A WARRINGTON charity has seen a significant increase in the number of animals it has cared for in the past year.
A Warrington Animal Welfare (WAW) volunteer said the charity is often “packed” and the number of calls they receive each day has “skyrocketed”.
From January 2021 to October 2021, Warrington Animal Welfare has relocated and rescued over 800 animals.
• 363 cats
• 160 dogs
• 170 chickens
• 95 rabbits
• 14 guinea pigs
• 8 gerbils
• 5 ferrets
• 3 rats
• 2 owls
• 2 turtles
Charity workers believe there are a number of reasons for the increase in the number of animals they care for – ranging from locked up pets, unwanted litters, older animals being thrown away. to make way for puppies or kittens, financial hardship or the death of their owners.
Last September, Slutchers Lane-based WAW released 20 rabbits from a “hellish life.”
Two of them were females, each with a litter of babies that had been left to rot in their own stool.
Last year, the association also received a call from a cat owner threatening to drown him if he didn’t take it immediately.
Although he had nowhere to put the neglected feline with a horrific skin condition, the association took him in and he is now recovering in a foster home.
The animals in the care of the association also need more support, which the volunteers say is in part due to the impact of the lockdown, as many have not been socialized or walked.
Fortunately, many animals have been relocated and placed in 2021 thanks to WAW.
One of those animals included a 16-year-old Beagle, Archie.
Archie was confused and scared when he was delivered to WAW after being hopelessly miserable in the kennels.
Following a successful advocacy for an emergency foster home, he left the kennel and joined his foster family where he still lives.
He has settled down well and is enjoying his retirement with lots of little pampering and nice naps!
Many animals have been relocated and housed in 2021 thanks to WAW. One of them was a 16 year old Beagle, Archie.
People often welcome animals from WAW to give them a wonderful retirement or end-of-life care and often welcome animals with health issues.
One volunteer said: “Host families are absolutely great.
“It’s really rewarding for people.”
WAW also offers a low cost sterilization service in an effort to help reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned pets across the city.
Last year, the team of 80 volunteers helped sterilize 390 animals.
But since WAW is a charity, it relies on donations and fundraising for its support.
Despite the impact of the coronavirus over the past two years, people have always been “very supportive”.
Fundraising events include a volunteer who ran a marathon, a lady shaving her head to raise £ 1,600, vets, vet nurses and their families participating in the Tough Mudder Challenge and various others – including a sale of children’s pastries.
To find out if you are eligible for sterilization, you can visit their website here.
If you would like to join the team of volunteers, click here.
And to make a donation, go here.