MEET Jack the lad.
This fine looking chap is a resident at the Thornberry Animal Sanctuary – but he’s very much hoping you can give him a home.
The animal rescue centre on Todwick Road, North Anston, is full like other sanctuaries in South Yorkshire and is urging people to offer dogs a home.
The centre receives around eight calls a day asking if they can take in an abandoned dog.
Now – for The Star’s Give A Dog A Home campaign – Thornberry is urging people to help.
Jack, a Rhodesian Ridgeback cross aged about 18 months, was brought into the centre by a warden who found him in a very thin and undernourished state.
Staff at the centre are now ensuring he gets back into top shape.
Sarah Froggat, fundraiser and events co-ordinator, said: “Jack is a friendly loving dog who wants to fuss and kiss everybody. He is now putting on weight and looks a lot better. All he needs now is a loving home.”
Jack is just one of the dogs taken in by the centre which also rescues cats, guinea pigs, horses and ponies.
Sarah said: “We are very much up to capacity at the moment with 23 dogs looking for a new home. Every day we get seven or eight phone calls asking if we can take in an abandoned dog.
“It’s incredibly sad and it’s getting worse, mainly I think because people are having to cut back on what they spend.”
Thornberry, a small independent sanctuary, has been rescuing animals since 1988.
Sarah said: “We pride ourselves on our no kill policy, which means the animals in our care stay with us for as long as it takes to find them their forever homes. Our funding comes solely from public donations and we hold weekly bric-a-brac sales to maintain our high standard of care and quality. But again the state of the economy is affecting donations. It seems that people who once gave us their bric-a-brac now make do and mend stuff for their own use.”
n To offer Jack or the other dogs at Thornberry a home, or to make a donation, call 01909 564399.