The JSPCA Animal Shelter has been selected as Jersey Post’s chosen charity for 2019, following a staff vote taken in November of last year.
The JSPCA is one of Jersey’s oldest charities and in May last year, they celebrated their 150th anniversary. To commemorate this millstone, Jersey Post issued a set of eight stamps, illustrated by wildlife artist Andrew Hutchinson.
Operating as a non-profit organisation, the JSPCA provide care for Jersey’s unwanted, sick, lost, aged companion animals and operate their own on-site veterinary surgery, where all the animals receive the treatment they require immediately. The charity relies completely on donations and fundraising activities and in the last couple of years, they have seen an enormous increase in domestic pets and wildlife needing help.
Since 2013, Jersey Post has committed a year of fundraising to multiple local charities including Headway Jersey, Macmillan Jersey, Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, Jersey Cheshire Home and Les Amis, raising over £90,000 in total and increasing awareness of these charities through a variety of individual, team and company-wide initiatives.
Tim Brown, Chief Executive of Jersey Post, said: “The JSPCA are facing some real financial challenges and we are delighted to be in a position to support this important charity. We hope to not only raise funds but also to increase awareness of the vital work they undertake to care for Jersey’s animals and wildlife. We hope that working with the JSPCA and other supporters within the community, we can help them to continue the great work they do.
Kevin Keen, Interim Chief Executive commented “We are absolutely delighted that Jersey Post will be supporting our shelter in 2019. Given that we have been struggling to raise funds to cover the important work we do in helping animals, such support is even more vital in helping us to raise funds but also awareness of the Save Our Shelter (SOS) campaign amongst islanders. We are looking forward to working alongside Jersey Post in the year ahead.”
To donate, islanders can visit www.justgiving.com and search for save our shelter. To volunteer, register at www.jspca.org.je/volunteer. More information on the JSPCA can be found at www.jspca.org.je.