This month I would like to highlight what good pets rescue animals often make, I have first-hand experience as I own two rescue pets. Where can you go to find your perfect rescue pet? Here are some great Rescue Centres in Lancashire and Cumbria.
My black cat, Harry, turned up at Cats’ Pyjamas cattery in Crag Bank, near Carnforth. He was taken in for a while before being rehomed with me in 2009. He is a very friendly boy and had clearly been someone’s pet before. Anna, a black and white cat, came to me via Animal Care in Lancaster. She was found as a stray in Bolton. Once her kittens were old enough to leave her they were all rehomed and she came to me in 2013. Anna took a long time to settle in and is still nervous around people she does not know. But she is very affectionate to me and it has been heartwarming watching her become braver and learning she has a safe place to live now.
Some work I did at the RSPCA rehoming centre at Stalmine really brought home to me how many other wonderful pets there are just waiting for homes where they will receive the love and attention they deserve, through no fault of their own. All the images in this article show pets at Stalmine waiting for new homes.
In 2014 RSPCA Blackpool and North Lancashire moved to new premises, as their previous site was no longer fit for purpose. Longview Animal Centre, at Stalmine, cares for dogs, cats, rabbits and a range of small animals.
In 2017 the Centre opened a brand new rabbit home. It is light, airy, easy to clean and can house over 20 rabbits.
If you would like to meet a particular animal at Longview Animal Centre, do ring and make an appointment first.
The centre does not receive any government funding and money is raised through donations, legacies and events.
Another rescue centre I support is Animal Rescue Cumbria. It was formed in 1972 by a group of ladies. They had read in the local newspaper that pets were being put to sleep as there were no available homes or places for them to go.
The group took animals into their own homes and where possible found boarding for them until a more permanent solution could be found. They arranged fundraising events so they could provide shelter and food and pay for any veterinary care.
Two years after the group formed they recruited Alfred Wainright (Lakeland’s own fellwalker and guidebook author) and his wife Betty. Alfred was elected Chairman of the organisation and Animal Rescue Cumbria became a registered charity. In 1984 Kapellan at Grayrigg was bought to create a rescue centre and a year later The Wainwright Shelter was up and running as a shelter for cats and dogs.
Through the generosity of Alfred Wainright, The Wainwright Shelter is a well-established rescue centre. Like many others, the centre is now completely dependent on legacies, donations and fundraising activities.
The Lancaster and Morecambe branch of Cats Protection uses a team of volunteer fosterers who care for cats until they find a forever home. All cats in their care are neutered.
The branch covers a wide area – anywhere with a postcode starting with ‘LA’. So it takes in cats from places between Millom in the west to Sedbergh in the east and between Ambleside in the north and Lancaster in the south.
Again, this charity receives no funding and relies on its own fundraising activities.
We are a nation of animal lovers – so why are rescue pets out there?
It is estimated that in 2017, 44% of the population have pets. The pet population stands at 54 million. However, during 2016 the RSPCA:
- Rescued and collected 129,602 animals
- Found new homes for 46,949 animals
- Microchipped, neutered and treated 256,979 animals
- Investigated 149,604 cruelty complaints
- Secured 1,477 convictions by private prosecution to protect animals against those who break the law
Sometimes owners do not take into consideration a pet’s needs and think that it has behavioural problems. Or they fail to have the animal neutered.
Not only does this lead to breeding more unwanted animals, it can mean a pet is less healthy. Neutering removes the danger of genital cancers. If your pet hasn’t been neutered, it is something you should seriously consider. Contact your vet or the RSPCA for further details.
The centres do a fantastic job giving the animals the help they need to adjust to a normal life, so they are ready to be housed with the perfect owner who will give them the love, attention and time they require. If you are thinking of adopting a pet, do your research: ask questions, be clear you know what you are taking on – vets’ bills, insurance, kennels etc. Be prepared for a home visit and, most of all, make sure you have the time to invest and can commit for life!
Do you love animals and have some spare time? The centres are always looking for volunteers, dog walkers, cat cuddlers and so on – what a great job to have!
For more information on adopting rescue pets and caring for them:
http://www.animalcare-lancaster.co.uk/ – Animal Rescue Charity in Lancaster
http://www.rspca-westmorland.org.uk – the RSPCA’s south Lakeland branch, based in Kendal
https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/blackpool-and-north-lancs-branch and https://www.facebook.com/RSPCALONGVIEW/ – the RSPCA rehoming centre at Stalmine
https://www.rspca.org.uk/home – Main website of the RSPCA
https://www.animalrescuecumbria.co.uk/ – Animal Rescue Cumbria, also known as The Wainright Shelter
http://www.wolfwood.co.uk – Wolfwood rescues dogs, horses and wildlife in Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area
https://www.oaktreeanimals.org.uk – Oak Tree Animals’ Charity rehabilitates lost and abandoned cats, dogs and equines and finds them new homes
https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/manchester/ – the Dogs’ Trust rehoming centre in Manchester
https://www.cats.org.uk – Cats Protection’s national website
https://lancaster.cats.org.uk/lancaster/adopt-a-cat – Cats Protection Lancaster and Morecambe’s Adopt a Cat page, where you can search for cats nearby who would suit your circumstances
http://baycatrescue.wixsite.com/bay-cat-rescue – Bay Cat Rescue, which rescues cats in the Morecambe Bay area
http://britishtrc.co.uk/ – The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, which rehabilitates ex-racehorses
https://www.happa.org.uk/about/ – the Horses and Ponies Protection Association, based near Burnley
http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Farm/Penny-Farm – the World Horse Welfare’s rescue centre near Blackpool, improving the lives of horses
https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/ – the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, which aims to the health and welfare of domestic rabbits in the UK