Vale Wildlife Charity
Hedgy Socks collaborate with Vale Wildlife
As an innovative, eco-friendly business, Hedgy socks have taken a step further to play its part in protecting the vulnerable United Kingdom’s wildlife by joining hands with Vale Wildlife. Vale is a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre, it has been treating and protecting animals, as well as spreading awareness regarding wildlife, since 1984. Together, our company aims to bring help and awareness to the endangered fauna, which resides in the British countryside and cities. Apart from working together to increase awareness, our organisation is donating 10% of trade prices to this charity. Alongside Vale Wildlife, we at Hedgy socks, are hoping for a brighter and safer future for the animals and the nature that provide so much to us and our environment.
About Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre
Established in 1984 as a family-owned animal hospital in the village of Cropthorne in Worcestershire. Their love for animals grew as they learned more and more about the ones they treated. From a small business, it went on the path to become a major facility when the owner was contacted by a local vet to treat an injured owl. Experiencing an epiphany, the founder Caroline Gould realized the potential dangers faced by the vulnerable British wildlife with no immediate help available. Determined to provide assistance to nature, which so often came in contact with the man and their structures, Caroline made it her goal to help as many animals as she could. Fast forward eight years and with a long history of experiencing various highs and lows, Vale hospital was erected at its present site, Beckford, between Tewkesbury and Evesham.
Through the generous support of the public, Vale wildlife hospital was able to thrive and be where it is today. There are so many ways to provide aid to this sanctuary. The hospital relies on charitable donations, membership subscriptions, fundraising, legacies, and the charity shop income; all this enables the organization to continue to provide treatment to so many infected, wounded, and orphaned wild animals.
Vale’s Hospital Facilities
Vale believes that animals should remain in the wild with minimum contact with the human population. Injured animals shouldn’t be permanently kept away from the forests as enclosures aren’t natural homes to these free beings. Due to the fragile nature of the work, the hospital is closed to the general public to avoid inducing stress in the animals under treatment.
The rehabilitation centre and hospital included various departments for all kinds of animals; from birds to small mammals. Facilities include:
1. Treatment room
Vale treatment room is designed to accommodate all kinds of injured animals. One can bring a wounded animal for treatment without calling, the hospital aims to provide immediate treatment so that the animal could return to its natural home as soon as it’s able to. Furthermore, the room is well furnished with anaesthetic and x-ray facilities along with any other equipment necessary to help with wounds, fractures, shock, dehydration, and illness.
2. Brooder room
A warm room that facilitates young and sick animals; it is furnished with various thermostatically controlled incubators and heated brooders. Additionally, to provide warmth to birds, overhead, infra-red heat lights are also installed. Vale rears between 20 to 30 fox cubs annually with minimum human contact to avoid permanent dependency or becoming imprinted on humans.
3. Bird room
Birds undergoing treatment are kept in this room before they are taken to an open aviary; an outside aviary is necessary for birds to fly regularly for a week before they are released. A total of seventy percent of the hospital intake are birds, injured usually due to car and cat accidents.
4. Small mammal room
Hedgehogs, rabbits, and baby foxes are all guests to this room where they are treated for all kinds of wounds. The most frequent patients of this place are hedgehogs, the number increases during the winter month. Donations and charities from the public are helping to provide the best quality care for these vulnerable animals.
5. Aviaries and Enclosures
With an infra-red heat light installed in each along with access to grassed paddocks, there are four enclosures inside the hospital. These enclosures are private enough with minimum staff contact to avoid any cases of imprinting on humans; if such a case does occur, it is impossible to release the animal back into the wild. Apart from these enclosures, there are bird aviaries in the hospital, as mentioned above, where they are kept after treatment for a week before release. To avoid an increase in stress levels in the birds from frequent staff contact, the aviaries are covered with green netting and camouflage nets. Moreover, large enclosures for hedgehogs and foxes are also available. To cover the expenses, charities, and donations from the general public are extremely helpful.
6. Other rooms
Other rooms include a reception to book animal casualties, a shop to spread awareness, a washroom for washing towels, a food prep room for animals, and an all-night call room where a member of staff is available to assist any late-night assistance. The hospital is available 24/7 to provide immediate help to any animal.
About Hedgy Socks
Our socks are sustainable, chemical-free, and the best part—we create animal-themed designs to spread awareness of the wildlife residing in the lush green British countryside. By purchasing our socks, you are helping the wildlife; for each pair we sell, we donate 10% to the local wildlife charity. Check out Hedgy socks, to purchase a pair or pairs and play your part in saving the animals by simply wearing and spreading awareness.
Our company and Vale Wildlife are collaborating in hopes of raising awareness and playing our part in providing the best quality care for the British wildlife that require our help. We believe in giving back to nature which has provided mankind with so many benefits and peace; it’s time to return the favour and encourage others to choose a path that is beneficial for the ecosystem.
Donate to Vale Wildlife and check out their socials and official website for more information: https://www.valewildlife.org.uk/
Check out our homepage for more information: www.hedgysocks.co.uk