Animal charity Co Down are forced to close doors to dogs after a noise complaint and those in their care must leave

Assisi Animal Sanctuary was forced to stop welcoming dogs due to a noise complaint from a neighbor at their Co Down site.

And the dogs they currently have on site, at least 12, need to be placed in emergency foster care.

Over the past 27 years, the charity has housed over 50,000 animals. And for 25 years before that, then called Whitespots and run by the USPCA, it was Northern Ireland’s best-known canine charity, attracting people from all over the country who came looking for a dog.

But today Assisi sent an SOS to their supporters asking for urgent foster families to come forward for the dogs currently in their care, and they had to close the doors to any other dogs in need of help.

It’s unclear what will happen if the dogs are dumped on their site or tied to their railings, which is common for the charity which relies on donations from the public.

Following the call for help, the response from the public was heartfelt and moving, with hundreds taking to social media to express their anger and share their frustration for the charity which operates a policy of non-mortality and saves over 2,000 pets each. year.

Assisi posted a short message on Tuesday afternoon simply asking for help. He said, “We need help. Assisi Animal Sanctuary urgently needs dog foster homes.

“Unfortunately, after 25 years of serving our local community and providing shelter and refuge to over 50,000 animals, following a noise complaint, we are currently unable to accommodate dogs at Conlig Sanctuary. .

Muttley, 3, Mastiff mix needs a foster home

“As we work with local authorities to try to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and seek alternative accommodation for our dogs, we urgently need the public’s help.

“To continue our mission of helping the helpless, we are appealing to people who can provide a dog with a loving, short-term home to contact us about becoming a foster dog.

Maggie, 7, a dog needs a foster home

“Assisi can provide everything they will need during their stay, including food, bedding and toys. And we can also cover any medical and/or veterinary care that may arise.

There are at least 12 dogs in their care that need urgent foster homes today.

Busby, 4, Lurcher mix, needs a foster home

Hundreds of people responded to the call for help on the association’s social media pages.

Tina McMillan said: ‘What kind of people are they who have nothing better to do than complain? It’s not like the dogs just arrived. I remember volunteering 40 years ago when it was the USPCA.”

Chloe, 11, Lab Collie mix needs a foster home

Kimberly Newell said: “What’s wrong with people? Some people need to look at themselves, poor helpless animals being taken care of. Hopefully it gets better.”

Robyn Joanna, said: ‘Did someone file a noise complaint against a shelter for abandoned and abused dogs?

Chase, 7, Jack Russell needs a foster home

Dawn Murphy said: ‘It’s so unfair. Surely they knew that an animal shelter makes noise. After all the hard work and dedication you all put into developing this wonderful animal sanctuary. This is heartbreaking news.”

Heidi Gilmour said: “My God it’s a dog sanctuary, of course there’s going to be some noise. I think people would like to see places like this that welcome unwanted animals instead of them. let die on the side of the road.

Storm, 2, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier needs a foster home

Sarah Delaney said: ‘I can’t believe someone filed a noise complaint against homeless dogs.

And Jolene Riley said: ‘Perhaps if the councils cracked down on dog breeding in this country there would be less need for rescue centers so less noise complaints. Go to the path of the problem and not to the people who save lives. Councils need to do more.

Orion, 9, German Shepherd needs a foster home

At any one time, Assisi cares for up to 200 pets providing sanctuary for injured, abused, abandoned and unwanted pets.

Their educational program also visits local schools and other groups throughout the year to teach animal welfare principles.

Alice, 3, German Shepherd needs a foster family

And the charity’s Chance of a Lifetime project has so far rescued more than 10,000 dogs, with Assisi collecting them from pounds and council sanctuaries across Northern Ireland and taking them to sanctuaries in England where there are more opportunities to find them new homes.

Duke 5, Greyhound needs a foster home

Assisi, who receives no government support, says he remains committed to providing shelter, care, food, veterinary care, security, companionship and ultimately finding new, loving homes for any animals that come in our sanctuary.

But for now, they have to close the doors to all other dogs.

Ards and North Down Borough Council have been contacted for comment due February 9.

Nula, 5, German Shepherd needs a foster home

If you can help Assisi please contact them on 02891812622 or email [email protected]