The New Year kicked off with a £1,835 fundraising bonus for local animal welfare charity, Borders Pet Rescue, thanks to a donation from national grant-giving organisation Support Adoption For Pets.
During December every customer visiting a Pets at Home store was invited to donate 50p for a rescue pets Christmas dinner as part of the Support Adoption For Pets’ Santa Paws Appeal.
Amy Wilson, Support Adoption For Pets’ Charity Manager, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generous spirit of donors to our Santa Paws Appeal and would like to thank everyone that gave via the Pets at Home store in Galashiels.
“We are thrilled to be able to make a donation to Borders Pet Rescue’s Earlston Centre so that they can continue with the valuable work they do.”
In addition to the Christmas dinner appeal, shop staff dressed up in elf costumes and as Santa to help run a tombola, bake sales and other fundraising initiatives.
“Our customers and staff really got behind this initiative,” commented Pets at Home store manager Mark Adair. “They entered into the spirit of the promotion - even bringing their dogs to the store in fancy dress to have a photo taken with Santa!”
Simon Wallace, Borders Pet Rescue’s Fundraising Manager said the donation provided a wonderful start to a year of new fundraising ideas for the charity.
“The size of the donation has really given our plans for fundraising in 2016 a massive boost - we are so grateful to Pets at Home, their staff and especially, their customers here in the Borders.
“The money will enable us to continue to provide the best care available for our animals – especially during these difficult winter months.”