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Raystede Animals Quarterly June 2011 Vol.48, No.3 Price 75p


ANNUAL SUMMER FAIR & FUN DOG SHOW Sunday 26th June Opens 10am – Closes 5pm Entry £5 per car to include a Goodie Bag.

Live Music all day - Lots of Craft Stalls Beer Tent - BBQ - Teddy Tombola Children’s Rides and Games - Children’s Activities - Ice Creams - Summer Fair Raffle Animal - Healing Sessions - Parade of Raystede Horses, Ponies & Donkeys Parade of Raystede Dogs.

Fun Dog Show - £1 per class - Registration from 9am Classes start at 11am (near new Equine Barn). Goodie Bag included. Car Boot Sale - October Field Car Boot Sale - To be held in October Field - Cars £5, small vans (up to Transit Size) £8. Arrival and Set up: 8.30am- 9am. Pack up and leave 1-1.30pm. Pay on the day – will cover entry to the fair as a spectator after the car boot fair is finished.

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE SANCTUARY TODAY, YOU’RE SURE OF A BIG SURPRISE... We have two new additions to the family – two Alpacas (pictured on front cover) now roam our secured sanctuary enclosure at night to protect our birds and wildlife from foxes. The duo arrived on 12 April and are about eight years old. Naturally guarding animals, they are an excellent friendly alternative to keeping predators at bay. They do this by sending out an alarm call by way of a loud high pitched bray and make use of their feet to kick at small prey and spit at them. Throughout the day, they can be seen enjoying life in the fields. At night after the Centre shuts, Wendy Holford, Sanctuary Supervisor calls them into the Sanctuary, where they happily patrol for the evening. Wendy said “It is part of my job to safeguard all the birds that come through our gates. The Alpacas are a lovely edition to Raystede and have settled in well. I hope to have them head collar trained to be able to walk them around the centre. Both boys are really sweet, and each day I learn a little more about these charming animals and they certainly give me a lot of pleasure.” The Alpacas will be named in a competition at the Summer Fair. This publication is printed on recycled paper.

80% recycled fibre; 20% carbon free fibre - sourced from sustainable forests. TCF (totally chlorine free).

FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE What an amazingly warm April we’ve had heralding a vigorous new spring growth. Things have been growing at Raystede too, and not just the grass! Our brand spanking new website is almost ready to burst into life and hopefully by the time you receive this magazine it will be there for all to see. A huge amount of work and effort has gone into its creation so do go and have a look at all the new pages and opportunities to support us in many different ways. I mentioned last time that our cafe was being revamped and the first stage is complete with a new kitchen and decor as well as new counter. Further changes will become apparent to our regulars over the next few months whilst Donna and her team make further improvements in all areas. Lucy Owen our Education Manager also got in on the act and produced her first bouncing baby son and Gemma Price has taken over her role, whilst Lucy is on maternity leave. Gemma has carried on with our school visitors and Raystede Ranger days as well as taking forward a whole new set of informative and fun signs all around the Raystede site. This year we are also moving ahead with a brand new Wildlife Unit which we hope to build just down the road at Peaceways, our pet crematorium on The Broyle. We have several acres there which will be an ideal location for the care and rehabilitation of the birds and hedgehogs brought to us throughout the year. We certainly have a busy year ahead and once again it will be challenging to ensure we bring in enough money to cover all the work we need to do. Thank you for your continued support and I hope you enjoy reading the rest of our magazine showcasing the vital work undertaken by our dedicated animal care and support staff. Nigel

GOODBYE FROM ME... Well it’s that time! After nearly 7 years at Raystede I am finally retiring and this is my last Quarterly as editor. The magazine has changed quite dramatically since I arrived from black and white to colour and next year there will be another change in store, but I will leave that for the next editor to reveal to you.

and Christmas Fairs over the years. I have enjoyed meeting many of our supporters during my time here and listening to the interesting tales they had to tell about Ms Raymonde Hawkins. What a remarkable lady. I will miss all the lovely staff and animals and in my capacity as Personal Assistant to Nigel, I’ve never had a dull moment. I must say it has been a joy and privilege to have been part of such a wonderful charity.

