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Here’s how to make a rescue dog's Christmas

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We all know the saying, a dog is for life not just for Christmas, but most dogs living in shelters will hardly know the difference. Here’s how to change that.

By Natasha James

Published on the 20/12/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

You might already have bought your pup their Christmas present. And, even if you don't intend to buy them a gift, we’re sure they'll still get extra turkey and treats on the big day.

So, spare a thought then for all the dogs in care, waiting for their forever homes who are unlikely to get any extra attention at all.

An appeal to help lonely dogs

That heart-breaking thought is why Warrington woman, Martine Taylor, has set up a shoebox appeal to give gifts to all the dogs who don’t have owners.

Doggy clothes, dry treats, dog food and heavy-duty dog toys will all be very welcome to a pup who’s spending Christmas alone in their kennel.

The loneliest time of the year

It’s the second year Martine has run the campaign. Last year she handed out 187 shoeboxes full of goodies to lonely dogs who don’t have families of their own and she’d love to beat her own record this year.

It is estimated that 130,000 dogs are placed into shelters and rescue centres every year.

And, as 2020 has been such a strange year, we’d imagine many of these pups are still waiting to find their forever home.

We bet these boxes of treats will get many a tail wagging on Christmas morning.

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