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Thursday, 31 March 2011 (3013639)
Just three weeks of funding left, says sanctuary
by David Simister

AN ANIMAL sanctuary in West Lancashire is on life support after it said this week it has only three weeks' worth of funding left.

Staff at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, in Holmeswood, said they were making an impassioned appeal for funds, after an increase in the amount of animals they take in and look after led to spiralling costs.

A spokesperson for the sanctuary, based on Sandy Lane, said:

“With an increasing number of abandoned animals, the charity’s costs are spiralling. We have had to start a waiting list instead of taking in any more animals, this pains us but we have only three weeks of funding left and do not want to commit to more animals.

”We know all charities are in the same boat, but because we are a small service, we often get overlooked.

Every penny we receive goes on the animals, we do not have plush offices and while there’s a need, we will continue to do all we can to help cats that can go on to have good-quality lives.“

Woodlands said it also has several animals which require regular medical care, including a cat with an intermittent urinary problem and a sheep with regular problems with its hooves, but added that while the treatments added to the sanctuary's costs they were necessary to ensure the welfare of the animals.

The charity said it relies on donations and legacies to keep going, but has struggled since the economic downturn to look after the amount of animals on its books.

Staff at the centre, which opened in 2006, look after cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, farm animals, birds and hedgehogs, along with two ponies which were brought there earlier this year.

The charity also regularly needs donations of food, and willing volunteers. To find out more or to offer your support call 01704 823293 or visit the sanctuary's website at


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