An animal shelter opened at West Stockwith two-and-a-half years ago has become a fully-fledged charity.
The Isle Rescue, run by Mandy Lythe and Caroline Morrell, has successfully re-homed 180 dogs and 99 cats to date.
It runs on income generated through adoption fees, donations and fundraising efforts. The newly granted charitable status will mean it can apply for Gift Aid on donations made to the Rescue.
Mandy Lythe who takes care of re-homing and the business side of the Rescue, said: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to have charitable status. We get so much support from our local community and would like to say a big thank you. We get no funding from elsewhere, so some months it can be a struggle, particularly as our vets bills - our biggest expense - are always so high due to vaccinations and neutering.”
She added: “Being a charity puts the Rescue on a more formal and official footing.”