An animal charity backed by famous Wem comedian Greg Davies has revealed plans to move to a new custom-built rescue center in Whixall.
Grinshill Animal Rescue is hoping to move from its current base to a new facility in Whixall, where it wants to build a state-of-the-art kennel for 20 dogs and an eight-unit stand-alone cattery.
The charity, which has welcomed and relocated abandoned, abused and neglected animals for more than 50 years and whose boss is 6ft7ins star Taskmaster, says the new rescue center will allow it to provide the best possible care to vulnerable dogs. and cats for years to come.
A planning application has now been submitted to the Shropshire Council for permission to build the center on a paddock off Ossage Lane.
A planning statement prepared by Halls Holdings Ltd, agent for the applicants, states: “The proposal is to build a modern and fit for purpose kennel and cattery which has been designed with animal welfare at the forefront, while providing an attractive facility that will appeal to visitors and those wishing to adopt rescue animals.
“This will improve the efficiency of day-to-day operations at the site and provide state-of-the-art animal care.”
The statement said the charity welcomed more than 100 dogs and cats in 2019 to its currently leased premises in Grinshill. The organization also organizes awareness and fundraising events and offers volunteer opportunities.
“The center is currently operating at Undercliffe, Grinshill, SY4 3LQ, however, this facility now poses operational inefficiencies,” the statement said.
“The current facility has been expanded and evolved in a largely piecemeal fashion, with access to the site being incredibly poor and unsanitary, via a restricted road and not openly accessible to all modes or capacities of transportation.
“It has now reached the stage where their current facility hinders their ability to continuously provide a high level of animal care and welfare.
“Applicants have a rare opportunity to leave their currently leased premises and move to a new location, which is able to offer improved services and facilities, while remaining local to their dedicated and loyal volunteer base, while remaining at the service of the communities in which they have developed exceptional relationships with, through their philanthropies and fundraising activities.
“Grinshill Animal Rescue is the only independent, self-funded rescue for dogs and cats in Shropshire. While other larger charities exist, RSPCA and Dogs Trust, these are nationwide and primarily deal with cruelty cases and Irish Rescue Dogs.
“There is clearly an essential need for the new rescue center, to ensure this
The Shropshire-born charity is able to continue providing relocation care to locally stray and abandoned dogs.
The planning request will now be decided by the Shropshire Council.