New shelter for animal sanctuary

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Douglas Murray, 62, of Brechin will build a shelter for horses at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, Forfar.

He follows in the footsteps of his father, 87-year-old Brechin resident Sam Murray, who built a 12ft x 9 ft shelter for the sanctuary’s smallest resident, Dazyee, and her friends. Now Douglas Murray wants to build a 36 ft x 12 ft shelter and is appealing for local businesses to support his endeavour by providing materials for the worthy project.

Douglas, who took up timber building ten years ago, said: “Having watched my elderly father construct a shelter in three weeks was truly inspirational, so I’m planning on picking up my tools to build a larger shelter for the sanctuary’s horses to use before the winter months kick in.

“Although I’ve just had a hip operation a couple of weeks ago, I’m looking forward to being fighting fit. It’ll not be long before I’m back on my feet, and in that time, I hope it gives local businesses time to donate materials, even in part, to build the 36 x 12 feet shelter.”

He added: “Mountains Animals Sanctuary is a worthy cause and does a wonderful job in looking after the horses, many who have previously led difficult lives. It is a great attraction for the local community and it was only fitting that as local residents, we could give something back.”

Pam Taylor, general manager at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, said: “We are extremely grateful to local people’s generosity, and we are particularly grateful to the Murray family. The shelters are a lifeline for the horses in the winter months, and we are delighted to be receiving them.”