Via the Echo:
Animal care crisis
Jul 30 2007
by Mary Murtagh, Liverpool Echo
A MERSEYSIDE animal shelter is at breaking point with unwanted pets.
Staff at Animals in Need in Melling are overwhelmed with abandoned cats, dogs, goats, sheep, chickens and rabbits and have a list of 250 animals waiting to come into the sanctuary.
Their vet bill is Â£6,760 so far this month and they are taking 20 calls a day from people who want to hand their pet over.
Cathy Billington, from the shelter, said: â€œThe situation is critical. Our staff and volunteers are tired out and overwhelmed by the number of animals being abandoned.
â€œRecently a Staffordshire bull terrier, Stella, was dumped on site and last week three rabbits were left in a box by the gate.
â€œWe need people to offer homes to these animals either permanent or temporary fosters ones. We desperately need tinned dog and cat food and blankets too.
â€œThe animals we look after need caring and loving homes with new owners as soon as possible. If anyone is thinking about taking on a pet then please consider giving one of these animals a new home.â€
Staff and volunteers at the shelter are looking after more than 100 animals who have been handed in, dumped or found stray.
The charity has had to resort to boarding some dogs privately and with foster carers.
All animals are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and come with six weeks free pet insurance.
Animals in Need website: http://www.animals-in-need.co.uk/