THE ELDERLY owner of a struggling animal sanctuary would rather pay out of her own pocket than turn away animals in need.
Carole Webb, who founded the Farm Animal Rescue sanctuary (FARS) in Wolverton, has been forced to buy food and supplies with her own money for unwanted animals brought to the park.
The 76-year-old said fund-raising efforts were not going well and the sanctuary and its some 500 animals were at serious risk.
Extreme weather changes over the year have left food in short supply and with wet, boggy fields, the team is struggling to fund enough food, including hay bales costing around £600 a week. The sanctuary also relies entirely on donations to meet its yearly £80,000 running costs.
Carole’s menagerie began to grow more than 30 years ago after she took in a newborn lamb which was not expected to live. She instantly fell in love with ‘Larry’ and nursed him back to health.
And recently, in a similar situation, she was handed a lamb from a farmer, who did not want to hand-rear her, and Carole could not bear to turn her away.
In a desperate plea on the sanctuary’s Facebook page a post read: “Many more lambs will be brought to FARS gate and is Carole supposed to turn them away and condemn them to death? That may need to happen unless money can be raised to buy the milk necessary to feed the babies.
“Carole is currently using her personal money to buy the lamb milk and other food for the rescues but her own finances aren’t enough to pay for everything like hay, hard feed and rent.”
Visit www.farmanimalrescuesanctuary.org.uk/donate to donate.