boost for Secret World's animal hospital campaign
fundraising campaign launched last week by East Huntspill's Secret
World Wildlife Centre to build a new £4.4m animal hospital
has been given a huge financial boost this week.
The charity has been handed a £25,000 donation by a charitable
group run by national pet stores chain Pets At Home.
Adoption For Pets has given Secret World's 'Call of the Wild Appeal'
the huge donation, much to their delight.
Adoption For Pets provides support to national animal welfare
charities plus locally-based rescue and re-homing centres which
dedicate themselves to finding loving homes for pets within the
community. It has raised in excess of £1.3million for pet-related
charities accross the UK.
reported here last
week how when the hospital is completed, it will include an
operating theatre, examination, preparation and x-ray rooms with
a first floor laboratory, lecture theatre and library.
will also give Secret World the facilities to provide all veterinary
care on one site, to bring faster relief to suffering wildlife.
An IT hook-up will allow up to 120 resident students a year to
watch procedures being performed by the hospital's in-house veterinary
surgeon in the operating theatre below.
Pauline Kidner (pictured) and her team believe that wildlife admissions
to Secret World will double over the next five years so to meet
rising demand, the project also includes 28 indoor recovery areas,
16 rehabilitation enclosures, six new water areas for otters,
swans, gulls and other water birds and 24 small and large bird
said: "We will receive around 5,000 injured or orphaned animals
and birds over the coming year, yet when wildlife needs people's
support most, the nation is increasingly losing touch with nature."
vets receive virtually no wildlife training, children now spend
half the time outdoors that they did 40 years ago and many cannot
even identify an oak tree.
The launching of our new hospital and education centre project
is a positive move to redress the balance and we are appealing
for everyone in the region to give us their support so that we
can open on schedule in 2013."