Founded in 1887, Bristol ARC are the longest-standing and largest local animal charity and home more than 14,00 animals each year.
Although affiliated with the RSCPA, they receive no automatic funding and rely on the community to continue caring for pets and wildlife in Bristol.
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When rescuing animals, they follow a non-selective intake policy. They will not turn away any animals which need their help, and they prioritise the most vulnerable animals – for example, those signed over to the RSPCA because of concerns about their welfare.
They also provide vet services, some at reduced costs for anyone experiencing financial hardship. Free cat chipping is available for all Bristol residents. This care is crucial for crucial for animals belonging to people on lower incomes who would otherwise struggle to cover large vet bills.
For Christmas 2019, the charity is partnering with local foodbanks to ensure no pet goes hungry over the festive season.
‘Fill a Bowl for Christmas’ will see animal food donated by the public transported to food banks across the city, as well as smaller charities.
“During 2019 several animals signed over to us have been done so as the result of owners no longer being able to afford to feed them,” the charity says. “Some being faced with the impossible choice of having to choose to feed themselves or their beloved pet.”
A heartbreaking dilemma to be faced with, Bristol ARC hope that less animals will suffer over Christmas with the help of their supporters.
The charity will run this project while continuing their important work of preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals while rehoming pets and helping the city’s wildlife.
Main photo thanks to Bristol ARC.
Find out more at www.bristolarc.org.uk