An animal refuge says it is bursting at the seams after taking in almost 20 abandoned dogs over Christmas.
The rescue centre, which has a total of about 60 dogs and 30 cats, said the situation was “almost critical”. Acting director of the refuge at Oak Tree Farm, Wetheral, near Carlisle, Annette Granger said they were desperately seeking to re-home some of the animals to make space for others. In the meantime the refuge urgently needs bedding and is appealing for donations of blankets, duvets and towels.
Annette said: “We are absolutely full to the brim. It’s almost critical really. We’ve had a lot of dogs come to us in the run up to Christmas. From December 21 we had 15 dogs coming in as strays, plus we’ve had a few others, so that’s almost 20 in total. We also had one new cat. They are all strays, all different shapes and sizes – we’ve had puppies, collies, terriers and lurcher types. Maybe their owners do not know they are here, but the condition of some of the dogs we’ve had in gives us some concerns.”
She said two of the terriers were “very matted up” and one had been very poorly and needed treatment from the vets. In total we now have approximately 60 dogs looking for homes and only a couple of spaces left for new ones,” she added. “We also have about 30 cats and kittens needing homes. For the first week all stray dogs handed over to the refuge by dog wardens remain the property of the council. If they are not claimed they are taken on by the refuge and can then be re-homed.
But Annette said before they can be adopted they need to be neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, which costs the refuge a lot of money. “We are hoping that now the new year is here we can start re-homing again. We don’t tend to re-home any the week before Christmas as it’s quite a stressful time and that’s not ideal for the animals. We’d love to hear from anyone thinking about getting a dog or cat, and we are also desperate for bedding.”
To find out more about adopting a rescue dog or cat call the Refuge on 01228 560082.