Special care unit for animal charity
A new special care unit devoted to the treatment and aftercare of sick or injured creatures rescued by the North Devon Animal Ambulance has opened in Barnstaple. The top floor of the new Market Veterinary Centre at Pottington has been donated rent free t
A new special care unit devoted to the treatment and aftercare of sick or injured creatures rescued by the North Devon Animal Ambulance has opened in Barnstaple.The top floor of the new Market Veterinary Centre at Pottington has been donated rent free to the charity by the practice and equipped thanks to a generous legacy of �50,000 left by staunch NDAA supporter Nancy Sawyer.The new centre has cages, pens, intensive care and isolation units plus a fully equipped work room and air conditioning, with staffing around the clock by 24 volunteers.For a charity which often deals with abandoned or wild animals, the centre will be a huge boost, allowing a collection and treatment point for injured or traumatised animals, as well as somewhere for long term convalescence before they are rehomed or released back into the wild.It was officially by Diana Lewis of North Devon Animal Ambulance, joined by directors and staff of Market Vets plus falconer Jonathan Marshall in medieval costume and with a few of his animal friends."We're so lucky to have been offered this wonderful facility by Market Vets," said Diana."It's thanks to Nancy Sawyer, our patron. who died last year aged 90 and had been a long term supporter and involved with animal welfare all of her life. I can think of no more fitting memorial to her than this special care unit."Market Vets director Alan Jaques added: "When we designed the surgery we found that half the upper floor was not needed and decided to offer it to the Animal Ambulance because we know how desperate they are for space."In the past if animals needed aftercare they would have had to stay at a veterinary hospital, increasing the costs to the charity."This is a way of reducing costs, having veterinary expertise on hand and a way for us to support the charity in some small way." The new unit is already very busy, currently housing seven cats, one dog, a buzzard, a kid goat from Valley of the Rocks, a guinea pig and two former battery chickens. On the day of the opening Diana had to rescue a swan suffering from suspected lead poisoning from the North Devon Link Road, adding to the list of patients.