Whopping electricity bill closes exotic animal charity

Echo: Whopping electricity bill closes exotic animal charity Whopping electricity bill closes exotic animal charity

A FAMILY is set to close the exotic animal rescue charity they have run for 23 years after being hit with a £22,000 electricity bill.

The Newby family can no longer afford to run the Dangerous Wild Animal Rescue facility in Little Wakering, which has rescued hundreds of crocodiles, snakes and exotic birds.

Iain Newby drives all over the country with his wife Lisa to save abandoned animals and looks after them in his family home, in Stuart Close, along with their six young children.

The couple have kept the charity, the first of its kind in the country, going with their own money but the cost of heating, lighting, food and petrol has become too much of a burden.

Speaking about his decision to close, an emotional Mr Newby, 47, said: “We have struggled for a long time, but you keep going.

“It has come to the point now when I don’t think we can do it unless an angel comes down from heaven to save us.

“I have got to be realistic.

“I have to think of the animals already here and our family.

“It’s my family home and the children’s.

“I want to be honest and say I can’t do it on my own anymore.

“People think we will be all right, but they don’t know the struggle we are going through.

“My eldest boy is ten now and he has never had a familyholiday.

“It came to this point a couple of years ago, but then you think what happens when the next animal comes through the door.

“I’ve done my best and if it has to end it has to end.

“I’d rather it didn’t.

“I’d do it for another 23 years if I had the funding.”

The whopping electricity bill covers about six months, but the charity needs about £2,000 a week to cover all its costs.

Mr Newby pointed out that £1 a week from half of the 5,000 people who “like” the charity’s Facebook page would easily keep it afloat.

The family, which has already stopped taking on more expensive animals, such as crocodiles, has pledged to continue to care for its remaining stock, which includes pythons, water dragons and tortoises, until homes can be found.

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8:53am Thu 19 Jun 14

Britanniaman says...

I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell.
I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .
I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell. I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this . Britanniaman
  • Score: -20

9:06am Thu 19 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

Britanniaman wrote:
I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell.
I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .
Best ask his neighbours before feeling sorry for them, as a registered charity can't a small lottery grant be applied for, sounds like a good local worthy cause, and the lottery has billions on its hands, good luck Iain Newby and family.
[quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell. I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .[/p][/quote]Best ask his neighbours before feeling sorry for them, as a registered charity can't a small lottery grant be applied for, sounds like a good local worthy cause, and the lottery has billions on its hands, good luck Iain Newby and family. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 45

9:09am Thu 19 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

We'd all like to be a Knight in shining armour, however time to return to reality ...
We'd all like to be a Knight in shining armour, however time to return to reality ... CarnMountification
  • Score: -7

9:15am Thu 19 Jun 14

Britanniaman says...

Also six kids that's where your electricity goes ?
Also six kids that's where your electricity goes ? Britanniaman
  • Score: -2

9:23am Thu 19 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

Six children under 10... wow, that's some family there!

What jobs do Mrs and Mrs Newby have? Can they ask their employers to 'sponsor' them.

Also, how in the name of wattage does a person run up a bill of £22k in 3 months, that's a horrendous amount!

Is it all the heated tanks?
Six children under 10... wow, that's some family there! What jobs do Mrs and Mrs Newby have? Can they ask their employers to 'sponsor' them. Also, how in the name of wattage does a person run up a bill of £22k in 3 months, that's a horrendous amount! Is it all the heated tanks? TheaWells
  • Score: 13

9:25am Thu 19 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

lol @ Mrs and Mrs.. sorry I meant Mr & Mrs.

I just thought, the insurance for a 'dangerous' animals facility must be HUGE to cover volunteers etc.. and while they are at work who's looking after the animals? Must be a nightmare to organise.
lol @ Mrs and Mrs.. sorry I meant Mr & Mrs. I just thought, the insurance for a 'dangerous' animals facility must be HUGE to cover volunteers etc.. and while they are at work who's looking after the animals? Must be a nightmare to organise. TheaWells
  • Score: 6

9:28am Thu 19 Jun 14

ccd says...

I'd like to donate via PayPal but that email address has a space. Is it actually dwarfdonate@gmail.co
m? Having just visited the web site, they could do a lot more to get income, allow people to set up standing orders/direct debits, pay via PayPal on the site etc.
I'd like to donate via PayPal but that email address has a space. Is it actually dwarfdonate@gmail.co m? Having just visited the web site, they could do a lot more to get income, allow people to set up standing orders/direct debits, pay via PayPal on the site etc. ccd
  • Score: 1

9:44am Thu 19 Jun 14

ccd says...

