The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By JENNY MCCUDDEN

AN an­i­mal wel­fare ad­vo­cate is mak­ing an ur­gent ap­peal for help in set­ting up an an­i­mal res­cue group for Sligo.

Su­san Fitzgearld says there is no longer a ded­i­cated ser­vice to help all kinds of an­i­mals in need, and she is hope­ful enough peo­ple can now get on board to es­tab­lish a new group or char­ity for the county.

She told the Sligo Cham­pion: “We reg­u­larly see in­ci­dences of an­i­mal abuse and ne­glect, ei­ther de­lib­er­ately or through ig­no­rance. Sligo des­per­ately needs a ser­vice to cater for an­i­mals in need. The ISPCA has an of­fi­cer but she deals with a num­ber of coun­ties, in­clud­ing Sligo. We used to have a Sligo An­i­mal Res­cue ser­vice with a shel­ter in Coolaney. We need to es­tab­lish a new group.”

A self-con­fessed an­i­mal lover with a num­ber of pets, in­clud­ing dogs and cats, Su­san has set up a Face­book page called ‘Sligo Group for An­i­mals.’

She says: “Sligo Group for An­i­mals’ would like to be ac­tive in pro­vid­ing a re­sponse when an­i­mals are in need and to also be a pro-ac­tive en­ergy in County Sligo.

“We must stop com­plain­ing that the ‘pow­ers-that-be’ don’t take ac­tion on our be­half - It takes ‘peo­ple power’ to make a change.”

A meet­ing has been set up for next week, Thurs­day 24 th May at the Cro­zon Inn at 7.30pm with a view to es­tab­lish­ing a com­mit­tee for the Sligo Group for An­i­mals. Su­san who is orig­i­nally from Dublin but based in Gee­vagh for the past 12 years stresses: “If you would like to be­come in­volved, to con­trib­ute your time, re­sources and par­tic­u­larly your en­ergy to this ini­tia­tive - Please at­tend our last ‘set­ting-up’ meet­ing in Cro­zon Inn.”

This shout out for vol­un­teers is cru­cial in get­ting this project off the ground. We need ded­i­cated peo­ple who are will­ing to sit on a com­mit­tee with a view to es­tab­lish­ing a char­ity and fundrais­ing and we need lots of oth­ers who are will­ing to vol­un­teer.”

Su­san says she is en­cour­aged by the re­sponse to the Face­book page. “Al­ready we have so many likes. A so­lic­i­tor and so­cial me­dia ex­pert have of­fered their ser­vices. Please turn up on the night,” she con­cludes.

“There are huge is­sues around an­i­mal wel­fare in the county and it is very dif­fi­cult to get help”

An­i­mal wel­fare ad­vo­cate Su­san Fitzgearld at her home in Gee­vagh at the week­end.

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