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Clubs and Societies Report: Norbury and Roston WI

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

19/07/13 Animal Welfare feature - Wyaston Road, Ashbourne Ark Ashbourne,Jenny Appleby and Daisy

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THE Ashbourne Ark is high and dry with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.

Many in other parts of the country, who are currently deep in flood water, would probably give anything to have an ark, as in the familiar bible story.

Jane, our speaker for the evening, gave members a very informative and interesting evening showing the work they do at the Ark. A massive building project has progressed, with continued maintenance, painting, up grading and cleaning etc.

Their routine includes: Managing teams of volunteers, attending local shows, having ‘Open Days’, spreading the word about their work and of course, much needed fund raising.

Re-homing the cats and dogs wherever possible is always a happy outcome but for those that have to stay in the Ark their care and health is continually checked by local vets. Full and part-time staff ensure the cats and dogs in their care have use of the different exercise areas, plenty of walks, comfortable chairs to listen to the radio, quiet rooms to reduce stress but no television. Dog behaviour therapy is available as is a fun and agility course.

Photographs of cute kittens and playful cats in all colours and sizes, puppies full of mischief and of every breed, reminded members that if they had any spare time to help, or if family and friends can care for a new pet, please go and see the animals in the Ark.

Delicious refreshments were served and the hotly contested competition for a fruit or vegetable animal was judged by Jane.

The March meeting on Tuesday 4th at 7.30pm,in the village hall, will be a talk by the Derbyshire Group for Safe and Sound.

New members and visitors will be made very welcome.

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