An auction of heart-shaped ceramic bowls for the animals of Hallie Hill. All handmade by artist and volunteer Leigh Wechter. 100% funds raised benefit the animals of the sanctuary!
This year was difficult for all of us in so many ways — we want to express our gratitude for our community that still showed us love and support despite their own struggles. THANK YOU! Happy New Year – here’s to a healthy and happy year ahead!
This beautiful handmade quilt could be yours!
This expertly stitched quilt is the ‘Night Sky’ pattern using beautiful, coastal shades inspired by the Lowcountry! Winner will be chosen at noon on Monday, December 14th! This gorgeous quilt would make a wonderful Christmas or holiday gift!
About the Artist: Donna Gamble
“Like many people from the Northeast, it only tool one trip here to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to become hooked! Our family consists of three rescues, a bloodhound mix, a blue tick coonhound and our newest member from Hallie Hill, a Staffordshire Terrier named Chico! All three have unique personalities and are a tight pack that keep track of each other. We are strong advocates of dog safety and wellness and letting them shine in their own light! Our Bloodhound does search and rescue work, our blue tick joins in the search and rescue training, as does our Terrier but his passion is swimming in the Atlantic (equipped with his life jacket). I have tremendous admiration for Jennifer Middleton, the staff, and the volunteers’ devotion and good works that make Hallie Hill a success, and wanted to contribute.”
Hallie Hill thanks Donna for the beautiful quilt and her devotion to HHAS!
Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary: How it all Began!
My children were grown and off to different parts of the world. The horses had grown very old and had gone to heaven. And now, the barn was empty except for one small and very lame carriage horse I had rescued from the streets of Charleston. Bert was Hallie’s very first rescue!
Then, on one cold winter’s day as I was attempting to organize the tack room, a very skinny little dog appeared at the door. She was trembling from the cold and I could tell she was hungry—every bone showing. She began to slowly wag her tail and never will I forget the look in her eyes. Rescue #2! Before long, another one appeared, then another, and soon every stall in the lonely old barn was occupied! A desperate mother cat found us and after approving the accommodations brought her wonderful large litter to the barn. In time, more cats arrived and soon our once vacant old barn was filled with happy sounds—you could feel the warmth of a welcoming home in the walls.
And then, to top it all, a very young black baby calf arrived, crying every step of the way. (We later learned a mother cow was the victim of heavy traffic on Hwy 17.) I located calf baby bottles and soon our little ‘Moo-Moo’ was enjoying a full tummy and a cozy bed in the straw.
So, the purpose of this sharing this story is to explain how the Sanctuary began – an absolute act of nature! Nothing planned, and it grew bigger and bigger over time! I had the help of two wonderful elderly gentlemen, both dedicated animal lovers. The three of us enjoyed days of rescuing, building pens and pup houses and other duties involved in the caring of our furry friends. And the numbers were increasing weekly!
After more than 20 years we had grown and expanded and reached the point where really good, professional help was necessary. And, in the usual way that things happen at Hallie Hill, this lovely new angel appeared. She was obviously an animal lover and her other talents were happiness, intelligence, energy and charm – Jennifer Middleton – ‘perfection’ – and the answer to our prayers!
Soon, Hallie Hill became a 501C non-profit organization and home to approximately 150 dogs and 50 cats, age range from puppies and kittens to elderly citizens! They are cared for no matter their condition and they are guaranteed a happy home for life. Jennifer Middleton, our Executive Director, keeps everything working like magic. Hallie Hill has a wonderful Board of Directors whose dedication is outstanding. And it must be said, the volunteers are amazing!
The next chapters will speak for themselves, but Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary began, and will continue, as a happy and humane solution to a most desperate need.
Thank you for your belief in the mission of Hallie Hill, and, happy holidays to all! – HMB
Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Best Friends was started just 4 years before HHAS, and in much the same way. They have now grown to be the largest sanctuary in the United States for companion animals, leading the “No Kill” movement, and starting a cooperative network for rescues and shelters to which Hallie Hill belongs. The purpose of my trip was twofold: to learn from them, and to renew my enthusiasm for our mission.
Since I had never traveled so far west, I was amazed by the landscape. The canyons and cliffs of the terrain are breathtaking. Compared to HHAS, Best Friends is huge. They have over 3700 acres of land and employ over 800 people. Usually, they care for about 1600 animals, but they are operating at almost half capacity during the pandemic.
During my short stay I was able to schedule lunch with one of the founders and take several tours of the facility including “Cat World” and the “Gratitude Garden”. Even though our policies andprocedures are very much in line, I came back with many new ideas and a renewed enthusiasm for the work we do. It is comforting to know that there are other sanctuaries with the same dedication to improving the lives of animals and that are passionate about “saving them all”.
As much as I enjoyed visiting Best Friends, my visit caused me to fall in love with HHAS all over again. I missed the green grass pastures, the verdant shade trees, AND the more temperate climate. Not only did it snow on my trip, but the temperature dropped to 16 degrees at night! So, thank you all very much for supporting HHAS. Your contributions make it possible for us to continue saving lives and ensuring a bright future for those special animals entrusted to our care right here in the Lowcountry.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary!
We are so excited to share that we will be having our Hallie Hill Holiday Auction from December 1st – 7th!
Keep an eye on our website, facebook and/or instagram to find out what amazing items and experiences we will have! More to come soon!
Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary has worked tirelessly since 1988 to provide sanctuary for homeless dogs and cats.
With your help, we can continue to provide respite for animals until they are adopted, or be a forever home for those in need.
If you give to Hallie Hill through your will, trust, or other financial plan, you can help ensure the sanctuary continues saving lives of homeless animals in the future.
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We love our hounds at Hallie Hill – we took this day as an excuse to give our hounds some extra love!
Here are some photos of our staff and volunteers with just some of our hounds!