Fears wildlife hospital will close

Published Thursday, 09 January 2014
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The 79-year-old owner of a Co Antrim wildlife hospital has been helping to pay its costs from her own pension, due to a lack of funding, but now fears it will be forced to close after nearly 40 years.

Fears wildlife hospital will close
Owner Patricia Nevins with one of TACT's patients. (© UTV)

Talnotry Avian Care Trust, known as TACT, has cared for thousands of birds and animals - from foxes and rabbits to swans and owls, and many more - during its four decades in Crumlin.

The centre aims to rehabilitate its patients and ultimately return them to the wild whenever possible, but it also ensures that no animal or bird in its care is put down if it cannot be released.

It receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations.

But, at almost 80, owner Patricia Nevins is due to retire from her work with the centre.

The worry is that we're really going to need £1,000 a week to keep TACT running.

Patricia Nevins, TACT

She has serious concerns about TACT's future, what will happen to the animals currently being treated there - and all those that will need medical help in the years to come.

"My worry is the finance," she told UTV.

"Up until now, when it comes to pay day, I would check with the bank if we have enough money to pay and I would put in out of my own pension what is needed to make sure everyone gets paid."

As well as helping sick or injured birds and animals, TACT also works to educate the public and get them involved in caring for wildlife - particularly young people and those with special needs.

It also promotes ornithological research, conducts breeding programmes for endangered species, and works to prevent cruelty and promote wildlife protection.

Those who work hard to return the waifs and strays of the wildlife world to good health hope that more awareness of their efforts will help preserve the centre for many more years to come.
© UTV News
Comments Comments
Lorraine in Crumlin wrote (379 days ago):
This is so terrible! If it had to close it would such a loss to wildlife and to the whole of N.I as TACT help sick and injured animals and birds in from all over. If you would like to find out ways you can help visit the "how to help" page on TACT's website here: http://www.tactwildlifecentre.org.uk/helpus.html Patricia Nevins who runs the centre is an inspirational lady. Her life has been dedicated to the work of TACT and it would be so sad if she had to close the centre from lack of funding. Hopefully this appeal will bring forward some generous funders or donations or even individuals who can give their time to sourcing funding for the centre. Good luck TACT!
Save This Shelter in Belfast North Ireland wrote (380 days ago):
Despite the ongoing conflicts here, people on this Island do care. Lets unite people and save this shelter.. Donations can be accepted by going to: www.tactwildlifecentre.org.uk Go to the shelter & give Also, schools should organise field trips as I am sure many parents would be more than happy to donate. Mrs Nevin, you are an inspiration to us all. There is too much abuse given to animals these days, lets support people who save them.
James in Comber wrote (382 days ago):
Can we not try and help TACT. What a wonderful lady who has given her time and finances to help vunerable animals and birds.
craig in Crumlin wrote (382 days ago):
Hey my name is craig and I volunteer at tact and im worried now for what will happen. If u want to donate money you just need to come up and visit us then you go around see the animals, hold or stroke some and then if u want to you can just say I would like to give some money then hand mrs nevins the money. Thank you so much for caring about tact and I love how you would like to help. I love the animals and go up every saturday from 10am until I need to go home and that is usually at about 2pm. So if anyone has a love of animals please help many thanks craig. :-) <3
Zoe in Crumlin wrote (382 days ago):
Theres several ways of helping to support the charity, either by giving gift aid or sponsoring an animal. Or helping organising a fundraising event. The charity is also trying to get a formal fundraising committee put together if anyone is interested in participating. Also any amount cash donation can also be given or visiting the centre and becoming educated on the work that TACT completes with a fee for entrance. Any other ideas for finicial support or help is more than welcome
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