Worcestershire animal rescue shelter to benefit from £1,000 donation
06 May 2022
One of the Midlands’ leading animal rescue providers is to receive a £1,000 donation. Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter (WARS) applied to Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme which was established to provide financial support to regional charities, organisations and good causes.
Christopher Hermiston from Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter explains: “We have been rehoming abandoned, unwanted and mistreated animals for more than 20 years. Our focus is on rehoming dogs, cats and ex battery hens, with the aim of helping as many animals as we can.
“The last two years and the impact of the pandemic has hit us hard. As with many other charities, we were unable to organise or participate in any charity events which are crucial to our fundraising activities. We receive no funding from the government or lottery, relying primarily on donations and legacies from the public.
“All our cats and dogs are assessed by our local veterinary practice and receive essential treatments including vaccinations, neutering and microchipping. The welfare of the animals is our utmost priority and we ensure they undergo any essential medical procedures, such as dental care, lump removals and operations, all of which come at an additional cost. On average our monthly vet bills are between £2,000 to £3,000 and we also have the usual running and utilities costs, needed to ensure the shelter is efficiently run every day of the year.
“Our shelter is operated by a small team of permanent employees who are supported by a group of dedicated volunteers. We are very grateful to South Midlands for their support which will go a long way to enabling us to continue our work, so we can ensure every animal that comes into our care receives the love and attention they deserve.”
Amanda Rogers, sales director for South Midlands, said: “We are delighted to support WARS with this donation, their dedicated and caring work in looking after abandoned and unwanted animals is fantastic. We know how difficult fund raising has been during the last couple of years and we hope this money will go some way to helping them continue.
“We always like to remind regional charities, organisations and good causes of all types about applying to Community Champions. The online form only takes a few minutes to complete and they could very easily become next month’s recipients.”