People in County Durham are being urged to be an #AnimalHero this weekend by supporting RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre and going along to their annual Christmas Fair.


The RSPCA launched its ‘Everyday Hero’ campaign earlier this month, which urges all of us to do what we can to improve animal welfare, whether it is reporting a case of cruelty, donating unwanted clothes to an RSPCA charity shop or putting food out for the birds in our garden.


This weekend’s event takes place between 11.30am and 2.30pm on Sunday (1 December) at the Chester-le-Street centre, on Beaney Lane in Chester Moor.


There will be a visit from Father Christmas, face painting and children’s games, stalls selling RSPCA Christmas cards and other merchandise, refreshments, a tombola and luxury raffle and pet photography. Entrance is £1 and children are free.


RSPCA Felledge deputy animal centre manager Rebecca Williams said: “We’re inviting #AnimalHeroes from across the area to join us in making this a really special day.


“If you’ve adopted an animal from us please come along, dogs are very welcome at the event so bring them too.


“Maybe you’ve been involved in the rehabilitation of one of our animals, or you just want to be an #AnimalHero by spending a few pounds at the event. All the money raised goes back in to caring for the animals here at RSPCA Felledge, which are amongst the most neglected and cruelly treated in the North East.”


Those bringing their dogs will be able to get their photograph taken by Star Paws Photography, who support us at all of our events by donating their services. They’ve also donated a gift voucher for a pet photo shoot and a framed desk print, valued at £150 in total, for the raffle.


#AnimalHero Sue Lax, who owns Star Paws Photography based just outside Consett, said: “I love animals and think it’s really important to do my bit to help.


“Some of the things these dogs, cats and horses have been through are hard to hear, but we can all try to make their lives better from now on. I’m a photographer, so I take photos.


“I’m a member of HeARTS Speak, an organisation which connects photographers and artists with animal rescue organisations to improve their chances of rehoming, and contacted Felledge to give something back.


“I really enjoy doing events like this. Meeting some of the pets that have been rehomed from the RSPCA with their new owners is always a highlight.”


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