AN ANIMAL rescue charity which has helped thousands of pets find homes over four decades is closing its doors for good.
Sadpals is being forced to call it a day due to the ill health of its founder, 88- year-old Hilda Hodson.
The Derrington pensioner has taken in unwanted pets for more than 30 years, spending much of her life savings on the cause, and received a Newsletter Community Honour for her efforts.
Sadpals volunteers have now launched an urgent appeal for permanent new homes for the 30 cats they are currently caring for.
Mrs Hodson’s granddaughter Lisa Purshouse said: “It is so unfortunate it has come to this but there is no-one else able to take the charity on.
“We want to thank everyone who has supported the charity for the 30-something years it has been going. Hilda has rehomed thousands of cats over the years.
“It has been really well supported and now we hope to rehome as many of the remaining cats as possible. Those that are left will go to other charities with a donation.
“Any remaining money will go to the solicitors to distribute and hopefully there will be some to go to other charities.” Anyone who can help Sadpals give its cats loving new homes should contact 01785 663893.