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There are numerous European hedgehog organizations that strive to help out
hedgehogs, usually thanks only to volunteer help and donations.

One of the first to come into being was the British Hedgehog Preservation
Society (BHPS), run by Major Adrian Cole, information about it was sent to me
courtesy of Bill Corner, Vanessa Purvis, and Seabury Salmon:

   I thought I would let you know that here in the UK there exists a 
   society called ``the British Hedgehog Preservation Society''. 
   Their address - in case you want some more info! - is:
   -- Bill Corner

       	Knowbury House

       	SY8 3LQ
       	Tel: 44 1584 890801 or 890287.

Tom Weston sent around the following information about another organization
dedicated to rescuing and helping hedgehogs:

    Having looked after hedgehogs for a number of years, Janet Peto founded
    Hedgehog Welfare officially in December 1993. It is a small rescue 
    centre, based in Misterton [U.K.], taking in and caring for sick, injured 
    and orphaned hedgehogs. No hedgehog is ever turned away.

    The aims of Hedgehog Welfare are:

    To take in sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs, to care for them and 
    return them to the wild.

    To encourage the finders of hedgehogs to care for them wherever possible
    with full assistance from Hedgehog Welfare, including the loan of 
    equipment (when available) to do so.

    To promote public awareness of the hedgehog in the wild (and of 
    conservation in general) and how everyone can assist.

    To run courses which will improve the general knowledge and standards of 
    care-givers and veterinary surgeons.

    If you would like to help or just know more about Hedgehog Welfare, its 
    work, or its courses, please write:

       	  Janet Peto,
       	  Hedgehog Welfare,
       	  P.O. Box 1003,
       	  Doncaster DN10 4JT

    Janet has requested that when writing to her, could you possibly include
    a stamped return envelope, or at least something to cover the return
    cost.  This will serve to help ensure the funds that Hedgehog Welfare
    has will go to hedgehogs.

Barry Turner (who is the Newsletter Editor/WildAid) contacted me recently with 
info on WildAid (formerly the SWRRC):

    I help out with the Staffordshire Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation 
    Centre [(SWRRC) - now WildAid -- Ed.], an animal Sanctuary at Kingsley
    near Cheadle, Staffordshire, England.

    Jonathon Hodges, the Curator, takes in large numbers of rescued, sick or 
    injured hogs and hoglets throughout the year.

WildAid is a U.K. registered charitable organization which looks after sick,
injured, and otherwise endangered wildlife, primarily throughout the British
Isles, as well as now helping other Sanctuaries with advice, practical
assistance and sometimes financial help.

The address for WildAid is:

       	  Sprinks - Lane Kingsley - Near Cheadle
       	  England        ST10 2Bx

       	  Telephone:  01538 754784
       	  Fax:        01538 756702

You can also contact them (Barry Turner) via email at:

Another group in the U.K. that looks after hedgehogs is the Cleveland 
Hedgehog Preservation Society (CHPS):

    The Cleveland Hedgehog Preservation Society is a British group that 
    cares for injured hedgehogs [that] then are released back into the wild.
    -- Donald Martin

Donald also passed along word that the CHPS [11.3] have a web site which
contains an excellent overview of what to do if you encounter a hedgehog
needing assistance, at:

I have also found information on yet another hedgehog organization in the
U.K., courtesy of a post on the [11.3] newsgroup by Liz

    The Hedgehog Helpline is a registered charity which relies on
    sympathetic people to enable it to carry on the invaluable work 
    that it does to care for hedgehogs.

    They produce an interesting booklet describing how to look out for
    hedgehogs in your garden or in the countryside. 

    *Remember that Hedgehogs are wild animals and the object is to help our
    prickly friends to survive, the object is always to return him or her to
    his natural habitat if kept indoors over the Winter. They must never be
    regarded as pets and prevented from having a natural life.*

    If you are interested in a free copy of the booklet "All About
    Hedgehogs," simply send a stamped addressed envelope, large enough to
    contain an A5 sized booklet to:
       	Hedgehog Helpline
       	5 Forelandland Road,
       	CF4 7AR

    If you would care to make a donation also it would be put to a good
    cause. Cheques made out to Hedgehog Helpline.
    -- Liz Roberts-Morgan

Almost last, and certainly far from least (how can anything hedgehog related
be least?) is ``St. Tiggywinkle's'' Hospital.  The following information on
it was sent along by Willard B. ``Skip'' Nelson, DVM, with the phone number
coming from LeAnne and Adrian:

