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23 December 2011, 05:00
The region's main RSPCA centre says it is already full - and will not be able to cater for any unwanted Christmas pets until new homes are found for the current occupants.
These animals have either been found injured, abandoned or are victims of cruelty.
Centre manager Julie Allen said:
"This whole year has been really difficult. We've been full to capacity all year. If people have unwanted Christmas presents there might be more demand, but we are just full to bursting."
But Heart's been told despite this difficult the centre is looking forward to an exciting 2012, with two new projects currently in the pipeline.
The centre is due to have a new veterinary suite built on site over the next few months and a new small animal unit added during 2012.
Having the suite on-site will mean injured animals brought in will be able to be seen and treated much more quickly, and it will also save the charity vital funds as many animals won’t have to be taken to nearby vets.
The centre is now currently fundraising to pay for a new digital x-ray machine which can be used in the veterinary suite. They need to raise around £25,000 for the machine, and so far around £7,000 has been donated but more money is still needed.
"We move into 2012 with mixed feelings, it has been a terribly difficult year, what with so many unwanted animals being brought in by our inspectors on a daily basis. We are full to capacity at the moment with more than 45 dogs, 80 cats and around 20 small furries, and it is heartbreaking that we just can’t take any more animals in at the moment because we just don’t have the room.
"But on a more positive note we are all very excited about the build program for our new veterinary suite – it will have such a huge impact on improving animal welfare, knowing the poor injured animals which are brought into our care will be able to be seen more quickly.
"Sadly everything costs money, and as a charity we are once again hoping that the fabulous and generous general public will spare a few pounds to support our appeal for a new x-ray machine. It is a case that every little helps, and this will help to save animals' lives."
Another way you can help the centre is by donating cat and dog food this Christmas.
"We, like so many charities, need help and we just want people to know that even a small donation of a tin of dog food does make a huge difference to us. Our dogs love to tuck in, so if you can pop an extra tin in your shopping trolley this Christmas or even a bag of food, we will be so grateful - and so will the dogs and cats!."
"All I can say is that if anyone does find it in their heart to make a donation to the vet suite or a tin of food there will be lots of happy animals and staff at the centre.
"We are so grateful to the public for their continuous support, because without them, we simply just wouldn’t be able to do our job. Everyone who makes a donation is doing their bit to help the desperate animals in our care. So thank you all."
Dog biscuits and tinned food can be dropped off at the centre between the hours of 10.30am-3.45pm Tuesday to –Friday and 10.30am-3.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
If you can offer one of the animals a new home - call the centre on 0300 123 0752.
Details of the animals available are also on the RSCPA website.