Felixstowe: Bosses’ pledge over Blue Cross future

CHARITY bosses today assured the public that a treasured animal rescue centre will not close – even though a replacement site has still not been found.

It is two years since the Ipswich Star’s campaign to save Felixstowe Blue Cross from closure succeeded in persuading executives at the charity to keep it open.

The campaign received overwhelming support from the public – with 16,000 signing a petition and hundreds taking part in protest marches, rallies and other activities.

The Blue Cross said the current centre in Walton High Street was outdated and a modern replacement was needed, but has now confirmed it is prepared to carry on waiting until the right site is found.

Andrew Gillon, manager of the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Felixstowe, said: “It’s hard to believe that two years has passed since we made the decision to stay in Suffolk, but we’re still as committed as ever to finding a suitable site where we can continue helping pets in need.

“It’s a real shame that it didn’t work out at the Hollies but our project team is working hard behind the scenes to find an alternative.

“We’re considering a number of options at the moment and we’re still very hopeful that the right site is out there, but it will take a bit more time to make sure we get it right.

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“In the meantime, the rehoming centre is as busy as ever and we’ve found happy new homes for over 350 dogs and cats in the last year alone.

“In this financial climate there’s still a high demand for our services so we’re still hugely grateful for all the public support to keep the money coming in while we plan for our future.”

The Hollies would have provided 25 per cent more dog kennels and cat pens, larger and more comfortable sound-proofed facilities, keeping new admissions separate from animals waiting for new homes, an isolation area for sick animals, a puppy and kitten facility, plus exercise areas, staff offices, a manager’s flat, storage and the possibility of a clinic, operating theatre recovery rooms and an X-ray facility.

However, it was said to be unviable because of the amount of work which needed to be done.