The Branch is going to set up a new Centre near central Wigan, where facilities for giving best help to animals and advice to their owners will be greatly enhanced.
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Our Branch covers areas of great welfare need from Skelmersdale in the West to Tyldesley in the East. Parts of central Wigan also contain hot spots for animal cruelty and neglect. The Branch was forced to sell its old Centre in 1998 due to a lack of income, and we have survived by using parts of various rented shops since then. After a lot of fundraising; especially via our charity shops, we are now in a position to buy and adapt our own new Centre. This will provide animal care and welfare advice to members of the public. Other services will include low cost micro-chipping, neutering and financial assistance vouchers towards veterinary assistance for those on income-based benefits. In the future, a clinic service will also operate on a regular basis to help animals in need. This will be a mobile clinic initially; on loan from the RSPCA Animal Hospital in Salford. The new Centre will act as a hub from which to deploy our mobile unit in various 'hot spots' of welfare need across our very large Branch area. The centre itself will provide reception, office and meeting space and will be the focus for RSPCA supporters, members of the local community, Inspectors, other staff and volunteers. The next objective is for the Branch to find and purchase, as soon as we possibly can, a suitable building situated close to Wigan town. Although we have raised enough funds to do this we will need help with the costs of converting such a building in order to provide the new services which we would like to launch. Our fundraising target for this final phase is ¬£50,000. We also need to recruit more regular donors and fundraisers; people who are committed to this cause, in order to make this Centre a sustainable local animal welfare facility for the future of Wigan and its various communities.
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