Thursday, April 11, 2019

ANIMAL welfare charity KWWSPCA has described the generosity of its supporters as “incredible”, with more than €72,000 raised by its shelter appeal fund as of the beginning of April.

Over €30,000 has been raised via the organisation’s online GoFundMe campaign, with a variety of fundraising events and donations bolstering its financial situation – a pop-up fashion shop in March alone resulted in over €11,000 raised after clothes were donated by people to sell.

“We’re delighted, absolutely delighted… [the] generosity is incredible,” Sally McCaffrey of the KWWSPCA said of the response to their plight.

The campaign began back in January prompted by their current premises – located between Athgarvan and Twomilehouse – going up for sale, and they have previously said that purchasing this isn’t an option as they have encountered planning problems. The charity, which is staffed by volunteers, has set an overall target of €300,000 and hopes to secure a new premises as soon as possible.

“That’s what we were hoping for if we had to buy land and build, or if we had to buy a property outright… that’s our goal, if we can reach it,” Sally explained of their target, adding that it depends on whether they are loaned or given land or can rent something suitable. “The more money we get, the better facilities we can provide for the animals.”

Undoubtedly it’s a very worthy cause for a charity in need. Speaking to the  Kildare Nationalist  earlier this year, KWWSPCA noted that when it was established in 2011, 90% of dogs in the pound were put to sleep. Today, with the help of the charity’s rehoming service, this figure has been drastically reduced to 6%. It also deals with many welfare cases and road accident victims and can deal with different animals including goats, sheep, pigs, parrots, horses and more.

“At the moment we mainly deal with dogs at our shelter, but we do need somewhere where we can take horses, donkeys, ponies on a short-term basis that are in desperate need, and we can keep them for a short while ’till we find somewhere else for them,” Sally added.

For now, the fundraising campaign continues at full speed with a range of events taking place over the coming weeks and months, including an Easter egg hunt and dog walk organised by the charity at Punchestown Racecourse on Good Friday, 19 April. Details on these and other fundraisers can be found on their Facebook page (@KWWSPCA).

Sally reiterated her thanks to everyone who has supported the organisation so far and urged people to visit their Facebook page and website or come along to one of the events – even a donation of €5 will make a difference. “Everything helps,” she said.

To donate to the campaign, visit https://www.gofundme.com/animal-shelter-appeal

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By Conor Forrest
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