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.
Well today we had a rather prickly situation to deal with 🙂 A lady from Fraserburgh rang to say she had a hedgehog stuck under her decking and sent us a short video showing just how stuck she was. Oh boy!!! Off we went armed with a range of tools to try and get her out. On arrival we couldn't see where she was and when we did - we couldn't work out how on earth she had managed it Some nifty handiwork by Keith, and a small section of decking sawed out (we did get permission first) - and there she was, stuck firmly behind the pipe. Well - hedgehogs being hedgehogs, the slightest movement and up went her spines - not the most helpful situation. She was also stuck head down so pulling up wasn't going to work and there was little room either side to turn her Eventually - success and out she came. Bruised, battered, dehydrated and no doubt very sore and tired. We rushed her back to the Centre for a full check up and rehydration and left her late tonight for a rest and having her supper Thank you for calling for help and thank you to the householders lovely dog who did the finding in the first place 🙂 ...
Officers are appealing for information to help locate a Golden eagle which was seen flying in the #Crathie area of #Deeside with what appears to be a trap attached to its leg.
Concerns were raised about the first-year eagle on Thursday August 8, 2019, by a tourist and there are serious concerns for the bird's welfare. Enquiries are ongoing in conjunction with our partner agencies including the RSPB.
Sergeant Kim Wood said: "We would encourage anyone who has information which could help to locate this eagle to contact the Police on 101 or another relevant authority as soon as possible." ...
This beauty is microchipped to Aberdeen but found in Borehamwood - has somebody moved and not updated their chip, or has she stowed away? Somebody must be missing her.This lovely little girl is Elle and we need to find her owners. She was brought into us on Saturday, after being seen around a house in Shenley Road for about a month. She does have a microchip but we are unable to contact the owners, she is around 18 years old. The microchip is registered in Aberdeen so we are unsure if the owners have moved and Elle is lost! Please share to help us try and find her owners. Please call us on 0208 207 6009 if have any information. ...
So what do you do if you come across a sick or injured wild animal?
Firstly! Seek advice! However, if you're sure they need help, secure them in a box with a towel in. Always wear gloves or handle the animal with a towel rather than direct skin contact. This is for your safety! No one wants ringworm!
Secondly! Do not be tempted to feed them!! Although the temptation is definitely there when a baby bird is squeaking at you, it can actually do them more harm than good. Inappropriate food can cause diarrhoea or a blockage in the intestines. Syringing or pouring fluids into a creatures mouth can also be really harmful as it can go into their lungs and cause a deadly infection.
The key things are:
Secure them SAFELY. Keep them WARM - a towel wrapped round a hot water bottle or in a warm room is ideal. DO NOT FEED.
And seek advice!
The Internet is a wonderful thing now and there's reems of information about who you can contact.
This popped up on my newsfeed while I was sitting waiting for baby "milk" to warm at 3. 30 am, and after some of the calls we have had in the last few weeks, it really sounded like it was written by us.... So I thought I would share The glamorous life of a wildlife rescuerYou've been up since 6am when the babies needed their first feed. It's been constant ever since, feeding every 15 minutes. Despite your best efforts, five babies have passed away so far today. You skipped lunch because you didn't feel particularly hungry after spending 30 minutes pulling maggots out of a hedgehog's ear. You're glad the baby squirrels are wilding up nicely but you could have done without the down-to-the-bone bite one of them gave you when you were transferring them to the outside pen. You're pretty sure you have pigeon crap in your hair but it's way down on your list of things to worry about. At the top is whether that RTA badger will pull through and, if he does, how on earth you'll find the £450 needed to pin his broken leg. The phone rings and you wipe the blood from yet another catted blackbird off your hand onto your jeans to answer it, conscious that it's been ringing off the hook while you've been fighting fires. Someone's dog has caught a hedgehog in their garden and the caller wants it picked up NOW because they 'know hedgehog are riddled with fleas and they don't want them to infect the dog'. No, they can't bring it to you, they don't drive (if you only had £1 for every time you heard that, the badger's vet bill would be covered in a week!). You explain that you cannot leave the rescue, you need to finish cleaning, feeding, medicating etc but, if they can get the hedgehog to you, you'll help as you scan the room desperately looking to see where you can fit in another cage. There's shouting down the phone - they thought you cared. They've been calling round for hours and no-one gives a shit, no-one wants to help this poor hedgehog so they might as well just let it go. You're told in no uncertain terms and with very colourful language how useless you are and the phone is put down.
When you 'finish' after 10pm (not counting the baby feeds at midnight, 2am and 4am still to do), you check emails and messages for the first time. There's another fifteen animals needing help and a 1 star google review about how someone had emailed you this morning but no-one bothered to answer and now the bird has died.
You ask yourself why you bother, knowing full well you'll do it all again tomorrow. It's your calling.
This is what Spring and Summer look like in wildlife rescue. I've had enough of the people criticising rescuers to us recently because they've not answered the phone/couldn't help/wouldn't pick up. These people are living on the edge this time of year. Do something to help them PLEASE! ...
Now that works are progressing things are becoming exciting we thought we would re share the walk through produced by our wonderfully patient architects Cooper and MacgregorThe New Arc's Wildlife A&E digital walkthrough. Find out more about the charity & this project at www.facebook.com/thenewarc.org/ Walkthrough produce... ...
We're having a QUIZ NIGHT 😁😁 To raise funds for our brand new Animal Hospital we're having a QUIZ NIGHT at The Station Hotel, Ellon on Saturday 24th August (doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start). We really hope you'll come along to support us and have a few laughs xx ...
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!