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Refuge breaking into savings to keep going

untitled1Dudley needs £2,000 as recession still hits animal centre’s income

IT HAS saved the lives of and found new homes for  thousands of unwanted pets. But now it’s the Animals Refuge at Wetheral Shields itself that needs saving. Since the recession began,
people have stopped being so generous with their donations.
For the past five years, the charity has been drawing on its
savings but they are now starting to run dry.
“We have run at a loss for five years now and it is not sustainable,” warns director David Jordan. “We are sustained with some assets we have accrued in the past but we are using up our savings.
“After 2008, at the beginning of the credit crunch, people giving to charity was hit.”
At the start of the month, around 500 people attended the centre ’s annual summer fair which raised £1,600.
Mr Jordan adds: “We would encourage people to think about small, local charities. “We are always looking for people who will fundraise for us. ”
Now the charity has launched a new appeal to pay for a costly operation that has just been carried out on Dudley. The Staffordshire bull terrier and mastiff cross came to the refuge as a stray just before Christmas 2013.
He was limping and X-rays revealed he had a partially torn ligament. The cost of the operation to repair the injury was more than £2,000.
Mr Jordan says: “For the refuge this is a huge expense. We would welcome any help, however small, to pay for Dudley’s care. He is a lovely boy and we know he is worth it.”
As well as help to pay for the operation, the charity is hoping someone will fall in love with Dudley and offer him a new home.
“He has a wonderful nature and loves cuddles and attention,” says Mr Jordan.
“If you are ever a little bit down, Dudley is always the one that will cheer you up. We would love to find him a permanent home with loving, caring people.”
Dudley is just one of the many thousands of pets saved and given a new life by the refuge. It has been based at Wetheral Shield since 1982, caring mainly for cats and dogs but also horses, cows, sheep and goats. The refuge is currently home to 45 dogs and the same number of cats. The weeks following Christmas are always its busiest time
as animals given as gifts are handed in. Shortly after last Christmas it had 79 dogs alone.
“Sadly, society’s attitude to things being more consumable and disposable applies to pets,”

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