A popular centre in Earnley which is being forced to close its doors because of financial constraints has had a huge response from people wanting to re-home its animals, thanks to a campaign launched by the Observer.
Noah’s Ark Reptile and Animal Rescue Centre at Almodington Lane, which cares for 500 animals, can no longer find the money to continue doing its work.
The Observer recently launched its campaign to help local animal centres which can no longer afford, or have the room, to look after some of their animals.
So far the response to our article on Noah’s Ark’s announcement has been fantastic.
“We have had more than 300 emails to re-home animals – mainly for the tortoises. It is a very good response during these sad and difficult times,” said Trevor Beacher, who owns the centre with his wife Becky.
“We have got to be very careful about the homes we choose.
“Thank you very much to everyone who has contacted us, we will get back to you in due course.”
Mr and Mrs Beacher said it was a ‘painful decision’ to close the centre, a decision they did not take lightly.
They aim to close the centre by October of this year.
They said customers were devastated when they announced Noah’s Ark would close. They said they are grateful to those who have offered to raise funds for the centre – but they are still going to need more help with fundraising until they shut down.
Sharon Hirons commented on our website on June 7. She said: “I read and was saddened to think of an animal sanctuary having to close down and emailed Noah’s Ark offering assistance.
“I am genuinely concerned regarding the future of these poor animals.”
Mr and Mrs Beacher opened the centre in 2003. Mrs Beacher works at the centre seven days a week. Volunteers and students from local colleges also help out at the centre, including those with learning difficulties.
Noah’s Ark Reptile and Animal Rescue Centre operates as a separate business from the site of Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts.
They care for possibly the biggest collection of tortoises in the south and have a wide range of other animals, including a 20ft Burmese Python.
Mr Beacher said all equipment and infrastructures belonging to Noah’s Ark will be sold to raise money to settle any debts they have occurred at the point of closure.
People wanting to re-home an animal can do so by making a donation to the centre.
To make an enquiry about re-homing an animal from Noah’s Ark, send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org