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Generous Kiwis dig deep to help animals in need

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

When it comes to generosity, Kiwis are digging deep when it comes to animals. Generous Kiwis donated more than $74,000 to Animates’ annual Giving Tree Appeal, up by a third on the previous year. The funds raised mean the Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust will be able to help more Kiwis with physical disabilities get the support they deserve, and will allow the SPCA to rescue more animals in need.

Jacqui Baigent, Animates’ National Manager of Brands and Partnerships is grateful for the continued support from pet lovers nationwide, who have once again dug deep to help the Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust and the SPCA.

“We are so appreciative of our wonderful customers for their significant donations to these deserving charities which are so close to our hearts,” said Jacqui.

Mobility Dogs are trained to provide assistance with everyday tasks for New Zealanders living with long-term physical disabilities including Muscular Dystrophy; Stroke; Parkinson’s; Spinal Cord injuries and Cerebral Palsy. The donations will go towards providing the specialised training a dog requires to provide this assistance.

Mobility Dogs General Manager, Jody Wilson, is delighted by the ongoing support of Animates and their customers.

“Our Mobility Dogs make such a difference – they can transform the lives of people with disabilities providing independence, companionship, a greater sense of security and a feeling of connectedness.”

SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom is thankful for the generosity of New Zealanders whose donations will go towards rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating animals in need and helping the SPCA in often over-stretched centres.

“The SPCA helps animals in need all year round, but summer is our busiest time. Resources are stretched to the limit in SPCA centres across the country and we receive overwhelming numbers of animals who need our help,” said Ric.

Mother cat Bella was one of the animals that needed the SPCA this summer. Living on the streets with her three tiny kittens, Charlie, Holly and Gracie, she was sick, but still forced to scavenge for food. