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Spring Newsletter 2020

Welcome to New Leaf Animal Society’s newsletter for Spring 2020.

The 2.6 Challenge

Save the Date. Take Action. Be an Animal Hero

26th – 30th April

The 2.6 Challenge was set up by the London Marathon team to replace the famous 26-mile run that will no longer be happening on April 26th. To prevent UK charities and community groups from missing out on funds normally raised for them by the runners, the 2.6 challenge invites the nation to come up with their own fundraising activities on April 26th instead. As a thank you; participating groups like New Leaf, will be entitled to a share of the giant 260-million-pound fundraising pot being created by the London Marathon Group themselves!

So, do you fancy setting yourself a 2.6 challenge? You can dream up any fundraising activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. You can fundraise for any UK charity - but we hope you choose to donate the money you raised to New Leaf.

The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone and everyone – the only requirement is that your fundraising activities must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

The 2.6 challenge is a simple and fun way to raise money and ‘Save the UKs Charities’. The whole team at New Leaf is getting involved. From 2.6km walks to the ‘26 Malteser-in-the-mouth’ challenge; you can follow our progress on the New Leaf Facebook.

Fundraise with the New Leaf team and help save the UKs Charities.


COVID-19 and Pets

Do you keep hearing or reading misinformation about pets and COVID?

Misinformation which is sadly causing the abandonment of pets across the UK.

We say don't be fooled, be informed! 'COVID-19 Updates - Companion Animals' has been pulled from expert sources and is being updated frequently.

Add it to your bookmarks, visit it daily and keep up to date with the latest news for both you and your pets.

Dealing with Pet Loss and Grief

Sadly, too many of us have experienced the heart-breaking loss of a person that we love; but did you know that it can hurt just as much to lose a pet or companion animal? In her poignant, and eye-opening article “The Highs and Lows of Companion Animal Ownership”, author Suzanne Lawrie explains the difficulties we face when losing a pet.

Despite the extra ordinary pressures that we are all facing right now, please be supportive to anyone going through the pain of animal loss grief. Be kind, and none-judgemental because your reaction to their grief can make a big difference to their healing journey.

To help in creating a world where pet loss and grief is recognised more widely please complete this research survey on people’s perceptions of pet bereavement in comparison to other forms of loss, with a focus on the impact in the workplace (Deadline 5th May).

Research and Education - Student Placement

At the beginning of 2020 we moved forward with the Research and Education pillars of our work with The University of Stirling. Working with the MSc Human-Animal Interaction course we welcomed our first student placement, Tina Lin, a qualified Feline Veterinarian in Taiwan. We learnt so much together and Tina made leaps and bounds progressing the Foster and Adopter Cat Behaviour & Care materials. Thanks to Tina’s help, we are on track to have these documents finalised by the Summer.

Tina also wrote us a Pet Spotlight about her cat Amy, the unadoptable cat who changed their lives forever.

Pet Spotlights

The much loved and most clicked New Leaf ‘Pet Spotlight’ is back this month with a heart-warming ‘tail’ about Casper the cat. Read how Casper went from rags to riches and made a home for himself in an old chicken shed.

… And don’t forget, you can catch up with Amy; the Unadoptable Cat and Mimi, the whiskered (not winged) angel, who were our March and January Pet Spotlight pets.

If you would like to see your pet featured in the next Pet Spotlight, please send us an email with your pet’s story and a photographs of your pet to

NEW!! The New Leaf Donor Box

The New Leaf team has been working hard on our 2020 donor strategy. We also wanted to come up with new ways to make donating to New Leaf even easier this year. So, we have dedicated a brand-new page on the New Leaf website to making donations. In line with larger community groups and charity organisations, it’s now possible to make a legacy donation to New Leaf from your will or make one-off donations of any amount with one click.

Please visit and share the New Leaf Donor Box donation page with your friends and family and together, we can help animals in need.

New Leaf Team Update

We are very excited to welcome onboard a brand-new member to the New Leaf family and Trustee, Emma Bryant. Emma specialises in fundraising and donor care and her appointment will bring the New Leaf team to 4. You can read more about Emma here.

If you, or someone you know would like to volunteer their time to help animal’s in need, then please look at the volunteer positions available with New leaf. We would love to hear from you.


Charity Number: SC050192

07307 591988

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