The mascara wand appeal is now closed, we have thousands and thousands of them, which will last us for many years to come. Thank you to all who sent, whether single ones or packs of several hundred – sorry we do not have the time to reply to each and every one.
Following storm Frank last year, when the centre suffered significant damage including our mobile home which housed many of our cats, The New Arc has received fantastic support from the general public. As a result, were able to provide a superb new home for all of our 38 resident cats.
Since then, we had a variety of projects continuing throughout the year, which will soon result in The New Arc being able to expand its rescue facilities significantly.
On April 1st (no fooling) we begin our 12th year as an official charity. During the past 11 years we have rescued over 7000 animals, ranging from domestic pets to exotics and, of course, our native wildlife. Our main concerns have always centred on wildlife and as we enter our 12th year we would like to focus on the needs of wildlife in particular.
Each year we accept hundreds of injured and orphaned birds and animals. We accept them all. Some are passed to us by the general public, some are passed to us by vets and other rescue centres. Some we refer on to our own vets, which may, in turn be passed on to specialist vets. No animal or bird is refused as a ‘pest species’ and every attempt is made to rehabilitate and release those who are fit to go.
As many of you will know, our own home has played host to a great many of the orphans we’ve taken in, meaning that throughout the coming spring we could be providing through-the-night care for several deer, squirrels, foxes and a variety of birds and other wildlife. However, year on year the numbers we take in are continuing to grow and we need to look ahead and plan to meet that growing need. Some of the animals we take in require extended stays at the centre to enable recuperation and allow us to equip them with the ability to fend for themselves once released.
As a result we are asking all our supporters to help us realise a dream that we had when we first set up The New Arc: To provide and equip a wildlife hospital specifically designed for wildlife care.
We have to be realistic and accept the fact that even the basics for such an ambitious project will require a huge amount of funding. As such, we have plans for a facility which would equip us to deal with all our first aid requirements, provide specialist housing and care for the increasing numbers of orphaned birds and mammals. We would also like to reach a position where we have the flexibility to expand if finances allow.
The more money we raise, the better the facilities we can provide. We have set an initial target of £30,000.00 – a huge amount! We already have some funds in place, specifically allocated to this project, which currently amounts to £7080.00.
This is a huge undertaking and we need help! We have a number of fund raising ideas in place and will announce details soon. We already appreciate the efforts our supporters and volunteers make on our behalf, so we are not asking anyone to send money (although we will not refuse it!). Instead, we are asking all our friends and supporters to think of ways that they can generate interest in our project, raise the profile of the work we do and come up with their own suggestions and fund raising ideas to discuss with us.
We have over 4000 likes on our Facebook page. If only one in ten of the people who like our page could raise £20.00 then we will reach our target. Please consider the huge impact this would have for our native wildlife and what it would mean for the work we do here at The New Arc.
Please continue to visit our website and follow our Facebook page. We look forward to keeping you all informed of our progress.
Kevin the Swan, Valentine the buzzard and an as yet, un-named tiny pigeon squab are just some of the wildlife casualties to have arrived at the centre in February.
Thanks to all our “knitters” for the chicken jumpers, we have received lots and lots and the hens have really appreciated them. We have some spare which we will pack away for the next occasion, or pass to another rescue if they require some.
We will get some photos up soon of how the girls look now, and you will be amazed at the difference – thank you all again
The 2017 North East Scotland Wildlife calendars have arrived!!!! 🙂 🙂 They are on sale NOW at The New Arc Charity Shop – Ellon as well as at a further 11 collection points in the area, details of which can be found below. The price is £12 and all profits (approx. £4 per calendar) will go to The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre aka THE NEW ARC.
1. The New Arc Charity Shop – Ellon, 42 Bridge Street, Ellon, AB41 9AA. Open Monday to Saturday 9am till 4pm.
2. Thistle Windows & Conservatories, Thistle House, Woodside Road, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8EF. Collect from Eilidh between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
3. The Stead Inn, Denhead, Potterton, Aberdeen, AB23 8UB. Opening hours are 11am – 10pm Mon – Sun.
4. Rapp Marine, Vollum street, Peterhead. AB42 1TZ. Collect from Melanie between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday.
5. THE NEW ARC Animal Sanctuary, Nether Auquhadlie, Auchnagatt, Ellon, AB41 8UW. If you wish to collect from the sanctuary, please may you call 07962 253867 in advance to ensure that someone will be available when you visit.
6. Kirkton Veterinary Centre, Fetteresso, Stonehaven, AB39 3UP. Open 9am till 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am till 5pm on Saturdays.
7. Seafield Vets in Keith
8. Oldmeldrum Vets
9. Kintore Physio Centre
(Thank you Susan Cave for organising these three venues).
10. I work in Stracathro and Arbroath, so if anyone wants to save postage, please let me know and we could meet after work about 5pm (also lets you see just how fab the calendars are!). Please PM me to arrange. Catriona Komlosi
11. Glenythan Vets, 23 The Square, Ellon AB41 9JB • 01358 720223
12. Laurencekirk Pet and Equine Supplies
Cash on collection is the preferred method of payment but you may also make payment in advance of collection by PayPal
May I please advise that calendars which are reserved for collection at any of the collection points will only be held for 7 days unless they have been paid in advance. Last year we held on to several unpaid calendars which were never collected 🙁
For those of you who need calendar(s) posted to you – I can send up to 4 calendars in one package for an additional cost of £2.85 (2nd Class Royal Mail). Should you require this service please contact me directly. I do not have a price for posting overseas but if anyone needs this service I can enquire at the Post Office.
Would you like to volunteer your services as an animal ambulance for your area?
As and when we need someone to transport a sick or injured animal to The New Arc, we query our database of registered drivers and try to contact the nearest available volunteer to the patient.
