Formal Opening of New Cattery at RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District – Wednesday 2nd July, 2014 at 11am

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Formal Opening of New Cattery at RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District – Wednesday 2nd July, 2014 at 11am

Dr David West the Branch Chair said,

“I am delighted to announce that on 2 July 2014, RSCPA Ormskirk, Southport & District Branch will open its new Cattery and Rabbit Accommodation at the Animal Shelter in New Cut Lane, Birkdale, Southport.

The completion of the build has been long awaited as the contract that was originally for only 24 weeks had overrun to almost 52 weeks.

The delays in the build were in some part down to the very poor ground for building, demanding extensive foundations to a depth of 22 metres.

Deadlines repeatedly revised by the main contractor for unspecified reasons causing the majority of the delay.

We are now so pleased to see the final touches being made to the buildings so allowing cats and rabbits to be moved from costly private boarding into our new facilities.

The key objective of the build was that the Branch should significantly increase its capacity to relieve the suffering of cats and rabbits that experienced abuse and cruel treatment both in the immediate locality and the RSPCA northern region.

To enable this, we have replaced 3 dilapidated buildings that were approximately 50 years old and in so doing, have over doubled the number of animals we can care for.

The new buildings will be used to house, rehabilitate and rehome cruelty cases and provide isolation facilities for animals in recuperation.

A further building will be used to continue to rehome cats from the general public across Sefton and West Lancashire.

We have formally named the Buildings “The Audrey Broughton Cattery” in memory of the late wife of Air Commodore Jack Broughton, OBE, DL former Chair of RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk and District, who supported Jack in the years of planning in advance of the build. The Isolation Building has been named “Peter’s Place” in memory of the late Peter Whalen, who sadly died during the final stages of preparation for the build and was responsible for introducing the concept of the ‘Paws in the Park’ event to Southport. We have named a further cattery building “Appleton House” in memory of the late Alan Appleton who donated the money for its construction. We are also highly appreciative of the National and Regional RSPCA, for donations amounting to £60,000 towards the build and a donation of £25,000 from Support Adoption for Pets for the Rabbit accommodation.

Members of the public wishing to rehome our cats and rabbits are invited to see the new facilities and of course, the animals!”
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