(Wood Green Press Release) Pet rescuers at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, have an extra special reason to celebrate the start of 2015 – as the charity helped 100 pets find new homes over the festive season.
During the week from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Eve the charity rehomed exactly 100 animals across its four centres in London and the East of England, including some of its longest-term residents.
In the run-up to Christmas, Wood Green was being inundated with animals whose owners could no longer care for them – its 100 kennels were at bursting point (housing more than 120 dogs) and it had nearly 700 cats on its list waiting to come in to find new homes.
Wood Green’s dog welfare manager Tracey Bingham said: “While we never want to encourage people to rehome a pet on a festive whim, Christmas can be a good time of year to welcome a new furry or four legged friend into the family, as people have the time to dedicate to settling in their new addition to the family.
“We’ve heard some really touching accounts from people coming in to rehome a pet from us, who have given it some serious thought over the holiday and have come to Wood Green wanting to give a pet in need a new loving start for 2015.
“We have more than 650 pets in our care at any one time, so we’re over the moon to see so many people offer Wood Green residents forever homes in time for the new year – we would like to say a huge thank you to all their new owners – and hope people continue to be as caring and compassionate in the months to come.”
The 100 animals rehomed from December 24 – December 31 include 29 dogs and 47 cats, as well as eight chickens, five rabbits and other small furries.
Notable animals we were thrilled to wave off to their new homes, who had been at Wood Green far too long, included:
The wonderfully handsome Alan (pictured above), a one-year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, who had been at Wood Green looking for a home since May, meaning he spent more than half of his young life in a rescue centre;
Affectionate black and white feline stunner Kacey, who loved nothing more than a fuss and a cuddle and had been at Wood Green since the end of August, and;
Little bundle of energy Tonto (pictured with new owner Jeffrey Brown) – a plucky, fun-loving little Jack Russell terrier who had been resident at the charity since August this year.
To find out more about how Wood Green helps thousands of animals in need every year, and how you can help us look after pets in need please visit www.woodgreen.org.uk or text PAWS to 70300 to donate £5 to the charity this winter.