A HEREFORDSHIRE animal rescue centre has completed plans to relocate its kennels after it has been "knocked down" so many times.

Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue will be moving from Leominster to Madley.

This plan began in spring this year when its founder Carol Ann Smith was still a huge part of the rescue.

Ms Smith's unexpected death in July was a huge shock and heart-breaking to her team, said a spokesperson.


"This decision has since been tinged with sadness but has also spurred us on to make Carol proud as she was so excited about it," they said.

The refurbishment process of its new kennels has been a mixture of emotions.

"Literally blood, sweat and tears but as a team, we have worked tirelessly to transform the unused kennel blocks into our new rescue kennels," said the spokesperson.

The centre hopes to move on December 1.


Its priority will be settling in the dogs, and it will inevitably take a bit of time to get used to the new surroundings, said the spokesperson.

The centre wants to thank local businesses and tradespersons who have so kindly supported its project including Ken Gregory, Tracy Tyler, electrician Gareth Yeomans, plumber Jason Warren, plumber Gordon Cuthbertson, Advanced joinery, Wyvern Flooring, Eurocell Hereford, and Crown paint, in Hereford.

"It would be impossible to thank every single person individually but everyone who has helped knows how much we appreciate their help and support," said the spokesperson.

"Special thanks do need to be sent to our incredible families though, they have kept us sane and always been on hand to help in any way they can.

"Without them none of this would have been possible."

It will still be operating by appointment only, it will not be taking on volunteers until the new year, and charity shop donations can be accepted.

"We have been knocked down so many times this year, but we can finally say we are heading onwards and upwards and have an incredible team around us," said the spokesperson.

"Here's to the future."

The centre's office number will not be changing so the team can still be contacted via 01568 760033 and in emergency please contact 07751549770.