Charity of the Year

Advice NI Announces Assisi Animal Sanctuary as the 2019 Charity of the Year

With all votes counted and tallied Advice NI are delighted to announce that staff have voted for Assisi Animal Sanctuary as their charity of the year for 2019.

Assisi is Northern Ireland’s largest independent welfare charity and can provide care and rescue for over 2,000 animals every year. The current sanctuary at Conlig is no longer fit for purpose and fundraising is now underway to build a state-of-the-art care facility for animals.

Spearheading this project is the charity’s first ever CEO, Nigel Mason who brings with him a proven track-record of expanding animal welfare charities.

Nigel said:

“I hope to help the trustees, staff, volunteers and members to realise their vision of creating a centre of excellence for animal welfare in Northern Ireland and look forward to the challenges and successes ahead.”

He continued: “The help we get from teams such as Advice NI will go a long way towards our goal of creating a new shelter.”
Speaking at the announcement, Advice NI CEO Bob Stronge said:

“At Advice NI we are keen to support small, local charities and Assisi fits the bill perfectly. Many of our members are pet owners and some of those pets were rehomed from Assisi.

"It can be easy to forget our four-legged friends but Assisi does fantastic work on a shoestring. We hope that our fundraising will help to get Assisi on the way to their target for the new building. There are so many ways to help a local charity like Assisi, from volunteering time to walk dogs and take part in street collections, to taking part in our own fundraising at the Advice NI office.

"Our Be Inspired team are busy thinking up all sorts of activities to raise funds and awareness. They will include everything from a 10,000 steps a day challenge to taking part in the Belfast City Marathon.”

Assisi Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1997 and since then has been providing vital shelter and rehoming services for animals in Northern Ireland. Each year Assisi rescues dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and provide them with the best in modern veterinary care.

With animal welfare at the core of everything they do, all animals at the sanctuary are neutered, vaccinated, wormed and de-fleaed. The charity also operates a strict No Kill policy ensuring that only those animals experiencing severe pain or terminal illness are put down.

All donations of money, food, blankets and even old newspapers are welcome at Assisi which is based at Conlig, Newtownards. If you have a few hours to spare then the charity are always looking for a few volunteers to spare some team each week. There’s something for everyone from cleaning out kennels to cuddling cats.

You can donate to Advice NI's Charity of the Year via our Just Giving page and if you want further information you can contact Assisi on 028 9181 2622 or visit the website at