that the best thing to do was to give a home to a cat which really needed it. We decided to go to this sanctuary several times until we were certain we had the right cat for us. We reserved the cat and today we received the home visit. The woman was very friendly and extremely positive, she asked a couple of questions and raised concerns which we were able to dispel, one of which was the typical question of whether we lived on a main road; we live in a cul-de-sac and we assured her that the larger road nearby was not a main road and only receives sparse traffic. She was apparently satisfied with this, and after seeing the back garden, the surrounding area, and knowing that I work from home and that I would be able to supervise the cat practically all the time she basically said she was happy and she would pass this on to the Sanctuary and that we would be allowed to have the cat. The whole time she was here she was giving advice, and talking about the cat as if we were going to be permitted to adopt it right from the beginning. We were naturally extremely pleased, thanked her for her time, then set out to buy the supplies we would need e.g. litter tray, scratch post, etc. However around an hour later we received a phone call from the home visitor who informed us that on her return to the Sanctuary she had been told by the staff that because we live on a main road they would not allow us to take the cat. After a moment's deliberation we decided to contest this by phoning the Sanctuary and explaining the road situation. On doing so the staff told us it was the home visitor's decision and that she had changed her mind for an unknown reason related to the road after leaving our premises. This was in direct contradiction to what the visitor had said herself, and no satisfactory explanation for the reason was given. The Sanctuary refused to discuss any more stating that the home visitor's decision was final. This seems to be underhanded,self-contradictory, and unnecessarily raised our hopes since at the time of leaving we were definitely assured that the cat would be ours. We have kept pets (including cats) all our lives, and while I understand that they have the best interests of the cat in mind, they are depriving the cat of a loving forever home with experienced people simply because of an unexplained reason which presumably is related to a rule which our house does not break. With such strict restrictions and dishonest manner of working I can understand now why they have so many cats in need of rehoming, and many plaques in memory of cats that spent their rest of their lives wasting away in confined pens, constantly subjected to a parade of potential owners and children's probing fingers while they wait for a home which never comes.

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Reply from Debi F:
Response from Bleakholt Hi Kathryn, Further to our meeting today I am disappointed to hear that a potential client of ours has been caused stress through our re homing procedure. It is not the kind if thing we generally hear and I will certainly investigate the matter. I appreciate that due to data protection you will be unable to give out any details of the person in question, but hope you may be able to ask them to contact me so that I can make a thorough check in this matter? I look forward to your prompt response, Kind regards Jay Fletcher

In February 2012, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

This is a fantastic business that does an amazing job. we have had 3 cats from Bleakholt which we gave a loving home to. We always recommend to everyone who mentions wanting a pet to go there.

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In February 2012, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Does a great job rescuing animals, have three cats from here who are all lovely

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In February 2012, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

My friend used to work here all the staff do a fantastic job helping sick, abandand and unwanted animals who would otherwise would be put down or left to roam the streets Keep up the good works

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In February 2011, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

This is a fantastic local establishment where a relative of mine is a dog walker for them Theya nre a very worthy cause, going the extra mile for the care of animals. They are very proactive fundraisers for their casue

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In October 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

When I was a member at the Junior School for Bury Grammar, each year a form would have a different charity each. I remember throughout year eight and even year nine, our chosen charity was Bleakholt as we kept it for two years. We held many bun sales, events such as Halloween fairs and gave away Christmas hampers. We chose Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary as when looking through the charity we realised how much hard work the employees put in to look after the animals, and we also wanted to provide funding for the company so that it could be more heavily advertised. Overall the sanctuary is fantastic at what it does and we were proud to help it.

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In June 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

We have adopted a deaf dog from Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary Homes and he is still with us for over three years now.

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In June 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

To all the staff and volunteers at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, thanks for all your hard work. From the Creative and Media Students at Elton High.

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In June 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Thank you for all the good work everyone at the sanctuary does for the animals.

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In June 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Dear Friends, I always look forward to reading your newsletter. It is interesting, well presented and keeps me in touch. My very best wishes.

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In June 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Thank you my newsletter and book, I always look forwaard to having them. I only wish I could help you more, very best wishes.

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In February 2010, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

a friend of mine recently became a dog walker for Bleakholt. I just want to commend them on the good work that they do in helping re home the poor animals that get abandoned here on a regular basis. Yes they vet people that want to take one of their animals but then when they have come from such an unknown background you have to be sure they are going to the right place don't you. welldone to my friend for taking time out to support them too.

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In March 2009, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary provides exceptional and much-needed care for abandoned or unwanted animals. The team works tirelessly in all weathers to ensure the best quality of life for all the animals they care for. Choosing the right animal for the right people is an essential and painstaking task, but through Bleakholt's dedication, commitment and determination, a safe and loving future for every animal can be ensured. I would recommend Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary to anyone looking for a pet of any age.

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In January 2008, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

We rehomed a dog from Bleakholt a few months ago and to be honest it was the best thing we did! We looked around and chose our dog. We found the staff very friendly and helpful. Family have come with us as it is a great day out. We would reccommend it to anyone who loves animals

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In January 2008, said about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Like a great deal of other people I have always been put off visiting the likes of Bleakholt for fear of coming away broken hearted, not that I would not want to try and rehome every single animal if I could!! It was therefore a pleasure to be able to visit here and be shown around all the buildings and see most of the animals who currently reside here, many with sad stories attached but all looking forwards to the love of a new family and home. Each animal is expertly cared for and each kennel is heated. The dogs get walks from their "friends" on a daily basis and all seem to be happy. Having seen what goes on behind the scenes and experiencing the dedication and commitment of the team here my opinion has changed greatly. I would encourage anyone to visit and ask questions about the sanctuary. Why not visit one of the open days and see for yourself. Keep up the fantastic work team Bleakholt!!

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    Bury Old Road
    Edenfield
    Bury
    Lancashire
    BL0 0RX
    T: 08442 570411
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