Each Christmas I try and do something extra for charity. Whether that be making a financial donation, raising awareness or donating items such as food or toys. This year, I decided to buy some Christmas gifts for the animals currently living at a local animal shelter, Wythall Animal Sanctuary.
I don’t know about you, but when I see stories of people doing good things for people or animals less fortunate, it always inspires me to get involved in some way. I hope this inspires you to help a charity this Christmas! Of course, it’s not just Christmas when charities need your help, they need you all year round. I do support various charities throughout the year, but I think it’s nice to do a little something extra during the festive season.
Wythall Animal Sanctuary is located in South Birmingham, and is home to a whole host of rescued animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, ponies…they even have a hedgehog looking for a new home! His name is Sonic, excellent. I contacted the sanctuary a few weeks ago and asked them to send me their wishlist so that I wasn’t buying things they didn’t have use for. I highly recommend you do this before you donate to an animal shelter/sanctuary. So, I purchased some bedding, some toys and some food, and Luke and I set off on our merry way.
When we arrived at the sanctuary we were met by a very friendly young lady named Rhea, who showed us the way around and introduced us to some animals. What struck me about Wythall Animal Sanctuary was how much the staff and volunteers clearly love the animals. We saw several people during our visit, and they were all showering the animals with love and affection, which was really lovely to see. The animals were clearly well looked after, and were excited to see visitors.
The first bundles of joy we met were two dogs, Ronnie and Shiva, who are looking for their forever homes. Ronnie is a 13 year-old cross lakeland terrier who is very cute. He’s a small dog who loves his toys and enjoys attention.
I mean, seriously, look at his face. Look at it. How can anyone not want this beautiful boy? We’re not in a position to adopt a dog at the moment, but we’d have snapped him up in a heartbeat if we could! If you would like to know more about this little guy, have a look here.
The next dog we were introduced to was Shiva, who is originally from Gibraltar – hence her fancy name. Shiva is a big girl who has been at Wythall Animal Sanctuary since 2015, so she desperately wants her own home. She was very happy to accept some fuss from Luke and me, and her big brown eyes are beautiful. Here she is looking pretty for a photo, and then with Rhea and Michelle who work at the sanctuary. Find out more about Shiva.
Before we left we visited the guinea pigs and rabbits, who were having the best time ever running through tunnels, playing with toys, and munching on leaves. Wythall Animal Sanctuary look after so many animals who don’t have a home, and they do a great job of it. Not only do they look after domestic animals, they also take in injured birds and wildlife, and care for them until they can be released.
I’m really pleased that we’ve made a difference to the lives of these beautiful animals this Christmas. If you’re helping any charities this Christmas, I’d love to hear about it. Please do let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back later this week with a recipe for an Apple Pie Smoothie, so keep your eyes on open for that. In the meantime, I’ll be over on Instagram if you like looking at photos of food and other bits and pieces. But mostly food.