The National Animal Welfare Trust has entered into an agreement with Clacton Animal Aid to run its rescue and re-homing service from October 1.

The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has entered into an agreement with Clacton Animal Aid to run its rescue and re-homing service from October 1.

The partnership will secure the future of the only purpose-built rescue centre in the Essex area, which homes around 300 cats and 60 dogs per year. All of Clacton’s operations and assets will transfer over to the trust but due to the formalities involved, the centre will remain under its original name for the time being.

National Animal Welfare Trust CEO David WarnerClacton Animal Aid founders Reg and Ann Sims sought out a bigger charity to take on its work after deciding to take retirement.

NAWT CEO David Warner said: “In our 40th anniversary year we’re pleased to be showing our continuing commitment to rescue and re-homing in the parts of the UK where the need is great.

“The tireless and devoted work of the Sims will continue and, in time, we will incorporate the charity under the same branding as the National Animal Welfare Trust.”

Clacton Animal Aid (Charity no.1027106) was started as an animal rights group in 1984. It moved into rescue work after members discovered stray dogs were being regularly rounded up and sent by the local council to a kennels where they were inhumanely destroyed. After first renting private kennels it bought its present site in The Street, Little Clacton, 14 years ago. It has five paid staff, all of whom will remain in employment under the new arrangements.

Speaking of the announcement, Ann Sim said: “We’re very pleased to have chosen the National Animal Welfare Trust as its staff and trustees share our values and commitment to animal welfare. We will be keeping in touch going forward and wish the trust and all its staff, including our own team, the very best for the future.”

NAWT also has a voluntary branch of animal rescue operating in Essex, which mainly serves the borough of Thurrock, to the southwest of the county. The Clacton site will be the most northerly site for the charity.

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