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County Down animal sanctuary awarded Power NI funding

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Power NI’s Brighter Communities initiative has awarded BARN Animal Rescue £1,000 funding which the charity will put towards the advancement of animal welfare.

Founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife Glenn and Joanne, BARN Animal Rescue was established to rescue, rehabilitate, and shelter companion animals who have become abandoned or unwanted.

At the rescue centre based in Carrowdore, County Down, the charity cares for rescued cats and dogs, with the aim of ultimately finding the animals their forever home where possible.

Working with a base of approximately 20 volunteers, the organisation also runs two charity shops, one in Newtownards and one in Ballywalter, with all funds and donations going directly to improving its services and helping the animals.

Manager of the rescue Glenn is extremely grateful for the funding: “We’re delighted to be recipients of the Brighter Communities award. Funding like this is vital to ensuring we can deliver the care and protection necessary for the animals we have in the rescue centre. 

“We tend and care for hundreds of dogs and cats year on year, and we not only want to continue this, but we want to take in as many animals as we can to ensure they’re getting the treatment and love that they deserve.

“We’re always looking to improve the welfare of animals, and the services that we can provide and Power NI’s funding is enabling us to do just that. A huge thanks to the team at Power NI!”

Power NI’s Brighter Communities programme energises innovative and emerging community groups, teams and projects with £1000 of funding awarded each month.

The funding award has helped numerous charities and groups including Special Olympics athletes, stroke recovery groups and wheelchair basketball players. 

Ashleigh O’Neill from Power NI added: “We’re proud to play a part in ensuring that the team at BARN Animal Rescue can provide such necessary care and shelter for cats and dogs. The sanctuary provides an essential service in rehoming and rehabilitating animals across the country, and Power NI is delighted to provide this award which will go directly to improving the welfare of animals in BARN Animal Rescue’s care. A massive congratulations from Power NI!” 

Find out more on how Power NI is energising local communities.

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