Save The Ark - Urgent appeal after North Somercotes animal rescue and retirement home reaches crisis point

The Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home in North Somercotes are in desperate need of donations after they've had no option but to close their waiting list due to an incline in funding. EMN-140311-112404001
The Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home in North Somercotes are in desperate need of donations after they've had no option but to close their waiting list due to an incline in funding. EMN-140311-112404001
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The Ark Animal Rescue Centre and Retirement Home based in North Somercotes is in desperate need of help after reaching a “crisis point.”

The Ark was established 28 years ago and is a family-run charity, but they have had no option but to close their current waiting list due to the spiralling costs which has resulted in a massive reduction of staff hours.

Here at the Leader, we have one simple message; ‘Help Save The Ark.’

This rescue and retirement home has helped to change the lives of so many animals and now they are in financial difficulty, all they are asking for is a little bit of help.

Sue Rice from The Ark said: “We are a family-run charity made up of myself, my mother Pauline and my daughter Laura.

“We also have a superb band of volunteers and staff, but due to financial pressure, we have had to close our waiting list, as much as we didn’t want to. So now the worry sets in with what will happen to those animals we can’t help.

“We have to be honest, we are struggling. To keep up with all the running costs, food, medication, vet bills, staffing, and homing our animals all adds up to thousands of pounds, and as a charity, we rely solely on donations so we are able to carry on.”

Sue added: “Any help with donations of funding, food, medicine and equipment or even volunteering for just an hour or two with feeding and walking, so my staff can carry out all the cleaning that 
needs to be done, would mean more to us than we could ever say.

“The response we have already received has been amazing and we thank everyone for that who has been involved.”

Can you help Save The Ark? If you would like to give them the best early Christmas present they could receive, visit their website for the ways on which you can donate: www.arkanimalrescue.co.uk.

Or why not pop down to them with your donations. If you can’t get to them, then why not drop it off here at the Leader in Eastgate where it can be collected.