Paula Campbell loves animals. She wanted to help any animal and she did it successfully for many years, which is a monumental and admirable feat because when you save the lives of animals with an open heart and door you are taking on the weight of a heavy responsibility. When it comes to animal rescue, it is the caring and the good who mop up after the uncaring and the less good.
The caring attitude of an animal lover almost inevitably leads to trying to do the impossible in caring for two many animals because there must always be a financial limit. It is does matter how large an organisation you manage.
Paula set up her sanctuary, which was based on Christian principles, in a remote area in Weardale in County Durham, England.
She appears to have owned a farm which she used as the sanctuary. The farm was mortgaged. As the number of animals increased so did the costs. Feeding them alone was £1000 per month. You have to add to that medical bills and all the usual outgoings of running buildings including the mortgage.
Paula ran into financial difficulties, which is unsurprising because of the long recession that Britain has recently suffered. Donations are harder to come by.
There must have been enormous pressures on Paula to quit. She stopped paying her mortgage installments. That inevitably leads to repossession proceeding by the lender (mortgagee – believed to be Redstone Mortgages).
The Lender was granted permission, in court, to take possession and the bailiffs turned up with police.
Paula was overcome with emotion and collapsed.
Her daughter has vowed to fight on to recover their sanctuary. It will be an almost impossible fight to win.
What is sad is that the good suffer in trying to care for animals that should have been cared for by others who I can only presume are less caring.
There are 300 animals that need new homes. Promises have been made by the lender who now possess the farm to re-home them. This is will be difficult and require commitment. Will the promises be kept because the sanctuary is no longer in the hands of people who care as much as Paula.