Herald readers help save Findon animal sanctuary in time for Christmas

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THANKS to the support of animal lovers across the county, Paws animal sanctuary in Findon has been saved in time for Christmas.

Two weeks ago, the sanctuary feared it did not have enough funds to survive the winter because of the high numbers of animals it had been rescuing and the escalating costs of food.

However, following an appeal in the Worthing Herald, Stacey McSpirit, who runs the sanctuary in The Oval, said it is now in a much “more positive position” and is able to continue helping stray and unwanted animals.

She said: “Thanks to so many kind animal-lovers in Sussex, the sanctuary can now carry on. We have been inundated with letters of offers of help and donations, and we have also received bales of hay, sacks of carrots, vegetables, cat, dog, rabbit and guinea-pig food.”

Stacey said she and volunteer Sheila Steere have been frantically trying to answer the hundreds of letters they have received.

She added: “Thanks must also go to all the hardy souls who, with their dogs, joined our sponsored walk along Worthing Seafront on Saturday, December 10, raising several hundreds of pounds.”

Because of the publicity, Paws had one of its busiest open days on Sunday, with people visiting to see the animals in need of a new home.

“We’ve had two cats re-homed, which is wonderful as it enables us to take in other animals,” said Stacey. “Many pets are casualties of the recession when owners have lost their jobs and can’t afford to take their animals to the vet. More and more animals are arriving needing urgent veterinary treatment, running up expensive bills that are a constant drain on the sanctuary. We would like to thank everyone who has helped keep Paws open.”