Making a pact for animal welfare

Dodd and Co is really proud of the work it does with the PACT animal sanctuary in Wood Rising, Hingham. From fencing to bespoke buildings and stable blocks, we have been working with the team at PACT now for two years and in a future post we will detail the work we have undertaken and completed.

For now, here is some information about the work done by this great charity.

People for Animal Care Trust (PACT) was established by a group of people dedicated to animal welfare, and registered as a charity in March 1995. The PACT animal sanctuary is one of the largest in East Anglia.

The aim of PACT is to care for sick or ill-treated animals, largely by offering sanctuary in their specially-designed buildings. It is PACT's  ability to house and offer expert treatment and care that sets the charity apart from many other animal-care organisations.

PACT rescues, rehabilitates, and where possible re-homes, neglected, injured and abandoned animals. Their specialty is 'problem animals', victims of physical or mental abuse, they are coaxed back to health, overcoming their behavioral distress, and restoring their dignity. In most cases these poor creatures would have had no option other than euthanasia. PACT operates a strict 'no kill' policy.

Since 2000, PACT has re-homed or released 5,000 animals and has more than 1,600 animals housed at the Sanctuary. These range from cats and dogs through to ferrets, exotic birds, horse, pigs and donkeys. No animal is too small or large to receive PACT's specialist care. 

Providing a haven for wildlife.

The site at Wood Rising includes 15 acres of grassland, woods and lakes that is dedicated to wildlife. Dodd and Co have erected a predator proof fence so that injured wildlife, not able to survive in the wild, can be released there to live as normal a life as possible.

The PACT Animal Ambulance, sponsored by local companies, is on 24-hour call out and answers, on average, five emergency calls a week from the police and other people reporting animals in need. Very often these are wildlife that are attended, assessed, given immediate first aid and once stabilised taken to be cared for in the fully equipped veterinary unit at the sanctuary, where there is a full time veterinary nurse, and a vet who visits regularly.

PACT is now accepted as one of the best environments for animal welfare training. Every year, more than 25 students from agricultural colleges and local schools undertake work experience at the sanctuary.

Not just for animals

In addition, PACT has 16 employed animal care assistants and many volunteers. There is also a regular stream of helpers who come to the sanctuary, not just to help with the animals but for their own mental well-being. Sitting with the animals or taking the dogs for a walk offers people with mental health issues a chance to de-stress and relax. Working and being with the animals has proven to be an excellent aid to help people learn to cope and relate to people.

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