Northants animal charity marks 25 years

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095008001
Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095008001
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All creatures great and small have been taken in, cared for and re-homed with the help of Animals In Need since the charity was set up 25 years ago.

It all started when Roy Marriott rented a few kennels to save dogs who may otherwise have been left to die at the pound.

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095018001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095018001

The first dog they saved from being destroyed was called Max and he went on to have a long and happy life.

Ever since then, thousands of both wild and domestic animals have been taken in by the charity and many have been given a second chance through re-homing.

A legacy left to the charity helped them take up residence at Pine Tree Farm in Little Irchester eight years ago, and it is where they now house 400 animals at any one time from hamsters to horses.

Charity trustee Roy Marriott said: “When we first started keeping the records, we started with about 300 animals a year but we are now having about 2,500 a year.”

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-094957001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-094957001

It costs between £180,000 and £190,000 a year to run the animal sanctuary.

Mr Marriott added: “We are very lucky and really well supported with donations of food from the supermarkets, having food banks at the supermarkets and they let us go there to do collections.

“We do get a few legacies too, but without the volunteers we couldn’t really exist.”

Fellow trustee Annie Marriott said: “We are so thankful for everyone’s support, we would not be here without it.”

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Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095100001

A team of volunteers regularly give up their time to walk the dogs, help with cleaning at the animal sanctuary and fundraising throughout the year.

Mr Marriott said: “When I set the charity up, I never envisaged it getting this big but it has, and it has saved thousands of animals.”

The charity has seen many happy endings where animals are successfully re-homed, but Mr Marriott said they have also been called out to rescue animals in terrible conditions, including going out to a dog which had been burnt with cigarettes and an animal which had been given drugs by its owners.

One of the most memorable rescue attempts undertaken by the charity was a Canada goose which had been shot through the neck with a crossbow.

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year

Mr Marriott and his team desperately tried to coax the wounded bird from the lake in Abington Park, Northampton, but even with help from other experts and extensive media coverage of its plight, the goose still evaded capture.

But the charity’s volunteers are dedicated to the animals and will do whatever they can to help, including assisting police when an animal needs rescuing and going out at all hours of the day or night to transport an injured animal to the vet’s for treatment.

Mr Marriott added: “If we have got the space for it, we will take it in.

“We have got a no kill policy so if an animal comes to us, it stays with us.”

To celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary, they are having a party with a three-course meal, raffle, auction and disco at Northampton Golf Club in Harlestone Road, Northampton, which takes place at 7pm on Saturday, March 28.

Tickets cost £25. To buy tickets or reserve a table call 01933 278080 or send an email to admin@animals-in-need.org.

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095110001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095110001

If you would like to support Animals In Need, donations of good quality tinned dog and cat food are always welcome.

Straw, hay, blankets, sheets and towels can also be donated as bedding for the animals.

However, the charity cannot accept duvets, pillows or cushions.

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095050001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095050001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-094936001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-094936001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095039001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095039001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095028001

Animals In Need in Little Irchester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year NNL-150130-095028001