Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary has closed its doors – but all for a good cause. It has just embarked upon an ambitious £600,000 rebuild project which will vastly improve the comfort of the 100-plus residents in its care.
Since opening in a few farm outbuildings in 1996, Mid-Antrim has cared for thousands of Northern Ireland’s least fortunate cats and dogs and has worked hard to find them new, loving homes. But the time has now come where its premises are no longer fit for purpose; indeed the harsh winter of 2010/11 highlighted the urgent need to upgrade the Sanctuary’s facilities as pipes burst and water bowls froze solid.
As Mid-Antrim is entirely funded by the generosity of the Northern Ireland people and receives no Government help or funding to help with its annual running costs of £220,000, it has been difficult to find the extra money needed to improve its kennel and cattery accommodation. However, over time, the Sanctuary has managed to raise an amazing £1/2 million plus towards making the lives of its residents more bearable and it is now in a position to demolish the existing building and erect a new, purpose-built Sanctuary in its place.
In order to raise the final £100,000 needed for this project, Mid-Antrim is launching its “Buy A Brick” Appeal, whereby members of the public and local businesses can show their support for the Sanctuary and help rebuild it brick by brick.
Chairperson Grace Orbinson, says: “Just about everyone I speak to has either adopted a pet from the Sanctuary in the past or knows someone who has. Pets add so much to their owners’ lives and people hate to think of them suffering in inadequate living conditions. Now is their chance to show their support for our work in a tangible way: for as little as £5. they can go onto our website or ring us up and pledge to “Buy A Brick” for the new Sanctuary. There is so much goodwill out there for the Sanctuary that I honestly believe this campaign can raise the final £100,000 needed and turn our dreams into a reality”.
How YOU can help:
There are several ways you can donate. We have collected these under three main methods:
PHONE: Call us on 028 9446 3993 for information
ONLINE: Go to justgiving.com/MAASBuyaBrick and make your donation
TEXT: WOOF12 to 70070 to donate via JustTextGiving.
Thank you in advance for all your support. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the goodwill and generosity of the public, and we hope you will continue to do so, by placing one brick upon another, demonstrating our shared commitment to the welfare of the animals of Northern Ireland.
UPDATE: Since are currently without internet connection, email response time will be longer, and buy-a-brick ‘virtual bricks’ will be delayed until we are back online. Thanks!