Mutts in Distress is an animal shelter located at Normandale Kennels,
in Little Hallingbury near Bishops Stortford on the Hertfordshire / Essex border.
We rescue dogs from local pounds that would otherwise be destroyed, and offer them for rehoming.
We also provide:
A qualified and approved microchipping centre
Identity Discs sold and engraved while you wait
Dog leads and collars for sale
Find us at:
New Barn Lane, Little Hallingbury, Bishops Stortford
Hertfordshire, CM22 7PR.
Tel : 01279 656633
Appeal for donations and fund raising please
A message from Pat Clark, owner of Mutts in Distress.
This is an appeal for funds. I don't like to ask, but Mutts in Distress itself is in distress. As everyone knows, we were formed only to take unclaimed strays from Harlow pound, which only amounts to an average of a dog a week. Since we brought Sandy over from Greece, other rescues or people seeing desperate dogs have approached us, asking for help and I have NEVER said no. But, it's ok asking us to help, if we can get some help with paying the vets bills that come with these poor dogs.
It staggered me today to be told that we have a TEN THOUSAND POUNDS outstanding specialists bill, going back to Ziggy. Riley's bill is £6,000. I've just paid over £2,000 for Hope, the poor lurcher puppy who died after a hit & run driver hit her. Yesterday I paid £1,400 for Maria's treatment (this is ongoing), Riley will have checkups regularly. We have a SIX THOUSAND pounds outstanding bill with our own vets - I paid £1,000 off that yesterday too. Two of Marleys puppies are under the specialists in Newmarket. One with a slightly deformed eye from birth and little Weasle with his legs. Some of the Serbian Gsds have needed vet attention and Sampson, the last of them, is seeing the vet again this week for x rays for his weak legs. A member on here brought those 14 dogs to our attention and all but one is over here. The last one will follow soon. We are expecting the blind boy from Egypt soon and need to raise the money for his eyes to be looked at, in the hope of restoring his sight. This is written on the hope that some of our supporters on here will be able to raise funds for us. We have no income other than the money we charge for the dogs and any money individuals donate or raise.
The time has already come when we can not take any more very needy dogs. At least until this £16,000 is paid off. It was said to me last week ' I knew you'd step in and help this dog, that's why I put it on here'. That's not fair, unless that's followed by 'and I'm raising the funds to pay for it - or at least some of it'. We get messages like 'keep up the good work'. Without money to pay the vets, we can't - I can't. I don't want to just go back to taking the stray dogs from Harlow, when there are so many dogs needing our help. It would break my heart to turn a desperate dog away, but how much deeper in debt will these vets allow us to go and how will we pay it if they do? Please don't post up with ideas about how I can raise funds. I'm already working at full stretch to keep it going. I'm asking for other people to raise funds for us. Please do what you can to help us. Pat x
I've been asked to post up Mutts in Distress' bank detsils:
Account number 92788319 Sort code 60-02-36 Nat West Bank P. Clark - MUTTS ACCOUNT
An alternative option : Someone has set up this way of donating to Mutts in Distress. We currently have a £16,000 vets and specialists bill. We've never turned a dog away and hope never to be in the position of having to. So many poorly dogs have found their way to us this year that the vets bills to help them are crippling us. If you would like to donate a bob or two towards our continued help for these animals, then this is an easy way to do so and Mutts in Distress do not get charged a commission, unlike PayPal.
Thanks for reading this. Pat x
We urgently need your help
Can you offer a foster home to one of the needy dogs waiting for their chance at home life ?
Foster homes are urgently required as there are too many dogs for the kennel spaces available.
We also really need a homechecker for the Brentwood area.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the rescue dogs, cleaning kennels and veterinary runs etc. particularly on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday and Friday mornings and all day Saturday. If you can spare any time to care for needy animals, please contact the kennels to arrange some volunteer work.
Our thanks to Sara Williams for buying a much needed chest freezer for Mutts. Also, thanks to the kind couple that donated a second hand fridge/freezer. Both will be used thoroughly.
Does anyone have some spare fencing panels or patio/paving slabs ?? If you have any that are surplus to requirements, please call the kennels who will gratefully take them off your hands.
Our thanks to those who donated kitchen units, wall tiles and lamps. They are all much appreciated.
Maria needs our help
Mutts in Distress are bringing this beautiful German Shepherd (Alsation) from Bulgaria, where she was spotted on the Internet as looking for a home.
A year on from rescuing Sandy, the white German Shepherd from Greece with the same condition, we are now going to work with Chaim, the vet who repaired Sandy, to fix this little girl and give her a better life too.
Her surgery will be carried out free of charge by this very caring vet and all follow up care will be carried out by Mutts in Distress.
We would like to find Maria a home of her own, so that like Sandy, her sad life will become happy ever after.
Maria is now safe in the care of Mutts in Distress and on 10th March, we are taking her to see Chaim for her initial visit and x Rays, ready to start the next part of her journey to a better life. We will share all costs involved with Chaim, to get Maria's legs straightened - just as we did with Sandy.
Donations are urgently required for her pain killers, pre-op scans, bandaging etc. These are needed in order for Mutts in Distress to help this poor dog.
Together, we WILL make it all better for Maria.
Update 12th March 2015
Well, Maria's journey to a happy, healthy life has begun. She is currently being operated on.
Here she is, all smiles and oblivious to what is to come.
Donations of vet bed and fleece type bedding
Now that the wet weather is here, we are finding it extremely hard to dry all the blankets so kindly donated throughout the summer.
We need bedding that is soft and cosy, but easier to dry. We are appealing for vetbed type bedding, it looks a bit like sheepskin, usually cream coloured but comes in all colours and patterns. It's very warm and very easy and quick to dry. We are also looking for the soft fleece blankets. Again, very warm, cheap to buy and easy to dry. We are also in need if some more dog coats -all sizes. We do have lots of dog coats but with record numbers of dogs in this year, many have just worn out or been destroyed by the dogs! Winter creeps in fast in rescue!
Can you offer a tin of dog food please ?
Due to living as strays and eating whatever they could find, we have several dogs arriving with poorly tummies. The six puppies due in soon will need a bland diet also. We are getting through so much tinned Chappie, that we are stripping the shop shelves of the stuff!
This is an appeal for donations of tins of Chappie dog food please. We are desperate for more tins due to a huge demand.
Can you add a tin or two to your shopping please ? (We do have drop off points for people in Harlow if it's not convenient to come to the kennels).
Donation of materials needed for hospital unit
Does anyone have a tumble dryer they no longer need please ?
Dimensions are h 690mm x w560mm x d500mm
We appeal for help sometimes, to save Mutts funds to pay vet bills, which are expensive and ongoing.
If we don't have to buy equipment whenever possible, we can pay more off our vet bill.
Thank you for looking.