RSPCA launches campaign to raise £2.5million to build cat and dog home in the Cotswolds

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: RSPCA launches campaign to raise £2.5million to build cat and dog home in the Cotswolds RSPCA launches campaign to raise £2.5million to build cat and dog home in the Cotswolds

AN APPEAL is being launched by the RSPCA to raise £2.5million in order to build a state-of-the-art sanctuary for cats and dogs in the heart of the Cotswolds.

The yet-to-be built centre, which will be located in the village of Cambridge, will become a safe haven for small animals that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Carolyn Blackburn, chairman of The Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home, said: “I was recently asked why people should support this project. The answer is simple. We have insufficient capacity in private boarding to support every animal that needs our help.

“The centre will enable us to help an additional 500 animals a year. This figure will increase as the centre becomes established.”

The South Cotswolds branch of the RSPCA runs a number of charity shops in the area, including a new store in Cirencester, which will also be raising funds for the new building.

It is hoped that with the help of a two-year plan, the revenue from the shops will be able to cover three quarters of the welfare and running costs.

The appeal is being supported by Cotswold author Jilly Cooper, who said: “We must do all we can to help them in building this marvellous new rescue centre which will alleviate the suffering and provide sanctuary and loving homes for not only today’s animals but those of future generations.”

Gloucestershire currently has limited provisions in terms of helping neglected animals, it is thought that around 2,000 pets a year would benefit from the new centre.

Anyone wishing to donate should visit www.cotswoldsdogsandcatshome.org.uk.

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