pet shops help to collect gifts for rescue dogs
dogs in kennels in the Burnham-On-Sea area over Christmas have
been sent presents from as far away as America following a council
Sedgemoor District Council launched its annual Santa Paws gift
scheme for stray and homeless dogs in November.
Since then, it has received hundreds of shoe boxes filled with
treats via pet shops in Burnham-On-Sea, Brent Knoll and other
also received a parcel by post from Arizona in America.
The council said this year's appeal had been a "huge success"
with a "whole room of festive treats" collected.
council's Santa Paws appeal was set up to give homeless dogs a
"Christmas to remember".
In the run up to Christmas, hundreds of dog chews, toys, blankets
and treats donated by animal lovers were collected from shops
and council offices across the county.
"Christmas is always a sad time of year for our dog wardens
and the dogs who come in to the council," Fiona Dickson,
a Sedgemoor District Council Dog Warden, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
dogs are brought in as strays during this time and it can be difficult
But with twice the number of gifts donated this year, compared
to last year - dog warden Fiona Dickson said they were "absolutely
delighted". "The level of
generosity is truly heart warming," added Fiona.
"The dogs may not be able to say thank you but we can reassure
everyone who donated there will be lots of wagging tails when
we drop off the parcels of goodies at kennels across the area."
District Council and our Dog Wardens would like to thank staff
at the following drop-off points who helped us to collect the
donations: Sedgemoor District Council Reception, Bridgwater House,
King Square, Bridgwater; Countrywide Store, Wylds Road, Bridgwater;
Pampurred Pets, Sanders Garden Centre, Brent Knoll; The Pet Shop,
High Street, Burnham-on-Sea; Animal Fayre, 3 Victoria Street,
Burnham-on-Sea; Pets Corner Cheddar, Cheddar Garden Centre, Draycott
Road, Cheddar; and The Petshop, 1B Union Street, Cheddar.