RSPCA officers from County Durham are going to be sharing a cup of tea with elderly pet owners when they drop off gift parcels for them this winter.


We’ve joined up with the Tata Global Beverages’ Tetley Tea factory in Stockton-on-Tees and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) to spread some Christmas cheer.

RVS has identified older people with pets who are willing for the RSPCA to visit their homes and bring gifts including pet food and toys to their animals.Left to right - Neal McCabe, Jill Stubbs, RSPCA inspector Emma Stainthorpe, Louise Wilkie, Jane Wellfare (behind) and Rachael Wellfare


RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “We have had a substantial donation of Tetley tea bags and we will be delivering the gift parcels and having a cup of tea and a chat with the owners.

“We intend to run this throughout December and if it goes well we may extend it into January.”


The initiative was officially launched yesterday (Tuesday 12 December) at the Tetley Tea Factory.


Jill Stubbs, communication advisor at Tata Global Tea Beverages, said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to get involved with helping the RSPCA, especially with such a brilliant initiative in our local area.


“We have lots of animal lovers in the factory, and the donations from our employees have been overwhelming.


“We very much look forward to continuing with this joint venture in the future.”


Visits will be arranged over the coming days and weeks.


Lisa Cocoran, of the RVS, said: “We’re very happy to be working with the RSPCA on this lovely initiative, which we hope will bring lots of Christmas cheer to older animal owners in the area.”

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