Rescue centre pair wild about animals

Brinsley animal rescue open day 2016
Brinsley animal rescue open day 2016

Publicity is a “double-edged sword” according to a Brinsley animal charity.

Brinsley Animal Rescue has to raise £1,000 every week to keep afloat and pay for the upkeep of its pets, wildlife and farm animals.

And its open annual day was a “roaring success” in raising vital funds – but raising awareness of the cause is not without difficulty according to Jon Beresford, who runs the centre.

He said: “It’s good to advertise events, but the more promotion we do, the more animals we get left on our doorstep that we just cannot take in.

“We have to raise £1,000 a week to run the sanctuary, but we get more and more phone calls to take in more animals, so it’s a double-edged sword.”

The annual open day, hosted by Jon and his partner, Beth Hewis, raised £5,500 toward running costs.

Jon said: “It went really well. Every year they are more and more successful and we get more and more people.

“There were probably between 1,100 and 1,200 people there. It’s never been so busy.”

However, Jon does not put the centre’s popularity down to anything other than it simply becoming more widely known since it first opened eight years ago.

He said: “More people have heard about us. The same people come year after year to see the progress made, but we get a lot of new visitors as well.”

The centre is so well-known now that Jon and Beth have to turn away far more animals than they can rescue

He said: “There are too many pets people want to give up and too much wildlife injured, but we have to run it like a business, or the animals we do have will suffer.

The Hobsic Close centre takes in all wildlife, farm animals and pets, except dogs and cats.

Jon said animals get left on their doorstep in boxes and pet carriers when they are not home.

He said: “People phone every day of the week with cats and dogs and if we’re not in they’ll just dump them on our doorstep, or leave them in our rabbit hutch.

Jon will ring council dog wardens to collect the dogs and will try to rehome animals wherever possible via other rescue centres.

He said: “We work with other sanctuaries all over the country, so we try to move them to a different centre where we can.

“Last year we had six kittens dumped on our doorstep and we had to keep them.

“It cost us £1,000 altogether before they were re-homed.”

Jon and Beth vaccinate their animals, microchip them and do blood tests on them.

He said it is one good reason why people should go to a rescue centre for a new pet before a shop.

Jon said: “Before people get a pet they should do their research.

“If they go to a rescue centre, they not only save a life and create a space for another animal, but also they don’t have to pay for vaccinations.

“Pet shops don’t do home checks or vaccinations like rescue centres do. So you can buy a rabbit for £30, but the jabs will cost you another £40.”

A small adoption fee is charged when pets are re-homed.