Happy New Year to our Supporters



2008 was a very important year for us, firstly Brinsley Animal Rescues was formed but it was also a year in which we had to fight red tape to allow us to continue with our animal rescue.

The year has been very eventful with many  highs and lows. Our highs came each time we rescued animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering, helped them recover, released them back into the wild or found a permanent loving  home. The lows came when almost daily we were called upon to take in unwanted animals because their owners were bored with them or had moved onto other pets.

Over the year we have looked after between 100 and 200 animals at any onetime. Our current holding includes;

8 Pigs (Factory farm, Kune Kune & Pot Bellied)
5 Goats
35 Chickens
1 Guinea Foul
28 Rabbits
1 Wild Rabbit
6 Guinea Pigs
20 Wild Birds
16 Pet birds (Parrots, Cockatiels & Budgies)
3 Hedgehogs
3 Gerbils
5 Cats

On this page we have summarised our first year. To find out more about these animals and more, please check out our website.

Animal Successes of 2008

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bunsWe rescued and rehomed over a hundred small animals including 71 Rabbits and many rats, mice,  gerbils and guinea pigs which are now in loving homes.

Many come to us as their owners were bored with them, had bred them for money and found that they couldn’t sell them or could not pay the vets bill. Several were breeders off casts, rabbits that were not as valuable as the breeder had intended as they were not born with the perfect markings.

Despite the fact that there are 10’s of thousands of rabbits in rescue centres around the country, the pet industry continues to breed rabbits for profit.

Unlike the pet industry, we always carry out home checks and offer free advice and training. We never rehome animals for breeding or for the production of food.

pheasant1We have rescued over 50 wild birds including injured birds with broken wings and legs and have hand reared many baby chicks. We always aim to  release them back into the wild.

Looking after wild animals is very time consuming and can be upsetting, but can be very rewarding, particularly when you see a bird fly, that came to you several weeks earlier with a broken wing and in distress.

This young female pheasant had been shot, the bullet had gone completely through one leg breaking it, the bullet then penetrated the other leg. We splinted her broken leg and treated the other. She was later released back into the wild, miles from people who shoot for so called sport!

DSC_5964.jpgWe received a phone call about this little chap that had fallen out of his nest, we were told that it looked like a Dodo?!

It is in fact a pigeon, he was hand reared along with many other baby birds this year and released into the wild, after spending time in our new aviary.

Thanks to Nottingham based Animal Accident Recue Unit we now have a large aviary. This provides a permanent home for disabled birds and allows us to prepare birds for release following treatment or hand rearing.


This is a baby hedgehog being hand reared. We are currently looking after hedgehogs that are too small to hibernate, we will release them in the Spring.



300 girls are now in new loving homes and see natural light, something they previously never saw.

We have rescued and rehomed 300 ex-battery hens who, after their short lives confined to an area no larger than an A4 piece of paper, were destined for slaughter, to become pet food. Their only crime being that their egg production had fallen and they had become less profitable.

Each year millions of battery and free range hens are sent for slaughter at only 18 months old.  The ex-bats that come to us have never seen daylight let alone had enough space to open their wings.

They have been bred to lay egg after egg, in their first year they will lay on average more than 300 eggs, in nature they would lay around 20.

The stripping of calcium from their body to produce eggs shells day after day means that many suffer Osteoporosis, leading to broken bones.

This ex-bat came to us with a broken leg which we repaired in a contraption we made from a dog harness and a few garden canes. This little girl now lives permanently with us.



We rescued 8 pigs during the year, 3 that were destined for the meat trade and 5 unwanted pets.


This is Wally, he came to us at about 20 Kilo’s.


He is now 160 kilos and still growing!

His mother (later called Matilda) was a factory farm pig who spent all nine years of her life in a building being inseminated and giving birth to young,  she would then be confined to a steel farrowing crate to give birth and raise her young.

Her piglets would have their teeth ripped out and tails cut off, without any anaesthetic. Her young would then be taken away from her to be fattened up for slaughter and the process would start again.

Matilda was rescued by an animal sanctuary in Liverpool where she gave birth to 5 piglets, we took on 3 including Wally. Wally, like all pigs is very affectionate, intelligent, clean and pines for your attention. Entertaining them whilst cleaning out their field each week is a military operation, all they want to do is play and be fussed!

rocky12Our 8 pigs cost over £100 a week to keep.






We have rescued 8 goats and rehomed two. Betty and Belinda, two Pigmy goats spent 8 years at a garden centre before their owners became bored of them and decided to euthanase them. Fortunately they were rescued and we took them on. Unfortunately Belinda suffered a fatal heart attack in the summer. She was very obese probably from being constantly fed by visitors to the garden centre.


We also rescued 6 one week old baby goats and hand reared them. Goats like all mammals (including cows) have to bear young to produce milk. The waste by-product of the milk industry is therefore loads of babies that no one wants.

We have rehomed two and the others now live with us, still awaiting a permanent home.

Planning Permission

We were totally frustrated in the Spring when we were told that we must apply for planning permission to keep rescued animals!! Either that or close down. This calamity was a complete unnecessary distraction that not only absorbed our time but delayed our progress in becoming a Charity.  It cost us an absurd amount of time, effort and money.

We find it unbelievable that, it is the lack of regulation that brings animals to us. Factory farmed animals that are treated with contempt, the pet trade that will allow anyone to take on an animal without information on neutering, without home checks and without a question. Yet it was regulations that almost prevented us from rescuing these animals abused for money.


Thank you to all of the volunteers that have helped us this year, particularly with the various projects. We have built many rabbit runs and pens, fenced an area for the goats, built a goat shed and two aviaries.

This year we are hoping to build a large pond for ducks and geese and continue to erect fenced enclosures. Once completed, we will have a secure area to take in at least 1000 chickens at a time and provide them with a safe area until they have been rehomed.

Please check out our website for further stories and how to contact us if you wish to help in anyway.

Thanks again to all of our supporters, whe ther you have donated money, time or adopted an animals off us, without you we could not operate.

Thank you and a Happy New Year

Jon and Beth

Brinsley Animal Rescue