RSPCA centre in Martlesham faces funding crisis

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The future of an RSPCA rescue centre in Suffolk is in jeopardy due to a funding crisis, the organisation has warned.

The centre at Martlesham, which was set up in 1970 and has treated thousands of animals, has only 80 days of funding left.

Although regulated by the RSPCA, the centre only receives minimal financial support from it.

The organisation, which has seen a drop in donations and legacies, is appealing for public support.

The centre costs a £1,000 a day to run, and has more than 100 animals on the site, treating nearly 2,000 animals a year.

'Fund-raising help'

In 2008/2009 the charity had a shortfall of £15,000, but in 2009/2010 the shortfall was £60,000.

Kieron Adams, manager of the Martlesham Animal Centre, said the charity was appealing for donations and for help in fund-raising so its work could continue.

"We need to bring our plight to the attention of the general of the general public," she said. "Currently we have 120 animals and where would they go without us?"

She said the organisation had a lot of committed volunteers, but needed help in fund-raising and more donations

Miss Adams said the organisation was also looking for people who can "foster" animals - look after them before they can be permanently re-homed.

She said there had been large increase in the number of animals needing help from the centre.

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