The New Arc is based near Ellon, in Aberdeenshire. For an interactive map of where to find us, tap here.
What’s the commitment?
There is no commitment! We gratefully accept your offer to help if you are available at the time of asking. If you’re not available when called upon, that’s absolutely fine – we will try to contact another driver. It’s important to get as many volunteer drivers into our database as possible, so if you have family, friends, or neighbours who may be willing to help out, please do point them in the direction of this page!
Do volunteer ambulance drivers get paid?
Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer any financial incentive, nor cover any expenses.
We have had such a huge amount of rain just recently, and many animals, particularly the new born ones, are struggling. If you are out walking, please keep your eyes open for anything “unusual”, many burrows are flooded out, washing babies out and leaving them vulnerable.
If you do find an animal in distress, or in a place where they would not naturally be expected to be found, please give us a call and ask for advice. This little leveret (being fed by our volunteer Steph) was found on a muck heap, in a terrible condition. We have no idea how he got there, but was certainly in need of help. After a good wash off, dry, warm up and some food he is now doing really well. Had he been left, he would certainly have died.
Due to several unusually large bills in the last few months, we are having a bit of a funding crisis.
We rarely ask for financial help, as we appreciate the people would much rather buy specific items for the animals in our care, and we understand this and really, genuinely, appreciate every item we receive, as it frees up money to be spent in other areas. However, running a rescue costs a massive amount of money every month, and a few unexpected bills do always cause a bit of a worry.
If you enjoy reading our updates, and hearing the news of the animals we take in, please consider making a donation, however small, to help us out.
We have had several vets bills for horses recently which were priorities. There is always a juggle and emergencies come first, but everything needs paid.
We still have one female cat to have spayed, three dogs needing spaying, one needing his dew claws removed, one needing an ECG to check on her heart. None of these are urgent, but still need to be done, and when emergencies come forward they have to take priority of course, which means other things have to wait longer. This is on top of constant feed, general vet bills and treatments, improvements and replacement items needed for the centre.
We would really appreciate some help – can you spare the cost of a summer ice-cream or a tube of sun cream? We do have a PayPal account if anybody would like to make a donation online – just click on the “Donate” button at the bottom of this page.
All donations, whether in time spent volunteering, being one of our animal collection team, goods purchased for use for the animals and support for our Charity shops is so welcome, but the fact is we also need cold hard cash.
The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre (known as The New Arc) is a small independent charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire [ tap here for a map ].
The New Arc was set up in 2006 and is a Scottish Registered Charity (SC 037332).
Please note we are not open for visits to come and see the animals. Whilst we are happy to received injured wildlife at any time (it is always best to ring before arriving to give us your expected arrival time), we are not presently able to receive members of the public for tours.
What do we do?
Our particular interest is in wildlife rehabilitation, and we have many years experience in hand-rearing orphan birds, and dealing with orphaned and injured mammals.
We are based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire, but cover the whole of the North East of Scotland. We have a ten acre site, with facilities for a range of animals, from horses to guinea pigs, buzzards to foxes. We currently have several buildings which can be utilised in various ways, and are always striving to improve conditions for the animals in our care. We are totally funded by donations, sponsors and our Charity Shops.
As a small charity with many animals and birds to care for, we are not open to the public. The Sanctuary is run from our home, on our own land, and we are not set up for people to pop in and have a look around. If you wish to arrange a visit, this must be by prior appointment. Please contact us to make arrangements.
We’d like to refuse no animal, bird or reptile, whether it be domestic or wild, but with limited land it has become impossible to take every animal we are requested to help. We do try to find alternative accommodation if we cannot help, with other local organisations. We have a non destruct policy, unless the animal is beyond recovery and having taken consideration of veterinary advice.
How can you contact us?
We are very happy to give advice over the phone – (0796) 225 3867 – to anybody who finds an animal or bird they think may need help, but are unsure how to proceed. Please feel free to look at our wildlife page for some tips, and some “what to do /what no to do” ideas.
We try to be available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but due to the amount of calls we now receive it may be that we cannot answer your call immediately.
Please do leave us a message via our contact page and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
If you feel an animal or bird needs URGENT assistance please CALL on (0796) 225 3867. Often our emails are only checked once a day, and a call could save a life.
Where are we?
Directions: We are approx. half way between Ellon and Auchnagatt, on the A948 Ellon to New Deer road. From Ellon – continue past the turning for Drumwhindle up over the hill, past the turnings for Dudwick, then the turning for Stuartfield. Staying on the A948 you will see the Centre signs on the right hand side.
We are not financially supported by Government or any other large organisations – ALL our funding is raised by donations, and monies raised through our Charity Shops which are at:
Banff – 21 Low Street, Banff.
Ellon – 42 Bridge Street, Ellon.
If you have goods that you would care to donate, feel free to deliver them directly to the shops. Please do not take items for the shop to the Centre itself, we have no spare storage space.
If you would like to volunteer as a helper in the shops please pop in and ask for information.
We hope many of you will find the time to call in and visit, bring in your unwanted bits and bobs, and perhaps grab a bargain at the same time!
How can I help?
In today’s economic climate everyone is feeling the pinch. Funds are at an all time low as donations to the New Arc have dropped significantly over the past 18 months.
Not everyone can spare the time to come to the centre and give ‘hands on’ assistance, but there are ways in which people can help us continue to rescue and care for abused, neglected and unwanted pets and injured and orphaned wildlife.
You could volunteer in one of our shops (Ellon or Banff); be a pick up volunteer for the times that we cannot get to collect goods or, on occasion, birds/animals that need to come into the Centre.
If you can help in any way, we’d love to hear from you – please contact us using our web form or by phone on (0796) 225 3867.