Manchester Dogs' Home appeal raises £1.4m in less than four days

The JustGiving page for the appeal, set up by the Manchester Evening News after a fire at the site in Harpurhey, has attracted more than 140,000 donations

Manchester Dogs' Home after the fire
Manchester Dogs' Home after the fire

The fundraising appeal in aid of the fire damaged Manchester Dogs’ Home has raised more than £1.4m in less than four days.

The JustGiving page set up by the Manchester Evening News newspaper in the wake of the blaze, which broke out on Thursday evening, has attracted more than 140,000 donations.

The home, in the Harpurhey area of the city, is one of the two sites run by the charity the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home.

The latest total is about the same as the charity’s income for 2011, accounts on the Charity Commission’s website show.

The charity said last week it understood that the initial surge of donations, which raised more than half a million pounds in about 12 hours, had broken records for appeals on the JustGiving website.

An updated statement on the charity’s website said today that it had been inundated with messages of support from the public and local businesses. "The staff and trustees of Manchester Dogs’ Home would like to express their enormous gratitude for the huge support received from the public following the devastating fire on site Thursday night," it said.

"All of the surviving dogs are now being cared for – the majority of them going to sister site Cheshire Dogs’ Home near Warrington – and those in need of veterinary treatment have been receiving it."

The charity is urging people not to visit the home because of a police investigation into the blaze.

A 15-year-old boy arrested last week on suspicion of arson has been released on bail.

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