What do you think of when you imagine an animal shelter? The North Devon Animal Ambulance (NDAA)
has developed from a tiny ‘back garden’ shelter to an important local animal rescue and welfare resource
for North Devon.
An animal shelter for many creatures
Since we launched our little local charity in 2002, we’ve provided emergency shelter for hundreds of animals. In 2003 an overwhelming response to an appeal in the local media gave us funds to build our first proper animal centre, the Misty Centre in Barnstaple.
The perfect place for rescued animals
Later, through the generosity of Market Veterinary Practice, we opened a larger special care unit (SCU) on Barnstaple’s Pottington Industrial Estate. The SCU is a true volunteer animal care centre where more than 30 unpaid helpers provide round-the-clock care for everything from hamsters to baby goats. Every animal centre volunteer does what they do out of love for the animals. Because we’re only a small volunteer charity, no one is paid.
With Market Vets on the same site, the SCU is the perfect place for rescued animals to recover and be rehabilitated before rehoming.
The Misty Centre, our original animal centre, continues to do sterling service for many of our cats and rabbits, and several horses and ponies.
Every kind of domestic and
wild animal welfare
Between our facilities and those of our animal rescue partners, we’ve got most animal rescue challenges covered. Though we remain a small local charity, it’s amazing what we’ve achieved. And of course, with our animal ambulance, we’re now much more than just an animal centre.
Help our work to continue
Running a charity like ours takes time, dedication and money. That’s why we’re so reliant on (and very grateful for) generous support from people like you.
If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer at an animal centre, or you want to know more about helping us, please get in touch.