MORE than £14,000 was raised for a local animal rescue centre in just 24 hours after it announced it could close.

Underheugh Ark Rescue near Inverkip was forced to turn away new arrivals due to rocketing costs - after spending £15,000 in just a few weeks.

Staff at the centre announced they would focus on the animals already in their care.

A spokesperson explained: “We have had to take the difficult decision to close to new arrivals because our costs are rising beyond control and we have very little money coming in to cover these.

“Since the start of July our costs have been over £15,000, and that is just not sustainable for us.

“We have paid £7,865 in vet bills, £2,400 for feeding, £250 to our farrier, £800 for our yearly insurance, £2,500 for kennelling and £1,500 to keep our horses.

“We will end up shutting if this continues and we have to prioritise the animals in our care, even though it’s heartbreaking and not what we want with so many animals in need.”

The centre set up an online donation page - and hundreds of supporters had pledged £14,000 at the time of going to press.

Centre staff say they have been overwhelmed by the response.

A spokesperson added: “We would just like to say a heartfelt thank you.

“We have been overwhelmed by the lovely messages we have received, the amazing donations and the kindness of so many people.

“W are now in a much better financial situation, and whilst we aren’t out of the woods yet, it means that we will survive for now.

“Thank you also for the offers of fundraising and food, we and the animals are truly thankful.”