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11 Sep 07
Wildlife rescue centre to open next month
AFTER a six-month delay, Singapore's first animal rescue centre is expected to open next month.
Construction of the centre in Sungei Tengah is nearing completion, with most of the animal enclosures up and running, said MrLouis Ng, executive director of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).
But with almost $500,000 still to be raised, the centre is in dire need of rescuing itself.
Though the centre will be completed, there are no funds for its inaugural year of operation.
'There's almost nothing left (in the kitty),' said MrNg of the $610,000 raised for the animal shelter's construction.
Launched last year, it will house wild animals brought here illegally while efforts to repatriate them to their country of origin are under way.
To raise funds, Acres is screening the National Geographic wildlife documentary Arctic Tale tonight at Golden Village VivoCity. Tickets are almost sold out.
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