Here’s a little more about one of the fantastic charities we’re supporting over the coming year, including a look at the work they do, their key priorities and how support from the balance family can help.
Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (Bristol A.R.C.) has been caring for Bristol’s lost, straying, injured and neglected animals for over 130 years from its Centre on Albert Road in Bristol. On average, the charity re-home around 500 dogs, cats, small animals and exotic pets each year. The 24/7 clinic cares for animals belonging to individuals facing financial hardship, animals brought in by RSPCA Inspectors who have been removed from situations of cruelty and neglect, wildlife, and injured and sick strays. The charity relies completely on donations from the community to keep its doors open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Their current work
Bristol A.R.C. is currently offering completely free microchipping to any cat in the Bristol area that is over 4 months of age to help ease the stray cat crisis in Bristol. In 2017, 352 stray cats arrived, and of these only 15% had microchips! As well as offering free chipping at their Clinic, the charity is also popping up in the community, offering free chipping close to people’s homes. The first two chipping clinics will be in Horfield and Knowle at the beginning of December.
How can you help?
As well as the work surrounding cat chipping, the charity is currently working towards reaching its Winter Appeal target for 2018: Heating Hearts Appeal. This appeal aims to raise enough money to heat the animal residences through the winter. The love from Animal Carers comes free, however heating does not and the charity needs support to help them pay for their rising heating bills. Donations can be made here: https://www.bristolarc.org.uk/get-involved/heating-hearts-this-winter/
It costs £19 per day to look after one of the many animals in their care and as mentioned earlier, they’re entirely funded by support from the public. There are so many ways that you can get involved with helping them to pay for this care…
Join us for one of our balance walking or cycling challenges this year, or create an event of your own if you can’t make it
Hold a bake sale or dress down day at work
Using the charity’s website you can now setup monthly direct debits and find inspiration about other ways to help: https://www.bristolarc.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/
We love our animals very much and hope you can help us to help Bristol Animal Rescue Centre keep doing its amazing work over the coming year, so that they can look after and re-home hundreds more creatures, great and small.