The National Equine (and Smaller Animals) Defence League
Welcome to the Animals' Refuge
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MAIN SITE
At the weekend we took the difficult decision to temporarily close our main site to the public. This step is a precaution to guard against the viral infection canine parvovirus. Although highly infectious, the virus is easily prevented by having dogs vaccinated annually. A resurgence of the virus in some parts of the country earlier this year may well have been spread across the country as a result of dog owners neglecting to carry out their dog’s annual booster vaccination. This has been linked in some reports to financial difficulties faced since the economic downturn. An annual booster vaccination for a single dog typically costs around £30-40. The virus passes from dog to dog and can be contracted from contaminated dog faeces. Symptoms include lethargy, severe vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. Left untreated the virus can be fatal. All owners are urged to ensure their dog's vaccinations are up to date and to watch their dogs closely for any sign of symptoms.
The Animals' Refuge had a confirmed case of the virus over the weekend. The infected dog was a stray that had come in earlier in the week. As soon as symptoms were identified this dog was quarantined and treated off site but has since sadly passed away. The Refuge has robust bio-security measures in place that are designed to prevent the spread of such infections between incoming dogs and those that have been here a little longer. While we are confident that these measures are effective we have taken the step of temporarily closing the main site to protect against any transmission of the virus if other infected dogs are in the area. The main shop and tea room will be open as usual at the weekend but there will be no access from the shop to the main site. Visitors are asked not to bring their dogs with them to site at the present time. Adoption interviews will be carried out as normal but held in the top building. We hope that our many visitors and supporters will understand that this decision is in the best interests of the dogs, both here and visiting. We will re-open the main site as soon as we can be confident that the risk has passed.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
David Jordan 5th March 2014
VISITORS TO CATTERY AND KENNELS
We currently have stopped all access to the complex. Anyone who wishes to adopt a cat or dog should ring to make an appointment. Please ring on 01228 560082 between 11am and 4pm to book an interview. VISITORS DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON SITE AT PRESENT.
VOLUNTEERS TO CATTERY AND KENNELS
Please ring during office hours to find out latest updates. 01228 560082.
Mothers Day Afternoon Tea Sunday 30th March 2014
See Fundraising page for more details
Winter opening times in shop and tea room
William Lee Tea Room - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am till 3pm
Animals' Refuge shop - Wednesday to Sunday 11am until 4pm.
Christmas Fayre 2013
Our Christmas Fayre was a great success with almost £2,000 raised on the day. It would not have been possible without all the help and support of our wonderful volunteers and supporters. So a very BIG THANK-YOU to everyone who helped to make it such a fantastic day.
URGENT APPEAL FOR BEDDING - We are desperately in need of blankets, duvets and towels for our kennels and cattery. Bedding can be dropped off at top of complex in large wheelie bin. We may be able to collect from the Carlisle area if you would like to ring us on 01228 560082. If you know anyone who works in hotels or B&B's, please ask them also if they have any bedding they are replacing. No feather items please.
Please think of us if you have any spare / old bedding & towels, unfortunately we cannot accept feather items & pillows.
Founded in 1909 by Francis Cox who campaigned for better working conditions for pit ponies and other working horses the refuge now provides a home to horses, cattle, goats, sheep and a safe haven for stray, abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats who are awaiting new homes through our ‘Adoption Programme’.
Over 400 animals a year find new families through this scheme, while a further 300 lost dogs and cats are reunited with their owners!
We need your help to continue the work to care for the animals which commenced over 100 years ago!
Could you foster an animal?... Please contact us.
We have many wonderful dogs looking for their forever homes, please click on the link at the right of the page to see some of them.
For any more information on our dogs please give us a call.