Warmth of people helps the animals

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PUBLIC generosity has brought animals at one Fylde animal sanctuary out of the cold.

The Gazette reported in December how Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary in St Annes was in desperate need of towels and blankets to keep their dogs and horses dry throughout the cold winter months.

Owner Mandy Leigh said at the time that because of the cold weather, the sanctuary was unable to dry what they had at their disposal to keep the animals warm.

However, donations have flooded in from the public to keep the many cats, dogs, hens and horses in Easterleigh alive.

Speaking to The Gazette, Mrs Leigh expressed her delight at the amount of donations her project had received.

She said: “We have so much stuff now we are going to have to find a warehouse!

“It has been absolutely fantastic for people to come out in that weather. I’m so grateful to the community and it’s wonderful.

“I can’t believe their kindness.

“I didn’t expect the response this year or to see people trudging out in the miserable weather.”

Unwanted Christmas presents coupled with the recession has resulted in many stray dogs wandering the streets.

However, the sanctuary offers them a home, but now has a waiting list of 59 dogs waiting to be accepted, bringing a new challenge to Easterleigh.

Mrs Leigh added: “It’s the dogs I’m worried about because most of them are unwanted and 99 per cent have come from a central heating house and now they have to rough it with us.”

The Queensway Park farm welcomes donations at any time of the year and especially needs cat food in jelly.

To arrange a pick-up of anything you can spare for the sanctuary call (01253) 595333.