An animal sanctuary on the outskirts of picturesque Torquay will close today unless a good Samaritan steps forward at the last minute.
The Firsland Animal Sanctuary is currently home to 150 abandoned animals including cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys, Reppy the point, Barbie the sheep and some goats.
Founder Maxine Corbett is unable to look after the animals due to a leg ulcer which has left her in need of aid rather than able to dispense it.
Maxine, who also looks after nearly two dozen ill seagulls, pays about £200 a week in food and vet bills. Fundraising is now needed desperately to pay for temporary staffing while Maxine recoveries from the ulcer. Staffing costs are about £100 a week.
“The problem is I could be laid up for months and I know our budget just cannot take it.
“It is heartbreaking. These animals have come to me because they have nowhere else to go. They cannot be re-homed, but without the extra money I’m frightened I may have to close it down,” Maxine told local press.
In Pure Spirit
Should the government offer aid to micro-charities such as Firsland Animal Sanctuary? Even if Firsland isn’t a registered charity?
If you would like to help then you can contact Maxine on 01803 327 548.