Appeal to help strays over Christmas

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Bolsover District Council is asking local residents to spare a thought for stray and unwanted animals this Christmas and donate food and treats for them.

The Council sets up this annual scheme for kind-hearted people to donate tinned pet food, biscuits, treats, toys and dried food to help feed and entertain unclaimed stray dogs and other animals at sanctuaries used by the Council.

Bolsover District Councils Cabinet Member for the Environment Cllr Dennis Kelly said: “We have been running this scheme for a number of years now and every year I am amazed at how generous our local residents are.

“I appreciate that things are tight at present, but I would like to appeal to people’s generous nature and ask them to spare a treat or toy if at all possible.

“We tend to forget about animals over the festive period, but they still need the love, care and attention they deserve and above all, still need to be fed, so any donation, no matter how small is appreciated.”

Decorated collection containers have been placed at each of the councils’ Contact Centres in Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton for people to put their items in and these will be in place until Friday 23rd December.

If anyone would like to donate any pet food please drop it in at the council’s Contact Centres or if you wish to be put on the council’s dog re-homing list, then please visit www.bolsover.gov.uk/dog-adoption or telephone 01246 242424.