Rugby star teams up with local animal sanctuary

Monday, 7th January 2013

Irish international rugby player Craig Gilroy has joined up with the Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig, County Down, to become the shelter's new ambassador.

The centre, which cares mainly for abandoned domestic animals and runs a strict 'no kill' policy for healthy pets, will benefit greatly from the boost this announcement will give its profile, helping it raise the £450,000 needed each year to cover its operating costs.

With some 200 animals currently being housed by the sanctuary, maintaining supplies of pet food and pet medications is a sizeable challenge, which is why manager Heather Oliver is delighted with the addition of Mr Craig to the team, who she says will be a "tremendous asset".

The Assisi sanctuary is currently looking to re-home a number of animals in order to free up space for new pets to be taken in, and is seeking a new owner for a three-legged Jack Russell named Fizz.