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VIDEO: Rescue centre forced to turn animals away after suffering a big drop in donations

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: June 25, 2010

Rescue home manager Sue Rice, left, with kennel maids Emma Murphy and Rachel Beedham.

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AN animal rescue centre is having to turn away homeless pets for the first time in its 25-year history.

The Ark Animal Rescue centre, in North Somercotes, has been forced to make the "painful" decision after seeing its funds fall to an all-time low.

The charity has experienced a drastic cut in donations during the recession and is having to cut staff hours in order to make ends meet.

But it will continue to care for its current residents and will stay open in order to help them find a good home.

Manager Sue Rice is hoping the centre will be able to take in animals again when the financial situation improves, and is appealing for help from members of the public.

"We haven't taken this decision lightly and it has been made with great sadness," she said.

"We don't want to close, which is why we are reducing expenses drastically by reducing the number of animals we have in, thus enabling us to give the usual high standard of care to those we do have."

Watch a video of the appeal...

If you want to help, call 01507 358140 or visit www.arkanimalrescue.co.uk

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    Karina, Peterborough  |  July 12 2010, 9:36AM

    Animal Lover??? from N Lincs - what a disgusting comment you make - the Ark is a wonderful rescue centre and I have had a beautiful old lady from them who sadly we lost last week. She was loved by the staff and the aftercare I received from them (even 2 years later)via email and visits to them with her was fantastic. They genuinly love the animals in their care and continue that love and care even when they have been rehomed. I have been to rescues where it is dirty, noisy and quite frightening for the animals - the Ark is so clean, calm and a happy place = happy animals! Buying dogs from papers is why we have the massive problem with abandoned animals - people MUST be checked and their suitability assessed. £80 is a small price to pay for the often very expensive care that animal has had at the Ark - it is a donation also to keep the rescue going so that future animals can find refuge. I admire the Ark staff hugely and I am pleased to see that no one else agrees with you - keep up the good work Sue and everyone - the abandoned animals need you and those of us that REALLY know you love you. xxx

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    sue, n.e.lincs.  |  June 30 2010, 11:28AM

    Shame on anyone for posting such negative comments on a genuine cash donation and volunteer appeal. Take a look at the website for 1thing and if you still want to see how good these strays/chucked out/abandoned/rescued/not wanted anymore animals are taken care of......then go see for yourself. Yes money maybe tight for some people but its usualy them that give most generously, and enjoy doing so because they care alot about animals. I too have taken a dog from here.but had no intention when I visited the Ark last year,I went to donate bedding etc after we lost our lovely old GSD of 13 and half yrs. I got out my car and there he was......wagging his tail and the rest is history.......... If nobody helps then all the animlas from this area and beyond will not have anywhere to be taken in and I for 1 do not want to think what will happen to them then. If everyone who watched the video donated even £5 via the paypal link on the Arks site and passed it onto friends this is where good could be done. In the scheme of things it isnt alot of money.maybe 2 pints.....or dare I say a pkt of ciggs.... and I wish I had 20 acres too...for my animals to play in.and yes ours are part of the family too.and sleep inside.

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    Clare Massey, Blundell Avenue  |  June 28 2010, 7:11AM

    Animal lover the whole point of the checks and rules to re homing is to give the animal the best chance possible for a better life, being an animal lover surely you realise this, many people have rescued in the past and realised after a few months that they have bitten off more than they can chew and the animals have ended up back in rescue being pushed from pillar to post, also whilst I appreciate that you are right, you can buy a non breed dog for a very low cost all this is doing is encouraging back yard breeders who allow their dogs to breed left right and centre, you promote this and it ends up filling the rescues even more.at least one out of every litter 'accidental' being born ends up in a rescue centre, but these people will continue to do it if people buy them. I don't give a rats back side how cheep you can but them it's not right.

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    Gayle, Newark, Nottinghamshire  |  June 26 2010, 5:20PM

    The Ark is without doubt THE best animal rescue I have ever visited. The love and care that is given to the animals is second to none and the staff work so hard to keep them all clean and comfortable. I have adopted a dog from them and will do so again without hesitation. I am truly sorry to hear that they have been hit so hard by the credit crunch and hope it will not be too long before they can start taking in animals again. The selfless determination it takes to run a Rescue such as this should be recognised and supported by all - particularly now a well known national rescue no longer accepts hand-ins from the general public. Any fool can criticise and make smart comments, it's much more difficult to step up and say yes I will help you. I'm sure any donation no matter how small will be more than welcome. So yes I can help, its not much but I will send more when I can. Anyone else?

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    Stephen, GY :-(  |  June 26 2010, 8:58AM

    Doggie Woof Woof hahahahaha!!

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    josephine white, Grimsby  |  June 26 2010, 7:52AM

    Miss T Fied wrote: "Are people for real? Anybody would think they were dealing with children" I'm afraid I tend to agree with you. I think animal resue centres do a great job and I don't doubt their sincerity for a moment .. but when I 'adopted' my two kittens .. I had to agree to not letting them go out at night!! Have you ever tried coaxing a cat in at midnight when it *just doesn't want to* ?? Its all getting a bit out of hand I think.

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    2waddy2, cleethorpes  |  June 26 2010, 12:20AM

    I personally don't believe in keeping pets - never have done - never will. However, last year an obviously lost/ abandonded animal found it's way into my garden. I tried phoning various animal welfare organisations for advice, but was met with an answer phone (I admit it was a weekend). The Ark responded immediately, and put me onto someone in their organisation who could give me the advice needed to look after the animal until they could arrange collection. The people who collected where 1st class. I know that the animal was well looked after pending adoption. My point is, I feel so sorry for the often abandoned/unwanted/lost animals, if this excellent organisation can't accept any more. After all, it's no fault of the animal - it's the ex-owner. BTW it's not only dogs and cats this charity take in and look after. £80 considering the peace of mind, care & admin taken over an adoption seems 'chickenfeed' to me. Anyway, from my experience, I can't praise the Ark enough, and hope they can find a way to weather this, I hope temporary setback in funding. If not, many creatures in this part of Lincolnshire face a bleak future.

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    keith, cleethorpes  |  June 25 2010, 11:57PM

    Animal lover i would suggest you take a lot more animals in with 20 acres the Ark have three acres do a great job as far as i am concerned should receive everyones support and yes loads of cash, you should be ashamed of yourself and please keep your comments to yourself, i for one would prefer it.

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    jim, humerston  |  June 25 2010, 8:44PM

    The Ark is one of the cleanest if not the cleanest rescue shelters i have ever been to and i have been to many across the county the dogs a kept in good kennels they get an afternoon of playing and mixing with other dogs if i diddn't have a jelous dog already then i would of had quite a few of the dogs from the ark its a shame that this is happening to such a nice dog rehoming place and as for ANimal lover you need to learn a big lesson in mannors and also in being sympathetic silly person

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    Helen, Grimsby  |  June 25 2010, 3:37PM

    The Ark Animal Rescue & Retirement Home, Donna Nook Road, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, LN11 7NX Registered Charity 1124529 Donations can be made through the website.