St. Francis Animal Rescue has been running for many years and is well known around South Shields for the work it does with animals. The charity shop on Stanhope Road is always busy with people looking to help raise money for the animals and picking themselves up a bargain!
Ann Kirton coordinates the Rescue with help from a team of volunteers who do everything from running the shop to fostering ducklings in their bath tub!
St Francis is entirely voluntary, with no kennels and only one cattery; a lot of the animals are cared for by voluntary fosterers in their own homes.
The battle continues. Animals are still mistreated and neglected, quite often through ignorance rather than malice. St Francis' Animal Rescue continues to help by trying to educate, giving advice and practical help. Do you love animals? Can you help us?