KWWSPCA volunteers, Deirdre Delahunty with ‘Silk’ and ‘Lilith’; Patricia Shaw with ‘Pixie’; Sandra Cusack with ‘Reba’; Elaine and Kate McNamara with ‘Jenny’ and ‘Masie’. Photo: Tony Keane
A Kildare animal charity are at risk of becoming homeless if they don’t raise funds for a new premises.
The Kildare West Wicklow Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KWWSPCA) located at Oldtown Athgarvan, Newbridge say they are being forced to leave the current shelter, as the landlord is looking to sell it.
The shelter, which take abandoned or abused dogs into their care, and take dogs from Kildare Pound for rehoming, are desperately appealing for funding to purchase or rent a new property, and have set up A GoFundMe page.
“Basically we can’t afford the asking price, and also for any property that we would want to buy, the banks want us to come up with 30% of the mortgage,” volunteer Grainne Murphy told the Leader.
“On top of that we would need money to go into the property to build runs, to improve kennels, and do whatever other work is required to make it fit for our use.”
Grainne added that there is grave concern for the future of the shelter, which is run solely by volunteers.
“Everybody is very, very concerned and everybody is distraught because this is very close to our hearts, and an awful lot of people are saying we can’t believe this is happening and we really have to do something about it.
“We set up our shelter in 2014, and since the shelter was established the put-to-sleep rate in the pound dropped from about 90% to below 10%, and if we don’t have a shelter, the dogs in the pound are going to find that there is nowhere for them to go.”
The shelter have set a target to raise €300,000.
Grainne is appealing to anyone who feels they may have a suitable property for the KWWSPA, to get in contact.
She is also appealing to local businesses to make donations, or schools to organise fundraisers.