Animal charity needs help

An animal charity is calling on the community to show their festive spirit this Christmas and help support it in its mission to find new homes for its dogs.

Waifs & Strays Dog Rescue is looking to re-home as many dogs as possible by Christmas. The organisation merged with Seaford Dog Rescue and rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes stray and abandoned dogs in the East Sussex area. The charity looks for support from families so the four-legged animals can be temporarily re-homed before a long term solution is found. It is running projects in a bid to give the charity a boost and is calling on people to donate sacks of dog food in case a harsh winter means the kennels, which are based in the Hailsham area, get snowed in and is also running a shoe box appeal where people can donate treats, dog toys and chews.

Lurchers Tia and Kah

Lurchers Tia and Kah

Vikki Thomas is Waifs and Strays Dog Rescue’s trustee, fundraiser and volunteer. She said, “We are trying to get our dogs a permanent home, our foster families who help us are worth their weight in gold to us.

“They take on different dogs over a period of time and have even helped to re-home them through word of mouth. If we didn’t have their support then the dogs would have to be put down.”

The charity, which has been well supported by the Basil Trust, is hoping the community can follow suit and as well as looking for more foster homes to be able to save more dogs, they are calling on the public to get in touch if they can look after a dog for the day. This would include taking a dog from one of the kennels and taking it out for a walk and feeding it.

The team will be at Pets at Home in Eastbourne on Saturday (12pm-4pm) to raise funds. The store has nominated the group as its chosen charity of the month and until December 31 is calling on customers to donate 50p to help go towards feeding a dog.

For more information call 07707 738925 or look at the Facebook page Waifs & Strays Dog Rescue. The charity only accepts certain dog food and anyone wishing to donate food should contact them first.