I would like to say thanks to all the many volunteers who helped me with the Summer

Valerie Carus 3

CATTERY NEWS To microchip or not to microchipshould there really be any question? Over the last six months we had thirty seven stray cats brought in. The majority of these cats are friendly and obviously used to being domestic pets, so why do they turn up as strays? It’s a question that repeatedly comes up amongst the Cattery staff. Why not pay a small fee to microchip your cat and have peace of mind that if your cat ever went missing, he or she could be identified and reunited, sometimes within hours. Out of those thirty seven stray cats only two were micro-chipped and re-united with their very happy owners.

he had been missing for over a month. It Chas who is now happily re-united with his owner. just goes to show that microchipping does work. Although, it is the owners responsibility to keep their details up to date; for example after a house move, or change of telephone number. We always do our very best to trace owners of un-chipped cats, but it is very difficult especially if a cat has hitched a ride in a car or van unbeknown to the driver! We are pleased to say we have found loving new homes for the other thirty five stray cats. All the cats re-homed by Raystede are micro-chipped before they go out to their new homes. Contact your vet or local rescue centre if you would like to know more about having your pet micro-chipped. All your details are kept confidential and only given out to registered vets or animal rescue charities.

Chas came in recently and initially he was very nervous, but after a couple of days he showed himself to be very friendly and once we were able to make a fuss of him, he was scanned and found to have a microchip. After telephoning the pet micro-chipping company, we were able to contact his owner who was very pleased as

Scruffy is a loving boy with a huge character.

Charlotte is extremely loving and friendly.

Angela Turner - Animal Care Assistant

Blossom & her kittens were found as strays suffering from a nasty bout of cat flu and being cared for at Raystede. 4

KENNELS - FUN IN THE SUN We have had some lovely hot days and I’m hoping they will continue. I love the sun, as do lots of dogs I know. Like us, dogs are also prone to the dangers of sunburn, or heat stroke which can prove fatal in some cases. Here are my top tips for keeping your dog cool and safe this summer. Mickey loves the paddling pool, a black coat makes him feels the heat more. His favourite game is jumping in and out of the pool.

Sun cream - some breeds have a fine covering of fur or none at all! A dog may have an exposed area of skin, mostly around the muzzle and ears. Applying sun cream can protect against burning as in humans. You can buy special dog/pet sun cream from pet shops, or online.

Cold treats - we give the dogs in our care cool treats when the temperature really soars, such as gravy ice cubes. Dogs don’t sweat, but lose heat through panting, so having a nice cold treat helps cool them off!

Holly has a fine coat and would benefit from sun block applied around her ears and nose.

Hair cut - some breeds are really not designed for the heat and can become very uncomfortable. By stripping, or clipping the coat it will help them feel cooler. After a cut, a dog will seemingly come to life when not weighed down by a large coat.

Shade - we provide our dogs with kennels for shade in our exercise area. This keeps them nice and cool. If you are out for the day bear this in mind and think about seeking shade during the hottest part of the day, around midday.

Sasha, a German Shepherd cross husky. Her coat is designed for keeping warm in icy conditions, she enjoys grooming and having her coat clipped.

Scooter enjoying the benefits of a cool shady Kennel.

Holly, Scooter, Mickey and Sasha are all looking for loving new homes.

Water - one of the most important things is making sure your dog always has clean fresh drinking water regardless of the weather. On hot days check their water bowl regularly as they may drink more than normal. At Raystede we supply our dogs with paddling pools. A paddling pool is a good way of keeping your dog cool and you can turn it into a fun game.

Enjoy the summer with your four legged friends and if you are planning to come along with them to our summer fair, make sure you visit me at the ‘Paddling Pound’ to help your dogs chill out. Hanna Gudgeon - Animal Care Assistant


SMALL ANIMALS NEWS On the 21st March we had two baby Chinchilla’s brought into us. Their mother had very sadly died within an hour or so of giving birth to them. The owners had tried to Leigh get the babies to feed but couldn’t, so they rushed the babies over to see if we could help.

