Pets char­ity has saved thou­sands

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AN an­i­mal-lov­ing char­ity has been recog­nised for res­cu­ing thou­sands of fury crea­tures in Mac­cles­field.

For al­most 60 years, the team at Windy­way An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary has de­voted its time to car­ing for mal­treated an­i­mals and was cel­e­brated at the North West Char­ity Awards.

Res­cu­ing hun­dreds of an­i­mals in­clud­ing dogs, guinea pigs, rab­bits and ponies, the trust made it to the fi­nal of the awards, at the Mid­land Ho­tel in Manch­ester.

Un­for­tu­nately, the char- ity did not win on the night but for the band of vol­un­teers at Windy­way the main thing is that their work is hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact.

Wendy Daw­ber, who runs Windy­way Head Farm, on Bux­ton Old Road said: “We’re de­lighted our work has been ac­knowl­edged. Our vol­un­teers are in­cred­i­ble. Their con­tin­ued fundrais­ing ef­forts en­able Windy­way to pro­vide the care and home that an­i­mals de­serve.”

Chris­tine Ear­les, from Whirley, has been with the trust for al­most 20 years, help­ing the char­ity to grow.

She first got in­volved with the char­ity in 1998, after she res­cued a bor­der col­lie that couldn’t cope with life on a farm.

Chris­tine said: “I adopted a dog from Windy­way. At the time they were strug­gling quite a lot and so we started a trust in 2005, just five of us.

“And since then the char­ity has gone from strength to strength and we now have ken­nels along with two shops on Ch­ester­gate - the most re­cent one opened just last year.”

As well as res­cu­ing pets that have been aban­doned or abused by their own­ers, Windy­way also of­fers help to own­ers who are strug­gling to cope.

Chris­tine, who is a teacher at St Bede’s Col­lege, in Manch­ester, ex­plained: “We also do a lot to help those with men­tal health prob­lems. If own­ers need to go into respite care then we look after their pets; it’s not just about res­cu­ing any­more.

“The face of an­i­mal res­cue has changed over the years, you don’t re­ally get stray cats and dogs wan­der­ing the streets.

“A lot of the an­i­mals we take in come from rel­a­tives of own­ers who have died or who are un­able to cope any­more.

“The sanc­tu­ary has been ac­tive for al­most 60 years and cur­rently has more than 100 an­i­mals who are loved and cared for on a farm with space to run. It’s emo­tional work, but won­der­fully worth­while.”

Chris­tine Ear­les has worked with Winy­way an­i­mal res­cue for al­most 20 years.

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