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WATCH: Appeal for animal refuge volunteers

Would you like to be a dog walker, cat cuddler or pony keeper?

Well they're just some of the roles an animal refuge centre in North Cumbria says it urgently needs people to help with.

The Wetheral Animal Refuge centre has over 130 unwanted pets to care for and needs to double its volunteer workforce.

Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

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PHOTOS: Animals looking for new homes

Here are photos of just some of the animals being cared for at the Wetheral Animal Refuge Centre near Carlisle.

They are appealing for more people to come forward as volunteers and help to keep the shelter running.

Cassie Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border
A kitten at the refuge Credit: ITV Border
Matilda the goat Credit: ITV Border
Tiger, a kitten at the animal centre Credit: ITV Border
Holly is cared for at the animal refuge centre in Wetheral Credit: ITV Border
There are several horses and goats in the care of the animal shelter Credit: ITV Border

Appeal for animal carers

This is Cassie who is cared for by the Wetheral Animal Refuge Centre Credit: ITV Border

They're cute, cuddly and looking for new owners.

Could you volunteer as a dog walker, a cat carer or a pony keeper?

Well they're just some of the roles an animal refuge centre in North Cumbria says it urgently needs people to help with.

The Wetheral Animal Refuge centre has over 130 unwanted pets to care for and needs to double its volunteer workforce.

But its not just dogs that the shelter caters for, cats, horses, goats, rabbits, cows, cockerel and sheep are among the 130 animals currently living there.

Matilda the goat at the Wetheral Animal Refuge Centre Credit: ITV Border

The animal refuge centre cares for many of the average domestic pets, but also looks after goats, such as Matilda who is seen in the photo above.

The animal shelter are appealing for volunteers to come forward and offer their help in any way possible.

800,000
The average annual cost to run the animal centre

The average cost for staff and volunteers to look after all the animals at the centre is £800,000 a year.

If you are interested in becoming a much needed volunteer at the shelter, or making a donation you can visit their website.

WATCH: £21,000 worth of livestock stolen

A farmer from Dumfries and Galloway says he's been left devastated and heartbroken after 250 of his sheep and lambs were stolen.

The livestock,estimated to be worth around £21,000, were taken from his farm near Moffat, and there's been no trace of them since.

The authorities are now asking the public, and the farming community, to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately.

Lori Carnochan reports:

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NFU: 'Rural crime will not be tolerated'

NFU warn theft of livestock will not be tolerated Credit: PA

The National Farmers Union Scotland are warning people that rural crime will not be tolerated.

It comes after 250 sheep and lambs were stolen from a farm near Moffat.

The animals, worth around £20,000 were taken during the night and there's been no trace of them since.

The owner of the sheep has been farming the land for decades and was left devastated by the theft. NFU Scotland are urging everyone to be vigilant:

Although this isn't a common occurrence in Dumfries and Galloway, it is a reminder for everyone to be aware of what's going on around them in the countryside.

Farmers need to make sure everything is securely locked and any members of the public who notice suspicious behaviour are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

This is a terrible case of rural crime and difficult for all involved."

– Teresa Dougll, NFU Scotland
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