Local animal rescue CIC, Bridgend Animal Rescue Centre, are looking forward to their very first community summer fete which will take place on Saturday 17 August at North Cornelly Community Centre from 12-4pm.

As well as a dog show, the team are promising a day of traditional family fun with something for all ages, including with stalls, food and drinks, a bouncy castle, tombola, games, a birds of prey display and much more – including attendance by the South Wales Fire Service who will be on-hand to talk fire safety and show youngsters round a fire engine.

The event is already receiving a positive reception from the close-knit community in North Cornelly, and residents are looking forward to a great community event while raising much-needed funds for the rescue.  The centre recently rescued a large number of animals from a hoarding situation, causing them to incur emergency vet bills of over £1,000 in one day alone.

Director Rebecca Christine Lloyds explains:

“We are incredibly grateful to our local supporters and friends who give generously and who always respond to our appeals for support.

“Sadly, it often feels like a drop in the ocean, animals we rescue often need emergency treatment and there’s never any shortage of animals in need.  Like every other rescue in Bridgend, our services are over-subscribed.  Sometimes our work is very hard, we recently lost rescued kitten Rory, who we had given intensive care to all night long, and often we face the heartbreak of finding neglected or unwanted animals which makes us sad, not to mention the huge vet bills!  We cope with these challenges by reminding ourselves of those we have helped.

“Thankfully there is so many positives to what we do, it’s really rewarding to reunite lost pets with their owners, care for a pet when their owner is in hospital and of course, find new, loving homes for rescued animals.  Many of our ‘pet carers’ bring their charges to visit – it’s wonderful to see them thrive and reminds us why we all work unpaid.

“I strongly believe what we do is necessary, but it’s also costly and we are constantly having to raise funds.  This event is a fantastic opportunity to do just that and it will be really positive for the Cornelly community too, bringing everyone together in a day full of fun and laughter – a win-win for everyone.”

The event starts at 12pm and all are welcome to enjoy what BARC hope will become an annual event.

For more information about the Summer Fete, visit here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2063446850450884/ (donated prizes for the tombola are still very welcome!)

For those who can’t make the event, but would like to support the rescue’s vital work, there is a GoFundMe page here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/479996609212023/2067532610216541/