Secret World Launches Wildlife Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The days are getting shorter, it’s getting colder, and our British wildlife is preparing itself for the winter. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Hunstpill, is making an appeal for donations for the animals to see them through the winter months.

Christmas is a time for giving and we don’t want our animals to be forgotten about. It would be wonderful if they were able to enjoy a little treat during the festive season and people can help through our Shoebox Appeal.

We are asking members of the public and schools to get involved and send us shoeboxes filled with goodies that will help us look after the wild animals in our care throughout the winter.

Ellie Wallace, Learning and Engagement Officer at Secret World, said: “This is a great opportunity for children and schools to get involved with caring for British wildlife. Making up a shoebox of enrichment and food is an easy and fun way to engage children and get them to think about the needs of wildlife.”

If people want to donate for a specific animal, the list below details what is appropriate for each species.



  • Dog meat (any variety)
  • Dog biscuits (any variety)
  • Custard creams (for weaning badgers)
  • Dog Kong toy (for enrichment while they are at Secret World)
  • Peanuts



  • Dog meat (any variety)
  • Dog biscuits (any variety)
  • Chew toy and Dog Kong toy (for enrichment while they are with us).



  • Cat meat (meat or poultry flavoured in jelly, no fish)
  • Cat biscuits (meat or poultry flavoured, no fish)
  • Fleece blanket
  • Vet bed
  • £15 for materials to build hedgehog shelters
  • Hay bale (a little big perhaps to fit in a shoebox but perfect for hibernating!)



  • Fat balls
  • Wild bird seed
  • Peanuts
  • Dried mealworms
  • Bird feeders
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Plastic tweezers


The shoeboxes can be brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue, New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PZ, or taken to one of our drop-off points. A full list of drop-off points is available on our website and include several Proper Job stores, Pets at Home (Clevedon), Cadbury Garden Centre and Sanders Garden Centre.

Secret World provides a 365-days a year service to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Members of the public who would like advice on how to look after wild animals or would like to report injured wildlife should call 01278 783 250.

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