Remembering abandoned animals this Christmas

Can you help an animal in need this Christmas?
Can you help an animal in need this Christmas?

Pets at Home at Straiton Retail Park, is running its Santa Paws appeal this month to help ensure that abandoned animals aren’t forgotten this Christmas.

The Santa Paws Appeal, run with the charity Support Adoption For Pets, collects gifts and donations for abandoned animals during the festive season. Now in its sixth year, the local team at Pets at Home want to help local abandoned animals have a happy Christmas.

Up to December 24, the store will be encouraging customers to make a donation or buy an extra gift to benefit a needy pet at a local animal rescue.

A 50p donation in store will buy a Christmas dinner for a rescue pet, with all money donated during the appeal going to local animal welfare charities to supply much needed food over the Christmas period.

Store manager Louise Barden said: “Not every pet is lucky enough to be treated at Christmas and that’s why we are launching our Santa Paws appeal again this year.

“Customers simply pay for their gift at the till and receive a sticker to place on the product. The gift can then be placed in the charity collection bin found in store. We will then invite local rescues to come in and collect whatever has been donated.”

Last year, the initiative raised more than £772,152.97 for animals being cared for in UK re-homing centres and this year the Santa Paws Appeal is kindly sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition Ltd.

Since being established in 2006, Support Adoption For Pets has helped more than 1,000 rehoming centres and animal welfare organisations across the UK by awarding grants and running fundraising campaigns with Pets at Home.