Meet the Residents!

Woodside will always try its best to ensure that all pets find appropriate, loving homes.  However, due to age or illness, some will never be selected and remain as much loved residents. We are now one of the few charities in the area that does so.

April

April

As one of our smallest and youngest residents, April originally arrived with us with a litter of kittens, but she was unable to rehoused due to toileting issues. She now lives happily at the sanctuary and has formed a strong bond with her friend 'Big Socks'; the pair enjoy roaming freely around the sanctuary during the day and particularly favour the memorial garden to laze around amongst the plants.

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Barney, Fallon and Whisper

Barney, Fallon and Whisper

Originally from the moors, our trio of ponies can normally be seen grazing in their fields or taking refuge from the elements in their purpose built shelter. 


The oldest pony, Whisper, lives with her two offspring, Barney and Fallon, and she is given extra grass and 2 mash feeds a day to help her with her old age. A sweet but shy pony, Whisper averages at about 25 years of age and can often be seen sporting a rug to help keep her extra warm. 


A year older than her brother, Whisper’s daughter Fallon is a really chilled pony, however she can get impatient when she knows it’s feeding time. Fallon has some really unusual markings on her face and it often looks as if she’s dipped one half of her face in dark paint, as the rest of her is mostly white/grey!


Barney, as the youngest of the group, has an extremely cheeky personality and will try to push his luck and test staff daily, particularly if they’re asking him to do something he’s no so keen on doing.

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Bear

Bear

Bear is a elderly boy who can be difficult around other dogs.  Whilst he has improved with age he still can be unpredictable and is very strong on a lead.


Bear could be homed to a experienced owner but they would need to be local to the sanctuary as he does suffer with arthritus and we would help cover medical costs for veterinary treatment.  

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Big Bill, Rambo and Jean Paul Gautier

Big Bill, Rambo and Jean Paul Gautier

We have three goats here at the sanctuary who enjoy grazing in their paddocks as well as extra enrichments such as fresh fruit.  


“Jean Paul Goatier” is our latest addition who was allowed to settle into life here at Woodside gradually.  Shortly after joining us, Jean Paul hit it off with our resident pigs as he had previously lived with pigs elsewhere. After further careful introduction, Jean Paul was allowed to join fellow goats Rambo and Big Bill, and the trio now live happily together after 3 months of slow integration. 


 

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Big Socks

Big Socks

Big Socks has been at the sanctuary for many years, due to unfortunately being unable to be rehoused due to his tendency to 'spray' on everything. Big Socks was the 'Mr Big' around the sanctuary for several years, but he seems to have relaxed now and prefers to just watch the world go by from the memorial garden with his friend April. Big Socks often likes to pay a visit to the Kennels and other areas of the sanctuary he shouldn’t be in, but after a quick fuss and stroke from a member of staff he can most of the time be persuaded to go back to his side of the fence!

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Bruiser and Truffles

Bruiser and Truffles

Bruiser is around 6 years of age and he came to Woodside with his mum Truffles. Bruiser is the larger of the two, sporting two impressive tusks. Despite his appearance, both pigs are very friendly and absolutely love belly rubs - they will happily roll over for you to have tickle! Both pigs have a good diet here at Woodside, with lots of fruit and veg and fun enrichment. They live in a big field, and staff here scatter their food amongst the grass to encourage them to search it out. They are very clean animals where their shelter and piggy house is concerned, but they definitely love a good mud bath to roll in especially when it’s hot weather! 

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Chickens

Chickens

Woodside often rescues ex battery hens whenever we have space, however they often they need many months of treatment and specialist care to get them back to good health. Once they have recovered well, the new additions can be carefully introduced to our established group of hens. Our chickens can often be seen roaming around the site in the daytime and making dust baths, with a few of the braver hens attempting to raid our staff’s cars! 

