KILDARE PET RESCUE: Hoglet too small to survive the winter weather

Cat volunteers needed

Dan Donoher


Dan Donoher


KILDARE PET RESCUE: Hoglet too small to survive the winter weather

The hoglet rescued by Kildare Animal Foundation

We were shocked to admit this tiny hoglet one morning last week from Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The very kind finder brought her to us after she was found in a hay shed.

She was freezing cold and not moving. After some hours in our incubator, she started to come around and was getting small amounts of fluids every two hour to build her up.

We have never admitted such a tiny hoglet, this late in the year.

Hedgehogs hibernate during the winter months and need to weigh at least 600 grammes to have enough fat stores to make it through.

That’s why we were so surprised to see a tiny 60g hoglet arrived just weeks before they should be hibernating.

She’s being hand-reared by one of our experienced rehabbers on a special milk formula and a high calorie veterinary food.

She is getting fed every two to four hours, even during the night.

We know it will be a tough road ahead for this little mite, but we must do all we can to make sure she survives.

Hedgehogs are becoming increasing rarer in their natural environment due to traffic, loss of habitat and man-made issues. If you find a hedgehog out during the day or spot a small one, please do call us for advice.

Cat Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for cat loving volunteers to help us with our cat section. If you have a few hours to spare once or twice a week and love cats, then please give Geraldine a call on 045 522929. Thank you.

Kildare Animal Foundation located outside Kildare Town, is a voluntary organisation that provides a safe haven for neglected or abused animals. Tel 045 522929, email or log on to All donations welcome