Found it. It's dwarfdonate@gmail.co
m.
Found it. It's dwarfdonate@gmail.co m. ccd
  • Score: 4

10:43am Thu 19 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

Britanniaman wrote:
I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell. I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .
what planet are you on ? spiders, snakes and crocodiles are a problem to the neighbors how ? i'd take them anyday over some stinking yapping dog...
[quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell. I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .[/p][/quote]what planet are you on ? spiders, snakes and crocodiles are a problem to the neighbors how ? i'd take them anyday over some stinking yapping dog... pembury53
  • Score: 19

11:12am Thu 19 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

Britanniaman wrote:
I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell.
I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .
reptiles do not smell if they are kept clean!
[quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: I don't think its right to keep these sort of animals in a housing estate. I feel sorry for the neighbors it must of devalued the houses in that close well i know for sure i would not buy a house with spiders snakes and crocodiles next door and the smell. I know he means well and has helped a lot of animals but this should not be done in a housing estate i just don't get how he got the permission to be able to do this .[/p][/quote]reptiles do not smell if they are kept clean! Kursaal76
  • Score: 12

12:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

BusyBee1976 says...

The care given to these animals is commendable, as many would no doubt be abandoned if not taken in.
However... looking at the website, there is nothing to suggest they have been set up properly as a charity - no information on trustees or their governing document, which I would have thought they would put on the website if asking for money. They are also not a registered charity that I can see, although if they have an income of less than £5k they don't need to be.
Perhaps all these donations they will be getting will push them over that £5k barrier and they will have to register.
I have doubts about the "legitimacy" of this.
The care given to these animals is commendable, as many would no doubt be abandoned if not taken in. However... looking at the website, there is nothing to suggest they have been set up properly as a charity - no information on trustees or their governing document, which I would have thought they would put on the website if asking for money. They are also not a registered charity that I can see, although if they have an income of less than £5k they don't need to be. Perhaps all these donations they will be getting will push them over that £5k barrier and they will have to register. I have doubts about the "legitimacy" of this. BusyBee1976
  • Score: -9

2:09pm Thu 19 Jun 14

emcee says...

TheaWells wrote:
Six children under 10... wow, that's some family there!

What jobs do Mrs and Mrs Newby have? Can they ask their employers to 'sponsor' them.

Also, how in the name of wattage does a person run up a bill of £22k in 3 months, that's a horrendous amount!

Is it all the heated tanks?
Many exotic animal enclosures will need some sort of heating.
In the case of reptiles this is usually in the form of a spot lamp of some kind or an under-floor heat mat. The number of heat sources and wattage will depend on enclosure size and type of reptile and this heat has to be on for around 12 hours a day. Also, a lot of lizards, for example, will also need some kind of UVB source within the enclosure, again on for around 12 hours a day.

Keeping exotics is quite expensive in terms of electricity used. You may not notice a difference if you only keep one, but considering the amount of animals this chap takes in I can quite believe he has a high electricity consumption.

Oh, and the figure quoted in the article was for six months, not three.
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: Six children under 10... wow, that's some family there! What jobs do Mrs and Mrs Newby have? Can they ask their employers to 'sponsor' them. Also, how in the name of wattage does a person run up a bill of £22k in 3 months, that's a horrendous amount! Is it all the heated tanks?[/p][/quote]Many exotic animal enclosures will need some sort of heating. In the case of reptiles this is usually in the form of a spot lamp of some kind or an under-floor heat mat. The number of heat sources and wattage will depend on enclosure size and type of reptile and this heat has to be on for around 12 hours a day. Also, a lot of lizards, for example, will also need some kind of UVB source within the enclosure, again on for around 12 hours a day. Keeping exotics is quite expensive in terms of electricity used. You may not notice a difference if you only keep one, but considering the amount of animals this chap takes in I can quite believe he has a high electricity consumption. Oh, and the figure quoted in the article was for six months, not three. emcee
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bob7 says...

We used to breed snakes, had over 100 living with us at one time. Kept in the right conditions they do not smell. When we could no longer keep snakes due to personal issues, they were given to a shop to sell on. All our equipment went to Iain to help him with his work. Shame he is having to give up.
We used to breed snakes, had over 100 living with us at one time. Kept in the right conditions they do not smell. When we could no longer keep snakes due to personal issues, they were given to a shop to sell on. All our equipment went to Iain to help him with his work. Shame he is having to give up. bob7
  • Score: 8

4:46pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Not in a residential area, who does he think he is "Crocodile Dundee", he might have to see a Doc.
Not in a residential area, who does he think he is "Crocodile Dundee", he might have to see a Doc. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -2

9:36pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Not in a residential area, who does he think he is "Crocodile Dundee", he might have to see a Doc.
There are worse things to live alongside in residential areas. Some of the people on this website included.

I mean, you could end up living next door to a sanctimonious know all that knows nothing for example...

Yet another startlingly erudite comment from you. Not.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Not in a residential area, who does he think he is "Crocodile Dundee", he might have to see a Doc.[/p][/quote]There are worse things to live alongside in residential areas. Some of the people on this website included. I mean, you could end up living next door to a sanctimonious know all that knows nothing for example... Yet another startlingly erudite comment from you. Not. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Mon 23 Jun 14

mr fast says...

is this a bona fide charity? whats the number?- would it be better to have a justgiving page- so donations can be made and gift aid collected!
is this a bona fide charity? whats the number?- would it be better to have a justgiving page- so donations can be made and gift aid collected! mr fast
  • Score: 1

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