Despite a successful Kildare Animal Foundation Facebook appeal last week, funds are still needed to keep the rescue shelter open.
The centre required €8,000 just to clear existing bills, and help flooded in to meet the target, but further funding will be required to keep it running.
Founder, Geraldine O’Halon gave an update over the weekend declaring; “Our shelter is coming out of danger with each passing day. We have reached our target figure of €8,000. I will hold my head high on Monday as I go about paying our bills. Thank you so much for all you are doing: giving donations and bringing food for our animals.
“We have passed from a state of fear on Tuesday to a sense of relief and hope today. We love our shelter – we have the right property and the right people to make it through another 20 years. Someday maybe we might leave our hand to mouth existence but for now dear friends you will not meet a happier group of individuals than us this day.”
Speaking last week, she outlined the crisis. “The shelter is heaving with animals. October ran into Halloween, and then we had a really bad winter with a huge number of animals coming in. Our winter raffle didn’t do as well as normal because people just didn’t have the money to support it.”
After the Facebook appeal last Thursday April 24, locals arrived with animal food, and donations flooded in.
Geraldine explained that food suppliers and the vets had been more than patient. She said it had been seven weeks since they had been able to make any payments.
The shelter is currently caring for 61 dogs, 47 cats, six foxes, five ducks, two squirrels, three pigeons, three otters, two swans, seabirds and birds of prey, five dormice, eight pine martins, two goats, four sheep and three field mice. Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so online via it’s PayPal account at www.animalfoundation.ie or you can post them to the Kildare Animal Foundation, South Green Road, Kildare Town. For those who may not be in a position to donate money, dry dog food and tins of cat food would be appreciated.