Wednesday 12 December 2012

Staff at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre are saying thanks to all who supported them at their Christmas Fair this weekend.


The event, which took place on Sunday (9 December 2012), raised £1,234.88 towards looking after the animals in their care over the Christmas period. Four people also signed up to the Safe Haven kennel/cat pen sponsorship scheme*.


The centre, in Chester Moor, Chester-le-Street is home to 42 dogs and 64 cats, at a rate of £15 per dog per day and £9.40 per cat. That means the bill for Christmas Day alone comes in at £1,231.60. For Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day it could be as high as £3,694.80.


RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre manager Maggie Eden said: “We are really pleased with the turnout at the weekend. It was a really enjoyable day for everyone involved and we raised enough to pay for Christmas Day, which is great news.”


The figures don’t take into account equines, which are also cared for at the centre.


Maggie said: “Of course, we’re still appealing for donations. Caring for so many desperately needy animals is expensive and we really hope that, at this generous time of year, people will support us.


“We want to invite all of our supporters and adopters to remember us and the animals in our care at Christmas. Perhaps you could stretch to an extra gift this year, to help us look after another dog, cat or horse till we can find them a forever home like yours.”


Anyone wishing to make a financial donation can do so by calling into the centre or posting a cheque to RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, Waldridge Lane, Chester Moor, DH2 3BF. The centre is open 11.30am – 3pm every day except Wednesdays when it is closed to the public. Card donations can also be taken over the telephone by calling 0300 123 0708.


The centre is also desperate for donations of cat scratching posts and hard-wearing dog toys like ‘Kongs’.


*You can sign up to the Safe Haven scheme for yourself, as a gift or in memory of a loved one – perhaps even a four-legged one – from as little as £3 per month. Unlike other sponsorship schemes, Safe Haven means that you are contributing to the care of many different animals each year.