We’re delighted to announce that we celebrate our 25th Anniversary on 22nd April 2021 when our journey began as an independent charity continuing the work of the USPCA. Our aim then and continues today is to address and educate on animal welfare issues and offer re-homing opportunities for unwanted and neglected dogs, cats and many, many more!
While there have been many changes our core objectives remain unchanged and this is something we are immensely proud of.
We estimate that over the last 25 years we have found forever homes for almost 20,000 animals and an unquantifiable number have been rescued from cruelty and distress – we hope you agree this is AMAZING and something to shout about.
Our staff complement may have changed over the years however a core of staff members have remained with us throughout our journey, in particular Margaret who transferred over from the USPCA and for some time was the only employee; together we have over 100 years of animal welfare experience within our staff team.
We have welcomed many volunteers in many capacities over the last 25 years including work and Duke of Edinburgh placements; the journey of our volunteers have been different, some with us over our lifetime and some for the shorter term however all have the same passion for animal welfare and have provided an invaluable commitment to our work.
In 2012 saw the completion of our long awaited new building which was the result of many years of fundraising and has cemented us as one of the leading animal welfare organisations in Northern Ireland while ensuring our long term sustainability and our commitment to unwanted animals in the future.
We’re delighted to announce that, in this our anniversary year, work will commence to develop our additional land to the rear of our premises, which includes outdoor runs for our dogs, including agility area, a bespoke puppy unit and meet and greet building.
Of course none of our work would have been possible without our supporters, all of whom have followed our journey, supported us and were there when we needed them most; for this we cannot express our immense gratitude.
To celebrate we are holding an Anniversary Ballot and the money raised from this will go towards the development costs of our outdoor space, we hope you will again find it in your hearts to support us. You can do this by clicking here for the justgiving ballot.
We also hope you enjoy looking at some of our photographs from times gone past and our first two editions of our newsletter – click here to go back in time.
While things have definitely changed the core of our work has not and ALL of it has only been possible due to the fantastic supporter network we have, without YOU none of this would have been possible!
Our celebrations will continue over the year, so we’ll keep you posted.
Here’s to the next 25 years, our journey continues…..