Ferne Animal Sanctuary, the local animal rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming sanctuary, celebrated its new store opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on 3rd November in local Wellington town, located on Fore Street.
The new store, which opened to the public on October 19, is the charity’s seventh shop to open its doors in Somerset and Devon, reflecting the animal sanctuary’s ambitious growth plans to trade twenty stores by 2027.
All profits from the Wellington charity shop will directly contribute to Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s efforts in rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming animals.
Kevan Hodges, Chief Executive Officer at Ferne Animal Sanctuary and local MP for Taunton Deane, Rebecca Pow, cut the ribbon for the grand opening in Wellington’s town centre.
Kevan said: “Our newest charity shop in the heart of Wellington marks a significant step forward for us and our commitment to providing shelter, care, and support for animals in need.
“By offering a selection of high-quality items generously donated by the community, the store not only provides an opportunity for customers to sustainably shop and find one-of-a-kind items, but also helps fund life-changing chances for rescue animals.
“Each purchase made will support the sanctuary’s vital operations, from animal rescue and adoption services to rehabilitation and extensive medical care needed by long-term residents.”
Karen, Store Manager for the new Wellington shop, added: “We’re very excited to be opening up this new store. It’s in a great location and we’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers local to Wellington and from further afield.
“The shop has been fitted to a very high standard and we know customers will love our diverse range of items including clothing, accessories, household goods, books, and more, all of which will directly help animals in need.”
Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a non-government funded charity that has provided refuge and rehabilitation to its animals for more than 80 years. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nestled in the Blackdown Hills near Chard, Somerset, Ferne Animal Sanctuary houses and cares for more than 300 animals on its 72-acre site.
For more information about Ferne Animal Sanctuary, please visit www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org.