They are now six weeks old and even though I keep changing my mind because they are so young, I think we have a male and female so I have called them ‘Betty Boo’ and ‘Beau’. ‘Betty’ is a white Chinchilla and is a lot more confident than her brother ‘Beau’ who is a grey and white (Mosiac). They have been given my bathroom to live in and are now becoming very active at night and they move like grease lightning. You can imagine the entire bathroom accessories have become toys and as rodents they love nothing more than having a good chew on anything! They are not weaned as yet, but are starting to eat and play with the odd blade of hay. It’s a long process, but it has been a great pleasure to watch these little creatures grow and flourish, and yes I will have a tear in my eye when they have to Full grown be put up for Chinchilla adoption at a later date.

Chinchilla’s are not the easiest of animals to hand rear as they can get stomach problems (bloat) without their mothers natural milk and natural bacteria. The one advantage I had was that because they were only a couple of hours old the babies did take to feeding quite well, quite quickly. The feeds are given every two hours day and night and they don’t wean until they are six to ten weeks depending on the babies themselves and how readily they want to start foraging on hay and Chinchilla pellets. They have had fluffy beds throughout, on a heat pad to keep them warm. It’s been a marvellous experience watching the babies grow and seeing their different personalities emerge and it is difficult trying to keep from becoming too attached to them.

We always have Chinchillas wanting new loving homes, please contact us on 01825 880467 if you would like more information. Leigh Forbes Section Head Small Animals Betty Boo and Beau a few hours old


BIRD AND WILD TALK to find delicious slugs and snails. When this is not possible however we have Shy Perky to find a suitable location where there are no badgers and plenty of undergrowth to snuffle around in.

The last couple of weeks at the wildlife hospital can be described in one phrase: overwintering hedgehogs out, baby birds in! We have had lots of Cassie with babies in recently, baby Pigeon who have fallen out of the nest and got into trouble, mainly due to cat predation. As most of you know, if you find a fledgling, the best thing is to leave it alone, however if the baby is too young to feed itself or in immediate danger then this is not always possible.

The wildlife hospital has also had some Herring Gulls in recently. Herring Gulls are on the red list which means that they are globally threatened, however some people find them a nuisance and therefore we do get the occasional bird with deliberately inflicted injuries. They are quite feisty characters but very beautiful up close.

A baby blackbird who was very young, and a cat attack victim, came in this month, luckily with some fluids and arduous care, he is doing very well. However, a baby sparrow that was only approximately a day old came in and unfortunately he was just too young and had been out in the sun too long for us to save. Hand-rearing baby birds is a labour of love and takes many staff hours of dedication, however it is very rewarding when they are finally released back into the wild. Many of our hedgehogs have been successfully returned to the wild as Baby Blackbird and Sparrow well. We try Herring Gull to release them back to where they were found so that they know where

We had an unexpected new arrival at the aviaries, when a mini Macaw parrot called ‘Perky’ was brought in. She has been quite shy, but is starting to try to talk and she does like to be talked to. However, she is quite hand shy so we have tried to handle her as little as possible to ensure that she starts to feel at home at Raystede. We also had a stray ferret in, found in someone’s back garden, who we call Freddie. He is very friendly, and enjoys time out in the sunshine during the day. Freddie Freddie isn’t litter trained and we don’t know who he could have belonged to but he is very friendly so should make someone a lovely pet! Cassie Tong Animal Care Assistant 7

EQUINE - SPRING HAS SPRUNG Spring has sprung – or did we miss spring and go straight into summer. Lovely hot days and warm nights – the horses and donkeys love it as a few suffer from arthritis; warmth is so good for old bones. Sue & Saul

Purdie in her grazing muzzle

It does however, bring out a few irritating flies and bugs and as you wander around the equine section you may see Sam the pony wearing a rug, not because he is cold, but to keep off the midges. It is a special ‘Boett’ rug as the midges find him particularly tasty. All but one of our equine are wearing fly masks; these are to keep the flies away from their eyes. We often get asked why they are blindfolded; don’t worry we haven’t, it is a fine mesh and they can see through it. The masks also protect Cloud in her fly mask them from the UV rays, just like sun glasses. Saul is the only pony that doesn’t wear a mask as he is blind and it would interfere with his senses and confuse him. Try as we might to keep the masks on, the equine often have a good scratch on the fence and they fall off. Regular checks keep them in place.

