Animal Health Trust faces closure

The Animal Health Trust charity has announced it faces “imminent closure” following a period of financial troubles. 

The charity said that it has recently been facing “dire financial constraints”, and revealed that the recent coronavirus pandemic has directly impacted its funding. 

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Its executive committee is now seeking emergency funding, including the use of government schemes, to try and keep the organisation afloat. 

Nonetheless, the group said that closure of the charity was “likely”. 

It is now working alongside its 257 members of staff to “support them through this difficult time”.

A statement from the charity read: “We are devastated to announce that following a period of dire financial constraints, and now with the economic implications of Covid-19 having a direct effect on funding, our charity is facing imminent closure.

“The Animal Health Trust has been in existence for more than 75 years and makes a significant difference to the health and welfare of animals.”

It added: “Much of the work we do is unique, and without us, this work will cease, putting thousands of animals at risk from disease and injury.

“The trustees and executive committee continue to seek emergency funding, including the potential use of recently announced government schemes, in order to save the unparalleled knowledge and expertise the organisation houses, but without an urgent input of significant funds the charity is likely to close at the end of this month.”

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