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Strawberry and Chocolate Fayre

On Sunday 4th June2017  SARA held their annual Strawberry and Chocolate Fayre at Foxrush Farm. There was a good attendance with everyone enjoying the strawberries and cream. The event also included a display of flyball by Middlesbrough Dog Club, a parade of dogs for rehoming and those who have been rehomed and had come back to see us. It gives the staff and volunteers a boost to see their former charges so healthy and happy. Our thanks to everyone who supported the event by attending, volunteering and the staff for the great work they do on a daily basis. SARA raised £765.

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A fond farewell to Ann Prosser

One of the founding members of SARA and its driving force passed away on morning of 8th of June 2017.

21 years ago Ann with a small group of friends helped to rescue dogs and cats and at that time placed them with friends that acted as foster carers. Within One year Saltburn Animal Rescue became a registered charity  and is well known throughout the area.

Ten years ago the charity opened Foxrush Farm  on Kirkleatham Lane Redcar.

Over the years several hundred dogs and cats have been re homed.

Over the years Ann has worked tirelessly  to achieve her dream and in recognition of all her hard work the charity is to be known as SARA Foxrush Farm. Ann Prosser Foundation

The Charity wishes to thank everyone  for all your kindness and support and we shall continue with  all that that has been achieved

Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year

We have been nominated as Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year again this year (2017).

We need all members (Friends and Family) to vote for us.

To vote click here

Sensory Garden

Inspired by a dogs’ sensory garden at a national flower show SARA thought it would be a brilliant idea and be ideal for the dogs at our sanctuary.

A derelict piece of land has been transformed into a garden full of exciting zones for the dogs to roam freely, under supervision.

A central pebble path runs through a free flowing water spray and a grasses garden provides soft textures.  There is  a rockery, also a log area and an arbour providing shade for resting or grooming.   Raised beds house a profusion of relaxing aromas with herbs to calm animals.

It is an exciting addition to the Sanctuary facilities and has been funded by friends and supporters of SARA.



Pictures of many events can be seen  by clicking here

Spring Stroll

On Monday 1st May SARA held its annual Spring Stroll along the Stray at Redcar.  This year the weather was kind and a bracing walk was enjoyed by all.

Pictures of many events can be seen  by clicking here

Urgently Need Volunteers

SARA urgently need volunteers to work in our charity shop at Guisborough.

If you can help could you please ring the shop on 01287 201005 and give your details as follows

Time and Day available ie

Morning shift 8:30am to 1pm

Afternoon shift 1pm to 4pm

Volunteers must be over 18 years of age

You will never work alone there will always be one other person with you.

S.A.R.A. Coffee Mornings

S.A.R.A. will be holding a Coffee Morning at

Marske Leisure Centre on

Saturday April 22nd

From 10am to 12 midday

Why not come and join us.


Although Sam’s progress has been good aided by Catherine Marshall, physiotherapist and Helen Gosling at Butterwick Hydrotherapy there was still a problem as his leg had rotated and he was walking on the side of his foot. After consultation he was referred to an orthopaedic specialist and an operation was carried out on Wednesday 25th January. He now has to have 6 weeks cage rest (he doesn’t agree and lets everyone know it, his lung power is phenomenal). He has a post operative check up on Monday.


Forthcoming Events at Foxrush Farm 2017
May    6th       Spring Bargain Sale, 10am-1pm             21st    Sponsored Dog Walk

June   4th      Chocolate and S/berry Fayre 1 – 4pm

July    1st      Fun Dog Show 11-4pm

Aug     5th      Birthday Celebrations 11 – 4pm

19th   Summer Bargain Sale 10-4pm

 Sept    9th      Open Day 1 – 4pm

 Oct      7th      Autumn Bargain Sale 10 – 1pm

15th   Twilight Stroll 4 – 5pm

 Dec     10th   Carols at Foxrush 2 – 3.30pm

Other Events 2017
Jan      1st      New Years Day Dip

April   15th – Easter Fayre – Marske Hall 10am-1pm

22nd    Neil Diamondo- Saltburn Golf Club,                        7.30pm-11pm,

May     1st –     Spring Stroll, 11am-1pm (Redcar             Stray)

Dec      10th         Christmas Fayre     10 – 1pm              Marske Hall

2017 New Years Dip

SARA held it’s New Year’s Day Dip, despite blustery showers a number of very brave dippers participated.  On the day £195 was raised with more sponsorship money to come in.  Thanks to all who participated and those who supported  their efforts.

