The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre is a small independent Charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
We are a sanctuary and haven for many unwanted, abused and abandoned pets, including horses, goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, hens and ducks. Our particular interest is in wildlife rehabilitation, and we have many years experience in hand-rearing orphan birds, and dealing with orphaned and injured mammals.
For more information, including what we do, where we are, and how to contact us, please visit our about page.
With almost a thousand wildlife cases coming in already this year, we are often faced with situations where we shed a tear or two. On Thursday this week we received a call from a cyclist in the Elgin area, Matt, who had come across a particularly painful sight......At the side of the road he found a dead adult Red Squirrel. Sadder still was that cuddling into the body was a baby kit who was still alive but desperately clinging on to its mother. Some rapid phone calls ensued, with Matt’s dad coming to pick them up to transfer to our friends at Moray Coast Vets in Forres, and one of our recently acquired volunteers, Mark, being quickly deployed to do a 130 mile round trip to transfer him safely back to The New Arc centre. We made the decision to keep both the baby and mother together until they got here to minimise stress and on arrival we had the heart breaking task of persuading the baby to release mum so we could check him over and encourage him to accept some rehydration. The youngster was very thirsty and took some rehydration solution happily, and soon fell into a deep sleep and was placed in an incubator for the night. He is quite a tiny boy, a little underweight for his size and had a few nasty ticks to remove before we could let him settle down. 24 hours later and ‘Samson’ is feeding well and seems to have accepted his ‘new mum’ Pauline. He is quite a bit smaller than our other young ‘Red’ squirrel, ‘Delilah’ but hopefully he will soon catch up and they will then be able to share a large pen together. ...
On 31st May two lovely ladies arrived - with a badger in the boot of their car (not something we would necessarily recommend!). However, this young male had been found in the road, and was completely comatose. We took him in, assessed him, and could find nothing broken, but there was no real response from him either - only his eyes were working! He received appropriate care and medication, and little by little we could see small improvements, although he needed syringe fed, and helped to move on to eat from a bowl. We were concerned whether his apparent brain damage would be permanent, and had many discussions with our vets One morning however, I thought he was having me on … he had moved a fair bit during the night and I suspected he was getting active at night once we were away, saving his totally helpless act for daytime pandering! - so the trailcam was set. Ha - caught in the act, badger was promptly named DODGER! Ok, he was still very wobbly and confused, but a huge improvement. He was however the most terrified, nervous badger we have every come across, so needed gentle quiet handling. It wasn't too long before Dodger was eating for himself and was able to move more easily, so he was next transferred to an outdoor pen and shed He continued to improve and then abandoned his cosy bed in the shed, for a newly dug out den UNDER it …. it was time for him to go home On release back to the exact place he was found, he had a bit of trouble with a gate ….. panic got the better of him I think - he soon rushed off down the field towards a copse (scaring a deer witless in the process!) Good luck Dodger - we're very proud of you for fighting so hard - have a safe, happy life ...
UPDATE. The REVEAL our little friend is a Quail (attached photo). 🙂 He likes to dive into and snug under the straw with his best friend the duckling. Something fun to start the day, can you 1. Spot the animal in this picture. 2. What is it???? ...
URGENT Please can somebody help We need a bird picked up and transported from Fraserburgh through to us. We often have difficulty getting transport from there, so really hope we can get an offer of help ….. please ...
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The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre (known as The New Arc) is a small independent charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire [ tap here for a map ].
The New Arc was set up in 2006 and is a Scottish Registered Charity (SC 037332).
Please note we are not open for visits to come and see the animals. Whilst we are happy to received injured wildlife at any time (it is always best to ring before arriving to give us your expected arrival time), we are not presently able to receive members of the public for tours.
What do we do?
Our particular interest is in wildlife rehabilitation, and we have many years experience in hand-rearing orphan birds, and dealing with orphaned and injured mammals.
We are based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire, but cover the whole of the North East of Scotland. We have a ten acre site, with facilities for a range of animals, from horses to guinea pigs, buzzards to foxes. We currently have several buildings which can be utilised in various ways, and are always striving to improve conditions for the animals in our care. We are totally funded by donations, sponsors and our Charity Shops.
As a small charity with many animals and birds to care for, we are not open to the public. The Sanctuary is run from our home, on our own land, and we are not set up for people to pop in and have a look around. If you wish to arrange a visit, this must be by prior appointment. Please contact us to make arrangements.
We’d like to refuse no animal, bird or reptile, whether it be domestic or wild, but with limited land it has become impossible to take every animal we are requested to help. We do try to find alternative accommodation if we cannot help, with other local organisations. We have a non destruct policy, unless the animal is beyond recovery and having taken consideration of veterinary advice.
How can you contact us?
We are very happy to give advice over the phone – (0796) 225 3867 – to anybody who finds an animal or bird they think may need help, but are unsure how to proceed. Please feel free to look at our wildlife page for some tips, and some “what to do /what no to do” ideas.
We try to be available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but due to the amount of calls we now receive it may be that we cannot answer your call immediately.
Please do leave us a message via our contact page and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
If you feel an animal or bird needs URGENT assistance please CALL on (0796) 225 3867. Often our emails are only checked once a day, and a call could save a life.
Where are we?
Directions: We are approx. half way between Ellon and Auchnagatt, on the A948 Ellon to New Deer road. From Ellon – continue past the turning for Drumwhindle up over the hill, past the turnings for Dudwick, then the turning for Stuartfield. Staying on the A948 you will see the Centre signs on the right hand side.
We are not financially supported by Government or any other large organisations – ALL our funding is raised by donations, and monies raised through our Charity Shops which are at:
Banff – 21 Low Street, Banff.
Ellon – 42 Bridge Street, Ellon.
If you have goods that you would care to donate, feel free to deliver them directly to the shops. Please do not take items for the shop to the Centre itself, we have no spare storage space.
If you would like to volunteer as a helper in the shops please pop in and ask for information.
We hope many of you will find the time to call in and visit, bring in your unwanted bits and bobs, and perhaps grab a bargain at the same time!
How can I help?
In today’s economic climate everyone is feeling the pinch. Funds are at an all time low as donations to the New Arc have dropped significantly over the past 18 months.
Not everyone can spare the time to come to the centre and give ‘hands on’ assistance, but there are ways in which people can help us continue to rescue and care for abused, neglected and unwanted pets and injured and orphaned wildlife.
You could volunteer in one of our shops (Ellon or Banff); be a pick up volunteer for the times that we cannot get to collect goods or, on occasion, birds/animals that need to come into the Centre.
If you can help in any way, we’d love to hear from you – please contact us using our web form or by phone on (0796) 225 3867.
We hope you enjoy our site! Please do to visit us again - we will be updating regularly.
If you have any questions about animals, be it advice, wanting to find a new home for your pet, adoption or needing assistance with a rescue, please contact us either by telephone (0796 225 3867), Facebook, or contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!