Coats for dogs

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RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre in Wimblington is appealing to the public to add an extra Christmas present to their list and donate a dog coat for some of their four-legged residents who feel the cold more than most.

The centre currently has 34 dogs in its care, and some of the smaller occupants need a little extra help keeping warm during the winter.

But with so many dogs in at one time, the centre is in desperate need of some new coats for them – especially the medium-sized pooches.

Kirstyn Gaunt, deputy manager at the centre, said: “We are certainly all feeling the chill during this recent cold spell, and no one more than the smaller dogs at Block Fen.

“But with so many dogs in at the moment we just seem to have run out of coats for them.

“Every time we have appealed for help in the past, the public have always responded fantastically, and we just hope that once again they will respond to our plea.

“The coats don’t have to be brand new, as long as they are warm and waterproof. It is also important to say that the functionality of the coats will clearly come before fashion

“We put coats on the dogs that need it, when they go out into the run during their daily exercises, and some will wear them during the day, when they are using their outside kennels.

“Once again we hope people will be able to help us, we really do appreciate all the help everyone has given over the year.

“As a charity we would not be able to function without the generosity of the public, and we just hope people will support us again in our appeal – staff, volunteers and the dogs will all be very grateful.”

Staff are also appealing for the public to donate dog blankets as well.

The coats can be dropped off at the centre between 11am-3.30pm every day except Wednesdays or you can call 0300 123 0726.

The centre has also been donated a fantastic RSPCA Christmas cake from a kind-hearted member of the public. Staff are offering visitors to the centre the chance to guess the weight of the cake for a small donation and the person who gets the nearest guess will win the cake.

All the money raised will go straight towards helping all the animals at the centre.