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Always more needing help...

As of yesterday, this is our number of animals helped since January 2021 - this does not include animals we have helped rescue but not taken on any costs or the physical rehoming, nor does it account for any animals we've helped through training or advice.

Since January 2021 we have helped;

19 Dogs, 1 Feral Cat, 108 Cats, (and kittens) 75 Equines (horses, ponies, donkeys) 49 Chickens, hens, roosters, and ducks. 3 Rabbits 4 Guinea Pigs 2 Ferrets 2 Pet Birds 2 Wild Birds / Wildlife 3 Goats 1 Other - in this case a pig.

In total to date 269 animals.

We know that every 8-week old kitten we take in costs us on average £70 for flea treatment, worming, and vaccinations. With food and litter weekly per 8-12 week old kitten around £6.

So if we were able to rescue and rehome every animal in a week - what would that cost?

1 Kitten (no neutering, or vet care beyond the basics) costs £76.

1 Stallion - castration £200 average, Farrier £25, Dentist £60 (without vet sedation???), Vaccination £28, Microchip and Passport £100, Worming £10, Food £14 (depends on the horse!), Bedding £12, (and let's assume that the abandoned stallion isn't going to need any extra training before rehoming!).

1 Stallion (no vet care beyond the basics) costs £459.

1 Mare/Gelding abandoned - Same as above minus the castration costs - £259

Of course, if their owner surrenders then they will potentially have microchips, passports, dentist, farrier, etc all up to date. Of those we have taken in from owners this past year, 60% were up to date. Therefore only requiring Passport ownership change, food, and bedding (again at a most basic level). In total £41.

Nearly every dog we take in needs groomed, flea treatment, wormed, vaccinated, and microchipped.

Around 80% also require neutering, but we are going to assume that's done already in this scenario.

We are also going to assume that they are a good weight and are healthy.

1 Stray dog - (no neutering, or vet care beyond the basics,) is £107.

That's just three species of animals we helped this year - If we look at our numbers that means (on average) we have spent;

£2,033 on Dogs for their first week £8,284 on Cats for their first week £19,425 on Mares/geldings for their first week

None of these costs looks at neutering or if the animal is under/overweight, has health issues, etc.

For the second week, we don't have the vaccinations, worming, etc. but they still need to be fed.

£133 To feed the dogs a second week. £763 To feed the cats a second week. £1875 To feed the mares/geldings a second week.

Eventually, if an animal is with us long enough we need to repeat the first week's costs, with farrier, worming, etc.

We have spent over £40 THOUSAND POUNDS since January helping 203 Dogs, Cats, Horses, ponies, and donkeys. That forty thousand only refers to one week in most cases - where nearly all require a longer stay - even just for assessment and initial treatments.

So when you see us appeal for help, please consider making a donation. We cannot help them without support.



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If you want to get stuff delivered to us you can get it posted directly to Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, 26 Crosskennan Lane, Ballynoe, Antrim, BT41 2QY

Or send us an email to to arrange a drop-off of donations!

Did you know you can send grocery deliveries to us too? Just let us know in advance, and you can do a ASDA, Tesco's, Sainsbury's Online delivery and get it dropped off at the sanctuary. We can make use of so much from your local supermarket, from fresh fruit and veg, to frozen peas and sweetcorn, fresh chicken, ham, liver, washing up powder/tablets, dish soap, bleach, disinfectant, toilet rolls, dog food, cat food, birdseed... The list could go on forever!

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