Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

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Animal charity feels the love this Valentine’s day

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Local charity, Friends of the Animals, received a surprise donation of £2,000 over Valentine’s weekend to help provide for pets in its care during the pandemic.
The donation was made by Support Adoption For Pets – the UK’s largest grant-giving animal charity started by Pets At Home – to recognize the tireless efforts and hard work at Friends of the Animals since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

In total, the charity is giving away nearly £600,000 to rescue centres up and down the country, to help them look after the animals in their care as the financial hardship of the Covid pandemic continues.
Friends of the Animals is partnered with Newport’s Pets at Home store through Support Adoption For Pets’ Charity of the Year programme and benefitted from donations worth over £5,000 in 2020.

Support Adoption For Pets charity manager, Amy Angus, said: “Our message was simple over Valentine’s Day weekend and it’s one that we’re really passionate about as a charity. We’re here to share the love and surprising Friends of the Animals with a donation of £2,000 meant the world to them.
“The impact of Covid-19 is monumental and rescue centres continue to fall under real pressure. We’re reaching out to provide them with much-needed financial help and to do our best to ensure that abandoned pets are given a second chance of happiness.”

Helen Sinclair, founder of Friends of the Animals, said: “Being partnered by ‘Pets at Home’ and their charitable arm ‘Support Adoption for Pets’ is a fabulous boost to ‘Friends of the Animals’ work. In addition to their generous financial support, several pallets of pet food have been donated to us, which has in turn helped hundreds of needy, Island animals.
“These are difficult times and we are hugely grateful and very thankful to have been chosen.”