her back garden has been transformed into a menagerie for guinea pigs.
But Helen Broadhead fears her small animal sanctuary may have to close its doors unless she can find a new home for over 100 tiny mouths.
Helen, 31, from Bramley, Leeds, set up Bramley Cavies three years ago after taking in dozens of abandoned and sick guinea pigs to live in her shed.
But now she is on the search for a bigger home for the sanctuary to help it continue its work.
The mum-of-two currently has 120 guinea pigs, small reptiles and small animals in her garden.
She said: “It’s getting to the point where we are having to turn animals away.
“We need much bigger premises and unfortunately if we can’t do that then we may have to close.”
Helen is looking to find somewhere big enough to care for the animals and to open up a shop to raise money for the centre.
Over the last three years she has attended nearly 600 educational sessions in the community to teach people about caring for small animals.
And she has warned that more animals are coming to the centre needing care as the cold weather starts to bite.
Helen added: “In the last three days we have had 15 animals come to us and it is just going to get worse.
“It’s very difficult running the centre from my home.
“If we stay open we will just be able to carry on but if we close then we will have to find new homes for the animals.
“Since we said we could be closing we have been overwhelmed.”
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