Carla Lane Animals in Need Centre mark a year since death of its founder by launching kennels appeal

Staff at Carla Lane’ Animals in Need sanctuary in Melling marked a year since the death of the charity’s founder by holding a fair and dog show – and launching a campaign to revamp its kennels.

Families enjoyed the many stalls, dog agility displays, pony rides and more at the All Dogs Fair and Fun Dog Show on Sunday, June 4.

The charity used the event to launch its ‘Brighter Lives’ appeal to highlight the “desperate” need to get their 30 main kennels up to a standard that gives the dogs the most comfort, especially those that are cared for long term.

Carla Lane herself opened the centre’s Special Care Unit in September, 2015. and centre staff aim to raise £120,000 in the appeal to improve the kennel facilities.

A spokeswoman for the centre said: “Carla was a dear friend and a valued supporter.

“She was a true animal lover and fought for the rights of abused and ill-treated animals.

“It was a privilege to have her join with us to promote animal welfare and so we became Carla Lane Animals In Need. Like us, Carla thought it was important that animals were not only rescued but were also provided with the best of care and housing, while at the Sanctuary.

“She was delighted with our new special care unit but her greatest wish and ours, was to have the old, out-dated dog unit refurbished, to provide the dogs with outside runs, light and space.”