Assisi Animal Sanctuary Community Outreach Scheme

Project Category: Registered charity

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    Assisi Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1997.  A local independent Animal Welfare Charity, we rescue and re-home companion animals.

    We introduced our Outreach scheme in 2017.  The creation of the scheme came about because there was a clear recognition that there are individuals and families within our community who struggle to make ends meet and provide food for themselves, their families and their pets.

    Pets can be a literal lifeline to so many homeless people or people living on their own, but all too often, the cost to feed and maintain them is something their owners find difficult to afford.  We know that human and community welfare organisations regularly come into contact with these vulnerable people in our community with companion animals. So we linked up with them and now work alongside these organisations to identify those in most need and support them by way of providing and distributing pet food and other essential supplies to ensure these pets can remain with their owners.

    Assisi also recognised that we were not alone in our animal rescue and welfare work.  There are plenty of like-minded people and groups who carry out similar work to us and could benefit from our help just as we benefit from help from supporters, donors and volunteers.

    Whether Assisi rescues and re-home’s an animal or it is saved by another group or organisation doesn’t ultimately matter.  What’s most important is the animal’s welfare and well-being.  We are often at maximum capacity and we see other much smaller shelters united by the same causes and goals.  These smaller rescue and shelter initiatives work just as tirelessly and just as passionately as we do.

    Often they are run by single individuals who cannot find the time to go out and fundraise to seek the support they so desperately need.

    The core of Assisi’s values is to promote a culture where we are caring, compassionate, inclusive, passionate and animal centric and our ultimate aim is to keep as many animals as possible in their homes and with their owners.

    So we provide in-kind support by way of food and basic medical supplies.  Our Outreach work contributes to the care and well-being of hundreds of animals and their owners in Northern Ireland every year.

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    Assisi Animal Sanctuary, Whitespots, Northern Ireland