Thursday, 19 May 2011

Looking after others

Pact with animals
George Rockingham was the latest speaker to talk to members of Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle. At the May meeting in the Church Rooms he gave an impassioned talk about the People for Animal Care Trust charity that he and his wife set up some fifteen years ago. Their animal sanctuary, now situated at Woodrising near Hingham in Norfolk, is one of the largest in the country.
PACT rescues, rehabilitates, and where possible re-homes, neglected, injured and abandoned animals. Their specialty is 'problem animals', victims of physical or mental abuse. The animals are coaxed back to health, overcoming their distress and restoring their dignity. Many are re-homed. In most cases these poor creatures would have had no option other than euthanasia. In all cases the philosophy is 'What is best for the animals?’ and PACT has a strict ‘no kill' policy.
Running the sanctuary now costs around £700 per day and this money is raised in many ways. They have nearly 10,000 people on their mailing list and run five charity shops with more to be opened.
During 2010 they rescued and re-homed dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, ducks and geese. Other animals were added to their ever-growing resident population including rabbits, chickens and donkeys.
The next Social and Wine Circle meeting will be on Thursday 9 June when Patrick Thompson will be back to tell more about “Catering the royal way”. All are welcome at the Church Rooms for the meeting that starts at 7.45pm.

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