Pet lovers help give an­i­mals a fes­tive feed

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

WOK­ING­HAM’S pas­sion for pets has helped thou­sands of de­serted an­i­mals this Christ­mas.

Pet own­ers and col­leagues at Wok­ing­ham and Win­nersh branches Pets at Home have helped raise a na­tional to­tal of £1,704,362 for home­less pets this fes­tive sea­son.

Since launch­ing the an­nual Santa Paws ap­peal for its own char­ity, Sup­port Adop­tion For Pets, on No­vem­ber 23, Pets at Home have raised enough money to pro­vide 3,317,317 din­ners for aban­doned an­i­mals.

Wok­ing­ham store man­ager Ali­son Slade said: “What a fan­tas­tic re­sult.

“We had so much fun rais­ing money and are so grate­ful to all of our gen­er­ous cus­tomers for tak­ing part and do­nat­ing much needed funds.

“It’s great to know that this money will also go to­wards help­ing these char­i­ties to keep aban­doned pets healthy and happy un­til they find a per­ma­nent home.”

Cus­tomers shop­ping in Pets at Home on Fin­champ­stead Road had the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate 50p to­wards a din­ner for home­less pets which spent Christ­mas in a res­cue cen­tre.

The Wok­ing­ham and the Win­nersh stores were just two of 440 Pets at Home stores across the UK where cus­tomers could do­nate.

Sup­port Adop­tion for Pets fundrais­ing man­ager Amy Wil­son said: “This year we set an am­bi­tious tar­get to help raise enough money to feed more home­less pets than ever be­fore.

“When we found out that we had reached this goal, we were amazed and grate­ful to every­one who joined us on our mis­sion to help make this the most spe­cial Christ­mas for pets in res­cue cen­tres across the UK.

“We would like to thank ev­ery­body who do­nated to Pets at Home Wok­ing­ham. Your help has brought a wag­ging tail and a happy Christ­mas to the lives of pets who need it most.”

The ap­peal ran from Black Fri­day un­til Christ­mas Eve, and reached the new ‘Santa Paws’ tar­get to pro­vide three mil­lion din­ners to home­less pets across the UK. Wok­ing­ham helped the char­ity ex­ceed the record­break­ing to­tal, since the an­nual fundraiser launched in 2006.

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