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Animal sanctuary weeks away from being forced to put down its animals


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A Lancashire animal sanctuary is going through imminent closure due to successive lockdowns and a scarcity of funding.

Hugo’s Small Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Staining, close to Blackpool, has stated it could have to euthanise a few of its animals if funding isn’t secured by subsequent month.

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Bailey Lister, founding father of the sanctuary stated: “I opened the sanctuary in 2018 and over the last nine months we rapidly expanded so we’ve moved into a bigger premise. In total, we have 87 animals, our running costs are £400 per month and vet bills an additional £700 per month.

“Due to some of the animals having behavioural and medical issues, it’s not just as simple as finding them a new home or a new sanctuary.

“We have crows that are blind or can’t fly and birds of prey that have bonded to our staff so if we took them away, it would really affect them mentally.

“That’s why if we close down, then we may have to euthanise these animals and that’s obviously not something we even want to consider as an option.”

One purpose the sanctuary is struggling to re-home the animals is due to the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotype 2 – or RHDV2 – outbreak amongst the rabbit inhabitants, which is halting adoptions.

RHVD2 a comparatively new pressure of the illness and extremely contagious. It typically exhibits few to no signs and kills rabbits rapidly and immediately.

According to charity, Blue Cross for Pets , RHVD2 is estimated to have put 1.3million pet rabbits within the UK in danger and recommends rabbit house owners have their pets vaccinated towards this new pressure.

18-year-old Bailey stated: “We have 20 rabbits in the sanctuary at the moment which is a lot more than we’d usually have as a lot of them have had to quarantine for four months to avoid the disease. RHVD II causes the rabbits to bleed internally which is a truly horrible way for them to pass away – we’ve lost four rabbits in the last four months.”

The sanctuary has at all times relied on public donations, even prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. In the previous, locals have put on bake gross sales and different fundraising occasions so as to increase cash and maintain the sanctuary going.

However, due to the present local weather and folks struggling to donate, the sanctuary has discovered itself struggling financially.

You can donate to Hugo’s Small Animal Rescue and Sanctuary by giving what you’ll be able to on their Just Giving web page, their PayPal account or by buying one thing on their Amazon Wish List for the animals.

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