Ruth loses locks for new North Devon animal centre

Joseph Bulmer

Hair raising fund raiser to mark launch of new SPRA Footprints Appeal

A plucky medical secretary has invited the public to take turns cutting her hair this Saturday as she undergoes a charity head shave to raise money for a new animal rehoming centre in North Devon.

Ruth Terry will be at Hair Design in the Square, Barnstaple, from 2pm and will welcome passersby who want to take up the scissors in return for a donation to the Society for the Protection and Re-homing of Animals. She will also be raising funds for the Canine Health Concern (CHC) charity.

It will coincide with the launch of the SPRA Footprints Appeal, which will be fund raising for its own state-of-the-art animal rehoming and education centre in the North Devon area.

The North Devon based charity was set up in 2000 by manager Stuart Ford with the aim of finding permanent homes for animals of all shapes and sizes. To date it has a 97 per cent success rate.

It has charity shops in Torrington, Barnstaple, Bideford and Minehead.

Ruth, who works at North Devon District Hospital, is a volunteer and keen to do her bit to launch the appeal – even if it means losing her locks!

“All are welcome to come along to Hair Design on Saturday, but if people can’t get here on the day they can make donations online via our website,” she said.

“The new centre is to be called Footprints and will be a community project, encouraging schools, colleges and after-school activities - the main emphasis being on education and disabled access to animals and training.”

Manager Stuart said the charity preferred to try education before rehoming animals: “If people have a problem with caring for their animals we would like them to get in touch with us first and the advice is free,” he said.

The SPRA is seeking to buy a suitable piece of land in the North Devon area and would like to hear from any local landowners who think they might have something to fit the bill.

Visit to find out more or to make a donation. Alternatively call (01805) 624438.