AN RSPCA animal shelter has taken in a group of dogs from hundreds of miles away to help their chances of finding a new life.
The Stubbington Ark, in Stubbington, has taken five dogs from the overflowing RSPCA Liverpool branch, which deals exclusively with stray dogs and has taken in more than 160 already this month.
And after arriving on Friday they are already settling into their south coast home. The move has rekindled what used to be a regular occurrence during the 1990s.
Ark manager Mike Ward said: ‘With the effects of the recession biting we are aware that northern animal homes are finding it difficult to cope.
‘With a few kennels to spare and without prejudicing our own intake we have offered a helping hand which has been warmly grasped by the Liverpool home. In the 1990s they were having to put healthy dogs down and we don’t want to get back to that situation – no RSPCA shelter wants to destroy animals, but they were taking in dogs from four local authorities.
‘We’re sure they will be adopted in no time at all and their adoption fees will help our running costs. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.’
Karen Falconer, manager at the Liverpool centre, added: ‘We haven’t sent any dogs to Portsmouth for a long time, but if anyone offers to help we’ll take it.
‘We do rehome dogs from here as well and sometimes the owners come forward, but we do what we can to find homes for them.’
The Ark is open for animal viewings every day from 10am to 3pm. Call (01329) 667541 for more information.