A rescue centre was almost forced to close after it became a target of abuse from online trolls stopping people from donating.
Waggs and Whiskers, formerly known as Bridgend Animal Rescue (BARC), has spoken out after it almost shut its doors due to being targeted on social media.
Due to the abuse, the centre was taken over by a support volunteer and given a new name with a new management team but the trolling continued.
The allegation made on social media say the centre stole a cat for money and sold dogs from Bosnia without paperwork.
Speaking to Wales Online, a spokesperson said: “I had a message saying I stole a cat for money. I have been called a rat on social media. I’ve been accused of selling on Bosnian dogs without papers.
“People are not willing to give donations to Waggs as they are listening to trolls on social media.”
Waggs and Whiskers is now appealing to the people to help them and the animals they look after.
The rescue incurs vet bills of almost £1,000 and without donations, they will not be able to carry out their work.
Employees even left their positions at the old BARC following the ‘cyberbullying’.
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Waggs and Whiskers was opened in 2018 and originally fostered pets for people who had been hospitalised.
The BARC did come under fire last month, prior to change in management, after they offered to hire animals for £85 for ‘parties’.
A spokesperson for the centre said: “We want to prove to the community that we are who we are and we are not going away.
“We are here for love and to help the animals and being trolled is dangerous.
“Yes, we do ask for donations to cover vets, flea treatment, food, blankets but I am topping it up as there are no donations coming in.”
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