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Friday, July 03, 2009

Help Llys Nini provide a Safe Haven

I can't remember whether or not I've blogged about my new job as a volunteer fundraiser at RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre, here in Swansea. I know I announced it on Facebook. I'm working with my long-time pal, Alison Lenihan, better known as Lenny. We're trying to raise awareness about our Safe Haven scheme.

I was shocked to discover that Llys Nini, although affiliated to the RSPCA, is independently funded. The centre receives no funding from the RSPCA, the government, or any other official body. It costs at least £1500 a day to run the centre - by my estimations, that amounts to at least £547,500 a year. Llys Nini is wholly dependent on the generosity of local individuals and companies, as well as funds raised via the local RSPCA charity shops.

The centre provides an essential lifeline for unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Some of the animals are given up voluntarily, but many of them are seized by RSPCA inspectors due to wilful neglect or cruelty.

If you love animals, please consider supporting Llys Nini's Safe Haven scheme, by sponsoring a dog kennel or cat pen at the centre. I know money's very tight for most of us right now. But, from as little as £1.25 a week - the price of a tea or coffee - you can help save the life of an unwanted cat or dog. You'll get a certificate detailing which animal space you're sponsoring, and you will be most welcome to pop into Llys Nini, at any time during visiting hours, to visit the animal occupying your space. Your name will also appear on a plaque outside the dog kennel or cat pen you're sponsoring.

If you love animals, especially if you live in south or west Wales, please give Llys Nini's Safe Haven scheme serious consideration. Without your help and support, the centre will be unable to continue saving lives, and rehoming abandoned pets. I would love to take home at least one of the dogs currently at the centre. Sadly, I don't have the time, money or space to welcome another animal into my home at the moment, so I've decided to become a Safe Haven sponsor. Remember - you can help from as little as £1.25 a month. That's not a lot to save a life, is it?

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