Carla Lane Animals In Need

Registered Charity Number: 1031342






Our dear friends that have passed away in their homes.


He put the Great in Great Dane. We always looked after Monty when his owners went away. He was a big gentle giant - wouldn't hurt a fly.

RIP big guy


Here is a picture of our beloved Polly just before we found out she had been suffering from lymphoma.  I have to say she was a marvelous friend, a special dog to me as she had been my constant companion from the day we acquired her from your kennels.  Unlike all of our other dogs Polly expected us to protect her rather than the other way round.  She had been found in a cemetery in south Liverpool emaciated and very scared.  It took her nearly six weeks before barking she had been so abused.  I know many folk who say that their dog is clever but I have never known one as clever as she was, her favourite trick when the weather was bad was to fetch her ball to me I would follow her while she went up stairs to the landing, at this point Polly would place the ball on the edge of the top stair and push it over the edge to me waiting in the hallway below and would throw it back to her, this would be repeated until she was bored.  Incredibly she picked this trick up within a five minute period.
We estimated she was about 8/9 years old when she was put down having survived happily with her illness for sixteen months the inevitable rejection of drugs happened and she was suffering badly, the little love died in my arms with my family around her.  The extra sixteen months was a boon having her around she meant that much to us all and our lives are sadder for her passing.  Everyone who met that little dog fell in love with her and her cheeky smile and lovely temperament, her vets at the Small Animal Hospital in Neston who treated her cancer even sent us a beautiful spontaneous condolence card signed by all who had looked after her.
Polly may have had a short life but she certainly brought happiness to my family and the many people who had the fortune to meet her.  Possibly the best quote I think of came from our milkman Andy who said 'Polly was the only dog he had ever talked about at home, she was beautiful. 
When we went fishing together Polly would run excitedly up and down the canal bank when I cast, as soon as the float cocked she would settle down sitting between my legs watching the float until a bite came along, she was never taught this she just did it much to the amusement of passers by who ended up knowing her by name, Polly the fishing dog. At no time did she attack the fish but she would stare intently when a fish was returned to the water. I doubt if I will fish this season, it will not be the same without her
If visitors played ball with her in the garden I would tell them the secret instruction, after three or four throws, never anything less, the should tell her 'last time bed' every time she would fetch her ball and rather than returning to feet she would run past and take it to her bed.  Strangely she was never taught this she just did it of her own I have said there will never be another one like her and I've had some great dogs in my lifetime but Polly was tops by a long way.
Missed dearly by Jim Coleman and family
Handsome Akita.




Our dear friends who we have passed away at the Sanctuary

TAMMY the Yorkie

This little girl became our Christmas Belle in 2009 but sadly passed away before the year ended.


Our beautiful GSD. Loved by all the staff at the sanctuary.

BETTY - Dec 2010

We only knew you from such a short time, but you ment the world to us. You will be dearly missed by the Griffiths family and all at the Sanctuary.

CINDY - A Beautiful GSD Died 2006

She came to us with her puppies and was a very loving mother. Cindy found a home on the Wirral, but escaped a few hours after she had been delivered to her new owners. Tragically she died on the motorway alone after being hit. We still can't believe she's gone.

She was Cathy's baby at the Sanctuary.

We have kept this photograph as our screensaver ever since. She is forever in our thoughts.

AMBER Died 9.3.2010


Found wandering, Bramble thankfully found her way onto our grounds and decided to make the Sanctuary her home. She lived many more years than she was expected to and it was a joy to give her the Christmas trimmings to eat. She even made it onto our Christmas cards one year, promoting Nut Roast.

We miss our Bramble - our only turkey we have had.


Chan was loved by everyone at the Sanctuary, but even more so by Derek, our Animal Welfare Officer.

It was heartbreaking to lose him. Gone but never forgotten.

Forever in Derek's heart.


A lovable Fox Terrier. He enjoyed life to the full and the staff made sure he had fun.

When they first met, they fell in love. Snap had an ongoing illness that we were able to control with diet but sadly we lost him.
He was a lovely gentle goat and had a wonderful nature.
Blacky & Marmaduke
  She was originally found down the side of a radiator in a local school. But she was so frightened and timid we found it hard to home her. So we teamed her up with two other shy cats, Marmaduke and Olivia. They hit it off straight away and all became great friends.
Then we released them on site in 2008 with access inside the Sanctuary and daily meals. They turned up at meal times and were spotted around the Sanctuary.
Months and months went by, but sadly one day, Blacky never returned. We never did find out what happened to her. Marmaduke was heartbroken. He loved her and so did we.
Sadly poor Betty had to be put to sleep today. We did all we could to make her comfortable and receive the best veterinary treatment. She will be terribly missed by Scott and friends at Animals In Need.
We miss you both so much but we know you are with McGinty and Snap.
The staff were devastated that you slipped away so quickly. We'll never forget you.
You were a special little boy and I loved you dearly. Caroline XX
You were a special little girl and loving companion to Ali. XX


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Registered Charity 1031342

Fir Tree Animal Sanctuary,

Spurriers Lane,



L31 1BA


0151 549 0959

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