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Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it

Tuesday April 7th 2015 - F is for F.A.I.T.H

This post is part of the A - Z Challenge.

F.A.I.T.H is a small animal rescue centre situated on the outskirts of Hickling village in Norfolk. The charity had its beginnings in January 1994 after five dogs were found abandoned on the local marshes; with large vet bills to pay an appeal for help was published in a local newspaper, and from that article came several calls to help other dogs and cats. And so the rescue centre was born - the acronym F.A.I.T.H means For Animals In Trouble there's Hope.

The centre helps many different dogs for many different reasons - stray dogs, Death Row dogs, dogs with behaviour problems, dogs whose owners can no longer keep them when circumstances change, and those whose owners have sadly passed away. There's a non-destruction policy in place and no animal is ever put to sleep unless it's on the advice of a vet to end pain or suffering, and if a dog's behaviour makes it impossible to re-home satisfactorily then it remains at the centre for the rest of its life.

Although each dog has its own individual kennel with a small outdoor space they all have access to a large enclosed communal area where they can socialise and play together. There's also a communal cat house with home-from-home comforts including sofas, chairs and shelves with hidey holes, and a large enclosed run with a water feature, climbing frame and toys. Visitors are allowed in the cat house (but they must remember to keep the doors closed) and whenever I go to the centre I like to spend some time in there with the residents.

Dogs and cats aren't the only residents at the centre; there are pigs, sheep, goats, ponies, rabbits, ducks and chickens and a very pleasant hour can be spent wandering round and seeing them all. The centre is open from 11am to 3pm every day except Thursdays, and for me a visit to Norfolk will always include a visit to F.A.I.T.H


  1. It sounds like a wonderful retirement home for animals!

  2. It sounds like a wonderful place. I adopted my cat (now 17) as a tiny kitten from a place like this.

  3. Hi Eunice,

    What a pawsitive place. The acronym is so apt for our beloved furry friends. What a worthy cause that takes such love and dedication.

    Gary :)


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