Animal sanctuary Spring Open Day

Last Sunday was Bleakholt sanctuary’s first proper open day since the place had to close to visitors at the start of the pandemic two years ago. Fortunately the weather gods produced a glorious day and even though I got there not long after the mid day opening the car park and the lane were already full of vehicles, with a steady stream of visitors paying their Β£2 entry fee at the gate.
My first port of call was the big barn with all its stalls set out round the sides and in the centre and though I didn’t buy anything for myself I did get a new and very pretty tea light holder which I thought Michael might like to give to his girlfriend. Tea lights and candles aren’t really my thing but Laura loves them so I’m sure she will like the one I got.
Wandering round outside I was disappointed to see that some areas were out of bounds and a lot of the kennels had no residents but it was obvious that quite a bit of work was taking place, with one row of cat pens already having been updated. It was nice to see a few different stalls and attractions though and the cafe and hot dog stall were both doing a good trade.
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Caught in mid roll
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The picnic area
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The new kennel block

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An update on the sanctuary’s website says they took an amazing Β£5,448 on the day – that’s the amount they will be trying to beat on the next open day in July, so fingers crossed the weather will behave, there will be even more visitors and it will be another really good day.
**This post has been pre-written and scheduled as I’m currently away with no internet access so I’ll reply to any comments when I get back. Have a good Easter everyone!

25 thoughts on “Animal sanctuary Spring Open Day

  1. Wonderful they raised so much in one day, of course it would be more wonderful if places like this did not have to exist, but the animals look very well cared for and I know you have said in the past how much care the staff take.

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    1. I agree Jayne, it would be wonderful if places like this didn’t have to exist but sadly they do. The Bleakholt residents are very well cared for though and some of them aren’t there for long before they find their new forever homes. The open day went well and it was great that so much was raised in that one afternoon.

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  2. Such a good amount of money raised for the sanctuary. I love all your photos of the animals and especially the one of the horse rolling around in the field. Of course I feel sorry for the dogs and cats needing their forever homes, they always look so sad behind bars but they are being well cared for. Enjoy your Easter weekend, you certainly have brought the weather with you to north Wales πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m sure that some of the animals deliberately put sad faces on so someone will adopt them. You can probably guess which one of these three dogs I would have πŸ™‚ I certainly did enjoy the Easter weekend and with today’s sunshine I didn’t want to come home. Now all I have to do is sort out the gazillion photos I took while I was down there πŸ™‚

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    1. How about a liking for vintage tractors? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve been a Bleakholt supporter for years so it was nice to see so many visitors on open day after the place had previously missed out on so much through the pandemic, and the weather couldn’t have been better.

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        1. I used to enjoy his earlier tv series from the 1970s and 80s. I didn’t know Fred well but knew him to speak to as I would sometimes bump into him in the local paper shop on Sunday mornings.

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  3. Looks like it was a good day out & they raised quite a sum. Loved all the animals, but I’m quite partial to donkeys and goats. We once had a goat called William & he was a bit of a devil, but ever so loveable. Thanks for sharing, take care & hugs.

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    1. It was a very successful afternoon, helped by the very good weather. I’ve been there in bad weather and the place is well named as it really is bleak in the wind and rain, which of course affects visitor numbers. Fingers crossed July will be just as good as this one.

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    1. It makes me sad too but at least with sanctuaries like Bleakholt they aren’t left to wander the streets and fend for themselves. It was a decent amount of money which was raised that day so hopefully they can beat that next time.

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    1. We had a couple of rainy days during the week before this so I was keeping my fingers crossed that the weather would be nice for the day. These quarterly open days raise so many much needed funds for the sanctuary’s animals so it really helps when the weather is good.

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  4. If I did that every time I go to Bleakholt my house would be like Noah’s Ark but without the water πŸ™‚ The horse was having a great time rolling around, I got the photo just at the right moment. The ginger and white cat had a beautiful face, he was lovely.

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  5. Wow, what a great amount raised in just one day, I hope they can beat that in July. It’s sad to see so many animals that have just been discarded, it’s terrible, but there’s so many wonderful people who do their best to look after them and find loving homes for them. I suppose these open days aren’t just about raising much needed funds but also to showcase the lovely animals and, hopefully, find some new homes, so I hope they succeeded in that. Love the photo of the horse enjoying the sunshine.

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  6. I always feel sorry for the older dogs in the Old Woofs block, usually there because their elderly owners have died. Some of them do find new homes but sadly many older dogs get overlooked for much younger ones, not just at Bleakholt but in other sanctuaries too. I just wish I could bring them all home. I love to see a horse rolling around in the sunshine and this one was certainly enjoying itself πŸ™‚

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