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Bosses speak out about shock closure of dogs rehoming charity

Bosses speak out about shock closure of dogs rehoming charity

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:54pm 21st January 2020. (Updated at 4:13pm 21st January 2020)

The trustees at a dogs rehoming charity in Cornwall have spoken out about its shock closure.

St Francis, which is based in Porth near Newquay, made the announcement on social media last week.

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 charity's statement says that there are 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.

Now a new statement has been released by the board of trustees which states they see it as a temporary measure - with the most important being to 'secure the future of the charity for many years to come'.

The board of trustees at St Francis say the closure is a 'temporary measure' and the most important thing is 'securing the charity's future for many years to come.'

"To do this a lot of difficult decisions have had to have been made.

"Our priority at this time, is to find forever homes for the dogs currently in our care and manage the transition period for our staff.

"Please be reassured that we have not taken this decision lightly and we have taken specialist advice from a number of senior people within the industry and leading Animal Rescue Homes in the sector.  These independent and leading people also agree we have made the right decision to temporarily close.

"We have sought advice and counsel legally. Every decision we have made, the pro-cesses we have been through, and are going through, are all in line with the Charity Commissions requirements and legal requirements. 

"External specialist consultants have confirmed that for any redevelopment of the site we will need to have major works undertaken below the ground due to drainage issues which make part of the site currently unusable (our old Boarding Kennels) and other parts of the site hugely problematic.  They have also confirmed a number of our buildings on the site are not fit for purpose.

"It is important to communicate that a large part of our funds are restricted from a legacy and this money can only be used for building improvement and redevelopment."

The Board of Trustees, St Francis Dogs Home

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They have also addressed 'rumour and speculation' about the sale of the site - which they say is inaccurate

They added: "There is a lot of rumour and speculation on social media regarding the sale of the site, we can state that this is inaccurate and not true.
"All donations are continuing to help the dogs we currently have on site.  Future donations that continue to come in from our kind supporters will be essential for the changes planned and will enable us to reopen and continue to help dogs in the future.   
"We would like to thank everyone for their positive messages of support and appreciate everyone being patient whilst we all work to find a sustainable solution to secure St Francis Dogs Home's future."

The Board of Trustees, St Francis Dogs Home

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