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New shelter represents ‘giant leap forward’ for Grovehill Animal Trust

Thursday, 12 July 2018

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AFTER three exhausting months of hard work and complete dedication, the team at Grovehill Animal Trust have successfully relocated to their new spacious premises near Sixmilecross.
Animal Shelter coordinator, Richard Robinson and chairperson, Janice Porter, as well as their selfless volunteers, have been working night and day to move from their old premises on the Tiroony Road to the nearby site at Aghnaglea Road.
Owning their own shelter has always been one of the charity's long-term goals, and while the team is delighted, excited and relieved to have finally relocated - bringing several homeless animals with them - they are also anxious to get their new home completely finished.
Eleven dogs have been successfully re-homed at the new premises, although there remains 29 four-legged friends residing at foster homes, patiently waiting to be transferred to the shelter. Work can only continue when the charity has enough money to do so.
"We are just about surviving again but work can't continue - it's just about getting through the next month to remain open," said Janice. "What we need now is to finish the shelter."
Janice recalled one Friday when the charity was issued with multiple bills on the same day and they needed the support of a generous businesswoman, who does not wish to be named, who issued a cheque, much to the relief of the appreciative staff.
"Staff weren't going to be paid - we had no money left for vet bills," said Janice.
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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