Pet owners going through extreme financial hardship will soon be able to access a dedicated pot of emergency funds to ensure the welfare of their animals during moments of crisis.
The Animal Shelter currently provides assistance to over 400 pet owners, who depend on income support.
But now, thanks to a £10,000 donation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Jersey, the Shelter will be able to create a dedicated fund to help those requiring extra support.
Pictured: The Provincial Grand Master of Jersey, Kenneth Michael Rondel, along with other Jersey Freemasons, presenting the £10,000 cheque at the JSPCA Animal Shelter.
Provincial Grand Master of the Jersey Freemasons, Ken Rondel, commented: "The funds are to be ring fenced and used specifically to help those in our community who are unable to afford veterinary care for their pets.
"It will be an important Initiative and part of the Masonic community welfare we are actively promoting.”
Kevin Keen, the JSPCA's volunteer Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We were delighted that the Grand Lodge have so generously donated £10,000 to enable us to assist pet owners who were experiencing severe financial difficulties which would mean their pet might not be able to receive urgent treatment.
"The use of the fund will be subject to strict conditions to ensure it can only be used in the case of genuine emergencies."
Pictured: Intertrust has offered funding for an allotment to be set up at the JSPCA.
The Animal Shelter has also received support from Intertrust who will be funding the creation of an on-site allotment that will provide fresh and organic fruit and vegetables for the animals in their care.
This will allow the JSPCA to save time and money, helping it become more self-sufficient and less reliant on donations from the public and local supermarkets.
Intertrust will fund the whole project including planters, made by Acorn Nurseries, compost, mini greenhouses, seeds as well as flowers to plant around the area to encourage pollination.
Employees from Intertrust will also give some of their time at the weekends to help plant the first crops and are looking for local gardening companies to come forward and help volunteer with the initial cultivation of the site.
Pictured: Intertrust employees will also give their time to help with planting.
Helene Senior, Head of CSR at Intertrust in Jersey, said: “Many of our employees, including myself, really value the services offered by the JSPCA so it's very fitting for us to support them in achieving their goal. With the amount of effort and care that goes into looking after animals who are sick, injured or going through the rehoming process we're pleased that we can help.
"We want the site to be longstanding and so would welcome any local gardening companies to get in touch to help with the initial planning.”
Babs Keywood, PR & Media Manager from the JSPCA, commented: “We invest in the health and wellbeing of the animals in our care so thanks to Intertrust we will soon be able to provide organically grown produce onsite. This will help them to recover and stay healthy in a cost-effective way for years to come. The plants and flowers will not only create a wonderful area for us to enjoy, but it means that everything is within reach and easily maintainable.”
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