Animal sanctuary needs help to ward off threat of closure

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THE owners of a farm that looks after injured and unwanted animals are making an impassioned plea for funding to keep them going.

Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Wolverton, near Norton Lindsey has been running for nearly 25 years but is now threatened with closure.

It takes in farm animals that have been mistreated, seriously injured or are unwanted and nurses them back to health.

It relies solely on sponsors and people adopting animals to stay afloat but the sanctuary’s fundraiser recently had to step aside due to ill health and it now faces the looming threat of closure unless funding can be found fast.

Manager Carole Webb said: “The woman that does the main fundraising is in her 80s. She has been taken ill and has had to stop which has put everything hanging in the balance.

“It’s just about trying to get sponsors and adoptions and trying to get the funding in. We are desperate.

“We will have to wind down if we don’t get the money. I’ve been here looking after the animals for more than 20 years - it’s a very worrying time for us. Everything has gone up, in price, these are very tricky times.”

The sanctuary is home to nearly 500 animals, including Mangalitsa pigs, cockerels and cats, some with limbs missing or long standing injuries.

All the animals there are rescued and running costs are around £2,000 a week. This includes vet bills, hay, straw, feed and rent.

“We need fundraising to keep us alive until we can get back on our feet,” added Ms Webb.

“We have enough funding for a couple of months, but it has been a shock to us losing our fundraiser.

“I just don’t know what would happen to the animals if we had to close, it’s such a worry to me.

“Rehoming is not an option, it’s not something I even want to think about. We have got ill-treated lambs that farms haven’t wanted, a real assortment of animals.

“We had one lamb that had a broken leg and had been left for three weeks and end up having its leg amputated but that was nine years ago and he’s still alive.

“To find £2,000 a week is a mammoth task. Any help - adoptions, donations, volunteers, fundraisers - would be gratefully received to help these animals live out their natural lives here.”

To donate call registered charity Friends of the Animals on 0121 4204201.