    I see that you are looking for Mrs Tiggywinkle's hospital in the UK. 
    I have corresponded with Mr. Les Stocker, M.B.E. of the Wildlife 
    Hospital Trust a.k.a. ``St. Tiggywinkle's'' and I can report that his 
    address is 

       	Wildlife Hospital Trust
       	Aston Road, 
       	Haddenham, Aylesbury,
       	Buckinghamshire  HP17 8AF 
       	United Kingdom

       	Telephone: (44) 1844 292292


Similar in nature to ``St. Tiggywinkle's'' is the Welsh Hedgehog Hospital
[11.2], [11.3].

       	The Welsh Hedgehog Hospital
       	SY23 5AR 
       	United Kingdom


       	Telephone (emergencies only): 01974 241381 
       	fax: 01974 241237

The WWH are also the people behind the excellent book _The_Natural_Hedgehog_
which includes many accounts of their successes, and sometimes failures in
trying to save and return sick and injured hedgehogs to their homes.  Like
all such organizations, they are always looking for volunteers and for
donations (or adoptions, as they offer them), but they also do provide help
to those trying to help a hedgehog in need.

There is also a newsletter called the ``Hedgehog News'' published by the
Herts Hedgehog Helpline group in the U.K.  Here is some info on them from
John Horton:

    Hedgehog News covers the activities of our wild rescues and their life 
    and times, together with advice for people who come across orphans, 
    injured hogs, winter wanderers, etc.  We are now into the beginning of 
    the release season for those who have over-wintered with us, the first 
    being let out into the woods this week [week of March 27th].  Others 
    have been moved to our newly built and `almost' hedgehog-proof holding 
    pen.  In the next few weeks Herts Hedgehog Helpline will release over 
    100 hogs in our area.  Anyone in the south of England and especially in
    Herts, Beds, Essex and Cambs can call us for help.  If we cannot [help]
    then there is someone in the network who can.  I can be reached on or on my home number 01462-451618 for 
    those in the UK. It is great to see hogs on the net, but remember that 
    nets are not friendly to hogs!
    -- John Horton

As pointed out, you can contact John at the Herts Hedgehog Helpline at:

	Telephone:  01462-451618

Crossing over to the mainland of Europe, there is Norway's Hedgehog Fan 
Club, known as ``Hedgehog Friends.''  I received the following information 
from its president Sigrun Seetrevik:

       	  Pinnsvinenes Velforening
       	  c/o Sigrun Saetrevik
       	  Dalaneveien 20
       	  4015  Stavanger

Cost is 50 kr. (~ $7-$8 CDN, ~ $4-$5 USD) which includes their magazine (most
of the articles are in the Norwegian language, but Sigrun indicated that they
were open to articles in English as well).  You can also try contacting him
by email at:

The club is quite informal in nature, and members often get together
socially to have a good time and talk hedgehog, which belies the origins
of the club:

    The actual reason for the foundation of our organization is the 
    fact that thousands of wild hedgehogs are run over by cars in the 
    streets. It's really tragic to witness this. Our job should be to 
    care for hedgehogs so that car drivers pay more attention. However, 
    this is an almost impossible task, and therefore our ``mission'' has 
    become quite ridiculous. But we won't give up!
    -- Sigrun Seetrevik

For hedgehog lovers in Sweden, I heard from Siw and Anders, who do take in 
injured and sick hedgehogs, and can help with advice.  They don't have a
large organization, so please don't inundate them with questions or 
hedgehogs that you can help look after yourself, but they can certainly help
out, especially if you don't know what to do and don't have anywhere to
keep convalescent hedgehogs.  You can contact them at:

       	Siw Bjorkgren
       	Dagermansgatan 6nb
       	754 28 Uppsala
       	Telefone: +46-(0)18323565

In Belgium, the organization Wild Peace, based in Brussels, can provide
assistance in looking after orphaned animals such as hedgehogs.  My thanks to
Janet Willacy for letting me know about them:

       	Wild Peace
       	80 rue Buffon
       	1070 Brussels
       	Tel. (32 02) 520 52 38

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Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Hi, my hedgehog started running around her cage squealing so I took her out to see what was wrong. Her genital area was inflamed and she had open sores all around that area. I gave her a bath, but I'm really worried about her. Do you have any idea what this could be?
Thank you!

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