8 independent rescue centres from across the UK shared their Christmas wish-lists Arden Grange.
The global pandemic has had a huge
impact on independent animal rescues in the UK, with many having to navigate
through a difficult period of reduced income versus an increase in animals needing
their services. This time of the year can be particularly tough, with colder
weather meaning increased heating expenses, less fund-raising activities and tighter
We asked eight independent rescue centres from across the UK to share their 'wish lists' with us. Here is what they really need this Christmas and how they general public can help.
1. Donate money.
Regular donations are at the
beating heart of independent rescue centres, who rely on the generosity of
animal-lovers to keep going. If you can afford to donate money, this is the
most immediate and effective action you can take for your local centre this
2. Provide a food donation.
Food donations are a great way to
give support. It’s worthwhile contacting your local centre to find out exactly
which foods they need. Many rescued cats and dogs have been through some tough
times and often require a sensitive diet, K9 Rescue
recommends grain-free food if in doubt!
3. Sponsor a resident.
An ideal gift for animal lovers!
Cats and Dogs Home
are among many rescue centres providing the opportunity
to sponsor a resident and receive regular updates on your sponsored animal.
Your sponsorship will help to provide expert care, rehabilitation, medical
treatment and a safe space for animals awaiting rehoming.
4. Sponsor a kennel, save a life.
Like many rescue centres, Doris Barnham
in Cottam works hard to save dogs from the pound - who would
otherwise be put down. Sponsoring a kennel means provides valuable fund to help
keep kennels available for when dogs need them. Your donation could give many
dogs a last chance at life.
5. Fundraising events.
The world is your oyster when it comes to fund-raising! You could run,
walk or sky-dive, or host a bake sale or group dog walk. Another option is to join
an event that your local rescue centre is hosting. Friends of
Animals in Wales
is hosting a Boxing Day Walk for the
Wonkies, to raise funds for ex-breeding puppy farm mothers.
6. Share the love on social media.
“You can support your local animal shelter without having to spend a
penny, simply by spreading the word.” Explains the team at Holbrook Animal
. With so many dogs and cats
looking for new homes, your post could help to provide a new home with someone
in your network!
7. In memory of…
Supporters of Many Tears Animal Rescue
can sponsor a leaf on its Memorial Tree. Jenna from Many Tears explains how it
works: “For a donation of £10 we can engrave a beautiful bronze coloured leaf
with a few words in memory of a loved one or sadly departed pet which will stay
on our special tree.” A leaf can also make a thoughtful gift for a loved one.
8. Donate as you shop
For last minute Christmas gifts, online shopping outlets are making it
easier to buy what you need AND donate to a local charity. Sunshine Cat Rescue
in Chipping Norton cites
online shopping as a purrfect way to donate – it doubles that feelgood feeling
after a purchase.
your unwanted items
from furniture to costume jewellery - Save Our Strays
in Redcar is always looking for good quality items to sell in its
charity shop. While at Holbrook Animal Rescue
, the team provides a house
clearance service, selling on the items to others who need them.
10. Long-term love
Animal rescues need support at Christmas and throughout the year. From becoming
a volunteer to adopting a pet yourself, there are so many ways to help. Money
is the ‘most-wanted’ gift and top of the list would be a regular donation – a
small contribution could make a big difference.
Visit the website of your local animal rescue centre or get in touch with
them directly, to find out what you can do to help.