Norfolk centre could rehome animals from repossessed Willington sanctuary

The Northern Echo: EVICTION: Bailiffs moved onto Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary on Wednesday EVICTION: Bailiffs moved onto Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary on Wednesday

POTENTIAL homes have been found for all of the animals at a sanctuary that was repossessed earlier this week.

A rescue centre in Norfolk has offered to take on every animal at Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary in Willington, County Durham, which money lender Redstone Mortgages took over on Wednesday because of debt owed on the property.

It is believed more than 200 animals were housed at Rainbow Ark, from domestic pets to farm animals.

John Watson, of Hillside Animal Sanctuary, near Norwich, said: “We are primarily a farm animal sanctuary with around 2,000 animals so other people may be better placed to take on animals such as cats and guinea pigs while we take things like horses and pigs.

“We would rather take all the animals than see those that have formed attachments split up from friendship groups or go to people who don’t know what they are taking on, when they can live a long safe life here.”

Other animal organisations across England have also come forward with offers to rehome animals.

A fundraising campaign set up by supporters of the sanctuary has raised more than £32,000 which volunteers say will probably be used relocating the animals.

But it is unclear exactly what remains onsite and who will make decisions about their future.

The RSPCA said last night it had officers at the farm to offer advice on animal welfare.

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2:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

catwomanmaz says...

on behalf of cats protection branch Wear Valley & Darlington branch which covers the DL postcode area re the current operation at
Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary

We are very concerned at what may happen to cats on this site and though we have offered help to evicted owner and associates our request for information are going un answered.

We would just like to offer our assistance in transporting and housing some of the cats and if needed are willing to trap the free roaming cats too. my the branch contact nos is 0845 313 4749
on behalf of cats protection branch Wear Valley & Darlington branch which covers the DL postcode area re the current operation at Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary We are very concerned at what may happen to cats on this site and though we have offered help to evicted owner and associates our request for information are going un answered. We would just like to offer our assistance in transporting and housing some of the cats and if needed are willing to trap the free roaming cats too. my the branch contact nos is 0845 313 4749 catwomanmaz

4:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

stopscammersnow says...

Where is all the money raised going? If Hillside is taking the animals will it not be going to them?
I do hope that those raising the funds will ensure that the funds are accounted for.
Where is all the money raised going? If Hillside is taking the animals will it not be going to them? I do hope that those raising the funds will ensure that the funds are accounted for. stopscammersnow

10:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

smallsbuzz says...

I'm sorry to say this but the RSPCA are giving advice!!!! Can that organisation do nothing more than make sure they are mentioned in high profile places in order to raise money. The RSPCA are part of the reason other organisations can't raise money because they have such a bad reputation if you call them they don't respond and all animal organisations get tarred with the same brush. This poor lady has worked hard for these animals most of her life shame on this mortgage company. I hope David Cameron can sleep at night the result of his big society is poverty and misery for all
I'm sorry to say this but the RSPCA are giving advice!!!! Can that organisation do nothing more than make sure they are mentioned in high profile places in order to raise money. The RSPCA are part of the reason other organisations can't raise money because they have such a bad reputation if you call them they don't respond and all animal organisations get tarred with the same brush. This poor lady has worked hard for these animals most of her life shame on this mortgage company. I hope David Cameron can sleep at night the result of his big society is poverty and misery for all smallsbuzz

12:20am Sat 1 Feb 14

firesidechap says...

This might shed some light on the situation : Please read > http://www.ourdogs.c
o.uk/News/2009/Jan20
09/News090109/sanctu
ary.htm
This might shed some light on the situation : Please read > http://www.ourdogs.c o.uk/News/2009/Jan20 09/News090109/sanctu ary.htm firesidechap

4:05pm Sat 1 Feb 14

AlexFer says...

smallsbuzz wrote:
I'm sorry to say this but the RSPCA are giving advice!!!! Can that organisation do nothing more than make sure they are mentioned in high profile places in order to raise money. The RSPCA are part of the reason other organisations can't raise money because they have such a bad reputation if you call them they don't respond and all animal organisations get tarred with the same brush. This poor lady has worked hard for these animals most of her life shame on this mortgage company. I hope David Cameron can sleep at night the result of his big society is poverty and misery for all
Absolutely right! The so glorified RSPCA should stay out of the way and as a donor I want to see this lady and her animals go back to their original home where they all belong together!
[quote][p][bold]smallsbuzz[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say this but the RSPCA are giving advice!!!! Can that organisation do nothing more than make sure they are mentioned in high profile places in order to raise money. The RSPCA are part of the reason other organisations can't raise money because they have such a bad reputation if you call them they don't respond and all animal organisations get tarred with the same brush. This poor lady has worked hard for these animals most of her life shame on this mortgage company. I hope David Cameron can sleep at night the result of his big society is poverty and misery for all[/p][/quote]Absolutely right! The so glorified RSPCA should stay out of the way and as a donor I want to see this lady and her animals go back to their original home where they all belong together! AlexFer

4:11pm Sat 1 Feb 14

AlexFer says...

stopscammersnow wrote:
Where is all the money raised going? If Hillside is taking the animals will it not be going to them?
I do hope that those raising the funds will ensure that the funds are accounted for.
Absolutely right! As a donor I want to see this lady go back to her home with all her animals, not to other places! And if the RSPCA is so concerned instead of wasting time they could start campaigning about it!,
[quote][p][bold]stopscammersnow[/bold] wrote: Where is all the money raised going? If Hillside is taking the animals will it not be going to them? I do hope that those raising the funds will ensure that the funds are accounted for.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right! As a donor I want to see this lady go back to her home with all her animals, not to other places! And if the RSPCA is so concerned instead of wasting time they could start campaigning about it!, AlexFer

5:38am Thu 20 Feb 14

ExWVDC says...

If you believe what is on Facebook giving updates regarding the animals that have come from Rainbow Ark, this is the best thing that could have happened to them. There doesn't appear to have been much love & care given to the animals looking at the photos and updates.

Hope the money raised is managed appropriately and not used 2 pay off mortgage arrears.
If you believe what is on Facebook giving updates regarding the animals that have come from Rainbow Ark, this is the best thing that could have happened to them. There doesn't appear to have been much love & care given to the animals looking at the photos and updates. Hope the money raised is managed appropriately and not used 2 pay off mortgage arrears. ExWVDC

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