Fermanagh Trust make grant award to Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary


Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary, based in Ballinamallard, have received a grant award from the Fermanagh Trust. Since its inception in 1995, the Fermanagh Trust has supported over 400 voluntary and community charitable groups from throughout the County. This latest award will help improve the facilities of Bright Eyes who provide shelter for dogs and cats.


Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust presents the grant award to Denise Donnelly and Victoria Ellingsen, at Bight Eye's Animal Sanctuary

Founded in 1989, Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary aim is to provide a safe environment for animals who are unwanted or abandoned. They provide rehabilitation for animals who have been starved or are malnourished or otherwise in poor health. Bright Eyes’ make sure they can rescue as many animals as possible and give them a second chance of life and a safe place to stay.

Fermanagh Trust’s grant to the sanctuary will be used for renovation of their barn facility. A number of their kennels have decayed over time and require new drainage, walls, tiling, electrics and roof repair. The dogs that were in these kennels were moved to elsewhere in the sanctuary and when these facilities are upgraded the dogs will have a proper place to sleep at night with heat and comfort and it gives the sanctuary more capacity for even more animals.

All animals in Bright Eyes’ care are provided with veterinary treatment and ensure they have everything they need. Home checks are provided for anybody wishing to adopt an animal and an aftercare service is in place to ensure they are always on hand to offer advice. The group offer a volunteer programme for veterinary students, work experience for college students and volunteer opportunities for people top learn about animals. In emergencies where people are left homeless, they take care of their animals at no cost until they can find appropriate accommodation that allow pets.

Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust said “Bright Eyes is a wonderful, well regarded animal sanctuary serving Fermanagh and beyond. The hard work of the volunteers is inspiring and we’re delighted to be in a position to award this funding to them. We know that with the end of lockdown Bright Eye’s are anticipating an influx of unwanted dogs. It would be so tough for them having to turn away dogs so hopefully this grant will prevent that, and we wish them all the best as work commences on upgrading their facilities.”

The objectives of the Fermanagh Trust is to promote any charitable purpose, and to support initiatives which will lead to social and community development to improve conditions and life for people in the County of Fermanagh and immediate hinterlands.  For more information on the Fermanagh Trust's grants programme CLICK HERE / E: gemma@fermanaghtrust.org / Tel: 028 66 320 210

For more info on Bright Eyes - their FB page https://www.facebook.com/brighteyes.a.s



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