Lincoln RSPCA suffers during building works
A Lincoln animal charity says it is suffering - because of construction work swamping its premises.
Lincoln’s RSPCA branch has lost half of its customers because of building work for new student flats.
The charity says footfall to its St Marks Street shop and even donations have fallen by 50% since work started next door.
Two lanes have been closed on St Marks Road as building work and scaffolding stretches alongside shops.
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It means people walking from the High Street can’t reach the RSPCA shop without crossing over the busy road, or walking round through the city centre.
Manager of the shop Kim Drew, said the drop in donations is hampering their work against animal cruelty in Lincoln.
“From what customers are saying, they thought we were shut down or knocked down," she said.
“The builders have been brilliant and we are glad they are having something there, but we are suffering.
"We are not getting as much funding, and so we can’t help as many dogs.
"People do think we are funded by the government but we are just a local charity in Lincoln.
"We have dogs and cats waiting to come in, but we can’t as when earnings are down we can’t take them in.
“The animal situation is dire at the moment, there has been a 65% increase in cruelty nationally.”
She added: “I’m hoping once the flats have been completed and we get more signs up we’ll be back to normal again.
“The flats are due to be finished in September; we are calling for help to get us through this time.
“We are open and we are trading, please support us.”
Lincoln RSPCA on St Marks Street is open 9.30am – 4pm each day, except Sundays.