Dog lover’s plea: ‘All I want for Christ­mas is dog food’

Woman es­chews presents for tins to give to ca­nine char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A HARE­FIELD dog lover had a bark­ing mad re­quest last Christ­mas.

In­stead of gifts Kate Black­ett asked friends and fam­ily to give her tins of dog food in­stead.

The 32-year-old florist, and life­long Hare­field res­i­dent, spent three months gath­er­ing the pet food in or­der to do­nate it to Paws 4 Res­cue in Mur­cia, Spain.

She said: “I had the idea to col­lect dog food about three months be­fore Christ­mas when I started to col­lect three tins of dog food ev­ery week for my favourite dog char­ity.

“Af­ter a few weeks of col­lect­ing it, I thought to my­self I need so much more and I need it quickly so I sent a text to all of my fam­ily and friends say­ing: ‘Please just buy me dog food this Christ­mas in­stead of presents!’ and they all did, even though they all think I’m bark­ing mad!”

Ms Black­ett then took to Face­book to take her plea one step fur­ther – and was in­un­dated with ca­nine chow.

She said: “The re­sponse was in­cred­i­ble, I’ve had peo­ple from as far away as Corn­wall and New­cas­tle send­ing food.

“At the mo­ment I have around 300 ex­tra large tins, around 100 stan­dard size tins plus 10 huge bags of dried food and lots of other pack­ets of bis­cuits and blan­kets.”

Kate, who owns White Rose Flo­ral De­sign in Rick­mansworth, has been a huge an­i­mal lover all her life and cur­rently has two res­cue dogs her­self.

She chose to sup­port ‘Paws 4 Res­cue’ af­ter fol­low­ing their Face­book page a year ago.

“I al­ways sup­port the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust but I wanted to ex­tend that sup­port over­seas,” she said. “As the is­sue of an­i­mal wel­fare is an even big­ger prob­lem over in coun­tries like Spain where it is not un­com­mon to see stray dogs and cats dy­ing of star­va­tion on the streets.”

Kate is invit­ing doglovers to do­nate food, blan­kets, leads, col­lars or worm­ing treat­ment by email­ing her at whiterosefd@hot­mail.co. uk.

She added: “Paws 4 Res­cue are al­ways look­ing for foster homes here in the UK, so even if you can’t of­fer a dog a per­ma­nent home maybe you could con­sider fos­ter­ing one.

“If any­one would like to adopt any of the dogs then that re­ally is the best gift in the world for a home­less dog.”

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