Dogs campaign taking off - but more to be done

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THE Star’s campaign to Give A Dog A Home is beginning to take off - with half of the abandoned dogs so far featured reserved by prospective new owners.

At the launch of the campaign on Monday we revealed the RSPCA centre in Attercliffe was full to capacity, with staff struggling to care for a total of 67 dogs.

Twelve of those dogs were featured on the front page of The Star - and already, within the week, six have been put on a reserve list for new homes.

Within minutes of the paper being published readers were phoning the centre to enquire how they could adopt a pet.

And, once checks and an inspector’s visit have been completed, the dogs will be on their way to happy new homes - and happy new lives.

Among the pooches preparing for a fresh start is Xena, a loveable English Bull Terrier who loves cuddles, and Tilly the greyhound who is slightly hard of hearing but full of affection.

Mowgli the cross-breed, Zeus the German Shepherd, Candy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Baloo the black labrador are all looking forward to meeting up with their new owners too.

The centre’s general manger Stella White said: “The response has been wonderful. Six dogs have been reserved so far.

“We are delighted to be working with The Star on this fantastic idea, and aim to share with the people of Sheffield a new dog every week.”

But she added: “For every dog we find a new home there is another one brought in.

“We hope people come down and have a look at all the beautiful dogs that are still available.

“We want to raise awareness for the branch, remind people that we are still here in Sheffield at our new centre in Attercliffe, and to find homes for all the dogs and cats in our care.”

The centre in Stadium Way, Attercliffe, is hosting a Christmas Fayre next Saturday, November 19, from 11am to 3pm featuring games, activities and stalls selling gifts, books, cakes, crafts, chutneys, pet supplies, refreshments and bric-a-brac.

Donations are needed to help make the fayre go with a festive swing.

Stella said: “We would appreciate any donations of bottles, tins and cans to bolster our bottle stall. If these can be delivered to our centre by Monday it would be a great help.

“Our animal viewing area will be open as normal, too, so visitors can feel free to look around at the animals and meet some of the staff that work at the centre.”

n The Star will feature a different abandoned dog each week in the run-up to Christmas. The RSPCA centre is open every day between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Call 0114 289 8050.