The Hull Animal Welfare Club was formed in 1982 by a band of caring people who wanted to do something practical and demonstrable about animal cruelty and abandonment in the Hull and East Riding area.
Previous shelter manager Lyn Scott was one of the original group who looked after rescued cats and dogs in their own homes. After a short time the sheer volume of cases made it impossible to carry on in this domestic situation. Then, Roy Pickering, a small holder of Pinfold, South Cave, offered the group the use of his disused out buildings and the Sunnydene Animal Shelter was born.
Life was very basic and difficult in those early days with money to meet running costs in short supply but with care, determination and an increasing amount of animals being helped the group flourished in number and reputation. The major turning point came when the committee of Sue Sewell, Jane Harper and the late Ron Starkings took the club to trust status in 1991 and launched an ambitious plan and appeal to build a brand new animal shelter.
Six years later that dream became a stunning reality and tens of thousands of animals have been rescued and re-homed. The Hull Animal Welfare Trust includes the famous Hull Hedgehog Hospital run by Lorraine Jackson from her own home and a bespoke Bunnie Shelter at Sunnydene run by Linda Lawson. Chris Edmundson and Leah Elvidge joined the board of trustees in 1998 and Leah is now responsible for the cats. Richard Davies also joined the board of trustees in 2011.
The organisation has come a long way since 1982 and conditions for animals and volunteers have improved immeasurably with state of the art facilities for fifty dogs and forty cats which are always full and an average of one thousand animals per year are rescued and re-homed. One thing that has not changed however are the original values of care and commitment to the cause of animal welfare and the trust is proud to hold true to the original policies and objectives, in that:
– No healthy animal is ever destroyed.
– No animal in distress is ever turned away or any call unanswered.
– With the shelter open 365 days per year, 11am to 2pm no appointment necessary.
– Care is taken to match the right animal with the right home.
– Neutering programmes are at the heart of our operation so the unwanted animal problem is tackled at source.
– Maximum monies raised and donated go directly to the care and attention of the animals with the minimum in administration & overheads.