An appeal to build a new rehoming centre has raised more than £200,000.

Jenny Wheadon, head of external funding at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Seven months after the launch of Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s “new digs for dogs” campaign, fund-raisers have raised £209,113.62.

The charity has been appealing for donations to raise £500,000 towards its £1m project.

Although donations can be from as little as £1, the charity has seen an influx of funds from recent fund-raising successes, include £501.97 from a dog show and a further £456.01 raised outside outside Tesco in Ilminster.

Jenny Wheadon, head of external funding at Ferne animal sanctuary, said: “It’s heart-warming to know so many people are supporting our appeal and raising money in so many different ways to help reach the target. To have achieved such a huge amount of money towards the new rehoming centre since March is just wonderful and I can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity.  

“But, we still have a way to go. So please do keep all those coffee mornings, garage sales and other events going.”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary launched its “New Digs for Dogs” project in March 2014 to build a new enhanced kennel block, improved grooming and veterinary care room, information hub, social unit, offices, reception and purpose built rehoming centre at their site in Somerset.  

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