In March, the five charity shops on which Mount Noddy Animal Centre in Eartham near Chichester, relies for its running costs had to close and shop staff were put on furlough.
Worse still, said staff, all fundraising activities had to be cancelled, including the ever-popular annual summer dog show and open day at Eartham.
However the centre has had to keep going throughout lockdown, to look after the abandoned, neglected and unwanted dogs and cats in their care. The vets’ bills have kept on coming and the centre must be financed. Passionate about animal welfare, the team had to keep going despite no income coming in.
RSPCA Sussex Chichester and District branch, Mount Noddy, is self-funded and relies on the generosity of those living in the Post area.
Animal centre manager Susan Botherway said:’It has been a challenging past few months, but the dedicated team has worked incredibly hard continuing to provide essential care for the dogs and cats and ensure every animal gets the treatment, love and interaction that they need.
“With no volunteers able to visit the centre, the dogs have been missing their long walks off site, and the cats have gone without cuddles with the cat socialisers. Although we managed to move some dogs and cats out to foster homes, these are limited and so we have not reduced our animal welfare operations over lockdown, meaning we need those vital funds now more than ever.”
Staff at the centre say the monthly deficit is ‘alarming and in a desperate bid to raise funds, the animal centre is appealing to individuals and businesses to make a donation, no matter how small’.
Donations can be sent to: RSPCA Sussex, Chichester & District Branch, Mount Noddy Animal Centre, Blackmill Lane, Eartham, Chichester PO18 0LL
The centre also have a Just Giving page at: justgiving.com/mountnoddy-animalcentre
For more information on the work Mount Noddy does, visit: rspca.org.uk/local/sussex-chichester-and-district-branch