Can no-one help me?

Nichola McKay (31) of Methilhil faces the prospect of having to give up her rescued animals as the owner of the field she keeps them on in Lundin Links has put the land up for sale and she can't afford to buy it.
Nichola McKay (31) of Methilhil faces the prospect of having to give up her rescued animals as the owner of the field she keeps them on in Lundin Links has put the land up for sale and she can't afford to buy it.

A METHILHILL animal lover remains at her wits end as nobody has come forward with a place big enough for her to home around 20 rescued animals.

The Mail revealed last month how Nichola Mackay (31) was desperately seeking a five-acre patch of land for the abused, injured and unwanted horses, ponies, donkeys and sheep she has saved over the past 13 years.

Now, with the uncertainty building up of when the landowner who has allowed her to use a field free of charge, just along from Balcormo Mains near Lundin Links, sells up, she is appealing to all farmers and land owners to get in touch.

Nichola, who already spends most of her income from her job as a full-time administrator at Havelock Europa to look after the animals, often at the expense of any other things in her life, is prepared to pay rent for a field or patch of land.

She said: “The landowner has not given me a date to be off, she is giving me time to find somewhere, but that doesn’t help the situation as its on my mind everyday.

Rollercoaster

“I am so emotional about it all, just now I’m like a rollercoaster - one minute I’m okay and the next I’m upset that I may lose what I have worked hard for.

“I did see a piece of land that would be perfect but the owner is only selling it and I don’t have the money.”

Nichola who has had a passion for animals since childhood and has looked after both farm animals and domestic pets, had hoped a fellow animal lover would have came forward.

Her biggest fear is that if land doesn’t become available she would have to try to give the animals away to strangers, the SSPCA or in the worst case have them put down.

“Worried doesn’t come close to how I feel,” she added. “More like having that sick feeling being with you every day and every night.

“It’s the first thing I think about in the morning and last thing at night.”

If anyone has a field or land they aren’t using - such as those waiting for the economy to pick up before starting building work - or can help in anyway, call Nichola on 0772 9702 037 or email her on nicholamackayn73@o2.co.uk.