Hopefield Animal Sanctuary launches winter appeal as flooding causes difficulties for animals' homes
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:12 07 January 2020
Hopefield Animal Sanctury
Brentwood's animal sanctuary is appealing for donations this winter to help with the extra costs of caring for its animals after experiencing serious flooding in the fields.
Winter is a tough time for animal sanctuaries and rescues, and Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Sawyers Hall Lane is hoping to raise some more funds to deal with the extra costs.
The charity has also had to deal with flooding due to heavy rainfall over the past few weeks.
The horse stable blocks and cow fields were most affected by the flooding with many animals having to be stabled because of the mud.
Dave Schilach, chief executive of Hopefield, said: "I have worked at the sanctuary for over 20 years and this is the worst flooding I have ever seen.
"The fields are water logged and grassing massively restricted.
"We are having to keep more animals in over winter than ever which leads to much higher costs than the average year.
"Any help members of the public can give us this time of year is always appreciated."
Hopefield is home to more than 500 rescued animals and its mission is to provide a safe home for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.
The charity said it will spend around £2,000 on hay and straw and £3,500 on feed during an average winter month.
The sanctuary is also closed to the public from Monday, December 23 to Friday, March 27, so it will see less money coming into its accounts from visitors.
So far the charity has raised £3,830 of its £5,000 goal.
To support Hopefield's winter appeal, visit its fundraising page.