A Bridlington animal rescue charity is celebrating after purchasing a property to help with wildlife conservation.
The Bridlington RSPCA received a very generous bequest earlier this year from two ladies who had been supporters of the branch for over thirty years.
Kay Harrison, who is the branch treasurer, said: “We wanted to do something really special and worthwhile with this money and we have bought a small property which is situated on the outskirts of Bridlington with one and a half acres of land.”
The grounds are initially going to be used for wildlife and conservation projects but will not be used for re-homong animals.
It will be aptly named The Haven.
“We are all aware that wildlife is suffering, the bee population in particular is dwindling, and we want to do our bit to encourage and protect wildlife in our area. We also want to do more to help and protect hedgehogs, the numbers of these creatures are falling at an alarming rate.
“The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have also kindly visited us to offer us advice and give us ideas and hopefully in the future we want to offer trips for children at local primary schools. It is so important to educate young children about caring for animals, wildlife and their planet.” explained Kay.
The Haven is hoping to be operational in the first half of next year, though no formal date has been given for opening.
“Further down the line we are hoping to have facilities for rabbits as these are presently cared for by fosterers but we have very few and despite many appeals we still have a shortage.” said Kay.
“Our branch is now known to the RSPCA as ‘The Feral Cat Branch’ due to the sterling work done by some of our volunteers in trapping and neutering feral cats, most of which are re-homed into suitable environments and not just released back to fend for themselves.”
“This is a very exciting time for our branch and we are all looking forward to getting stuck into this new project. Our enthusiasm knows no bounds! We can’t wait to get started.” added Kay.
If you would like to volunteer for the RSPCA please call in at the Quay Road shop in Bridlington to pick up an application form.