Local animal charity Blue Cross have taken one step closer to opening its new rehoming centre for pets as it breaks ground for the £3million project.
Andrew Gillon, Blue Cross centre manager, and a dog named Alfie from the charity’s current base in Felixstowe, joined local contractors Elliston Steady and Hawes (ESH) to officially begin work on the four-acre site in Wherstead, on the outskirts of Ipswich.
Blue Cross Felixstowe currently cares for around 400 pets every year, but the new, purpose-built centre means the charity can double the number of pets it can help.
Once open, the new centre will include dedicated puppy and kitten areas, on-site veterinary facilities, plus dedicated exercise areas, including 20 acres of neighbouring woodland.
Andrew Gillon, centre manager of Blue Cross Suffolk says, “This is a very exciting for everyone involved and means we’re one step closer to opening our centre. Our new facilities will allow us to reach the area’s most needy pets and help even more animals find loving families, but we’re still looking for donations to help fund the project. If anyone can help we’d love to hear from them.”
Blue Cross recently launched a fundraising campaign to help raise money to build the new Suffolk rehoming centre, which the charity hopes will be open by late summer next year. To find out more and how to donate visit www.bluecross.org.uk/suffolkcentre.