If you've visited our Centre over the past week or two you can't have helped but notice that we're under construction at the moment.
In 2014 we began the first of many stages of refurbishment of our Centre, with the update our cat intake provisions. This provided new cats with a much less stressful and more suitable area to stay in when they first arrived at the Centre and it has been invaluable to us over the past 10 months.
This month we began the next stage: the update of our current dog exercise area and creation of a new purpose-built rabbit area. Recently our rabbits have stayed in temporary accommodation which just wasn't suitable long-term and didn't allow the rabbits the space that we wanted to give them.
Anybody who has visited our Centre knows how short on space we are and by slightly altering the shape of our dog exercise area we are able to make use of the space next to it to construct our rabbit area. The changes also include higher and stronger fencing and creation of a gate in the middle of the yard allowing us to safely mix dogs together for assessments. Below is Izzy trying out the new dog yard for the first time:
The new rabbit area will be able to accommodate 10 rabbits, with each rabbit having far more space than previously allowed in the temporary area. Rabbits like Misty will have so much more room to exercise and mix with other rabbits. We've been waiting to be able to afford this new area for such a long time that it almost doesn't feel real to us!
As I'm sure you can imagine the costs of these refurbishments are very expensive, so we just could not undertake these vital improvements without the support and generosity of the public. You may know that we have to raise all the money to stay open ourselves, and it currently costs us around £7,000 per week to function.
We were lucky enough to secure a £15,000 grant for our rabbit area from Support Adoption For Pets, but that covers only part of the costs. The rest has been funded by public remembering us in their will, donations and support at our fundraising events. Thank you to everybody who has helped us so far, but we're just at the start of a long road at the moment, with lots more plans in the works! A quick and easy way to help us to continue to help the animals in our care is to text PAWS45 £amount to 70070. You can give any amount you would like, from as little as £1.
Thank you again, we just couldn't do it without you.