Our Mission is to Rescue Sick or Injured Hedgehogs and Raise Public Awareness
Hedgehogs are endangered in the UK and their numbers are dwindling fast, from 36 million in the 1950’s to under a million today. Road traffic accidents, lack of wild gardens, the use of strimmers and garden equipment that destroys their nests and often mutilates the sleeping hedgehog, slug pellets and pesticides and a lack of access between gardens are the main culprits for their demise. By 2025 the sighting of these beautiful creatures in the UK could be rare unless we all become more hedgehog aware.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal (sleep during the day and come out at night) and there are very few reasons why they would put in an appearance in full daylight, most of those reasons mean they are in trouble. Any of the following situations are an emergency and means the hedgehog requires immediate emergency care -
- If you hear a hedgehog squealing or screaming it is in agony and needs immediate pain relief
- if a hedgehog is injured or bleeding, gasping for breath, caught in netting or trap
- if the hedgehog looks wobbly or drunk when it walks it is ill or dehydrated
- if it looks as though it is covered in flies or maggots, if it appears to be having a seizure
- if the hedgehog appears to be sleeping or sunbathing during the day
MOST HEDGEHOGS OUT DURING THE DAY NEED IMMEDIATE ATTENTION BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS.
HEDGEHOGS SEEN DURING THE DAY ALERT
SERIOUSLY INJURED HEDGEHOGS
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures and come out at night. If you see a hedgehog wandering round during the day it is likely to be sick and in need of medical attention even if it looks well.
The only exception is if a female hedgehog has had a litter of hoglets (usually June - September) and is leaving the nest during the day just for a break. Check to see if there is a nest of hoglets nearby before removing the hedgehog from where it was found. Read more.
Please call your local hedgehog rescue centre for advice and follow the emergency care guidelines. More information here.
We are getting calls from people who have found badly injured hedgehogs and they don't know what to do.
If you find a hedgehog that has serious wounds and/or is screaming in pain please follow our emergency care guidelines and take it immediately to your local vet if it is during the day or to the emergency vet if it is at night. You should not be charged as vets have a responsibility to treat for free wild animals brought to them by members of the public. Often in these severe cases the only option is to euthanase if the hedgehog is very seriously injured and in terrible suffering.
Snuffles hedgehog rescue responds as quickly as possible to calls from people in their area. The rescue is run by Claire Hunt and her partner Matt, who works full time. Often Claire is on her own caring for the sick and injured hedgehog, and if she is busy she cannot always respond immediately.
If you are unable to reach Claire and live in the Sutton Coldfield area please take the hedgehog to our support vet Ashwood Vets, 448 Lichfield Road, Four Oaks B74 4EP Tel: 0121 308 1128. The vet will treat the hedgehog and notify Claire. If you live outside our area you can follow our emergency guidelines and take the hedgehog to your local vet. You should not be charged as al vets have a responsibility to treat wild animals.
Thank you for you support with this.
We Need Your Help!
Snuffles needs your help to fund the day to day running of the rescue centre.
We are pleased to announce that we have now achieved our target for the critical care unit, thanks to our generous supporters and a grant from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust (read more here). The rescue is run from our back garden and last year we took in just over 100 hedgehogs, all of them requiring urgent medical care. We spent over £4,000 last year to cover our running costs and our new appeal is for help to cover these costs.
Garden Release: If anyone has a walled or fully secure garden (or could fence off a section of a large garden) with bushes and shrubs suitable for a hedgehog with special needs, we would be interested in hearing from you. Please include a telephone number in the message box to enable us to contact you. Please contact us here.
Donations: You can now make cash donations via our website using PayPal or a credit card. See How You Can Help.
Food: We get through 84 tins of food each week - that's over 4300 per year! Please help us by providing food. More details and drop-off points here. See also our Current Appeal page which gives our total so far and how you can help.
Please use the link below to visit our Facebook page for regular updates on our existing hedgehogs.
Snuffles will be out and about during the year. We will be flagging up key messages about abandoned hoglets, providing food and water and raising awareness about Autumn Juveniles and hibernation. There will be our very popular hedgehog themed game "Spin it to Win it" and a public information table containing lots of interesting hedgehog information and some lovely knitted hedgehogs for sale. We would love to see as many people as possible.
Please note that we will not take any hedgehog in our care to events. While they are with us we only handle them as needed for welfare purposes and we aim to reduce exposure to stress as this can make them very unwell.