Many Tears Animal Rescue Centre could close due to funding problems
STAFF at cash-strapped Many Tears Animal Rescue have opened up over their fears for the future of the centre.
The crisis-hit Cefneithin centre say funding problems has left them at the "bottom of a hole" — and say last year they rescued 2,500 dogs — many of whom would have been on death row if it was not for their help.
They have now launched a last-ditch attempt to save themselves from having to close the centre for good.
Equine manager, Katy Kear said: "A feeling had crept over everyone at Many Tears through the summer, but we couldn't, at the time, put our finger on it.
"We all knew it was bad, but over the last month we have learnt how bad.
"Funding Many Tears has been a constant battle for Bill, Sylvia (Van Atta, owners) and the supporters, but now we have found ourselves at the bottom of a hole, with no idea if we'll make it out."
Ms Kear added that the dogs in their care do not know about the threat to the centre as the staff give them the same love and attention — but the staff themselves feel it all the time.
"Hours have been cut and redundancies discussed. Everywhere that cuts can be made, they have been," she said.
"The staff, fosterers and supporters are working incredibly hard to support Sylvia's efforts to keep Many Tears open, but the rescue and my horse program are teetering on the edge.
"Last year Many Tears rescued over 2,500 dogs, most of which were on death row. If we hadn't have saved them, they would now be dead.
"So what will happen to the dogs out there, that we are supposed to rescue, if Many Tears is no more? We are all living of fear for the future of the rescue.
"I guess, as it is with life, there are two options. Surrender, give in, shut the rescue, forget the dogs we were supposed to help, let them die, let the staff go and try not to think of whether they can afford to keep their homes. Or we fight.
"So, as tired as we all are, fight is what we are going to do.
"Individuals from all over the UK are coming together to try and help build a ladder to get us out of the hole.
"We cannot let Many Tears close. So, wherever you are, however old you are, please see if there is something you could do to help keep the rescue alive."
THIS is how you can help.
Many Tears Animal Rescue Equestrian Centre is running an art competition for primary aged youngsters from schools, brownies, beavers and youngsters form all around the community.
To enter, all you need to do is submit a piece of artwork, inspired by the work at Many Tears before October 31.
The piece must be no bigger than A3 and can be drawn, painted or created through a collage or any other medium that will allow the centre to hang it from a wall.
Prizes consist of a handcrafted wire flying horse designed by rescue centre owner Sylvia Van Atta, which features a script describing the myth on Anju and its ‘incredible, positive powers’..
The centre is also looking for dedicated people to take on the Big 100 challenge, which involves raising £100.
The challenge can be taken on by individuals or groups.
“Whoever you are, how ever old you are, you could help,” Katy said.
“If you run or are involved with any groups or organisations, perhaps you could get your team to help?
“Coffee mornings, cake sales, selling hand made jewellery and art work, car washing, sponsored 10km run, sponsored half marathon, car boot sale, soak the instructor, fundraising Zumba class are just a few of the things that people are doing for us so far.
“If you’d like to get involved then contact me via email or the Facebook page and let us follow your progress and we will be your biggest supporter, while you become ours.
“I’d also love pictures and updates during the fundraising efforts and with your permission, I'd love to share the news on the website and Facebook page.
“Imagine if just 10 people signed up and raised £100 each, that’s £1,000 that’s desperately needed. Imagine if 100 people signed up — that would be £10,000!
“Some wonderful, kind, selfless people have already signed up. But it’s still not enough to take the fear of the future away.
“Whether you enter the art competition and donate £2 or sign up for the Big 100 we need you.
“If you are part of an organisation, business or you have a group of friends who’d like to get involved please, please do.
“Even if you can only manage a small sponsor to one of our runners, instead of raising money yourself, please get in touch.”
Entries for the art competition are £2 per piece of art work and the centre will accept more than one entry person if desired and if entries are correct.
The art piece can be delivered by hand or posted to Katy Kear, Many Tears Animal Rescue, Cwmlogin House, Cefneithin, Llanelli, SA14 7HB.
It must also contain a name, age, address, phone number and or email address as well as a cheque or cash needs to with the piece, made payable to Many Tears Animal Rescue.
At the time that the entry is made, the winning piece will be put on the website for everyone to see.
Meanwhile, to express interest in joining the Big 100 competition, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org