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Advent Appeal - Day 13,14,15,16

Day 13 of our Advent Appeal is for a very special boy and girl. Charles is one of our most recent rescues. So recent we haven’t even released their story yet!

That’s right, this photo is technically his first official photo and share. We will be sharing his story this week - but first he has a request.

As a new boy he doesn’t have the things that the others have, he’s begun his handling but doesn’t have a headcollar of his own and although the lovely Jess leant him hers it doesn’t fit the best and he says it’s not really his colour.

Charles needs a full size, and the mare he was lifted with also needs a full!

All four (yes, there a four!) need a little TLC and need some formula for feet too as they all have a bit of overgrowth on their feet and this will help with their recovery!

So day 13 is a little different with an appeal for two things, more formula 4 feet and a couple of full size headcollars so this beauty and his friends can begin their handling.

Charles would be very grateful! He promises to share his story ASAP and some more photos and videos!

Please make a donation if you can #clascharles


Day 14

Priscilla in the office has a rather funny request for her advent Appeal.

She shares with Tim and Elva and they love each other a lot. Tim especially adores his kitty friends. Unfortunately, if you know Tim, you know about his health issues and his habit of eating things he shouldn’t. He is the reason why so many dog and cat toys are banned and our office boys and girls, well they have no toys at all!

They have a couple of table top cat trees and lots of beds, and of course they have their radio and their sofa. But anything small or plastic is a no no with our Tim.

So this is what leads to our odd request. We want to buy a small tv screen for them; hear us out - we haven’t gone crazy! Lol

We were showing Lyn the manager videos of Jasper (the only fairhill adult to be rehomed so far) and how he was settling into his new home. He watches “cat tv” and loves it so much. We pulled some cat tv up on the laptop to show Lyn and before we knew what was happening the laptop was swarmed with cats facinated by the screen. These beauties are some of our indoor/immune compromised permanent residents and it was so lovely to see them pouncing about and seeking the noises.

So yes, we would like a small tv screen - ideally something we can attach to the wall at a low height so they can watch and pounce and not break!

We really have considered if we are going a little crazy with this wish but after seeing the cats behaviour we honestly can’t deny that it’s worth a shot.

If you even have a small tv screen that you don’t use or want rid of (ideally flat screen so it doesn’t eat into the room too much and can be secured to the wall), would you consider donating?

So it’s an odd request but Christmas wishes don’t always have to be “clothes” and socks. Sometimes you want that something special that you’d never normally ask for.

These cats are permanent residents and have everything they could ever need - or want - but this would make their days that little bit special! Don’t you think?

Yes, we are a sanctuary asking a tv for the cats so we can play bird & fish videos.


Day 15 - only ten days to go! - and Tiny Tim has put in an order for Christmas Day: he got some lovely food the other day from Lily’s kitchen and he wondered if he could have a special Lily’s Kitchen Christmas dinner for all the doggies at the sanctuary!

Very tasty he says! He cleaned his whole bowl!

Can you donate to help us buy some tins or send us some?

Tim and pals would be very grateful - especially chowing down on Christmas Day!


Day 16 and it's our lovely Thelma's turn to put in a request, and technically it's a request for all the older or sick birds we have or take in.

You may not know (because we keep meaning to share but never get around to it!) but we were offered a lovely potting shed a few months ago which a couple of men from the Men's shed dismantled for the lady and we were able to get picked up and built on site. Originally we were going to house some of our excess rooster population, but amazingly we now have four roosters all sharing in the front garden, with another in transition. They are seperated at night but are happy and contented birds and will roost together.

The new shed then has become a rehab and bird hospital. With our newest arrivals moving in for a few weeks before moving elsewhere. Little Nell (one of the newest arrivals who was extremely poorly and still seperated) has been getting her exercise in the shed, so has Thelma and some of the others who are currently recieving vet treatment. They adore it!

It's so warm due to the angled green house style windows and they potter around contentedly during their playtime; even in the harshest of weather. We are working on building up the strength of a couple and encouraging them to move and would like to add some bits and pieces to aid play and movement.

So that is Thelma's request, toys and treats for the old, sick or disabled chickens! We have a couple of slings already - but would love a chicken swing, and maybe a couple of hanging treat ball things? We have used string in the past and unfortunatly they pulled the string down so it needs to be the ones on chain or made of metal. Oops!

To help encourage movement; and honeslty just as a treat, we would love some fresh fruit and veg, some meal worms, sunflower hearts, fat balls. Things we can either scatter around to encourage foraging or things we can put into the treat balls or hangers.

Perhaps some of you chicken owners out there will have some more ideas for us? We are literally going by what we've had before and what worked; but the world of chicken and hen lovers is vast!

So if you can advise, or donate to help out our Little Nell or Thelma we'd be very grateful!

If you want to get stuff delivered to us you can get it posted direct to Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, 26 Crosskennan Lane, Ballynoe, Antrim, BT41 2QY

Or send us an email to to arrange a drop off of donations!

Did you know you can send grocery deliveries to us too? Just let us know in advance, and you can do a ASDA, Tesco's, Sainsbury's Online delivery and get it dropped off at the sanctuary. We can make use of so much from your local supermarket, from fresh fruit and veg, to frozen peas and sweetcorn, fresh chicken, ham, liver, washing up powder/tablets, dish soap, bleach, disinfectant, toilet rolls, dog food, cat food, birdseed... The list could go on forever!

Countdown to Christmas with CLAS!

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