The livestock all have to be checked and cared for.
The horses' stables are cleaned and their food is prepared. Daily health checks are performed and the local farrier visits regularly.
Boarding visitors enjoy the open space in the exercise paddocks, where staff can spend time playing with them. Then they relax and have a cuddle. Holidays can be so exhausting!
The cats enjoy their comfy surroundings and love the gentle and quiet fuss they receive from the Cattery staff.
The staff at Normandale have a real love of animals and to look after them is our absolute pleasure.
No matter who our visitors are, we pride ourself on the caring, gentle attitude we take.
Apart from our visiting cats and dogs who come in for a holiday, we also have a separate kennel building where lost dogs can be looked after until their owners are found. New arrivals are brought in regularly by the local Animal Warden. These strays are given a warm kennel and settled in straight away.
A sick pigeon is kept warm, hand fed and given a drink. This process is repeated every few hours. Gradually after a couple of days, he is well enough to perch and will soon move to the aviary to progress.
Injured wildlife, such as the duck shown above, is often brought to Normandale. We work closely with our local vets to ensure they are treated, nursed and brought back to full recovery, before being released.
Some animals choose to stay for ever - if they choose to stay, they are welcome. We will provide food, warmth and accommodation for the rest of their lives, without imprisoning them.
Note: please do not disturb baby wildlife, deer or birds. Their mother is usually nearby. If you are concerned, please ring your local RSPCA who will advise you.
At Normandale, we have a very real love and understanding of all animals, and the animals seem to know!