THE CORK Animal Care Society (CACS) is in desperate need of funds in order to keep their charitable organisation going and is appealing to the public for their help.
Veteran volunteer Caroline Faherty said the cold winter had taken its toll on funds and the charity is close to closing if it does not receive financial assistance.
The society, which looks after 105 animals at their centre, said donations drop off significantly during January, February and March which brings hardship on the organisation.
“The winter months are extremely expensive for us. We have 22/23 out-houses and each one is heated 24/7 during the cold weather," Caroline said.
The not-for-profit organisation is looking for people to get involved in fundraising events as well as donations.
“Everyone involved in the society is so busy looking after the animals that we don’t have time to organise events and we really need to have more fundraisers in order to gather much-needed funds for the organisation.
“We have zero funds at the moment, our backs are up against the wall," added Caroline.
Caroline said the recent snow also hampered the organisation’s efforts to get ahead of their finances as well as causing a great deal of stress for the volunteers.
“We were snowed in for several days. No one could get to the centre, thankfully a former CACS volunteer Zdenka Badlikova walked five miles through the snow every day to ensure the animals were well cared for during Storm Emma.
“We are blessed with all people who help and volunteer with us,” Caroline said.
There are a number of ways to help CACS get back on their feet by either organising a fundraiser, getting involved in the shelter, making a donation or even a simple like on Facebook can help.
CACS is currently taking part in a competition for a €5,000 fund. The competition is being run by tech company Version 1 and is open to all not-for-profit organisations. Currently, CASC is the only Irish organisation entered in the competition and they are coming in second place.
“We are asking people to vote for CACS in the competition. The funds would help us to look after our animals and ensure the shelter remains open and continues to care for these animals.”
To vote for CACS, log onto their Facebook page: Cork Animal Care Society @CorkACS and follow the link on their pinned post.
To volunteer or donate to the charity, contact Caroline on firstname.lastname@example.org.