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Thursday, 6th August 2020

Collon Animal Sanctuary to close after 37 years

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Collon Animal Sanctuary is to close at the end of the month.

After 37 years dedicated to looking after and finding loving homes for abandoned and unwanted animals, Collon Animal Sanctuary is to close at the end of the month.

Operating a strict no-kill policy proprietors Lynn and George Archer have looked after and found new caring homes for thousands of animals over the years.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication over the years many thousands of animals have been cared for by adoptive families who in turn have enjoyed the great joy of having a loyal pet.

Most of these were cats and dogs but over the years all sorts of more exotic animals have had temporary homes in Collon. Most famously they took in a Lynx which was given to a child in Belfast as a Christmas present many years ago.

Naturally enough, the lynx soon outgrew the family home and Collon was the only sanctuary that would take him in. Max, as he was called, was cared for by the Archers for another 16 years.

They have also cared for wolves, a monkey, meercats, skunks, ostrich, emu, horses, and many other wonderful animals. Anyone who can provide any of the remaining animals with a home should contact the sanctuary on (041) 982 6749 or see their Facebook page:

Announcing the closure yesterday on their Facebook page Lynn and George said:

"It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce that after 37 years that Collon Animal Sanctuary is closing our doors.

It has been an extremely hard decision that's been looming for the last while due to financial and health reasons.

So as of the 31st of August 2020 Collon Animal Sanctuary will be no longer be in a position to care for the animals.

While we have been working hard behind the scenes to rehome the animals in our care we still have a small number that now need your help.

Operating as a non-kill shelter we are urgently appealing for rescue offers for the 6 dogs still in our care, they really deserve a chance.

Please see individual profile cards about the dogs.

We also have 2 Goats, a Snake, Guinea pigs and Cats that will need rescue or home offers.

We are very grateful to have had the support of Westgate Veterinary Hospital with the various species of animals we have had in our care over the years, ranging from our beautiful boy Max, the Lynx who lived to a great age of 16yrs then all the dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, foxes, snakes etc.

We hugely appreciate everyone's generosity over the years, we have had wonderful support from too many to mention.

It’s breaking our hearts but sadly we just feel it is time."

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