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Volunteers bring animal magic to sanctuary

Volunteers have worked some ‘animal magic’ on an animal sanctuary in Findon today.

From Press releases - 16 June 2017 12:00 AM

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Thirteen staff from UK Power Networks spent the day painting sheds, benches and toilets, clearing a pond area, weeding and tidying up the front garden at Paws Animal Sanctuary.

They helped the charity to spruce up the place and get ready for their weekly open day on Sunday, when they hope to find loving new homes for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. The sanctuary rehomes more than 1,000 animals every year and rescues injured wildlife such as hedgehogs, squirrels, woodpeckers and young birds.

The volunteers are from the legal department at UK Power Networks, in Crawley, the company which owns and maintains the local electricity network and keeps the lights on. They gave their time through the company’s staff volunteering scheme, which gives staff two days paid leave every year to volunteer or fundraise in their local communities. Last year staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the company’s volunteering scheme.

Stacey McSpirit, who runs Paws Animal Sanctuary, said: “They have done a really good job. They have painted all the garden seats plus a great big shed and they have cleared round the pond. They have worked really hard and it has made such a difference. They are all heroes!

“During the week I have volunteers who come here for work experience, people who have retired and those suffering depression, as working with animals is a kind of therapy. I could not run this place without volunteers and we have them every day. People don’t realise how many animals we have here and if they can’t have animals at home, they can come here instead.”

Ann Thompsett, a company secretarial assistant, who organised today’s challenge, said: “I haven’t worked at UK Power Networks very long and I think the volunteering days are a brilliant way of bringing the team together and supporting such a worthwhile local charity.

“Our team enjoy working with animals and this is a small animal sanctuary where we can make a big difference. We want to help make the place spick and span for their open day by tidying everything up and making it look much nicer. The charity is grateful for our support and they rely on volunteers that regularly come in to feed the animals and help with maintenance jobs.”

Paws Animal Sanctuary, at 15 The Oval, Findon Village, is open to the public every Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Volunteers help to feed, groom, walk and care for the animals until they find new homes. If you would like volunteer ring Stacey at Paws Animal Sanctuary on 07904 476819.