Animal rescue

Burnley volunteers campaign to help save PAWS animals home to 41 cats and dogs

The Pennine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is looking for new accommodation following an eviction notice from its landlord.

The charity, which has helped rescue hundreds of unwanted pets in Burnley, is raising £300,000 to buy three to five acres of land within 15 miles of Todmorden.

Filmmaker Rowenna Baldwin is one of the Burnley volunteers helping spread the word.

One of the PAWS kittens, Pumpkin, who was nominated by the association’s Instagram followers.

Rowenna said, “There are so many reasons why the world would be worse off without PAWS. I’m afraid that all the animals end up being put to sleep.

The 39-year-old added: “It’s just a lovely little rescue. It’s a family. The volunteers are really dedicated and work around the clock. It breaks my heart to think of how they have put their heart and soul in. They worry about the animals they won’t be able to help in the future, and closing the charity would also put pressure on other rescues.

PAWS founder Susan Curran lives on-site, helping rehabilitate dogs that cannot be rehomed.

Susan said: “We currently have 13 kittens, 16 cats and 12 dogs who could potentially face a horrific future if we fail to secure new premises. These cats and

Burnley filmmaker Rowenna Baldwin makes videos to help raise awareness of the plight of PAWS.

the dogs have already been abandoned once; we cannot let this happen again. Please, please help us prevent this from becoming a reality.

“This year has been incredibly difficult for all animal rescues as we are overwhelmed by the huge increase in requests for relocation due to the cost of living crisis. We hear the same thing day after day: pet owners don’t vaccinate, microchipping We are struggling to manage the huge deluge of pets in our care requiring veterinary treatment, which has contributed significantly to our rising vet bill. currently stands at nearly £5,000.

“We receive daily emails and calls asking us to take care of several cats because they can no longer afford it or they have been abandoned. We have limited space and resources, we are on our knees, not just physically but mentally as we try to cope with the relentless rescue work combined with the constant fear associated with securing our future.