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Welcome to The House of Animals!

I am a Veterinary Nurse and both my working and home life is surrounded by animals. I co-ran a home run animal rescue for over 11 years which gave me lots of experience with a range of different animals. Many of the animals featured in this blog were unable to be rehomed due to behavioural or ongoing health issues, which is why they stayed with me to live out their life.

I have always loved animals, from as early as I can remember and I have always kept a variety of species – But my heart is with rescue animals. The saying “Someone’s trash is another’s treasure” couldn’t ring truer in regards to my pets. That feeling I get when I take a rescue in, and watch them thrive, begin to show affection and then bond to me is second to none.

All the animals you see on this blog are in The House of Animals – all living under one roof. Never again will they be unloved, go hungry, or feel afraid – here they are safe for the rest of their lives, and they all have a story to tell!

Grab a coffee, get comfy and enjoy the read!

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5 Comments

  1. Laura evans

    Hi
    I have been reading through a lot of your articles and was wondering where you are based? Also I was hoping you may have further information on becoming a volunteer or helping in any kind of way x your article on staff is really moved me as I have my own blue girl… she is my world and my fur baby.
    I understand how hard your line of work can be as I grew up helping animals, my mum was in the cats protection league so I often helped out and we would make little shelters for the Ferrell cats and their kittens, feed them daily and set traps to catch the growing kittens, females, to spay them and prevent more unwanted kittens been born. We ended up with 22 cats at one point along with 3 dogs, hamsters, rabbits and guine pigs!! I absolutely adored animals and often the cats would bring mice, frogs or birds in as presents and I spent endless hours trying to save them from the cats. Our border collie used to bring the rabbits in the house after climbing in their pen… she would hide them under our unit in the living room and I was forever putting them back. I remember we had one cat with no eyes or teeth called Patrick, a ginger Tom as he had feline pneumonia as a kitten, I caught him and we brought him home (even tho he bit me and I needed a tetanus at 10 years old) it was all worth it. Our house was like a home for the injured and disable… we had a very Ferrell cat called miss kitty who’s best friend was Robert a blind cat. They were always together and she would guide him as he circled around to get his bearings and he would emotionally support her and care for her as she didn’t socialise much or like been handled but still chose to stay and live with us x I have many stories and could go on forever! We had cats with bunched/curled up ears because she had ear mites as a kitten, we had 3 legged cats, blind cats, deaf cats… you name it, but absolutely loved it all and will forever treasure those memories and days. Me and my friends still reminisce now about them all, my mum was known as the cat lady on our street. We had a massive house that was kit out with numerous cat baskets, dens and hiding places along the hallways although certain areas were closed off unless we were around, but they were all loved and pets that were part of our family x I went on to become a nurse and care for ppl until I became unwell with multiple health issues and ultimately retired at 28 years old x
    Any information you could provide would be much appreciated and I’m sorry for the above essay x

  2. gavin hewitson

    Hi,

    I recently came across your website and I was wondering if you would be interested in a link exchange. I actually run a blog all about guinea pigs and I am really trying to increase its exposure. I was wondering if you would be willing to link out to my website in exchange for a link from my own to yours. The link to my site is below:

    (https://abyssinianguineapigtips.com)

    My website is pretty well respected and all the information on their has been heavily researched whether it be through talking to qualified veterinarians or through examining online articles. I am noticing that a lot of the information around guinea pigs on the internet is incorrect and I think there is a real need for a site such as mine to help people get a better understanding of what owning a guinea pig involves.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask!

    Kind Regards,

    Gavin

  3. Tristan

    Hello, my dad is a vet and he takes care of small animals mostly cats and dogs but also exotic animals sometimes and I have a pet PAC-man frog ,bearded dragon,and betta fish.my older brothers have a cat and dog.and we used to have chickens a guinea pig a gecko and my dad has a 23 year old blue and gold macaw that he’s had all its life

  4. Charlotte Ordish

    Hi. I am new to mousekeeping purchasing my 3 new mice in February from a mouse breeder. Unfortunately, 2 of them died, on separate occasions and through no fault of my own (hopefully!)
    The 2nd one died early in July leaving Luna on her own. With COVID I was unable to get any more to keep her company, until today…..and it has not gone well!
    I’ve purchased 2 new 8 week old mice. Originally I put the new ones in a play pen & then introduced Luna to them. They all had a sniff and then went there separate ways. I then, stupidly, thought it would be ok to put Luna back in her hutch & put Dotty & Ruby too. A mistake! Luna attacked Dotty. I was able to get Luna out quickly but not before she drew blood on Dotty’s tail.
    I am now petrified of reintroducing them even after reading your blog of how to do it properly.
    You said a couple of times ‘as long as there’s no blood’ which clearly there was!
    I have put the 2 new mice in a travel carrier & put Luna in a separate pet carrier as didn’t want to put her back in her hutch in case she thinks she’s won as the new mice are no longer in there.
    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. As she drew blood do you think she will again or could just have been an unfortunate nic??
    I feel awful for both of them😢
    Thank you,

    • Anna Garbutt

      Hi Charlotte

      I’m sorry to hear 2 of your mice have passed away – that’s very sad.

      In regards to bonding Luna, Dotty and Ruby, I would wait a week or so, let Luna calm down and to let Dotty’s tail heal. Do you have a way to split a cage or house them close so they can see and smell each other? I would then mix scents by putting some of Luna’s bedding or toys in with Luna and Dotty and vice versa. I would do this for another week swapping something once or twice a day.

      Was Luna’s cage completely clean and neutral when you put the new ones in?

      If all seems well, you could try a short intro in a completely neutral area and do short intros for a while before progressing further. After a few intros, start scattering food in the bonding area and slowly build the time they spent together. It sounds like you went a little bit fast, so I wouldn’t give up hope just yet, but go slow and steady for now.

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