Lesley Tarleton: A Legacy of Love

It is with a sense of overwhelming gratitude and profound respect that Freshfields Animal Rescue bids farewell to our founder, Lesley Tarleton, as she departs for pastures new.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Jane Young, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said:

‘Lesley had the courage, fortitude and determination to see the difference that one person can make in the world. Setting up a rescue and rehoming service from her own home in 1975, the charity she founded stands strong today on the firm foundations that Lesley put in place over 40 years ago.

Once Freshfields Animal Rescue had been established, Lesley took the seeds of her life-changing work in Liverpool and planted them in the beautiful countryside of North Wales, bringing new hope to thousands of abandoned and unwanted animals.

Lesley’s dedication and sense of purpose had a powerful impact on the local community. Over many years, she engaged and involved new staff and volunteers in her mission to make a better life for animals in need across North Wales and beyond.

Freshfields Wales now provides a sanctuary for over 30 horses and ponies, and an active rescue and rehoming service for hundreds of cats and kittens every year.

A New Chapter

The work never stops, and every day brings new arrivals at our door, in need of warmth, food, loving care and a safe place to stay. Kitten season is upon us, and our Kitten Room and foster homes are full to capacity. Little Muffy here (pictured) and her brothers and sisters are just one of many litters of kittens and abandoned cats ready for adoption and looking for a special home to call their own.

Over the coming months, the Wales centre is undertaking a period of growth and transition. We will be investing in the infrastructure, improving the animal accommodation, rebuilding the Cattery and developing the on-site facilities, ready to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities ahead of us.

Jane added:
‘Everyone at Freshfields Animal Rescue wishes Lesley all the very best for the future. Thanks to her legacy of love, Freshfields Animal Rescue stands together as one charity, able to face the future with a sense of renewed hope and confidence’.

Find out about our continuing work and future plans and the many ways in which you can get involved with our vital work by visiting our website. Thank you.