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Diedre

Diedre

Diedre arrived with us as a stray as a very elderly lady, she has issues with her tyhroids and kidneys and is on lifelong medication and a special diet. She lives in the snug and often roams freely around the sancturary looking for attention throughout the day.

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Ferals

Ferals

The sanctuary has three feral cats that roam around the sanctuary and have places to shelter; we have a few insulated feral cat houses which are equipped with thick woolly blankets and fresh water daily.


The cats also have access to The Snug which they can share with Diedre, Sooty, Jeremy and Pilchard during both the day and night for extra warmth if they chose to.


Our ferals are normally spotted first thing in the morning for breakfast and in the evening for their tea. If they are spotted throughout the day we will put treats down for them.

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Iggle and Piggle

Iggle and Piggle

Bought to the sanctuary after being rescued, Iggle and Piggle are our two resident sheep who can often be seen sharing their two paddocks with the Shetland ponies Max and Amos. Over the years, both of our sheep have slowly become accustomed to our staff and will now come to us for their food. Piggle is the braver of the pair who will eat from our hands and give "hoof" for a treat. Iggle however is still rather shy and will walk away, leaving the tricks to Piggle.

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Jeffy

Jeffy

Jeffy is a male, white Angora rabbit who came to us after being left behind by a neighbour. Sadly, Jeffy had been neglected and was suffering from fleas and hair matts.  He now needs daily grooming to prevent his matts, and has become a resident so that his health can also be monitored. He is a friendly boy who likes his food, and whose coat is thankfully growing back to be as fluffy as it should be thanks to treatment here at the sanctuary.

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Jeremy

Jeremy

Jeremy lives in our 'Snug' unit and loves everyone he meets. Partial to treats and lots of cuddles, he is a very placid cat who often dribbles when fussed.  He is 13 years of age and has problems with his rear legs so needs regular check up with the vets and pain medication, however he still enjoys ambling around the sanctuary by day.

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Jessie

Jessie

Jessie is a 10 year old Ridgeback cross who came in because her owners were emigrating. While she is on medication for arthritis, she still enjoys her walks (and gets very excited when staff come to her kennel with a lead) and is partial to chasing a ball around our fields for short periods. Due to her age and medical problems, Jessie is staying with us as a resident indefinitely, however she loves life in the dedicated older dogs unit ‘Dunroamin’. 


 

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Lohtse

Lohtse

Lohtse is a typical tortishell cat who has a fiesty nature.  She wonders free around the sanctuary when we are not open and can often be found following one of the cattery staff around.


Due to her unpredictable behaviour she has become a resident.

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Loki

Loki

Loki is a six year old Malamute who has been in our care since January 2019.  He has taken time to settle and can be difficult in certain situations.


Loki could be homed to the right person but they would need to be experienced in his breed and be willing to come up regularly and build a bond with him before taking him home.

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Lucky

Lucky

Lucky is one of our residents who came to us from Portugal after a legacy was left to us from over there by a long term supporter who had lots of dogs living at her property. He is an extremely shy and nervous dog who has never lived in a domestic home, and so he much prefers to spend his time running free in our enclosed fields. Lucky is a real sweetheart once he gets to know you, and thanks to our regular dog walkers he enjoys long walks which enable him to build strong bonds with them

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Luna

Luna

Luna has been at the sanctuary since 2018 after her unpredictable nature made it difficult for her us to rehome her. She prefers her own company and doesn't like to be fussed, and so she can often be seen strutting around the cattery by herself. When it comes to home time, Luna can often be found in our livestock area, exploring the grassy fields there amongst the other animals and has to be coaxed back to her pen at night. 

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Martin and Harry

Martin and Harry

Martin and Harry are both dogs who have come to us from Romania, however they weren’t initially paired with each other. As a shy 13 year old, Harry is totally dog dependent, and so he was partnered with Martin after the pair seemed to hit it off. Harry has been able to settle into life here at Woodside much easier with the help of Martin, an 8 year old crossbreed who he shares a large, warm and cosy kennel with.


