Taking the lead

VOLUNTEER fund-raisers are urgently needed by the RSPCA to raise cash for a kennels at its Brent Knoll site. The animal centre urgently needs people to come forward to help with events to raise money for a kennel block estimated at £400,000. More cash wi

VOLUNTEER fund-raisers are urgently needed by the RSPCA to raise cash for a kennels at its Brent Knoll site. The animal centre urgently needs people to come forward to help with events to raise money for a kennel block estimated at £400,000. More cash will be needed once it is open to meet running costs. The RSPCA currently uses Whitehouse Kennels in Lympsham, but would like its own facilities in Brent Knoll.Manager Nikki Tutton said: "The annual running costs are currently not viable until there is more public financial support made directly to our branch on a regular basis. "Any enthusiastic people out there with time to help us in our quest will be welcomed. Fund-raising is becoming more difficult and without donations this much needed animal centre will take several more years to complete."The news comes as North Somerset Council announced the number of stray dogs being received by the dog warden has seen a significant increase in the past year.The North Somerset branch of the RSPCA also has plans to build another cattery to accompany the existing one, but this will be in the future as the next building phase is the dog kennel. The RSPCA also has plans to replace its reception building to create more office space. Nikki said: "To replace it would cost £500,000. This building will include meeting and training facilities and offices essential to the running of the centre. It's a lot of money though so we'll have to wait a while, unless someone comes forward to fund it for us."Volunteers keen to help the RSPCA should call Hilary Boswell on 01934 645534 on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between 10am and 1pm. To find out more about the animal centre visit www.rspca-wsm.co.uk


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