Greenacres Rescue has been awarded £30,000 from Postcode Community Trust, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery - which will go towards helping beautiful spaniel pup Ariel who was found abandoned in a Pembroke Dock car park, after being born with six legs and various other anomalies.
The only all-animal rescue charity in the county of Pembrokeshire, Greenacres started off as a small dog rescue and now tends to animals of every variety across 28 acres of land, has taken in more than 15,000 animals since it launched in 2008.
The funds will enable the charity to cover the extensive vet bills it faces – upwards of £20,000 a month – while looking after more than 250 animals at any one time.
Georgina Pearson, manager of Greenacres Rescue, said the money would help with one of the most unique rescues they’ve encountered to date.
“We have a three-month-old spaniel puppy called Ariel who was abandoned by her owners due to some abnormalities – she has six legs,” said Georgina.
“She’s currently with one of our foster homes while we work with our local vets to schedule surgery to remove the extra legs which are fused to her spine. She also needs some corrective work to her pelvis as well.
“We’re looking at a minimum of £5,000 for the surgery so this money means we’ll be able to give her the chance in life she truly deserves.
“We pull together what we can from our charity shops and other local donations but this support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be instrumental in Ariel receiving the care she needs.”
Greenacres Animal Rescue was one of seven local charities to receive funding in the winning area of Haverfordwest.
In fact, local charities in each of the Millionaire Street winning areas announced following October’s Postcode Lottery draws will share a combined total of £1 million.
Other local charities to receive funding as a result of Saturday's win include:
• £30,000 - Pembrokeshire Care Society - Homelessness support charity providing practical support for those affected by poverty and/or homelessness.
• £30,000 - SNAP Pembrokeshire - a charity for pre-school children (and families), with additional and complex needs, providing practical and creative support through the power of play.
• £30,000 - Pembrokeshire Voluntary Transport - The support charity helps people who have difficulties with transport due to age, disability, personal situation, or because they live in an isolated rural area with limited public transport.
• £30,000 - Tir Dewi - A support charity focussed on those in the farming sector. Providing mental health support, poverty advice and advocacy.
• £20,000 - Sea Trust Wales - Marine conservation charity, supporting monitoring and habitat restoration for marine life.
• £5,000 - Belle’s Story - A local charity supporting young children with life limiting illness and raising awareness of organ donation.
• £5,000 - Porthmawr Surf Lifesaving Club - The club support safe recreational use of the sea, promote first aid and encourage the provision of facilities for young people to participate in beach activities.
All funding was awarded by Postcode Community Trust.
People’s Postcode Lottery costs £12 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day.
People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws. A minimum of 33% from each ticket goes to charity.
Every Saturday, £1 million will be shared by one postcode as part of the lottery’s Millionaire Street prize.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £1.1 billion for thousands of charities and local good causes.