Dog groomers brush up on volunteering to help RSPCA

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GROOMERS from a pet shop have volunteered their styling services in a bid to help abandoned and homeless animals find a new life in a loving home.

Nine dogs from the RSPCA’s Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch were invited to attend the Groom Room at Pets at Home, Ravenside Retail Park, Markham Road, for a pamper session to help attract new owners to take care of them.

And, not only did the dogs leave the salon looking and feeling great, six of the nine found new homes in just a matter of days thanks to team members Julie Finley, Shai Price and Carol Stanley.

The grooming team at Pets at Home now plan to launch an appeal to help find new homes for the remaining dogs, including Mitzi, a German shepherd-cross-labrador, Tara, a labrador-cross, and Molly, a mastiff-cross who has been with the RSPCA for two years.

Shai Price, from Pets at Home in Chesterfield, said: “This has been a great volunteering initiative with brilliant results.

“Everyone here is so passionate about their job, so using their skills to help animals in need has been rewarding for all involved.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed that Mitzi in particular finds the dream home she deserves very soon.”

Gary Taylor, animal care manager at RSPCA Chesterfield, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the Groom Room for giving some of our rescue dogs a fantastic day out and a fabulous makeover.

“It was a great success and most of the dogs have now found new homes.”

The RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch takes in and re-homes about 1,000 abandoned, unwanted and mistreated animals each year.