Salisbury Journal - Morwenna Blake 14th May 2013
A pet firm owner in Salisbury is calling on her customers to help out five animal charities by donating useful items to help them look after creatures in need.
Joanne Davies, owner of mobile pet care and dog-walking business Petpals Salisbury and her colleague Caroline Keane have launched the All Creatures Great & Small fundraising initiative to support Cat’s Protection, GRWE (Greyhound Rescue), The Dog’s Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital and Cotton Tails (Rabbit & Guinea Pig Rescue).
Items on the wish list include bedding in the form of towels, blankets, quilts, pillows and curtains; knitted coats and blankets; dog and cat food and treats; newspapers for hedgehogs, Burgess Excel Rabbit & Guinea pig food. Any spare change will also be gratefully received.
People who would like to donate can bring items along to the firm’s stand at the Amesbury Show on 1st June, or contact Ms Davies on 07590 274022 or at email@example.com.
Please join Petpals for a cup of tea and a cake at Basepoint Business Centre Reception, Caxton Close, East Portway, Andover, Hants, SP10 3FG in support of The Blue Cross Animal Charity and National Pet Month.
The event runs from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday 19th April.
£1 for a cuppa and a cake. All donations will go to the Blue Cross Animal Charity to support its vital work in saving the lives of unwanted and vulnerable dogs.
See the poster below for more information.
Barking Mad – But all for a Good Paws!
Walking over 150 miles in 6 days in aid of Rescue Animals
On Tuesday the 5th April, Julie Beale, Hannah Dunn, Niki Ging and Catherine Jones will be embarking on a sponsored walk of epic proportion in order to raise money for Margaret Green Animal Rescue. They will of course be accompanied by some of their four legged friends as they journey by foot from the Tavistock branch down in Devon to the Head Office/Animal Sanctuary in Church Knowle, Dorset.
Their first leg is approximately 27 miles taking them to Bow in Crediton in an impressive 8 and a half hours followed by another 5 long hard days of trekking up hill and down dale. The final leg of the walk will complete at Church Knowle where they can collapse and tend to their blisters with a nice cup of tea and some cake!
They will be followed along the way by a support van which will be able to take any contributions on route. All encouragement offered along the way will be gratefully received and do feel free to join in for a few miles if you wish. MGAR are very grateful to Arden Grange for donating food for the dogs during this walk.
With more and more animals in need of care, MGAR rely on your support to provide much needed funds so that their work can continue.
Please help by sponsoring the team of very keen walkers, either online on http://www.justgiving.com/walkingforanimals or contact the MGAR Tavistock branch on 01822 810215.
National Pet Month 2011 will run from 2nd April – 2nd May, it’s aims are to:
- Promote responsible pet ownership
- Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
- Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals
Last year, thousands of people joined in at events across the country to raise funds for charities. The events also helped to raise awareness of the positive benefits of having pets and how this is rewarded back to the pet through responsible pet ownership.
According to National Pet Month, the 1200 plus events raised over £80000.
National Pet Month have identified ten tips for responsible pet ownership, available here.
National Pet Month is a registered charity, unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers, with the common goal of improving the welfare of pets.
Visit their website at www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk where you can also make a donation.
The trustees are National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) and Pet Care Trust (PCT).
Animal lover launches pet-sitting /dog walking service
Julia Holland an animal lover has launched her pet-sitting business by making donations to local animal welfare charities. Genna Reece who is the development Manager accepted the cheque on behalf of the Benton Dog and Cat shelter.
Julia has started Petpals from her home and will take in any kind of animal while its owner is away. Her services also include cat sitting and dog walking,
To mark its launch, Ms Holland has made donations of £100 to the Dog and cat shelter, in Benton. She hopes to hold fundraising events for this charity in
She said, “I have rescue dogs of my own and when the opportunity came along to start Petpals I decided to go for it. It’s a total change of career for me, but I’m looking forward to it.
While the credit crunch has had an impact on many other service sectors, Petpals’ franchisees are enjoying healthy turnovers as pet-owners clamor for a trustworthy, reliable service for their animals.
Petpals is seeing business increasing despite the current state of the economy. Managing Director Kevin Thackrah said, “In spite of the recession our average revenues are still increasing year-on-year, with people still happy to spend money on their pets even though they may have cut costs elsewhere. For pet-owners, reliable pet care is as essential as child care.”
Our services at Petpals include :
Making use of the many areas found locally, dog walking aims to give your dog a stimulating and enjoyable walk in a safe environment. These can be individual visits for your dog(s) and/or multi walks with up to four dogs at a time, transported in our purpose fitted vehicles.
CAT SITTING AND CAT VISITS
Petpals have proven to be very popular with clients that want to leave their cats at home, in their own environment, with familiar smells and comforts- particularly with elderly cats and cats that need medication. Our cat sitting service allows clients to go away on holiday or to work, safe in the knowledge that Petpals are visiting their cats to feed, clean litter trays if required, play, along with providing lots of TLC.
PET SITTING AND HOME SITTING
Our home based pet sitting service is a real alternative to kennels; your pet can remain in their own familiar surroundings, with their own routines and food while you are away.
Call Julia Holland on 07544248760
If you are thinking about your holidays – don’t forget to book any pet care requirements at the same time. If you want us to look after your dogs with our Home