FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue has opened a new on-site ‘Adoption Hub’ to help find loving homes for even more animals.
The rescue centre held an opening event on Friday, April 22 when the new facility was unveiled.
The Adoption Hub will provide a space in which potential adopters can meet their new pets in a calm, welcoming environment, and gain support to help the animals with behavioural issues and other factors which have previously been a barrier to finding a forever loving home.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Carragher and MP Bill Esterson.
The Mayor performed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the Hub, where guests enjoyed refreshments and toured the facility.
Cllr Carragher said: “Already you have protected the lives of over 90,000 animals and saved them from unnecessary fear or suffering. What would have become of them without you? Your work, and this hub, is a much-needed reminder of the good that there is in the world and here in our local community”.
Helen Stanbury, Director of Freshfields, said: “Our promise at Freshfields is that there will be ‘no animal left behind’.
“Staying true to these values brings challenges. We’ve long known that there are some dogs who remain with us for much longer than others.
“That’s why we’re here today. In the Adoption Hub, we’ll deliver targeted behavioural interventions to profoundly impact the life chances of these animals.
“This project will change thousands of lives. It’s a new chapter for us, and we couldn’t be more thankful to all of you for helping us to make sure that at Freshfields, there will be no animal left behind.”
MP Esterson added: “Three million extra pets were adopted during lockdown, and many are already being brought to rescue centres as their owners’ circumstances change and they can no longer cope with caring for their animals
“That’s why this project is such a vital resource to the people of Sefton in tackling the issues on the ground and being there for the people as well as the animals.”