RSPCA Block Fen’s paper appeal for hamsters

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THE New Year is a traditionally a time for having a good clean out, and this year some of your rubbish can be put to good use by animals at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre in Cambridgeshire.

The animal centre, based in Wimblington near March, is in desperate need of shredded paper to use as bedding for their small animals.

The centre currently has a very high number of hamsters in their care.

Shredded paper is vital for the care of the small animals as it is used as a very warm and environmentally friendly bedding material, especially in the colder winter months.

The centre is appealing for cross-cut shredded paper, which is produced by many small businesses and homes; any paper type apart from newspaper can be used.

Deputy manager of the centre, Kirstyn Gaunt, said: “We really are very desperate for any donations of cross-cut shredded paper, as we are very close to running out completely.

“We have an unusually large amount of hamsters in our care at the moment, which means we need to use more of the paper than usual to keep them all warm and comfortable.

“As a charity we are very reliant on donations from members of the public, and it always overwhelms me how generous people are towards the RSPCA. We were so grateful for the generous response to our dog coat appeal before Christmas and it made a huge difference to dogs in our care.

“If you feel that you can donate any paper to us then we would be genuinely thankful and it would be of real help to the hamsters,in our care.”

If people have any non-confidential waste paper that they no longer need this can also be donated whole and will be shredded on-site.

Donations can be dropped off at the RSPCA centre at Block Fen Drove, Wimblington, March, PE15 0FB. The centre is open from 11am until 3.30pm on every day except Wednesdays. You can also call 0300-123-0726 before you visit to ensure that the paper you have is suitable.