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Dogs rehoming charity closes with immediate effect

Dogs rehoming charity closes with immediate effect

Published by Emma Carton at 7:19am 16th January 2020. (Updated at 2:11pm 16th January 2020)

A charity that helps to rehome dogs across Cornwall is closing with immediate effect.

St Francis Dogs Home , basedin Newquay, made the shock announcement on social media on Wednesday.

Bosses say the move, to prepare for a 'new chapter' is the result of tighter finances and a reduction in dog rehoming numbers.

They added that they are committed to the rehoming of all their current dogs.

The closure means the loss of five jobs at the centre, however the charity says it will be supporting the team with the transition.

If you have been trying to get in touch with the charity to rehome a dog, scroll down to read its Q&A sheet and full statement.

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A Newquay charity that rehomes dogs in Cornwall has closed with immediate effect to prepare for a 'new chapter'

"Today we announced that we will be closing our doors with immediate effect in preparation for a new chapter.

"Following careful consideration, the trustees decided that the charity would suspend operations whilst future plans for St Francis Dogs Home are developed. 

"These plans are likely to include carrying out much needed site works to improve the facilities for the dogs in our care.

"Anyone who has already reserved one of the dogs in our care, has already applied or would like to apply for a dog through our website will be contacted as soon as possible to continue the adoption journey with us. 

"St Francis Dogs Home is committed to the rehoming of all its current dogs.

"Unfortunately, the closure also means the loss of five jobs at the centre - we will be working very closely with the team to support them during this transition".

St. Francis Dogs Home

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St. Francis Dogs Home in Newquay says the decision is the result of tighter finances and a reduction in dog rehoming numbers

"Closing the doors of the charity is an extremely sad time for all of us, however the closure will enable us to take the necessary steps to future proof St Francis Dogs Home. 

"After experiencing a challenging three years as a result of tighter finances, and dog rehoming numbers steadily reducing by over 50%, the decision was made by our Trustees to review the future direction of our important work.

"Throughout the closure, we will still play a role in the community and provide vital support to other like-minded organisations - something which is close to our heart as a Charity. 

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support and we look forward to sharing updates across our social media platforms as we progress with our plans".

Tracey Collins, St Francis Dogs Home Chair of Trustees

You can read the full statement and check the Q&A sheet on what this means for the charity here.

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