A HEDGEHOG ‘fostering’ group run by a Cleckheaton woman has helped to rescue more than 30 of the animals.
Susan Garforth, of Moorside, organises the group who care for vulnerable hedgehogs found across Gomersal, Birstall and Cleckheaton. A hedgehog is taken in if it is discovered injured, ill, underweight, or too young to look after itself.
“We’ve found hedgehogs that are under 100 grams in weight,” said Susan, who has been caring for the animals for the last 30 years. “People find them all over, in gardens, on roads, fields and in parks. The hedgehogs remain under my care and we release them into suitable areas once they approach 500 grams.
“It’s really rewarding, most of the foster parents are coming back and wanting to foster more.”
Foster parents take care of the animals by feeding them with a milk substitute, usually through a pipette. But it took a recent post on Facebook for Susan to find more desperately-needed volunteers.
“I was getting so many calls and it really was breaking my heart because there was nothing I could do,” she said. “I thought I’d just put a post on Facebook and a lot of people came forward willing to look after a hedgehog.”
Despite the support Susan has received, she is now appealing for even more volunteers as the number of hedgehogs needing help continues to increase. Anyone interested in fostering a hedgehog can contact Susan Garforth via Facebook.