Delight as Grovehill Animal Shelter gets its new 'ambulance'

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Delight as  Grovehill Animal Shelter gets its new 'ambulance' thumbnailBrian Virtue, welfare assistant, with 'Digby', and Richard Robinson, shelter co-ordinator, with 'Jimmy', are pictured with Grovehill Animal Trust's new 'animal ambulance' which was delivered to the shelter yesterday morning

WEEKS after their much needed 'animal ambulance' broke down and could not be fixed, Grovehill Animal Shelter have been able to purchase a new vehicle - and it's thanks to the "overwhelming generosity" of the local community.

The much-travelled and well-known white van was an essential piece of equipment for the team in Sixmilecross, as the team used it daily for vet runs, home visits and even rescuing injured animals.

However, in early June, the mechanic diagnosed a serious problem with the engine, meaning the van had reached the end of the road!

Budgets can be extremely tight at the local animal shelter and finding up to 5,000 was always going to be a difficult task. The team launched an appeal to the public, and just over a month later they were able to buy a new animal ambulance.

"We're delighted to announce that after a month of intense fundraising, we have purchased the new Grovehill animal ambulance," beamed Richard Robinson, coordinator of the charity.


"We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity we've seen throughout the past month, which has been such an encouraging indication of what the shelter means to the local community. All of our events from coffee mornings to sponsored walks were so well attended, and the general public really dug deep to donate during our street collections.

Now that we're back on the road we can return to working at full capacity, bringing animals to and from the vet, rescuing animals from the pound and running our weekly dog walking club."

The final task in getting the ambulance ready for use is to kit out the inside with transportation cages, which can be quite costly, so if anyone didn't get the chance to donate during the appeal there is still an opportunity to help and extra donations would be most welcome.

Richard continued: "It's been such a struggle without an ambulance and we've had no choice but to borrow, rent and use private vehicles to carry out the day-to-day running of the shelter to ensure the health and wellbeing of the animals that we rescue.

"We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the local community for so quickly answering our call for help. We are completely dependent on the generosity of the public, and it is because of them that we can now continue our work rescuing unwanted and abandoned animals. Thank-you also to our team of volunteers who ran events - the appeal was very much a team effort and all of our volunteers should feel very proud of their contribution."

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by

texting: GHAM17 5 to 70070,


or calling into the Charity Shop on 1 Foundry Lane Omagh BT781ED.

You can also post a cheque made payable to Grovehill Animal Trust, 88 Tiroony Road Sixmilecross Omagh BT79 9HB.


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