Thanks to the support of animal lovers throughout Stroud and the surrounding areas, Whitminster based cat and dog rescue centre Teckels, has been saved from closure.
“We have had an absolutely fantastic response to our December appeal” said Centre Manager, Sarah Fortey, “thanks to the generosity and support of local animal lovers we have raised almost £74,000 to date. This has given us the critical funds needed to see us through the early part of the year which is a particularly quiet period for generating income from boarding and fundraising activity. This has also given us the breathing space to review how we operate and look at ways of improving. But most importantly the money has prevented us from closing our doors for good.”
As well as raising critical funds, local people have stepped forward to volunteer their time at Teckels with 30 signing up to help with vital day to day tasks including dog walking, kennel cleaning, data entry and reception duties.
Teckels have appointed 5 new trustees each with the experience and knowledge to help the centre back onto its feet, with skills including strategic business management, business transformation, finance and fundraising. The new board lead by George Ridd are already working on a recovery plan to secure the long-term future of Teckels and enhance the site and services over time.
“We’ve made some excellent progress” said George Ridd, “however to secure our long-term future, we will need ongoing support from local people. This can take many forms from becoming a member, using our boarding facilities, offering to volunteer or donating. We would also love to talk to local businesses regarding sponsorship of improvement work or offering professional support such as grounds or building maintenance.”
To get involved visit https://www.teckelsanimalsanctuaries.co.uk/ email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01452 740300.
To donate, and help save the long-term future of Teckels visit www.bit.ly/SaveTeckels
Sarah Fortey, Centre Manager with her dog Ruben.