CW Wildlife Rescue (CWWR) in Rickmansworth has closed its doors to consider its future after its founder, Chris Wicks, announced his decision to retire.
In a statement on Facebook, Mr Wicks, who set up the centre in 2014, said: “Running a wildlife rescue is rewarding, but it is exhausting as well. CWWR was a dream come true for me, but it also became a monster.
“I have decided now is the time to call it a day. It has been a very difficult decision, but I feel it is the right one.”
Shortly after posting the statement, many members of the community left tributes to Mr Wicks, who has become a beloved figure in the community after helping protect so much of its wildlife.
As a result of the retirement, the trustees at CWWR have made the decision to temporarily close the centre whilst they consider the future.
Currently on the centre’s website it reads: “It is with deep regret, that due to the retirement of our founder, we will be closing our doors while we consider our future.
“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the help, support, good-will and donations we’ve received from you over the last several years.
“With your help, we’ve helped and rehabilitated hundreds of sick and injured animals. Thank you again.”
CWWR are currently in the process of transferring the animals currently in their care to other rescue centres, and advise residents to use other nearby centres such as London Wildlife Protection, Tiggywinkles and Wildlife Aid.