Emergency Appeal for Vulnerable Island animals
Our Isle of Wight animal centre was established in the 1950’s and since then we have cared for thousands of animals on the Island, so expert animal care is in our DNA.
Although we are part of the largest animal welfare charity in the UK – the RSPCA, which has been caring for animals for almost 200 years, we are both an independently registered and independently funded rescue and rehabilitation centre which relies solely on the support and generous donations from our local community to be able to provide care for the animals.
Located off-shore we face unique challenges in our animal rescue and rehabilitation work.
The Covid 19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on our animal centre. We have lost revenue due to the closing of our charity shops and and our 5 star animal boarding business, Bohemia Boarding https://www.bohemiaboarding.co.uk/ We are facing a deficit of £100,000.
We have launched an emergency appeal to help us to continue to provide our animal welfare services and we are hoping to raise £5000 through this the Aviva community Fund towards our overall £100,000 goal to keep the centre running and to help our islands most vulnerable domestic, farm and wildlife animals. We are the voice of the animals and any contribution made will go towards the cost of the animals daily care, medical bills and training aids to help adoptable animals succeed in their new home and for rehabilitated wildlife to be returned to their natural habitat.
“Like other charities, we are seeing a demand for our services at a time when our ability to generate income is very low,” said Suzanne Pugh, IW RSPCA branch manager.
“It won’t stop us admitting animals who require medical and surgical treatment, but we have to find the money for their care.”
"Though affiliated to the national RSPCA, our Island organisation is stand-alone and must raise its own funds to provide its animal adoption and welfare services".
“Throughout the Covid-19 period there are still domestic, wild and farm animals that depend on us,” Suzanne said.
“We know it has been a difficult time for everyone, including our staff, but we really need some financial assistance.
“As this crisis intensifies animals need your help more than ever and we would ask anyone who can make a donation to please, please, do so".