When it comes to people, due to living on the streets their whole lives, Martin in particular can be very fussy about who he likes and dislikes. As a reactive dog when meeting someone he doesn’t like, our staff are careful to allow those he favours to build close bonds with him instead, which sees him become a very cheeky and cuddly boy when he wants to be!

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Max and Amos

Max and Amos

Max and Amos are two Shetland ponies who were brought to us via the RSPCA. Unfortunately Amos suffers from a skin allergy called Sweet Itch which has meant that they have become residents. They now share two paddocks with our resident sheep Iggle and Piggle, and often enjoy a good play and run around. 

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Mini

Mini

Mini is 4-5 years old and has been at the sanctuary since November 2017. She became a resident due to having a very bad skin condition, which took us a while to get under control. Despite this, Mini enjoys her time curled up in ‘Sunnyside’, which she shares with fellow cats Tyson, Summer and MJ, and she is often one of the first to demand cuddles from our staff - even falling asleep on their laps!

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MJ

MJ

MJ is a lovely boy who is under veterinary investigation for bowel/stomach problems that mean his body doesn’t absorb all the goodness from his food like it should. Now on a special diet, MJ is full of character and likes to think of himself as the boss of the sanctuary; he often keeps everyone in line during his wanders to and from his bed in ‘Sunnyside’.


 

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Nelly

Nelly

Nelly is one of our residents who came to us from Portugal after a legacy was left to us from over there by a long term supporter who had lots of dogs living at her property. Aged just 20 months, Nelly unfortunately cannot be rehomed due to medical and behavioural issues. She spends most of her time with fellow Portuguese resident Lucky, however she is far bolder than her friend and will jump up for the odd cuddle with staff from time to time.   


 


 

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Rabino

Rabino

Rabino is a older boy aged between 8-10 years who was rescued from Portugal.  He is currently a resident at the sanctuary due to health problems but he could be rehoused to the right owner who understands his needs.


Rabino is blind and does have a heart murmor.  He has a lovely character and mixes well with dogs.

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Summer

Summer

Summer is 8 years old and has been at the sanctuary since October 2015. She has an unpredictable nature, which has prevented her from being rehoused. She has also struggled to lose weight since being here at Woodside, despite having free roam of the sanctuary by day. Now happily living as a resident of ‘Sunnyside’, Summer enjoys all the extra comforts and company of friends MJ, Mini and Tyson.

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Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell is four years old and has been a resident at the sanctuary since the summer of 2015 after she was diagnosed with a very bad skin allergy. While she now requires a special diet and medication to keep her allergy controlled, she still enjoys life here at the sanctuary. Choosing to spend the majority of her day curled up in her favourite spot, Tinkerbell happily lives with fellow ‘Mews’ residents April, Big Socks and Luna.


 

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Tyson

Tyson

Tyson is a 17 year old male that lives in our Sunnyside unit with fellow cats MJ, Mini and Summer. He is good with the other cats and often enjoys a stroll around the sanctuary, with one of his favourite spots being amongst the flowers in the Memorial Garden.  

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Ukkie

Ukkie

Ukkie was one of our rescues from Portugal following a legacy that was left to us from a supporter who dedicated her life to animal welfare over there.  She was had a awful past and was beaten and starved as young puppy.


Ukkie arrived with us not trusting anyone and scared of absolutley everything.  Our dedicated staff spent time with her and slowly she started to realise she was safe here.  


Fast forward a few months and Ukkie is now a happy dog in the surroundings she is comfortable with.  She loves certain staff members who have become her surrigate owners and she enjoys to bomb around our enclosed field with some of the dogs she has formed bonds with.  She is still extrememly scared when taken off site and this is something that we will continue to work on.  In time we hope that we will find her a special home with someone who understands her needs but at this time we feel she has come a long way and is happy in the environment she knows.  She spends her days in the office with her surrogate mums being spoilt.

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