A North Wales based no-kill animal rescue may be forced to close its doors due to a lack of funds. But with innocent animals at risk of being put to sleep, the charity refuses to go down without a fight.
By, 27 Jun 2019
Founded in 1986, the Abandoned Animals Association has given thousands of unwanted dogs and cats the chance of a better life.
The charity boasts a strict no-destruction policy, claiming on their website that: “Those we cannot find suitable homes for become long term residents and will always have a comfortable home at the rescue centre.”
But as financial struggles loom over the animal-loving team, the future of their canine and feline residents is unclear.
Struggling to make ends meet
The non-profit organisation, which is based in Little Pydew near Prestatyn, have costs racking up to a massive £300 a day.
But money is dwindling by the minute - and with 13 dogs and 8 cats currently in their care, staff fear for the worst. If the shelter had to close its doors, any of the canine or feline residents with behavioural issues (often, due to previous trauma) could end up being euthanized.
Speaking to ITV Wales, shelter staff said: “We’ve only got enough funds for around 3 months. It costs £10,000 a month to run this rescue.”
“Lots of our animals come in with injuries or unneutered and there are vet’s fees. Every animal costs us a lot of money. But we are a no-kill shelter - we’ll keep a dog or cat until it passes away naturally.”
Manager Carol Roberts said to the Rhyl Journal: “We are getting more and more calls from people who can’t afford to care for their animals anymore. It would be catastrophic for the association to close its doors, and we’re devastated by the lack of funding.”
Can you help?
In order to continue to save the lives of countless animals and allow otherwise unadoptable dogs to thrive, the charity needs your help.
“We really need the help of the public and local businesses to help us stay open. We’re all gutted. But we won’t go down without a fight. We are a small charity in comparison to some but the work we do is just as worthy. I can assure you, no penny is ever wasted or taken for granted,”
If you're able to spare a few pounds to help the incredible charity out, here are your options:
Donate via text: To donate £1, text ABAN004 to 70201, or to donate £3, text ABAN004 to 70331. £5 can be donated by texting ABAN004 to 70970 and £10 can be donated by texting ABAN004 to 70191.
Take part in their sponsored walk: Starting at 9am on Sunday 21st July from the North Wales Bowls Centre in Prestatyn to Splash Point in Rhyl.
Volunteer your time: Call the rescue centre on 01745 857975 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org