Support from Sainsbury’s

This year both Sainsbury’s Saltburn and Sainsbury’s Marske voted Saltburn Animal Rescue Association as their charity of the year.  They have not only placed buckets at all the checkouts to collect donations but invited SARA to hold events in their stores.  To date these 15 events have raised just short of £1800.

The staff at Sainsbury’s, Saltburn gave SARA a hamper of treats for the volunteers who would be working over Christmas, it was much appreciated.

New Dog Lounge Opening

On Sunday 18th December SARA opened its replacement dog lounge, the last one in a portakabin having become unsafe.   Dogs (and volunteers) get a chance to chill out in quiet surroundings.   This helps with assessment and introducing  dogs to a homelike setting.


Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre

SARA held its annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 10th December.  There were a large number of stalls providing a variety of goods and games offering chances to win.  It was well attended and we raised a total of£1071.25. Thank you to all who attended and helped.

Carols at Foxrush

Carols at Foxrush

A lovely afternoon was spent at SARA’s  Carols at Foxrush with a large number of dogs bringing their owners for a sing song (and joining in). Refreshments were available including mulled wine.  It rounded off another successful year of events.  Thank you to all our supporters and helpers.

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We are getting conflicting information on the deadline for objections.  We now think it is the 9th December so you still have time to object.  A draft objection letter to be done as a Word document  and emailed to David Pedlow before the 9th December deadline can be copied from the letter in he last post.

His email address is: and if you click on this link, it will automatically set up an e mail you can then type on, which you will then be able send to David, without having to type in his e mail address and not getting it right.



The draft document is a style you could use in any objection but please note the following points when  emailing to David Pedlow.


  1. You should `copy` from the draft document letter and then `paste` to create your own individual letter on to a new word document and not simply copy the draft verbatim, as we don’t want 50 plus letters all saying the same thing, word for word like this one as that takes the individual status away, and the planners would recognise this and would discount the value of the letters.
  2. The text in red is the information on yourselves that you need to change.
  3. The text in green is some of the reasons you can use to object to. We suggest you pick our 2 or 3 of them and convert them to black type and try to alter them if you can, just so we don’t get 50 all looking the same and like they were typed on one computer. A simple hint is to alter the order of the objections you decide to use and maybe change the font sizes and type settings.
  4. When you have created your own Word doc letter it can be saved on your `desktop` or elsewhere and then attached to your email. That is the best way to do it.
  5. You then go to your email addressed to David Pedlow by clicking on this link and insert the Word Doc you have saved (covered in 4 above). And then say something like….Mr Pedlow, please find attached my objection letter to the `outline planning application number  R/2016/0663` You can put something similar in the `Subject box` on your email.

  1. If you don’t want to create a Word doc, you can `copy` off the Word doc and paste it straight in to an e mail, created by clicking on this link.


But you would have to provide in the email the Application reference number R/2016/0663 and your name and address.


Draft objection letter

Your address



Development Management Section
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar and Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT

FAO Mr D Pedlow: Planning Officer

Dear Mr Pedlow

Application reference   R/2016/0663





I strongly object to the above proposed development, for the following reasons.

The impact of this proposed housing development on this long established animal sanctuary.

 This proposed development  will damage the natural environment of this mature community woodland  and wildlife habitat.

 The proposed development  will necessitate  the removal of existing mature trees and natural landscape,  that protects  the animal sanctuary and it will change and destroy the seclusion and privacy aspects, that have been in place for the last 9 or more years.

 Safe and quiet areas are  needed  around an animal sanctuary, to provide private, quiet  and safe exercising  facilities for the animals and also peace and tranquillity for any animals that are suffering or recovering from traumatic or stressful conditions they have endured, before being taken in to the sanctuary.

 The propped buffer areas between the proposed development and the animal sanctuary are totally unacceptable and this would probably lead to far too many unacceptable issues,  to be able to continue having a sanctuary in this location in the future.

 No proper consultation exercise has been discussed or conducted with SARA and the status of this planning application on R&CBC’s Online register on the 2nd of December clearly states that `Official consultation has expired`, which we understand is not the case and this date has been extended. This is misleading to anyone who intended to make an objection and now is unable to do so.

 Access to Foxrush Farm is via a track off Kirkleatham Lane, this main road is already heavily trafficked and a development of this size will no doubt impact significantly on traffic volumes thereby  creating access and egress difficulties for the SARA animal sanctuary.

This is the wrong development in the wrong place and I trust you will take my objections in to account when considering the outline planning application and you will recommend it be refused .

Yours sincerely

Your name

Tel xxxx xxx xxx



We urgently need some help to prepare an ecology report on the area surrounding Foxrush Farm.

