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Sanctuary seeks donations to fund refurbishment project

The Ferne Animal Sanctuary has launched its New Digs for Dogs appeal that aims to improve the rehoming facilities at its site in Chard, Somerset.


The £1million project for 2014/15 is to build a new enhanced kennel block, improved grooming and veterinary care room, information hub, social unit, offices, reception and purpose built rehoming centre at its site at Wambrook. Demolition of the old kennels – which were over 50 years old and completely dilapidated – has now taken place and building work is underway.


Local colour and style consultant Angie Garner decided to support the recently launched appeal after the animal sanctuary helped to rehome her nephew’s Jack Russell, Chilli and raised £100 by holding Colour Personality and Style Personality workshops.


Director at Ferne Animal Sanctuary Jenny Wheadon said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this donation from Angie. What a fabulous fund-raising idea! I am delighted to say that we have already raised an astonishing £37,000 towards our target of £500,000. There is still a very long way to go, but this is an incredibly good start.”


“This is the most expensive and ambitious project the sanctuary has ever undertaken. I would like to encourage everyone – including local businesses, schools, colleges, communities and individuals – to join in and have some fun!”


Fundraising packs and details of how to donate can be obtained by calling Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214 or visiting

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