Cash-strapped animal sanctuary launches look-a-like cuddly toys to fund ‘bear necessities’

A Plymouth animal sanctuary is looking for new homes for adorable cuddly toys modelled on some of its long-term residents.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust, at Elfordleigh on the edge of Plymouth, has launched Woodside Gems to raise desperately needed funds.

Each soft toy is a look-a-like of the charity’s long-term residents who, for various reasons, are unlikely to ever find a...

Animal welfare crisis looms as Plymouth lockdown eases

A Plymouth animal charity is bracing itself for an unwanted pet crisis as lockdown restrictions ease this month.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust has seen the number of animals in its care climb from 145 to 190 since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Now the Sanctuary, at Elfordleigh, on the edge of Plympton, fears it will struggle to cope in the coming weeks and months, as lockdown eases...

Plymouth pet rescue adopters’ club needs more people in its ‘pack’

An adopters’ club set up by a Plymouth animal charity to support its ongoing work with unwanted pets is looking for new members to join its ‘pack.’

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust’s Adopters’ Club was started two years ago to enable people who have rehomed a pet from Woodside to help other animals in its care.

For every animal adopted from Woodside at Elfordleigh, new owners...

Devon pet sanctuary warns of damage caused to unsocialised dogs

A Devon animal charity is taking in an alarming number of dogs that have never set foot outside a garden.

Some of the dogs rescued by Woodside Animal Welfare Sanctuary at Elfordleigh in the South Hams have not seen a lead, let alone walked to a park or the woods.

By the time they are brought to the sanctuary, some of these dogs will display defensive or aggressive traits...

Plymouth animal charity warns against growing social media pet trade

A growing trade in animals on social media is fuelling a worrying rise in the number of dogs being passed from home to home before being rescued by a Plymouth charity.

Woodside Animal Welfare Sanctuary is taking in an increasing number of animals, particularly dogs, who have been sold on social media and online selling sites to buyers who have no clear idea what they are taking....