Christmas Cheer at Rain Rescue

After the success of last week, visiting and distributing the Christmas cheer, we couldn’t wait to visit the next charity on our Christmas list. This week it was Rain Rescue in Sheffield.

Founded in 2002, they have saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats in and around South Yorkshire, and after meeting their manager and trainer Gemma Ibbotson we got to see the amazing work they do and how they make a difference for our Paws for Thought campaign.

Rain Rescue was set up by Jacquie Neilson, after she saw some lost and stray dogs in a Huddersfield dog pound. Jacquie was horrified at the conditions the dogs had been kept in and decided to do something about it.

Since then she has been working passionately and tirelessly for years trying to make things better for the dogs, saving as many as possible and taking them under her wing at Rain Rescue.

And what a difference her hard work has made! Rain Rescue aim to re-home most of the pets within five weeks, training them with positive reinforcement and with the love and affection they seek. Their main mission is to educate those who are unaware of the abandonment some of our furry companions face.

Meeting some of the residents of Rain Rescue introduced us to Cherry, a beautiful Jack Russell aged between seven and eight who was saved from the pound only two weeks before. She is just one of 14 dogs and eight cats waiting for their new homes.

The amazing efforts are all self-funded, through their charity shops found in Sheffield and Rotherham and the donations from the public. They are currently raising money for their Christmas Dinner Appeal to feed the pets who are in a shelter at Christmas so please feel free to donate. The text donation code is ‘DINN55’ followed by ‘£1/2/5/10’ TO 70070 or you can donate here.

The normal donation code is ‘RAIN04’ followed by ‘£1/2/5/10’ TO 70070 or they accept donations here.

A huge thanks to Gemma, Jacquie, Lauren, Andy and the rest of the team at Rain Rescue for everything they do, and also to those who nominated! Next week we announce the third charity to receive 100 PetSafe® toys. Keep nominating to tell us who you think it should be.

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