Collon Animal Sanctuary is to close after 37 years in operation at it’s home in Ivy Cottage in the village, it has been announced.
The sanctuary, which has been closed since March, will not reopen citing financial and health reasons. The business say that as of August 31 they will no longer be in a position to care for the animals currently residing in the sanctuary.
There are currently six dogs still in their care, as well as a number of cats, guinea pigs, two goats and a snake.
The dogs – a two year old male lurcher named Jagger, a three year old boxer called Bruno, an 18 month old Tall Bichon named Rosco, an 18 month male collie called Ovie, an eight year old wire haired lurcher named Cash and two-year-old Rex are all seeking new homes, as are the other animals.
In a statement, owner Lynne Archer said; ” It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce that after 37 years that Collon Animal Sanctuary is closing our doors. It has been an extremely hard decision that’s been looming for the the last while due to financial and health reasons.
“We are very grateful to have had the support of Westgate Veterinary Hospital with the various species of animals we have had in our care over the years, ranging from our beautiful boy Max, the Lynx who lived to a great age of 16yrs then all the dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, foxes, snakes etc.
“We hugely appreciate everyone’s generosity over the years, we have had wonderful support from too many to mention. Its breaking our hearts but sadly we just feel its time.
The sanctuary has been run on a voluntary basis since 1983, dedicated entirely to the care and rehoming of unwanted and abandoned animals. They have relied heavily on donations during that time – and have rehomed well over 30,000 dogs in that time.
Two years ago, Lynne estimated that the sanctuary – located on the Drogheda road in the village – took in around 50 dogs per month. As well as rehoming cats and dogs, over the years Collon Animal Sanctuary has taken in wolves, a Lynx, monkey, meercats, skunks, an ostrich, an emu, Horses, and many other animals besides. In April, a parrot went missing from the sanctuary.