“From as little as £1 per week you could help save the lives of some of the most abused and neglected animals here at Preston.”
The city’s RSPCA manager John Wareing set himself a tough new year resolution: “My goal is to try to get a sign-up of 1,000 people donating a minimum of £5 a month – £1 a week can save lives.”
It costs around £24,000 a month to run the shelter and while it gets some funding from the national RSPCA, staff rely heavily on public donations and the generosity of the community to keep the doors of the animal centre open.
John said: “Our main aim is to take in abandoned, neglected or abused animals. We nurse them back to health, rehabilitate and then find them loving, permanent homes.
“This is never easy as the high volume of unwanted animals often far outweighs the suitable homes needed.
“The entire running costs of the centre, including animal food and accessories, veterinary treatment and medication, rates, repairs and renewals, cleaning and staff costs must all be met by raising funds locally.”
Staff and volunteers are now appealing to people to sponsor a dog kennel or cat pen which will provide a safe environment for abused or mistreated animals. With Safe Haven you won’t be helping just one animal but sponsoring the lives of all who pass through the animal centre every year.
Every penny will go towards the care, rehabilitation and medical treatment for the animals.
Preston and District RSPCA also has a veterinary clinic, run in partnership with Myerscough Vets, which provides basic veterinary treatment for anyone on certain benefits. This is an essential service for the local community and their animals and earlier this year was in danger of folding.
John added: “We rely heavily on volunteers who support us in many ways, by helping with the animals or volunteering at fundraising events.
“Every penny raised counts and is used at Preston for the care of our animals and we never compromise on animal welfare.
“Without the help of our volunteers and generous public donations, the animal centre would not be able to keep its doors open.
“Please help us to help more animals by becoming a Safe Haven Sponsor today.”
Safe Haven sponsors will be rewarded by:
Displaying your name on the Safe Haven noticeboard at the animal centre
Sending you regular newsletters telling you about the animals you have helped and letting you know about all forthcoming events
Giving you a unique Safe Haven Certificate.
How to sign up for Safe Haven:
You can visit the website at www.rspca-preston.org.uk or call in to the centre and complete a Safe Haven form.