Carla Lane Animals In Need

The past two weeks have seen charities from Sheffield and Keighley receiving PetSafe® toys for Christmas. This week Carla Lane Animals In Need and their incredible team in Liverpool received a PetSafe® Christmas hamper for the amazing work they do for vulnerable animals.

Over the past year, the efforts of the charity have resulted in over 1000 animals being given the love and support they need. They have everything from kittens to turkeys in their care, and on Christmas day will be hosting 230 animals in need for dinner (now that’s a lot of mouths to feed!).

When we arrived at the sanctuary we were greeted by Caroline Cassidy, one of the trustees who has been part of the team for an amazing 17 years. In true Christmas spirit the boxes of toys were brought in and placed underneath the Christmas tree ready to be unwrapped by the current furry residents. The sanctuary has roughly 35 dogs and 35 cats in their care, and we wanted to make a difference by bringing them a little Christmas cheer.

The team at Carla Lane Animals In Need have had a productive year and have recently completed their brand new Special Care Unit. This means that they are now able to bring a vet onto the premises to provide care without having to take their animal’s offsite.

Their love and affection for animals in need is so heart-warming, with no effort too great. We witnessed a young kitten being syringe fed after being found in a local’s back garden. As well as looking after their permanent residents, they also open their doors to short-term boarding whilst their owners are away.

And this care doesn’t stop within their four walls.

Carla Lane Animals In Need is at the forefront of the fight against Breed Specific Legislation, working with owners to protect their pitbulls from being seized due to their breed. The legal fees and emotional trauma imposed on those fighting to keep their pets is very distressing for owners, therefore Carla Lane set up Pink’s Memorial Fund for donations in order to support this worthwhile cause.

We are extremely proud to witness the love and care that goes into this wonderful place and would like to thank all the people who voted for them in our Paws For Thought campaign. It enabled PetSafe® to meet and award yet another great charity!

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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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Paws For Thought with Keighley Cat Care

And here it is! The start of our fantastic Paws For Thought Christmas campaign! And what a wonderful charity we have to kick it all off!

The first charity we have chosen is the hard-working team at Keighley Cat Care.

The team at Keighley work for free and rely on funds they raise themselves or by donations from the public, which means you’ll regularly see them at local events and community fundraising days.

The charity has been running for 12 years and is doing an amazing job juggling full time work, vet trips, prospective owner visits, and host of other things all in order to help the cats receive the love and care they deserve.

Based just outside Bradford they take in strays from Bingley, Shipley, Haworth, Oakworth and the surrounding areas.

We went to visit the wonderful Angela Gray who cares for many of the rescued cats in her home until they are fostered out. Angela has been part of the team for five years and thrives on providing a better life for the cats she looks after.

Upon the delivery of the toys (squeezed into the lunchtime of Angela’s full time job), she was delighted with the selection of PetSafe® toys she received. Angela said: “This is the sort of thing that we can’t really afford to treat our cats with…so generally they have to make do with cardboard boxes and rolled up pieces of tin foil, so these toys are just fabulous and will be shared amongst all our cats and enjoyed greatly.”

It was our pleasure to be able to make a difference especially with Christmas approaching and give back to those who work so hard throughout the year.

They have nine foster homes in total and have over 70 cats. They welcome potential fosterers to visit their homes so that they can get to know their purrfect companion.

Whilst visiting Angela we got to meet the more outgoing of her four-legged family; Ocean, Othello, and Pedro, who couldn’t wait to climb into their new box of goodies!

A few of the lucky ones were even waiting to be collected that very evening before being re-homed.

PetSafe® would like to thank Keighley Cat Care for all their hard work and their lovely community for letting us know about everything they do and how they have affected so many people.

If you would like to know more, donate, or foster from Keighley Cat Care, visit their website HERE.

Stay tuned for next week’s Paws For Thought give away.

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