them fat. In the donkey field you will see four ponies, three of them wearing pink or purple grazing muzzles. These are worn to help limit the amount of grass they eat. Saul cannot wear one for the same reason, it interferes with his senses. The ponies are on a very strict diet, for medical reasons, so all visitors are asked to observe the ‘Do not feed signs.’ The new roof over part of the Sand School is a godsend! It’s so much cooler for all the equine. Let’s hope the good weather continues, so all our visitors can enjoy a stroll around the fields to see our equine. Sue Goddard - Section Head Equine

During the day we move the horses and ponies around, some for extra grass and exercise. The younger donkeys stay on short grass, as in their natural environment they eat dry scrub and lush grass makes

Chrissie Abel, Animal Care Assistant exercising Cherry 8

Ben enjoying the seaside

VET NEWS Just like humans animals can have many problems with their eyes and need to come and see the vet for an ophthalmology exam. Ben a cross breed dog came into Raystede via ‘PetLink’, in January. This meant for a time his owner would not be able to take care of him. Unfortunately for Ben, he came to us already having had his right eye removed when he was younger due to an injury. When he arrived we gave him his health check and found that he was quite distressed at being away from his usual environment and his other eye didn’t look too good! We looked at his eye using an ophthalmoscope – a piece of equipment used by vets and human ophthalmologists to look into the eye at all the compartments and structures involved. Poor Ben, his eye was so painful he did not like us touching the area and he even had to be muzzled so he didn’t nip us.

were not going smoothly for Ben. He had lost interest in food and wasn’t eating, no matter what we tried to tempt him with. It was decided to put Ben in a foster home, out of the stress of kennels and in a home where love and attention could be received all the time on a one to one basis. Three months on and Ben is settled in his foster home and a very happy dog again. His appetite has come back; he has put on weight and looks much healthier. He has a shiny coat and a very waggy tail! He does bump into the odd object out on walks but otherwise knows his way around the house very well and loves all the attention he receives!

We found that he had a proptosed globe; this means his eye was bulging out of the socket and because of this it had severe ulceration of the cornea (the surface of the eye). Ben had no vision in this eye nor could he move and rotate it like a normal eye. It was decided that the kindest thing would be for us to remove this eye as he was in a lot of pain and it could not be saved.

Catherine Darragh BVETMED MRCVS

The eye was removed successfully under general anaesthetic and Ben was cared for in hospital for a few days afterwards. However after his operation things still 9


Gemma in the Education Garden Yurt in the background

children and their families throughout the Easter holidays and will be doing the same all throughout the summer. There is no need to book, just come along to the education garden and see us. Check our website and follow us on facebook to see when the next activity days are. The children who have visited us so far have made some scrumptious bagel bird treats and planted some succulent vegetables for their pet rabbits and guinea pigs.

The Yurt is back! This wonderful venue situated in the education garden is back from its winter retreat and we are making great use of it here at Raystede for schools, children and families. The education garden itself has undergone a spring transformation. The willow tunnel aka Willowy Way is sprouting steadily and has already proven a great place to have a rabbit relay race. For those of you who have not taken part in a rabbit relay race, it involves hopping through Willowy Way to collect a carrot from the ‘Land of Lunch’ as quickly as you can before the minibeasts from ‘Minibeast City’ get their mandibles on it. Easy!

We still have places left on our family events that run every Tuesday in school holidays and our Raystede Ranger events, that run every Thursday throughout the school holidays. Call 01825 880461 for more information, or to book a place. Book early to avoid disappointment!

If that all seems confusing, you will have to come and see for yourself. We have been running free drop-in Willowy Way activities for

Gemma Price Deputy Education Manager 10

RAYSTEDE RUNNERS THE BRIGHTON MARATHON All of us at Raystede would like to offer our congratulations to those who ‘Ran for Raystede’ in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 10th April. It was a fantastic day, although with the sun shining overhead it was a bit too warm to be perfect running conditions. All of our runners that started the race completed the 26.2 mile route and their hard work and efforts are on course to raise over £4,000 towards our good work. Some of the runner’s costumes were particularly impressive and included a white Raystede cat and a bright red parrot too!

