A WARM gesture is set to make cold winter weather easier to bear for abandoned dogs at a South Yorkshire rescue centre.
Canines at Netherlands Dog Rescue, Kilnhurst, can snuggle up in new winter coats thanks to a donation from Sheffield’s Jollyes Pet Superstore, on Attercliffe Common.
Volunteers from the charity issued an urgent appeal in The Star last week in a bid to raise cash to pay for jackets for their 20 animals as colder weather sets in.
The centre rescues about 90 stray or abandoned dogs from being destroyed every year – but struggles to stay afloat.
Prayers were answered when Darren Musson, a supervisor at Jollyes, promised to provide each pooch with the clothing free of charge.
Carol Ashmore, a volunteer at Netherlands Dog Rescue, said: “It is absolutely fabulous, not just the fact they gave us the coats, but that somebody acknowledged we are a small charity and need all the help we can get.
“Everyone tends to think of the bigger ones when it’s smaller ones like us which actually need more help.
“I think the total cost came to about £420. We’d have never raised that on our own with normal methods.
“The dogs look marvellous. I’ve been out dog-walking in my jacket and I feel the cold, so you can only imagine how they feel. We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve had since the article was in The Star.”
Darren said: “I came home from work and saw the article.
“I know dogs need decent wrapping up to keep them warm and I wanted us to help.
“I called head office and asked if we were able to supply these dogs with a coat each for the winter, as we offer a service where they get one fitted especially for them.
“The bosses agreed, there was no problem at all. They were happy to help.”
n Netherlands Dog Rescue operates an adoption service. Visit www.netherlandsdogrescue.co.uk for more information.