The current plans for the proposed housing development do not seem to reflect the diverse nature of the wildlife that inhabitant the area.

We have a tight timeline in which to challenge this report and if anyone has any specific knowledge that could help could they please contact



Jet is a lovely 8 year old lab cross who came into us a year ago after she was found as a stray. This makes her currently our longest resident for some unknown reason .She is a lovely dog who enjoys playing fetch and long walks. She is a very affectionate girl who is looking for a home with experienced dog owners where she can be an only dog with no children.

Find out more by calling 01642 488108.

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In the summer of 2016 Support Adoption for Pets (Pets at Home) held its annual summer fundraising drive.  The total raised for the country was £464,013.

A team from Saltburn Animal Rescue Association attended the Middlesbrough store to help with the fundraising.

The Middlesbrough store raised £1164 of which  £582  was passed onto SARA by Dave the deputy manager collected by Fern, Sam and Barney.



Do you have any glass lidded jars that could be used by one of our volunteers to fill up with pet treats as Christmas presents for pets.

If you do could you please take them into Foxrush Farm or our charity shop in Guisborough.  If you have a large quantity we could arrange for collection



On Sunday 16th October 2016 SARA held its annual Twilight Stroll.  They had a quiet stroll up the lane and back ending up at the memory garden to remember all those friends and animals that have passed.

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Could you please collect Evening Gazette wish tokens for SARA. There are SARA boxes around the area to put them in and then we will collect them. The more tokens we collect the more money we get to help the animals. Thank You




SARA held its Open Day on the Saturday 10th September. It was well attended and events included a mini fun dog show, doggy games and a flyball display by local teams. Music was provided by Cleveland Ukes. We were supported on the day by staff from Sainsbury’s, Saltburn and the sea cadets. As usual there was a tempting display of food (especially cakes). The day was completed by the grand draw details of which will be on our facebook page shortly. Our thanks go to all who supported us.

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Anolox September Visit

Analox return to SARA to help prepare for open day

A group of Analox staff visited SARA on Wednesday 7 September, helping look after the animals as well as general cleaning around the Arundel Centre in preparation for SARA’s open day.

The charity day was attended by a mix of staff from different departments, some of whom hadn’t taken part in a charity day before.  Their help was much appreciated at a very busy time for SARA.

ore photos click here

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2016 Fun Dog Show


On Saturday 2nd July SARA held its annual Fun Dog Show.  It was very well attended with everyone having a good time despite some showers.  Dogs of all sizes brought their owners along and were very well behaved (both). There was lots of home made food available and a variety of stalls. Everyone enjoyed the day.

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On Wednesday 22nd June 2016 we has a visit from a team of volunteers from Virgin Media.  This was on one of their charity days where the company grants them a day away from work to work for a charity.

The all had a good time walking,  cleaning dog kennels, cuddling and cleaning cat pens, gardening and extending the play area for dogs.

The staff and the animals greatly appreciate the help this visit gave us.  Jobs that we find we hard to accomplish can be done on these visits.

We now have tired dogs, chilled out cats, a tidy garden and a larger dog play area.  Thanks again to the 10 people who volunteered.

If your company is willing to give charity days to their staff and you would like to visit our centre please ring us on 01642 488108

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Just a few of the many brooms (over 50) donated by Tesco Redcar Store which will help the cleaning operations

Tesco Brooms


On Sunday 5th June SARA held their annual Strawberry and Chocolate Fayre at Foxrush Farm. There was a good attendance with everyone enjoying the strawberries and cream provided by Tesco. The event also included a display of flyball by Middlesbrough Dog Club, a parade of dogs for rehoming and those who have been rehomed and had come back to see us. It gives the staff and volunteers a boost to see their former charges so healthy and happy. Our thanks to everyone who supported the event by attending, volunteering and the staff for the great work they do on a daily basis. SARA raised £631.34.

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On Sunday 22nd May SARA held its annual Sponsored Dog Walk. A number of canine friends brought their owners to enjoy the walks through Foxrush Community Forest some even completed both. Amongst our canine visitors there were a number who had been rehomed from SARA and it was great to see how happy and keen all our canine visitors were (also their owners). Altogether we raised £414 with more sponsorship yet to come in. Thanks to all who supported us by participating, helping and sponsoring.

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This week a group of staff from Tesco Redcar visited the centre. They spent the day helping out at various jobs including cat cuddling. They also brought a large number of donations of toys and food. Additionally Tesco have offered to supply all the strawberries and cream for the strawberry and chocolate fayre. The staff and animals greatly appreciate all the time and contributions given.

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