The first pictures of how a North-east wildlife hospital could look have been released.
The New Arc (North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre) near Ellon wants to build the hospital for emergency care and animals recovering following surgery.
A crowdfunder launched by the animal charity has so far raised 95% of the £30,000 target.
The total cost of the facility would be around £60,000.
The animal hospital would be created within the New Arc’s land and include recovery rooms, intensive care and an inspection room.
With the fundraising target nearly in reach founder Keith Marley thanked people for their support.
He said: “I can almost feel and taste it now that we are so close.
“It is a really exciting time right now and we are getting down to the finer details.
“We haven’t put in for our planning permission yet so there may still be some fine tuning to do before then.”
Keith said the design was being handled by architects Cooper and MacGregor.
He said: “They are currently looking at local companies and seeing what materials could be used for the build.
“We are looking to make the building as environmentally sound as we can be.
“It is almost all systems go with the project at the moment.”
The charity was started more than 10 years ago by Keith and his wife Pauline.
New Arc took in more than 1,000 animals last year and has already dealt with more than 100 cases this year.
Keith added: “This period is normally a quiet time and we have already dealt with more cases than this time last year. If we could get the hospital built now, I would because we need it.
“The sooner it gets built the better.”
He added: “We expect it to be even busier this year.
“We have a lot of animals here already including two foxes, a deer, rabbits, a bat, a couple of barn owls, falcons and at least 27 pigeons, so it is very busy here.”