A Pet rescue centre saved from the brink of closure is hoping the Lancashire public will rally round to extend the lifeline for its residents.
The RSPCA Centre in Ribbleton, Preston, has spent the past year battling to stay open and cope with increased demand for refuge.
Now bosses are hoping the festive spirit will see people helping ease the plight by providing homes for some of its long-serving residents.
Centre manager John Wareing said of the past year: “In January 2013 I had to announce that after 127 years of helping animals we only had two months running costs left.
“We had to reduce all costs and ended up with only half the kennels and cattery pods open. Since then, the public support for us has been great. We have now increased to about six months running costs left and I have been able to fully open up the cattery and also take in and help more dogs.
“Without the public support we would have closed months ago but we are by no means out of the woods.
“I took on the manager’s role to make a difference and I refuse to let this centre close.
“I’ve been able to make a few changes at the centre already but 2014 will see a huge increase in fundraising activity.
“It costs us about £600 a day to run and without the continued support from the public we would not be able to help so many animals every day.
“We are always very thankful of donations but sadly cat and kittens are all to often overlooked and we are always running out of food and wood based cat litter.
“We now have food collection points in Asda Fulwood, Morrisons Docks, Sainsburys Bamber Bridge and Morrisons in Leyland.
“There are lots of ways for people to help. Adopt, foster, fundraise, donate.”
Call the centre on 01772 792553. To donate online see www.rspca-preston.org.uk or text PAWS44 £5 (or any amount) to 70070 or via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
n CHESTER was tied up at the gates and left by his previous owners. Kennel staff say : “He is a brilliant young dog who is energetic and full of life.” Despite his upsetting start, Chester has become a favourite among the staff due to his “brilliant personality and his eagerness to please.”
While at the centre , Chester has been learning his basic commands and has proved a very willing student. He would make a lovely addition to an active family.
n CLEO is a beautiful eight month old pup who has had a very difficult start in life. She has instantly become a favourite around the centre and is looking for a very special home
The staff say: “ She is a very intelligent dog who has learnt her basic command really quickly and has shown a lot of potential with training. Her lead walking needs work however; a lot of this is down to the limited exercise available within the kennel environment. She will make a fantastic addition to an active family who are willing to keep her mentally and physically enriched.”
n DARCY is described as “a very polite little girl who has had a rather unfair start to her life. She is a happy, lively dog who is interested in a nice game of fetch and a good run around. She has very good basic commands. She would make a fantastic addition to an active family.”
n DOLLY and ALFIE are in the centre because their owner suffered from ill health and could no longer afford to keep them. They are said to be “brilliant little dogs with a lot of energy” who love nothing more than a nice walk and someone to fuss and cuddle them. They are good with other dogs and have lovely personalities.
n CODY is said to be a beautiful boy who had to be taken in by the centre becsause his previous owners couldn’t walk him. He is said to be a very intelligent and playful chap who would benefit from a home where he is going to get the mental and physical enrichment that he needs. “He wants nothing more than a home where he gets the love and affection he truly deserves. He would make a lovely addition to most families,” say staff who look after him.
n STAN is a beautiful, young, American Bulldog cross. He hasn’t had a great start to life and after being brought to the centre because he wasn’t being cared for properly he has had to have part of his ear flap removed due to a suspicious lump, which is all healed and fine now. Stan is a really friendly and playful dog who loves having cuddles and going for walks. Although he knows some of his basic commands he does need further training so some experience of training would be beneficial. All he needs is for someone to give him a chance for the warm and loving home he deserves.
n JET is a very playful and loving dog who would benefit from some further training. Although she can be rather nervous at first, she soon comes around and loves having some cuddles and affection. She is eager to please and would make a fantastic pet, especially once she has the exercise and attention she requires.