DESPERATE volunteers at a struggling animal shelter are urging residents to take home a pound pet this new year.
Ponderosa Kennels and Cattery in Allerton Bywater issues an annual appeal to help rehouse abandoned dogs or cats but staff say its plea is even more urgent as the credit crunch bites.
As reported in the Express last summer, the Ninevah Lane shelter has been completely full for months and is being forced to turn animals away.
Michael Banks, treasurer, said: “The recession has had a massive impact on us, as it has with a lot of animal charities. We’re absolutely full and we’re struggling to rehome the animals we have.
“Donations have also fallen by around 60 per cent, but at the same time we’re facing mounting bills and higher costs.
“It’s a very difficult situation and one that doesn’t seem to be getting any easier.”
The shelter, which is run by volunteers, has seen an increase in the number of pets being brought in because their owners are struggling to make ends meet because of the recession.
Mr Banks said: “We’ve seen a lot of people who have had to move from their own homes into rental accommodation where they can’t keep animals as well as people who have lost their jobs and say they can’t afford to keep their pets any more.
“We always seem to get busier around the Christmas period and it’s the same this year.
“We hope anyone who is considering getting a new pet will come in and give one of our animals a new home.”
Anyone interested in housing an abandoned dog or cat, or making a donation to the charity, should call Ponderosa on 01977 552303.