Betony Taylor in her parrot costume

marathon’s official local charities for next year’s event. We have a number of places secured and if you would like to be a "Raystede Runner" in next year's Brighton Marathon 2012 or know someone who would, please contact our Community Fundraiser, Peter Lord

We are also delighted to announce that Raystede has been selected as one of the

Tel: 01825 840747 or Email: Robert Camp – The Raystede Cat

Kamila Bramburkova with Tracey Harris Fund Raising Manager at Raystede


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR LIFE MEMBERS Who promised to support Raystede financially on their birthday and whose birthdays fall between 1 June and 31 August. Thank you for your generosity, and a very “Happy Birthday” to you!

Number of animals REHOMED during the last quarter

“Well done and thank you,” to our Young Supporters

Dogs Cats Small Animals Sanctuary Aviaries Wildlife released Total number of animals homed:

44 87 48 132 12 5


That’s an average of 3 animals every day

Mia Batchelor –

Jamie Hartshorne –

orgainsed a cake sale at aged 12 years ran the Grovelands School, Hailsham Hasting, Half Marathon and raised £50.74 with the in aid of Raystede and help of her friends, Emily raised £65. Reed, Lily Pearson, Kayleigh Gillet, Chelsea Wiggington and Emma Hathaway.

Ashleigh Giles along with friends went Carol singing at Christmas and raised £6.50. Patcham Junior School raised £26.43

NOTICEBOARD Fundraising would like some help with bucket collections, if anyone could spare an hour or two at the following venues, please contact Peter Lord on 01825 840747 or e-mail 18 June Priory Meadow Shopping Centre Hastings 24 June Asda Crawley 19 & 20 August Morrisons Seaford WANTED - old Newspapers for the Aviaries 12

PEACEWAYS The rose gardens are beginning to bud and soon the roses will look glorious. I am developing a ‘Woodland Walk’ next to Peaceways, which will form a tranquil backdrop for people to visit and remember their treasured loved ones, which I plan to have finished by next year. I am looking to plant woodland species in the autumn. If anyone would like to donate plants such as ferns, primroses, bluebells, hellebores, or wood anemones, this would be a great help.

Jeff at the start of the Woodland Walk

Please either contact me on 01825 841460 or e-mail Jeff Tucker - Peaceways

Open 9am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Tel: 01825 841460 Mob: 07411003278

BECOME A FOSTER VOLUNTEER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO ANIMALS AND PEOPLE. If you have experience in looking after cats and/or dogs and would like to help please call Emma on 01825 880478 or e-mail 13

NUSHKA’S STORY Nushka, the Siberian Husky, came to Raystede in November last year, looking for a new home. Just a few months old, she was looking for someone who could give her all the love and training she needed. After 101 days of waiting for just the right family, she went home with Tina Hamshaw in March to live in West Sussex, where she has become more than just a family pet.

Tina and Nushka

Tina, who is in wheelchair, has formed a special bond with Nushka, who has learned to pull Tina’s wheelchair along, helping her owner to get around more easily. They are a regular sight along the seafront and have become quite the local celebrities. Nushka loves to learn and has already mastered Hi-5, spin right, spin left, roll over and crawl, as well as many commands to help Tina around the home. Nushka is a very caring dog and became very upset when she saw a man she didn’t know, struggling to get his wheelchair up a slope and pulled him up without being told too.

able-bodied and the not so able-bodied person. A growing number of disabled people are utilising the working side of the sled dog breeds to help them in everyday life. Since having Nushka, we have become well known and are stopped by all sorts of people to answer questions about her. I am also asked about how they could also own a similar dog and what are the pros and cons.”

Tina said, “Huskies can make great companions for the

Nushka - who enjoys the occasional treat of ice cream – celebrates her first birthday in June. 14


Announcing the new Raystede card shop. Over 3,000 greeting card designs to choose from Cards for every occasion Every card sent helps Raystede

Send a card today and raise more than a smile.

We are delighted to tell you Raystede has launched its own greeting card shop! h ttp://greetingcar e ds.raystede.orrg

The cards are just like you’ll find in the high street and with over 3,000 designs you’ll certainly find one right for you.You can even add an extra donation and we’ll insert our Certificate of Donation inside the card, so the recipient of the card knows you’ve kindly donated to Raystede. Raise more than a smile with the new Raystede greeting card shop! Go to and send a card today 15

Raystede Quarterly June 2011  

Quarterly magazine for the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare.

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