Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Secret World Launches Wildlife Christmas Shoe Box 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 Huntspill, is making an appeal for donations for the animals to see them through the winter months.

Christmas is a time for giving and it would be wonderful if the poorly animals being cared for at Secret World were able to enjoy a little treat during the festive season.

Animal carers at Secret World are asking members of the public and schools to get involved and send us shoe boxes 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 shoe box 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.

Badger:
– 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

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

Hedgehog:
– 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 (maybe too big to fit in a shoe box but great for hibernation material!)

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

The shoe boxes can be brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue, New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PZ, or to our charity shop in Burnham-on-sea.

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