Britain's animals are facing a crisis; they are treated as objects not living, feeling creatures. Over the past few years the Alternative Animal Sanctuary has found the numbers of pets brought to them has increased rather than decreased.

Owners have the money to purchase animals but unfortunately are not prepared to take on the responsibility to go with them. Animals are a long-term commitment.

Puppy farms are on the increase and pets can still be readily brought with no checks made into the suitability of owners.

The Alternative Animal Sanctuary's number of dogs has doubled in a week alone. On top of this two of the horses at The Sanctuary are in need of special treatment at a cost of £5,000 throughout the winter, without which their future is uncertain. Troy and Poacher suffered much physical and psychological abuse from their owners.

The Alternative Animal Sanctuary relies entirely on donations to feed, house and treat animals who have nowhere else to go.

Your donation, no matter how large or small, will help us provide a safe and caring home for animals that have previously suffered abuse and neglect.

Please send whatever you can to: The Alternative Animal Sanctuary, Windmill Road, Pepperstock, Luton, Beds, LU1 4LQ. Registered charity 1111406 TAMARA LLOYD, director.