AN animal charity has issued a desperate plea for donations after the winter weather saw stocks fall to their lowest ever levels.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) provides vet care for sick and injured animals whose owners cannot afford to have them treated, and it relies on people bringing second hand clothes, books, CDs and DVDs to its shop in London road, St Leonards.
But the recent big freeze has left many people unable to get around and donations have tailed off, with the shop’s sales slumping compared to the same period last year.
The organisation said that if the situation continues, its shops face running out of goods to sell in the new year, and is urging people to dig deep over the coming weeks so its important work can continue.
Andrew Holl of the PDSA said: “It’s not just the temperature that has plummeted – donations have dropped significantly too. The heavy snowfall has led to police issuing warnings not to travel, preventing supporters from bringing in their donations.
“And while our stock collectors are still picking up PDSA charity bags where possible, the amount they’re getting in some areas has been disappointing. If the situation doesn’t improve soon, the financial implications could be very damaging.”
This year the charity has helped some 400,000 pets at a cost of £50 million.