The Phoenix Pet and Wildlife Sanctuary
Respect All Life

Meet some of our residents


















One of this years ducklings




Baby Jaffa




Walter & Moonlight

The Phoenix Pet and Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly PAWS) is staffed by two dedicated people with over sixty combined years experience in animal care covering most species. The Sanctuary grew out of our concern over the rising tide of cruelty, and the vanishing hedgerows and countryside that is destroying the native habitats of our wildlife.


Registered Non-Profit making Organisation, No. 4914413 (Est. 29.09.03)





Autumn is well under way, almost winter, and along with annoying darker nights – I wish they would leave the clocks alone – it is now wet and cold.  Lots of bedding required to keep our residents warm. There is talk of a hard winter, I hope not as it makes for very hard work.


I finally got my operation on November 17th and it all went very smoothly.  Apparently it will be the end of the year before I am fully back to normal but it is a huge relief to get it over and done with.  It has been a long ordeal taking up most of this year.


Apart from some elderly rabbits, we are very sad to say we lost out oldest cat, Angel, in September.  Angel was at least two when we rescued her so must have been 16-18.  She remained fine until the last few days when she behaved oddly, choosing to sleep in one of the covered litter trays.  However she continued to eat and drink normally and showed no other signs although she was losing weight.  She passed peacefully in her sleep.  We buried her next to Ruby in the paddock.


Nutmeg, our squirrel is now almost adult and moved into her larger unit, an operation that was not exactly as smooth as it could have been as she decided to escape in the transfer, then was afraid of other residents, like the owls, and once Paul caught her, bit him on the hand.  Once in her new unit she soon settled and is now happily enjoying life, destroying toys and still clinging to her (baby) pouch which she chooses to sleep in.  Although weaned, she still loves a syringe of bio-active yoghurt each morning for breakfast, something I think she will demand always.  I reckon she could do an advert for it, being rather active!  


The goat twins are growing and doing well.  They are so well behaved and always come running in right away when called.  Like all males they are very affectionate, and like all goats, very soon cotton on to getting treats of carrot strips, wholemeal bead and biscuits, eagerly pushing their noses into pockets to see what we have.


I think we may need to rename our Wood Pigeon Cafe, 'Wood Pigeon and Squirrel Cafe' as we have regular squirrels turning up to feed now.  On one occasion no less then four!  We now supply them with sunflower seeds, nuts and fruit too.


Now and then we get a frantic situation as happened recently when a neighbour called us to say a brown and white rabbit was running around in the road outside our paddock.  This turned out to be Jerry and by the time Paul got there he was back inside, along with his brother, Tom, having a wonderful adventure running round the paddock.  Turned out our very small pygmy goat, Pixie, who is built like a mini tank, had pushed in the door to their run attempting to get at their hay!  Cue emergency repair operation for Paul.   Luckily no harm done and order soon restored.


The sanctuary has had a happy event, we have baby cockroaches!  I know they may not being many folks idea of an ideal pet but actually they are very little bother and I think, rather beautiful.  These are Dubai cockroaches and we took them in from a pet shop where someone had ordered them as live food for something but failed to pick them up.  They were babies themselves then and grew well into recognisable roaches with different colours.  The adults only live about 18 months and ours are reaching that now, so have produced about 20 babies looking a bit like woodlice.   Unusual creatures are fascinating and an experience, we like to learn as much as possible so we are able to help anything.  We seem to specialise in taking a variety of creatures other animal places shun and reject, but why shouldn't all of them have the help they need when they need it.  We love them all.


Our thanks as always to all our supporters and fund-raisers, we would not be here without your efforts.  


Finally this year:











More news soon from the sanctuary.   Enjoy the photos.  Please keep feeding and watering all wildlife throughout winter, they need and rely on help so much.





I am sure many people enjoyed the wonderful 'Planet Earth 11' series showing amazing wildlife and beautiful wild places.  But sadly, it only highlighted how that world is vanishing. Sir David stressed an area the size of Great Britain is disappearing every 30 years!  Along with that will go our wildlife, many of whom will only find survival in secure sanctuaries.  It will be to the detriment of us all, delightful scenes that one day we will only see on screen.


There were poignant and upsetting moments , such as the baby turtles.  What a shame the programme failed to mention the dedicated wildlife people on the island that go out every night and collect the misguided babies, taking them down to the shoreline and letting them go safely into the sea. That snippet was in a newspaper which also mentioned that Sir David has a strict rule for camera and other personnel not to interfere.  While I have much respect for this presenter I feel this is wrong.  As caring, compassionate humans we have a duty, to help other species in need.  And, as we know from experience, that is not only rewarding but necessary.


Then there were the gorgeous hyenas showing again how human help is vital and positive.

How I admire those, who like this man carrying on a family tradition of hand feeding those hyenas each night, brings a useful ink that proves mutual respect resulting in less harm all round. Surely the way forward is for humans and other species to co-exist and co-operate in harmony. The hyenas were well behaved and like all animals we feed regularly, will be less likely to seek other prey if satisfied.  A service that gives benefit to each.  If all followed that code what a better world it would be, and is that not something we should be striving for?  Not depriving other species of their world and their lives but sharing it all peacefully together.


Sir David spoke of animals and birds in cities faring much better than their wild counterparts. This is no surprise to us.  I have long deplored the animal causes who rigidly insist on destroying any wild creature that cannot go back to the wild – a place we all know is vanishing under too abundant human intervention and proving ever more hazardous to those living in it. How long before that 30 years becomes 20 years and then 10 years to see such areas disappearing?  


Again from years of experience we know wild animals and birds can and do live well in a safe, if 'un-wild' environments.  The criteria is simple, if a creature is content and happy, it will thrive; if it is not so in any way, it will not thrive.  Anyone who truly understands animals knows the signs.  Apart from some small bird species notorious for just giving up, we have never known a wild creature not to thrive in our sanctuary, and many of them live to great ages something very few can ever hope to do in the wild.  Obviously if an animal or bird is so badly injured or sick that there is no hope of quality of life or survival, then gentle euthanasia is the only option, but to destroy something otherwise healthy just because of a defect or injury that would it problems of coping/surviving in the wild is definitely no valid reason.


All creatures are far more intelligent and understanding than given credit for, and the benefits all round of helping them, living alongside them and learning from them, are immense.  Do we really want a world of conflict without precious wildlife?  A world devoid of the amazing wild places and beautiful tranquil areas?  Is that really any kind of future for any of us?


I would like to see 2017 being the year of new beginnings, of hope, tolerance, consideration; understanding; and light filling the dark places.  Plus more thought for the creatures around us, many of whom were here long before us.  In a way, this is their world that we inhabit, not the other way round.   I want to see happy, healthy animals and birds living with and alongside humans, free from fear and pain, each interacting and sharing with each other like never before.  A new world; a new way of being; a new way of thinking; and above all, goodwill, peace, less greed and more acceptance of ways to preserve and protect what makes life good and enjoyable, our wildlife and animal companions and our beautiful places.