The current economic climate means that it’s harder for charities to get the cash strapped public to donate. This especially affects the smaller charities and voluntary organisations which get little exposure in the media. One of them I’d like to draw your attention to, especially if you are living in Wales, is Friends of the Animals RCT, which is not a registered charity yet.
Eileen Jones started this organisation in 2003 when her micro-chipped Yorkshire Terrier Sophie went missing. Despite her efforts of finding Sophie by putting up posters and distributing leaflets her dog never returned.
During her search for Sophie, Eileen became aware of the plight of abandoned dogs and in particular the situation of puppies which were farmed in Wales. This subsequently led her to found “Friends of the Animals”. While in the initial years Eileen had run the charity from home by herself, she has now dedicated volunteers in different parts of the country, who are rescuing animals, the majority of them dogs, though they also rescue cats and small animals. According to their website no animal is ever turned away and the volunteers aim to find suitable homes for all animals. They are also responsible for fostering their rescued animals, transporting them, finalising the adoption procedures and raising much needed funds for their animals in care to meet costs of vet bills and food. The volunteers also make sure that the animals are neutered, vaccinated, wormed and de-flead prior to re-homing.
“Friends of the Animals RCT” is always looking for volunteers who can help with fund raising or are able to foster animals in their own homes. The charity also runs an online auction twice a year for which it asks for donations. The next auction called “The Wonky Welsh Wonders Auction” is running from the 22nd of April until the 8th of May. So if you want to donate, volunteer, adopt an animal or bid for an auction item you can do so by following this link.
Website: Friends of the Animals RCT