Animal shelter

Blackpool Animal Shelter highlights impact on cost of living after donations drop 70% and more pets left behind

Hugo’s Small Animal Rescue and Sanctuary said it has seen a 70% drop in donations in recent months, along with a 35% increase in the number of abandoned animals.

The shelter, which currently cares for around 100 animals, is trying to raise funds to cover day-to-day running costs – land rent, food, shelter, bedding, medication and veterinary bills, which are also rising.

The Hambleton-based rescue hosts a variety of species including rabbits and guinea pigs, frogs and owls.

Hugo’s Animal Sanctuary has seen a 70% drop in donations due to the cost of living

Joanne Clarkson, a volunteer, said: “Recently we have seen an increase in the number of abandoned animals which has put us at maximum capacity and unable to take it anymore. We never want to compromise the quality of care we can provide injured or abandoned animals, but this high level of care comes at a cost.

So the team and volunteers are doing a sponsored 10-mile walk to help bring in crucial donations.

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Bailey Lister, Founder, said: “Some of the animals we care for have long-term health issues and cannot be rehomed, so other rescues won’t take them. If we have to close, they will have to be euthanized. It’s horrible to think about.”

They will cover 10 kilometers, from Starr Gate to Bispham, and return, on Saturday November 19 at 6 p.m.

“Join us for a winter walk – dogs are also welcome, so bring the dog.”