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Each month we will be showcasing a local charity to help raise awareness of what they do. First up, we have Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter who have been badly affected by Storm Ciara. The weakest part of their old fence has now collapsed meaning they no longer have a secure field to let the dogs off the lead or let their horses and farm animals exercise. 

By Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter

Here at Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, not only do we rehome dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals but we are also a sanctuary for our horses, donkeys, pony, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens. 

We are a local charity; our Rehoming Centre is based on Benton Lane near to Quorum Business Park and our Arrivals Centre is based on Claremont Road in the centre of the city. We also have two charity shops: one in Heaton and one in Wallsend.

We look after thousands of animals each year, many of them requiring immediate veterinary attention when they arrive. With running costs in excess of £1.25 million each year, every donation makes a difference.

Last year, the bad weather put a lot of strain on our perimeter fence which collapsed leaving our site un-secure. We managed to save the fence by holding it up with wooden posts, however, that was never going to be a long-term solution. 

In 2019 we started our DIY FOF (Fix our Fence) campaign to raise the funds to replace the current wooden fence posts with sturdy, metal posts. Phase one of our fence fix has been completed, but we now need to raise funds for phase two.

Each post costs £85 to buy. Could you help us? For every person or business who donates the funds for a post, we will display a plaque on our byre at our Rehoming Centre as a token of our gratitude. Every donation is very much appreciated and can be made online www.justgiving.com/campaign/diyfof-phasetwo.

We have a number of other support options available which we’d love to talk to you more about if you are interested. Come down for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, see first-hand the work we do and how you could help. If you would like to know anything about us, require any information or would like to arrange to come down for a tour, please speak to Beth by calling 0191 215 0435 or email beth@dogandcatshelter.com.

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