Pictures: 30 strays in 30 days challenge for Hull animal charity
THEY are the four-legged friends who mean the world to us.
But for every dog, cat and rabbit which is looked after, there are plenty more abused, scavenging for food and trying to survive on the streets through no fault of their own.
For three decades volunteers at the Hull Animal Welfare Trust has saved abandoned, ill-treated and unwanted pets, re-homing tens of thousands of animals.
Now, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the trust has teamed up with the Mail to try re-home 30 pets in 30 days this month – one for every year the South Cave organisation has been in existence.
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Sue Sewell, chairwoman at Hull Animal Welfare Trust, said: "It's an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary. The region has been very supportive and we've re-homed so many animals this year."
The animals featured today all have one thing in common – they were saved from possible death.
Mrs Sewell, who has been involved with the trust for 26 years, said: "We've picked a mixture of some long stays and some animals which have just come in."
Currently, they have 40 adult cats, 90 kittens, 50 dogs and 30 rabbits.
GARY, HOWARD AND JASON
Named after members of boy band Take That, volunteers at the trust want to keep these three together. They are eight months old and would benefit from a large area to live in with lots of space to run around in.
RUM AND VODKA
The two, one-year-old Lion Head rabbits hope to taste success in finding a home together. They are friendly and would love a huge area to run around.
CIDER AND CHERRY
Two more one-year-old Lion Head rabbits.
Both like a lot of attention and love to be cuddled.
JAX AND PEBBLES
These one-year-old domestic long-haired cats are looking for a home together. They are very affectionate and playful. They do require regular grooming.
This six-year-old, domestic short-haired cat is the trust’s longest serving stay cat, having been there six months. She has sunk into a depression.
Rosie loves affection on her terms and would be best homed with no children.
Mabel is aged between two and three and was found as a stray cat in the Beverley Road area. She was brought to the trust with kittens. Mabel is very loving.
This two-year-old domestic short haired cat loves to be stroked. He is very playful and fun to watch.
This nine-year-old domestic short-haired cat is quiet and loves to sit on people’s laps.
This ginger kitten, only a few months old, was born at the vets. He is really friendly and one of a number of kittens volunteers are desperate to home.
Another ginger kitten born at the vets who needs an owner.
Bertha, only 10-months-old, was dumped in a box with a litter of her kittens. She is shell black and good with other cats. She love people but is currently a bit underweight.
This cat is four-years-old and all black. She was taken to the trust as a stray. However, she is friendly and gets on with other cats.
This lovely two-year-old Jack Russell has bags of energy and is full of fun. He needs an experienced Terrier owner with no other dogs or children.
This two-year-old cross-breed is a friendly chap who is good with children.
He must go as an only dog, with no cats in the household. He is very loving and likes his toys.
There is no code to crack for anyone wanting to home this five-year-old cross-Labrador. He is very friendly and good with other dogs. Morse would suit a family who could give him some training and the love and attention he deserves.
This 18-month-old cross-Labrador is a little shy but once in a home he will come out of his shell. He came to the trust as a stray. He walks on a lead and seems good with other dogs.
This two-year-old Husky needs a home with an experienced Husky family. He would benefit from some training but is very affectionate and playful.
This bouncy one-year-old cross-breed loves playing.
A three-year-old cross-breed who is a very happy dog. She will be best homed somewhere without any dogs and could do with some training. She is though, OK with older children.
The brindle cross-breed lost her home when her owners’ relationship broke-up. The 18-month-old is friendly with other dogs and good with children. She should be homed in a place without cats.
This sweet cross-breed is slightly nervous when she first meets someone but once known is very friendly. She needs a loving home with no children to provide her with reassurance.
This adorable Labrador cross German Shepherd has had no experience of living with children but is very friendly. He is no good with cats and will need a little bit of training.
The five-year-old black and tan cross-breed is a lovely boy who is good with children. He’s not as good with cats though.
MOLLIE AND BESSIE
This mother and daughter need to be homed together. White and tanned Bessie, 18 months, relies on her mum a lot.
* If you can provide a home for any of the animals featured in today’s Mail, call Hull Animal Welfare on 01430 423986.
The trust is open 365 days a year, between 11am and 2pm each day.
It is based at Sunnydene Animal Shelter Pinfold, in South Cave.
No appointments are necessary.
Visit www.hullanimalwelfare.co.uk for more details.