As we get older it always appears that the years go that much faster and they are over almost before they begin. 2017 was no exception with every day full with enquiries, intakes, rescues and many crisis.
Once again the staff performed over their capacity and went the extra mile for the animals, thus we made a difference to over 2,494 animals, domestic and wildlife. We rescued 876 domestic animals and rehomed 718 of all species. We will have released, after rehabilitation, 792 wildlife animals including the 280 hedgehogs that are spending winter with us, and will be released if ever the warmer weather arrives. We currently care for over 1400 animals, hamsters to horses, budgies to peacocks.
Unfortunately many of the wild animals came in after road accidents with injuries too severe for us to mend. Through the year our veterinary staff neutered 398 animals at a fraction of the costs we would have paid to outside vets. Our animal ambulance driven by our hard working staff, attended over 640 calls in the year mainly after 5pm, travelling over 23,000 miles.
We once again welcomed over 100 students from local schools and colleges for work experience and greeted many volunteers, many of whom came to the sanctuary for animal therapy. We visited over 24 clubs and schools to tell them about our work. The new wildlife facility main building is in full use but we are still raising funds and working on the outside pens and aviaries.
PACT charity shops performed considerably better in 2017 and contributed 25% to our sanctuary costs. Overall donations were again down by 20% but fortunately the wonderful people who had remembered the PACT animals in their wills made up the difference.
2016 is a year we are never going to forget
We did all we could with the resources at our disposal, but there was never enough kennels for all the dogs we were asked to rescue, there were never enough spaces in our cattery and never enough funds to save all the animals that needed our help. Although you, our regular ‘friends of PACT‘ did all you could to help I am sure, many supporters who received the newsletters obviously didn’t open them and consequently our donations were down some £60,000. Fortunately the wonderful friends who remembered the PACT animals in their wills made up the deficit with sufficient legacies that we were able to maintain our standards and make a difference to 2,269 animals.
We rescued 876 domestic animals and rehomed 687. We took in 1188 wildlife animals including 562 birds of all species and 469 hedgehogs. We released 592 with a further 200 hedgehogs who are spending winter with us and are to be released as soon as the weather is suitable. Unfortunately many of the rescued wildlife, particularly birds and larger mammals, are brought to PACT after road accidents by our call-out staff and all we could do for them was put them to sleep comfortably to minimise their suffering. During the year our vet staff again neutered over 450 animals, continuing our policy of never to rehome an animal that is entire.
Our ‘On Call Team’ covered over 500 call-outs, mainly after hours; this increases every year as we have become the only organisation that has a call out ambulance after hours, and will answer a call to help a running stray dog.
Every year the work we do with wildlife increases considerably. The new wildlife facility will be fully operational by next winter although we are still seeking qualified staff with ‘hands on’ wildlife experience.
Although 2016 was bad we still made a difference to over 2,269 animals because of your efforts to
Please tell your friends and neighbours about the good work we are achieving and make 2017 a year to remember for the amount of animals we rescue from need and abuse, and the lives we save.
People coming for therapy with the animals once more has increased and we now have over 40 visitors every month. The student population including all work experience is well over 180 youngster over the year.
ANIMALS RESCUED BY PACT 2012
A total of 1030 animals released.
ANIMALS RESCUED BY PACT 2011
PACT has been rescuing unwanted animals for nearly seventeen years and we have seen many difficult times, often in the past we just didn’t know where the next penny was coming from but something always turned up to enable us to go that extra mile to save an animal from pain and suffering.
Where possible we release the wildlife that we rescue but many come to the sanctuary as a result of road accidents and we can only make them comfortable for their last hour and put them out of their misery. In total we made a difference to 1109 lives and rehomed 591. Many hedgehogs come to us with flystrike through injury and do not survive and many birds are just too young to recover without their own parents
All the dogs and cats we rehomed were neutered and microchipped, which kept our vet nurse and locum vet very busy all year.
We gave work experience to over 60 secondary school children and we now have so many schools wanting to send their pupils here that we have to limit the numbers.
The number of people attending the sanctuary for therapy again increased over the previous year, and the feedback of results was very encouraging.
Overall a very successful year due mainly to everybody at the sanctuary and our volunteer fundraisers really putting in the extra effort for the animals.