ANIMALS of all shapes and sizes could soon be on the move to Wakefield if a charity can raise enough money for a new home.
Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue based at Cragg Vale near Hebden Bridge, is trying to raise around £1m to move to bigger, more central premises in Wakefield.
The charity, which was founded in 1997 by Deb Rothery, cares for 90 dogs, as well as shire horses, chickens, ducks, goats and miniature donkeys.
It urgently needs the new premises to help save, rehabilitate and re-home more dogs.
It also wants to expand the work it does with the local community, particularly children with special needs, or those from underprivileged backgrounds, who can help with the animals.
Trustee and fundraiser Jo Morris, 46, of Warburton, Emley, said: “We fundraise every weekend, rattling tins in supermarkets and have our own chain of charity shops and an eBay store.
“There is no room for expansion at the Cragg Vale site, and we really would love to have a learning area for children and room for more animals.”
Mrs Morris got involved with the charity when she adopted her first greyhound, Kat, and went on to foster old dogs. She currently has 11.
She added: “It’s a bit addictive.”
Tia rehomes around 250 dogs each year. No dog is ever put to sleep unless it is ill and suffering.
Vet bills alone total more than £50,000 per year, and running costs are approximately £1,000 per day.
Some of the money for the move will come from the sale of the existing premises, which has had its mortgage shrunk from £250,000 to £70,000 in just three years with the help of a buy-a-brick scheme, where people can pay £10 for a brick and get a certificate and their name added to the roll of honour.
Ms Rothery said: “We have outgrown where we are, and Wakefield is an ideal spot for our new site because it is so central and very accessible.”
To find out more, make a donation or to become a volunteer visit www.tia greyhounds.org or call 07974 960684.