Do you have your Christmas present shopping in full swing?

Rabbit shoebox Dog shoebox Cat shoeboxWhen you’re filling up your shopping baskets this December – why not add in something little for a rescue animal like Bella who is awaiting her forever home?

RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre has launched its very own shoebox appeal – to give the dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets in their care some special surprises over this festive season.

RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen prioritises animals taken in by RSPCA officers; often meaning those who have experienced cruelty or neglect, and those needing a great deal of care and attention after very difficult lives. Bryn-Y-Maen can, at any one time, be looking after more than 100 animals.

Deputy centre manager Rachel Gibbs said: “All you need to do is fill a shoebox with shredded paper – please remember to remove any staples – and fill it up with a toy and some animal food/treats. Then simply label the box with the type of animal it is destined for!

“This amazing donation will really make a difference to an animal in our care over the Christmas period. Animals like Bella a gorgeous three-year-old lurcher crossbreed is currently awaiting her forever home will benefit from these special shoeboxes.

“We hope Bella is rehomed ASAP – but if she isn’t we really want to spoil her at Christmas, along with our other animals.”

The boxes can be dropped off at the centre, Pets at Home Llandudno or Prospect House Veterinary Clinic.

Rachel added: “We’ve already received some wonderful shoebox donations and we are just so thankful to those who are thinking of us and donating at this time of year.

“Your kindness and support will really make a difference.”

The RSPCA also has launched its festive appeal Stock the Sleigh to help needy animals this winter.

There were more than 5,000 animals taken in over the Christmas period last year, including more than 2,100 cats and more than 1,000 dogs, as well as hundreds of wildlife.

It costs around £670,000 to run an RSPCA centre for a year. You can make a generous donation to Stock the Sleigh and help animals in our care:

£7 could keep an animal warm with a soft and cosy blanket
£15 could give the gift of comfort – a warm blanket, treats and toys
£25 could give the gift of safety – it could help answer a phone call, provide a safe bed and food
£40 could give the gift of care – providing essential veterinary care and medicines

This winter, the RSPCA expects to take in more than 10,000 animals in need. To help us deliver vital supplies to thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned animals left out in the cold this Christmas, visit www.rspca.org.uk/giftofkindness and watch your virtual gift fill up our sleigh with a grateful wag from Sprout the dog. Sprout, Tink and the other festive characters feature in the RSPCA’s Christmas sweatshirts: www.rspca.org.uk/christmasmerch

RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre can be contacted on 0300 123 0745, and companion animals, available for adoption can be found online. For more information about the centre, re-homing opportunities, upcoming events and more, visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/bryn-y-maen-animal-centre/. More information about the RSPCA’s work across North Wales can also be found on Twitter, @RSPCACymru, and on the RSPCA Cymru Facebook page.