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An online fundraising page has been launched to buy a van desperately needed to rescue animals.

Ravenswood Pet Rescue, based at Walton Highway, is struggling after its Ford Transit van of eight years is now beyond repair.

Described as a “workhorse,” the van was used not only to rescue dogs and cats, but it was also a mobile food bank for animals, designed to help pet owners struggling to meet the cost of feeding pets during the pandemic.

Caroline Trigg, who founded Ravenswood nine years ago, said: “We are lost without our van. It failed its MOT miserably because of the bodywork. Being a van, it got beaten about a bit collecting animals, collecting donations for our shop and everything in between.

“It was large enough for our extra large humane dog trap, which we had specially made, and is needed quite a bit at the moment to rescue lurchers with it being hare coursing season.”

Miss Trigg, who has rescued 15 cats this month, said it was very tough operating her non-for-profit animal rescue service without a van.

She is relying on friends to help her collect animals and take them to foster homes.

“It feels like I’ve lost my left arm,” said Miss Trigg, who is also a dog warden for Fenland District Council.

“We hope to buy a new van when there’s enough in the pot. And nothing too cheap so we’re not in the same position again. 

“We don’t want to buy one through HP (hire purchase) as we like any money we have to go on the animals.”

Miss Trigg stressed Ravenswood was still able to operate a food bank for pets, and anyone who needed pet food could send a message on either two  Facebook pages –  Ravenswood Pet Rescue or Fenland Pet Food Support Page.

A JustGiving page to raise funds for a van has a target of £6,000 and, at the time of going to press, around £1,250 had been raised.

“The only thing with JustGiving its that it is a minimum of a £5 donation which not everyone can afford, so we also have a PayPal account. Even a pound will make a difference,” said Miss Trigg.

“We know times are very difficult for everyone and we would be very grateful for any help no matter how small, it all really helps.” 

You can donate through PayPal via: donations@ravenswoodpetrescue.co.uk

Alternatively, donate via JustGiving at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rescue-transit-van or the page can be found on the Ravenswood Pet Rescue Facebook page.