Local pet charity Blue Cross was celebrating today after Babergh District Council approved its planning application to build a new rehoming centre in Suffolk.
Approved plans will see the Suffolk-based Blue Cross centre relocate from its current site in Walton High Street, Felixstowe to a site in Wherstead, on the outskirts of Ipswich. If building works go to plan the doors to the centre could open as soon as summer 2015.
Last year, Blue Cross Felixstowe cared for almost 600 homeless dogs and cats. But the new centre which will be built on a four acre site called Clock Fields, opposite Suffolk Ski Centre, means the charity will be able to double the number of pets it can help.
Andrew Gillon, Centre Manager at Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Felixstowe says: “We are absolutely delighted about today’s fantastic news. We’ve been waiting a very long time for this moment, and we are all looking forward to our future in Suffolk. The new facilities will be purpose-built and modern, meaning we’ll be able to provide the highest level of care to our pets, while the new location will make us even more accessible to visitors looking to rehome a rescue animal.”
Now planning permission has been granted, Blue Cross will begin the process of buying the land and the charity hopes that building work will begin in summer this year. Once built, the new rehoming centre will boast modern, spacious kennels and cattery, a maternity unit for puppies and kittens, an on-site clinical suite for operations, and a dedicated exercise area for dogs.
Blue Cross, which rehomes over 8,000 pets every year across its 12 rehoming centres, receives no government funding and is totally reliant on public donations. Andrew adds: “Now our plans have been given the green light, we will be raising much needed funds for the new centre. If anyone in the local community would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from them.”
To find out more or to donate visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call 0300 777 1897.