Home's plea after shortfall in open day fundraising
A Bath-based animal charity is urging people to keep donating to make sure it can stay open over the winter after failing to reach the fundraising target at its main annual event.
Although Bath Cats and Dogs Home managed to raise £27,600 at the summer open day earlier this month, there are concerns that it will not be enough to keep its Claverton Down centre running.
So it is now asking supporters to get involved with another challenge, the Bath to Chew Valley cycle ride.
Home chairman Chris Pope thanked everyone for their support so far and asked people to continue with their fundraising efforts over the next few months.
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He said: "This year is the home's 75th anniversary and we are facing some really tough challenges; an increased number of unwanted and abandoned pets and rising running costs.
"The annual open day is a fun and informative day out for all the family, whatever the weather, and we're extremely proud and grateful for everyone's continued support. It's safe to say that without their generosity the rescue centre would struggle to exist."
Home spokeswoman Caroline Hook added: "Regrettably, we didn't raise quite as much as we would have hoped and so the pressure is now on to get as much money raised as possible in the work up to Christmas.
"The next two months are therefore critical for us to stay open over the winter."
The open day saw more than 1,000 visitors drop by and also allowed 25 animals to be re-homed.
The Chew Valley Bike Ride is taking place on Sunday, October 7 and cyclists will have a choice of two routes, either 33 or 50 miles.
Fundraising assistant Sandie Jay-Smith said: "The bike ride is a great opportunity to help raise vital funds to cover the £1.3 million needed to keep the centre open.
"We hope that people will rise to the challenge and sign up. What's more this is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery of the Chew Valley, and all the money raised will make a real difference to the lives of these vulnerable animals."
The Chew Valley Bike Ride is open to anyone who is reasonably fit and participants are being asked to raise a minimum of £75 each.
For more information go to www.bike-events.co.uk or call 0845 4601342.