Banbury mum sad to be closing animal charity


Springfield Sanctuary to close after three years of love and care for injured animals and pets needing rehoming

A Banbury mum who has spent the last three years caring for injured animals and finding pets new homes is having to discontinue the service.   Springfield Sanctuary was set up by Joanne Sammons after she found an injured wood pigeon which she nursed back to full health.   Now a change in personal circumstances means Jo is unable to continue to run the charity.

Jo told Banbury FM, “We have had a wonderful 3 years, helping hundreds of animals. We appreciate all the support our followers have given us.  

“I have run the sanctuary single handed for 3 years and there is a lot more work involved than just the animal care. I am so happy I was able to make a small difference in the short time we were open”.

Jo set up Springfield Sanctuary at her home in Springfield Avenue after stumbling across a badly injured wood pigeon during a family walk.   She took the bird home and to her surprise managed to nurse it back to full health.    Jo felt the town needed a sanctuary to care for injured wildlife.   She also noticed that small animals didn’t often get offered the same rehoming opportunities as larger animals. This led Jo to set up Springfield Sanctuary.

Jo says she is very sad to be closing the Sanctuary down.   She has been winding down the operation over the last three months and any remaining funds and some equipment will be passed onto another charity with a similar purpose.

Most of the animals Jo has been caring for have already been rehomed, although she doesn’t want to let them all go.   She said, “We will keep some as pets especially the disabled goose as she is very special to us”.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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