Bishop’s Stortford animal rescue charity ARC is appealing to the community to help abandoned pets in town this winter.
Founded in Foxdells in 1990 by mother and daughter Jean Rose and Fiona Pigott, the sanctuary, now off Farnham Road, is home to 16 dogs and 21 cats.
Like rescue centers across the country, it has a long waiting list — 15 dogs and 24 felines in need of the charity’s support as the cost of living crisis forces families to give up their pets and rehousing rates drop.
As the pressure mounts, ARC faces rising costs for food, heating, and vet bills.
Jan said: “Our heating for 2021 was £4,770 and our accountants estimate an increase of 32.4%, bringing the total for this year to £6,316.
“We are currently helping many small rescue charities who are struggling whenever possible, and usually feed their animals. However, we know this winter will prove to be one of the most difficult rescues, including ourselves, to find funding for the expected huge rise in cost heating for our animals.
To get through this winter, Jean wants supporters to take care of one of the 20 shelter homes in the purpose-built shelter and its occupant. In return, she and her staff will provide regular updates on progress and a chance to meet the animal they helped care for.
The shelter, which also provides a home for rabbits, geese, and chickens, always welcomes donations of food, towels, blankets, sheets, and enrichment for animals such as KONG toys as well as money for medical care.
But Jan’s ultimate goal is to find loving permanent homes for the animals she cares for, like Stan, who has been staying for six long years.
General Manager Stuart Banham described the dogs most in need of a family forever.
“Stan is seven years old. He has been with ARC for nearly six years. Stan is a bit unpredictable, which made it difficult for him to come home. However, with people he trusts, he is very kind. He has A little fun Dance when he’s happy or excited We desperately need to rehouse Stan He just needs a very confident owner who understands that Stan is an independent dog.
“Two year old Rosie from Harajuku came to us a stray. She is very affectionate and energetic. She has been with ARC for four months. She can’t be taken off the lead, but otherwise she is a perfect dog.
“Billy is a five-year-old cross from Romania. He’s been with the charity for two years. He’s wary of new people, he should be introduced to new people by his therapist. Once he’s comfortable he becomes a big jerk.”
“Fletch is a seven-year-old from a Romania cross. He has been with ARC for two years. He is very curious, but the kennels make him nervous. His handler does a great job of building his confidence. In a quiet home hopefully more relaxed.”
“Jessie is 11 years old, Stuffy. Jesse is a newcomer and has only been with us for three weeks. She still acts like a little girl when she plays ball and chases after her. She is looking for a loving home to spend her retirement.
“The bear is our friendly giant. Bear has been with us for about two months. A very intelligent six year old German Shepherd who loves people. Ideally, he wants a home with a dog owner who is self-confident and has no other animals. He loves to play fetch and knows a lot of commands.
Cassie is a staff member just over a year old. She is incredibly energetic, so she needs someone who can work with her to help train her. She interacts with other dogs but is good with people. She loves belly massages! Cassie has been with us for about three weeks.
“Lily Salib is eight years old from Romania and has been with us for two years. She is very shy, but her therapist is making great progress in getting her to walk and building her confidence. She loved going into a quiet house.
“Biscuit is a cross. He is about three years old but has been with ARC for over a year. Biscuits was a lovely and happy boy when he arrived and although he is still most of the time the kennels have made him react a bit. However, we believe he is in A home away from kennels would be a completely different dog.Biscuit is currently on medical treatment to help manage some of his back issues.
“Moose is a one year old Torger/Greyhound crossed. He is full of life and loves attention. When we let him run around in the pen he is very playful. Moose is a lovely boy and would make a wonderful dog for anyone. Moose has been with us for about two months.
“Dylan is an eight-year-old Roman cross. Dylan has been with us for two years. He is slowly building confidence and his therapist is doing a great job with him. He is very curious and we hope he will be away from kennels soon.
“Angus is a West Highland terrier. He is four and a half years old. Angus is full of personality. He is sometimes grumpy but he is usually a funny little boy. He is not a stubborn little dog. But he makes a lovely dog for anyone who understands his breed.”
* To support ARC or adopt an animal, see http://www.animalrescuecharity.org.uk/.
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