Just before Christmas, there was an urgent appeal from Teckels Animal Sanctuaries in Whitminster indicating that their future was at risk due to lack of funds.
Operating since 2003, Teckels is run by a small dedicated team of staff and volunteers. They aim to find the best possible homes for all the animals that arrive at the centre and to provide an environment where they are safe, well cared for and loved in the meantime.
They are a charity, supported by the boarding side of the operation and public donation. They also have the contract with Stroud District to take in and attempt to rehome all the strays in the area. They care for a number of long-term ‘residents’ who have been with them for several years.
Financial problems were largely being caused by an increase in people wanting to surrender their pets and a decrease in people wanting to adopt. Teckels were also appealing for trustees with business skills and knowledge to help ensure their survival.
ECN is happy to report that we have had the following update on the situation:
“The appeal is doing well, but the donations have started to slow down now. We have hit the £67k mark on our Virgin money giving page which is fantastic, but there’s still a way to go.
We have just appointed 4 new trustees to join our board. They have a wealth of skills and knowledge and will be key in ensuring our sustainability going forward and building our new business plan and fundraising strategy. We are still keen to appeal to anyone who may be able to assist us to get in touch, especially those who may be able to host their own fundraising events such as bake sales, sponsored walks etc.
We have had some great support from the local community and businesses, and can’t thank people enough for their generosity.”
Sarah Fortey, Assistant Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to help assure the future of Teckels and the many homeless animals, Please visit the website
to find details of how to make a donation, or to become a member or to sponsor a place. Find out about their boarding and microchipping services. You might consider becoming a volunteer to help care for the animals, or you might consider sponsoring, fostering or even adopting a furry friend. Donations of food and bedding are also very welcome.
Email: Enquiries@teckelsanimalsanctuaries.co.uk Or just phone 01452 740300.
Or pop in: Teckels Animal Sanctuaries, Bristol Road, Whitminster, Gloucester, GL2 7LU
Some current residents looking for new homes:-
Polar- 4 year old Akita, very friendly and playful. Could possibly live with another dog and children.
Sparky- 13 year old lab cross. Older boy wanting a quiet retirement home
Willow- 8 year old staffie cross. Sweet girl needing a quiet but active home.