HART Wildlife Rescue is a registered charity which runs a wildlife hospital in North East Hampshire, providing a rescue, treatment and rehabilitation service for wildlife from all over Hampshire and surrounding counties. HART also gives advice to vets, the RSPCA and members of the public from all over the country, as well as providing talks and work experience opportunities for students. HART is run entirely on donations.
There is no doubt that without HART’s help, many injured, sick or abandoned wild animals would suffer long and painful deaths, or would be put to sleep unnecessarily. Happily, over half make a full recovery and so can be returned to the wild.
HART Wildlife Rescue was founded in early 1996 by June and Bob Gibbs at their home in Overton as a result of a request from an RSPCA officer to overwinter some hedgehogs at Dellands, Overton. Originally known as the Hampshire Animal Rescue Team, the service HART offers has constantly needed to change and grow as more and more casualties are brought to us. The hospital deals with well over a thousand casualties every year and in June 2010 moved to new purpose-built premises near Medstead in North East Hampshire, with excellent modern treatment and rehabilitation facilities. We have an animal ambulance to rescue and transport casualties. We also have 2 shops in Alton to help raise much needed funds.
For updates on what's going on at the hospital, please check our facebook page or follow us on Twitter:@HARTWildlifeR.
Opening times for admission of injured animals:
9am-5pm 7 days a week
Always call us on 0913 580 0001** before bringing a casualty in. Calls cost 61p per minute to help with funding.
We are at:
Unit 9, Lower Soldridge Business Park
Soldridge Road, Medstead
Nr Alton, Hampshire
For a map and directions, see the contact page.
If we do not answer the phone, we are busy with the animals. Please bear with us, the animals already in our care have to be our first priority.
Please leave a message and we will respond as soon as we are able. Before calling you can look on the advice pages for information about what to do when you find an injured, sick or abandoned animal.
Please DO NOT bring any animals to the hospital without speaking to someone at the hospital first so that we can prepare for the animal or advise you of an alternative if that would be better for the animal, such as a nearer centre. Sometimes animals which appear to need help are in fact fine, and we can give advice in these circumstances to avoid taking an animals from the wild if not necessary. Unfortunately we are unable to offer a collection service at present.
Help our hedgehogs
Hedgehog numbers are in serious decline across the UK, and so it is vital that we all do everything we can to help this unmistakable species. Every year we treat hundreds of hedgehogs, either too small to hibernate, underweight, injured or diseased, and even without any medical treatment, just feeding a hedgehog costs around £5 a week - thats a lot of tins of catfood! To help, please text HOGS13 followed by the amount you would like to give to 70070, or donate some food through our amazon wishlist.