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RSPCA dog kennels to close in June in bid to secure long-term future of Cross Lane animal centre
THE RSPCA’s Animal Centre in Wirral is set to close its kennels and stop rehoming dogs.
The drastic move is a last ditch effort to keep the rest of the centre going as donations drop to crisis levels.
Trustees of the charity’s Wirral & Chester Branch met on Monday to discuss how to keep the animal centre it runs in Cross Lane, Wallasey, open.
Despite four staff redundancies in January last year and one vacancy left unfilled, they were told the branch would have to look at further cost saving measures – including the closure of the kennel block – to secure the long term future of the centre.
Branch reserves are also said to be falling at a level that is causing real concern for the future of the animal centre.
Last October trustees decided against closing the kennels – but warned then that the whole centre was facing closure unless more money could be found.
Although cats are being successfully re-homed through the animal centre, fewer dogs are being found new homes.
Although the final decision will not be taken until April 8, it is understood that the kennels would close in June, with the loss of the equivalent of three full time posts.
A branch spokesman said: “It will be a very sad day for the branch if it proved necessary to close the kennels, as the centre has always been known affectionately as the Wallasey Dogs Home. It seems inevitable that at their next meeting, trustees will have to reluctantly agree to close the kennels in an effort to save around £75,000 to secure the longer term future of the animal centre. The closure will lead to further staff redundancies and changes in work hours for remaining staff.”
The branch says no dog would be killed if the kennels close and any at the centre would be moved to another RSPCA centre or private kennels.
A spokesman said: “The branch still relies on the on-going support of members of the public, which is very much appreciated, but barring a significant increase in donations the kennels are scheduled to close in June.”
In November 2010 the branch closed its clinic in Birkenhead – which was running at a loss of £20,000 a year – after trustees decided to focus resources on Cross Lane.
The Cross Lane centre, which provides welfare treatment and neutering schemes, re-homes over 700 cats, 120 rabbits and around 40-50 dogs a year.If you can help, make a donation online at www.rspcawirral.org.uk or call into the Animal Centre in Cross Lane, Wallasey