Dogs can meet Santa Paws at stadium grotto

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Pampered pooches can meet ‘Santa Paws’ at a Christmas grotto for dogs.

The doggy treat has been set up at Sheffield’s Owlerton Greyhound Stadium to raise money for charity.

The grotto will be open from Wednesday, December 18, between 10am and 3pm and is being run by Lynda and Roy Cattlin who manage the Sheffield branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust.

Dog owners will pay £2.50 to visit Santa with all proceeds going to the trust, based at Gosling Moor, Wortley.

Guests will be greeted by greyhounds dressed as elves before being taken to visit Santa who will hand out a range of doggy treats and toys.

Lynda said: “Christmas is a time for dogs as well as the rest of the family and the grotto aims to spoil all of them.

“We launched Britain’s first ever Christmas grotto for dogs last year and we’re excited to be doing it again this year.

“We’d also like to raise awareness of the Retired Greyhound Trust, as once people have met the greyhounds we have available for adoption, they can’t stay away.

“At the same time it’s also important to stress the old adage that a dog is not just for Christmas.”

She added: “All dogs are welcome to visit the grotto, not just greyhounds. We would also be delighted to hear from anyone who can donate some doggy treats and gifts to be given away by Santa Paws.”