AN update has been issued over the future of a much-loved animal shelter in Gloucestershire. 

Teckels Animal Sanctuary, based in Whitminster, has cared for hundreds of unwanted cats and dogs since 2003 but has faced a tough year.

Staff say the centre has been severely impacted by a number of factors due to spiralling costs, falling donations and an increase in the number of animals being given up. 

The situation has been described as 'devastating' and 'heartbreaking' by charity bosses, who previously said they would have to close unless urgent funds were raised.

The charity has now announced it has raised more than £76,000 in response to its urgent appeal.

Sarah Johnson, centre manager said: "We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all that have supported our appeal so far. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the public’s generosity and support from both local and national individuals and communities. 

“Although we are not out of the woods yet, the future of Teckels is looking much more hopeful. 

“The funds raised so far will permit us more time to explore and implement new strategies that will hopefully secure income streams and minimise outgoings for both the immediate future and longer term.”

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Teckles is now hoping to hit its fundraising goal of £100,000 to secure its future.

The rescue and rehoming centre cares for and rehabilitates homeless cats and dogs and finds them forever homes.

Each year Teckels re-homes more than 250 cats and 150 dogs and has held the stray dog contract for Stroud District Council for over 15 years. 

Some of these animals have had a difficult past during which they may have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

While others have previously had owners who are no longer in a position to look after them.

Teckles has recently partnered with a local care provider Prosperity Care and Wellbeing to organise various fundraising activities over the coming months. 

Its first fundraiser will be a sponsored dance-a-thon held at Jax, an inclusive night-club in Gloucester on June 20. 

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