Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, which has a rehoming centre in Snetterton, Norfolk, is urging people to help ‘Keep Canines Cosy’ this Christmas by knitting a doggy jumper for the dogs of homeless people. The jumpers will be added to the canine hampers that the charity distributes, as part of its Hope Project, each year. The hampers include bowls, tinned food, leads, collars and toys.
The charity set up the unique Hope Project in 1994 and offers free and subsidised veterinary treatment to dogs whose owners are homeless or living in temporary accommodation.
Non-knitters can also help contribute to the hampers by buying toys and treat stockings for the homeless dogs from website www.whatidlove.co.uk (list number 99188). Select the item you would like to buy and type in Hope Project, Dogs Trust, 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ as the delivery address.
Clare Kivlehan, Dogs Trust Hope Project Manager, explains:
“The bond between any dog and owner is a strong one but for homeless people their dog can be their only friend. Each year we’re delighted to be able to distribute these hampers to homeless hounds to help make Christmas happier for them and their owners. We hope this year that we will be able to make the festive season a little brighter with the addition of some cosy dog jumpers and fun toys.”
Doggy jumper requirements:
The jumper design should be simple and practical for a dog to wear – please no dangly adornments that a dog might be tempted to chew off and swallow.
Colours should also be practical (for example no white or cream) – reds and greens could be a nice festive touch!
Choose a yarn that’s easy to care for, look out for acrylics and washable fibres.
Many of the dogs on the Hope Project are medium to large in size, so we are particularly looking for jumpers that would fit dogs of stature!
Jumpers should arrive at Dogs Trust Head Office, 17 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7RQ, no later than the 23rd November. Free patterns for dog jumpers can be found on the internet or Dogs Trust is happy to send one to people who email email@example.com
Linda Dennis, a Dogs Trust supporter, urges people to get involved:
“I have been knitting dog coats for the Dogs Trust Hope Project for about 12 years and I like to think that it helps to keep our four-legged friends warm on cold winter days and nights. These animals are a great comfort and support to the homeless and deserve the best we can do for them. I make the coats in a variety of colours and sizes and am happy to know that they are being put to good use. I would like to encourage you all to take up the challenge and pick up your knitting needles and crochet hooks for this good cause.”
As well as offering subsidised veterinary treatments and doggy Christmas hampers the Hope Project also encourages homelessness hostels and day centres to accept clients with dogs and helps them put in place practical guidelines.
Homelessness organisations or veterinary surgeries interested in finding out more information about the Hope Project should call Dogs Trust on 020 7837 0006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For further information about Dogs Trust Hope Project visit www.dogstrusthopeproject.org.uk
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year through its national network of 18 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Ireland. For more information
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