Maurice opens charity shop to help fund animal sanctuary
A LISSELTON man who has been using his own money to fund an animal sanctuary at his home has opened a charity shop in Tralee town to help pay the bills.
In recent months, Maurice Enright of Sera Husky Sanctuary has been so inundated with unwanted husky dogs from 'bored' owners that he was struggling to meet the high costs of caring for them.
On Friday last, Maurice and his team of 12 volunteers officially opened the new charity shop on Maine Street (opposite Radio Kerry, off Rock Street) and is hoping that with the support of the animal lovers of Kerry he can earn some extra money to look after the 20 huskies he currently owns, as well as collection of donkeys, horses, pigs, sheep, cats and even reptiles.
"Each dog that comes to me costs a minimum of €250 to get ready for re-homing, so it's not sustainable the way things are. The plan is that the charity shop will help," Maurice explained.
"We offer everything from books and bric-a-brac to clothes, buggies and toys so we're just hoping that it can bring in some extra income to help with the animals."
Just two months ago, Maurice spoke to The Kerryman about the huge rise in the number of owners abandoning their dogs, explaining that the beautiful breed, which was the dog of choice a number of years ago, has now become surplus to requirements for many families.
He said they are getting rid of the animals because they can no longer afford to keep them or have simply grown bored of the novelty.
The new charity shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.