Animal lovers are being urged to bring a spade and get digging at Border Pet Rescue in Earlston this Sunday.
Schoolchildren and scouts have already pledged their support and local businesses have donated 1,300 trees to the 10-acre exercise area at the charity’s Craigford base. Tasked with making small woodland areas to make the fields more interesting for dogs, volunteers are being asked to meet at Borders Pet Rescue from 10am on Sunday, bringing their own spade where possible.
Helpers will be given their own patch to plant and boards will be put up acknowledge the contribution of those involved.
Spokesperson Laura Aitken said: “We need help to plant all of the trees so we are appealing to everyone who lives nearby to bring a spade and help us out.”
“The trees being donated and planted will form a vital element in the development of a fantastic resource for the charity and the local community and will add significantly to the biodiversity of this former grazing land. Everyone has been very generous including supplying temporary toilets for the event.
“We take in unwanted, abandoned and lost animals including cats, dogs and all kinds of small furry things. Where necessary, we provide veterinary care and behavioural training to give our animals the best chance of finding a new home. And, through our re-homing process, we strive to ensure that each new home best suits the needs of each individual animal.”