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Fill A Shoebox For Rescue Pets

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3:52pm 12th November 2012

Margaret Green Animal Rescue are appealing to the public to bring joy to a rescue dog this Christmas by filling a shoe box with goodies.

“This time of year is always difficult for us” Says Louise Keeling, who works for the charity.  “We see an increase in animals coming into our care during the festive season and less people looking to give a rescued pet a forever home. Our heating bills are also more expensive than ever as we strive to make the kennels and cat pens more comfortable during the winter months”.

“We are asking for kind members of the public to help a rescue dog this Christmas by filling a small empty box, or shoe box, with tasty treats and toys for the dogs that are with over the festive period. Each one that is with us on Christmas day will receive their own present and have fun opening them”.

“If you would  prefer to make a shoe box for a cat, rabbit, guinea pig or larger animal such as  a horse, goat or donkey, we have all of these animals in rescue at the moment and many more. Having a box of treats and toys to enjoy at can make such a difference to a rescue animal that is with us over Christmas. We would like as many as possible so that each pet receiving our care can have one.”

The public are invited to drop off their shoe boxes at their local Margaret Green Animal Rescue during opening hours up until Christmas. The charity has two sites in Dorset: Lincoln Farm, for dogs, is just outside Bere Regis, and Church Knowle Animal Sanctuary and Visitor Centre is just behind Corfe Castle.  They also have one in Devon – Wingletang Rescue and Rehoming Centre, just outside of Tavistock.

“When are you are shopping for goodies for your own pet this season, please put that little something extra in your basket and bring some joy to another pet that isn’t so lucky this Christmas”.

 Suggestions for Shoebox items:

  • Good quality cat or dog food
  • Dog toys – e.g Tennis ball, squeaky toy or Kong
  • Cat toys e.g Catnip mouse, ping-pong ball
  • Packet of cat biscuit treats
  • Pet combs
  • Packet of small pet treats
  • Small pet toys such as guinea pig chew or rabbit activity tunnel
  • Blankets

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