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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary - 'Pets are for life, not just for Christmas'

PUBLISHED: 12:37 29 November 2018

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. Picture: Anna Marie

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. Picture: Anna Marie

Anna Marie

From a new arrival, an important festive message and Christmas activities coming up, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary's Sophie Kemp has lots to tell us about this week!

Christmas lunch poster. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryChristmas lunch poster. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

This week, we had a new addition to the Hopefield family - Soloman, the Triton Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

He came to us after he was in foster care with another rescue.

Unfortunately, he turned out to be extremely destructive and ended up looking for his forever home, where he can fly around and live like a proper parrot.

These beautiful birds have been known to live for over 100 years!

Solly loves to rock to the radio and show off in front of people!

Once the weather warms up, he will be moved outside to a large flight aviary. Check out this video of Solly here!

At this time of year, many children are bought pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters etc, as presents.

We’re urging people to think twice about whether or not they can provide these animals with the care and treatment that they need. Animals are not just for Christmas and proper research should be done before seeking to buy one of these animals.

Unfortunately, sanctuaries and rescues like ours are full to the brim of small animals, that have been bought for children and have displayed signs of aggression due to lack of handling, or people simply can’t meet their needs due to lack of time.

Don’t forget our Christmas Fete is THIS Saturday between 11am and 3pm.

Come along and take part in some festive fun, as well as visiting our amazing animals. We can’t wait to see you there!

We’re taking bookings for our Christmas Lunch, which is going to be held on Wednesday, December 19. To book your space, please call the sanctuary at 01277 201110, or email office@hopefield.org.uk.

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