An animal charity has been given the go-ahead to build a new state-of-the-art rehoming centre which will enable it to double the number of pets it helps each year in Suffolk.

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Babergh District Council has approved plans from the Blue Cross to relocate from Walton High Street, Felixstowe, to a four-acre site at Clock Fields, Bourne Hill, Wherstead, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

If building works go to plan, the charity – which helped 600 homeless dogs and cats at Felixstowe last year – could open the doors to the new centre as soon as summer 2015.

Four years ago the Blue Cross announced closure of the Felixstowe centre but after animal lovers launched a passionate campaign and gathered 16,000 signatures on a petition it was agreed a new site would be found to keep the charity in Suffolk.

Andrew Gillon, centre manager at Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Felixstowe, said: “We are absolutely delighted about today’s fantastic news.

“We’ve been waiting a very long time for this moment, and we are all looking forward to our future in Suffolk.

“The new facilities will be purpose-built and modern, meaning we’ll be able to provide the highest level of care to our pets, while the new location will make us even more accessible to visitors looking to rehome a rescue animal.”

Now planning permission has been granted, Blue Cross will begin the process of buying the land and the charity hopes that building work will begin in summer this year.

The new centre will boast modern, spacious kennels and cattery, a maternity unit for puppies and kittens, an on-site clinical suite for operations, and a dedicated exercise area for dogs.

Mr Gillon said: “Now our plans have been given the green light, we will be raising much needed funds for the new centre.

“If anyone in the local community would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from them.”

3 comments

  • I am sure this is great news for the Blue Cross but think it is a shame this charity is not merged with similar animal charities such as RSPCA (especially the Martlesham site) as this would surely reduce overheads. There are probably very good reasons why this and many other similar local, national and international charities wish to retain their independence.

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    DALINE

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • It is great new that the center has found a big site so it can help more animals but such a shame has to be outside Waton Felixstowe area where it has been based for so many many years to Wherstead near Ipswich. Shame they could not have had the land that Tecso wanted to build on just down the road for the present site. The town will be losing a great assest for humans and animals alike.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • It's nice to have good news for a change, so glad Babergh made the right desicion.

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