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Beach walk to show support for a dogs rehoming charity

Beach walk to show support for a dogs rehoming charity

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 19th January 2020.

A walk is taking place to show support after it was announced that a dogs rehoming charity in Cornwall in closing.

St Francis Dogs Home, based in 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.

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Walk to Save St Francis Dogs Home

 

The charity's statement says that the suspension of operations is a 'temporary measure' with plans to build a new and improved centre.

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

A special walk is taking place at 11am on Sunday 19th January on Porth Beach in Newquay to show support for the charity.

All members of the public are invited to attend, especially those with rescue dogs from St Francis.

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A walk is taking place to show support for a dogs rehoming centre in Newquay - after it was announced that it's closing

 

Moya Pitcher has been a volunteer at St Francis for over three years. She has concerns about what is happening behind-the-scenes and fears for the charity's future.

"It's devastating, the staff work tirelessly there, and it's absolutely the work they do behind the scenes with those dogs that aren't easy to rehome, that have had a background or issues.

"This is what rescue is all about, that's why they are supported as well, they have been open for more than 60 years now.

"I would like to thank the public for their support and please continue, don't let this die, we really need to keep St Francis open for the dogs."

Moya Pitcher, volunteer at St Francis Dogs Home

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Bosses at St Francis say it is a temporary measure but there are fears for the charity's future

"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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