Staff at the Rainbow Rehoming centre have revealed how they have been forced to ship 19 dogs in Derry to rescue centres in England because they cannot cope with the volume of unwanted cats and dogs locally.
Thanking local people who helped raise the money, volunteers say that just a week later the centre was back to full capacity.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to our supporters who have donated large amounts of food and treats for the dogs and cats in the centre for Christmas,” a spokesperson for the charity said.
“Lots of people have visited the centre recently with large amounts of food they are donating and people have also donated toys, food and treats to the charity bins in both Pets At Home and Jollyes for the animals in the centre.
“This is a very kind gesture and greatly appreciated as the centre continues to struggle to bring in funds to pay high food and vet bills so this is very much appreciated. The centre is inundated with calls regarding stray and unwanted dogs and cats and we are full to capacity.
“We are hoping that things do not get worse in the months after Christmas when pups and kittens that have been bought as Christmas presents are no longer wanted.
“We recently took a total of 19 dogs over to three different rescue centres in different parts of England as we were struggling to cope with the numbers of dogs here.
“That shipment cost around £800 and after an appeal on the Rainbow Facebook page asking our supporters to help make this financially possible within 24 hours the full amount had been donated so we would also like to say a huge thankyou to everyone who made this possible.
“Unfortunately however less than one week after this shipment, the centre was full again with dogs. We currently have 22 dogs in the centre, this is the maximum capacity we can accommodate. We also have lots of cats and kittens, more than usual at this time of year.”
Brett (pictured) has been in the centre now for almost 7 months and is desperately in need of a home. He is approximately 4 years old and has an extremely gentle and loving nature. He gets on great with other dogs. He would be best suited to a home with teenage children. If anyone can offer one of the homeless dogs or kittens/cats a loving home in the New Year please visit the centre between 11am+12:30pm or 7:30pm+8:30pm, 7 days a week. Tel: 71812882.