Around the country, as people battle to save their homes and possessions from the devastation of flooding, others are wading in to help the animals caught in the rising water.
Wetnose Animal Aid, now in its 20th year, is appealing for funds to distribute where they’re most needed, for horses, farm animals, pets and wildlife. Founder Andrea Gamby-Boulger said ‘We are getting news of rescues, covering several counties, and each one of those animals is in need of care, accommodation, warmth and food. They will need vet checks and many will need re-homing. It’s a disaster for people and for animals, and we are asking the public to please respond as generously as they can.’
Wetnose Animal Aid was set up by Andrea and her late husband Gavin after they ran their own rescue centre and saw the problems faced by those kind-hearted people who give so much of their time and money to help unwanted and unloved animals in the UK and abroad. They have raised over £450,000 in total and have been endorsed by celebrities such as Amanda Holden. Each year they hold events including Wetnose Day in September, and they run online auctions, pet shows, and appeals, as well as maintaining a charity shop in Beccles, Suffolk.
With years of experience, Andrea and the Wetnose team know how best to send money where it is most needed, often visiting rescue centres at their own expense. They respond urgently, donating money for food, bedding, equipment and vets fees.
Andrea added, ‘We are all sitting watching the TV news and feeling helpless – but we can all help. Please send a donation by Paypal so that we can alleviate the suffering of these innocent animals.’ Cheques can be sent too: Wetnose Animal Aid Ltd, 2 Wells Terrace, Bungay Road, Stockton, Norfolk, NR34 0HR.