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.
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
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.
Reply from Debi F: Response from Bleakholt
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,
In February 2012, ashley g said:
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.
In February 2012, Liz G said:
Does a great job rescuing animals, have three cats from here who are all lovely
In February 2012, Nigel H said:
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
In February 2011, david r said:
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
In October 2010, jessica m said:
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.
In June 2010, lou f said:
We have adopted a deaf dog from Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary Homes and he is still with us for over three years now.
In June 2010, Anon said:
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.
In June 2010, Marjorie S said:
Thank you for all the good work everyone at the sanctuary does for the animals.
In June 2010, Marjorie M said:
Dear Friends, I always look forward to reading your newsletter. It is interesting, well presented and keeps me in touch. My very best wishes.
In June 2010, Mrs H Smith said:
Thank you my newsletter and book, I always look forwaard to having them. I only wish I could help you more, very best wishes.
In February 2010, Mary K said:
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.
In March 2009, Becki W said:
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.
In January 2008, Nicola A said:
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
In January 2008, kathryn b said:
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!!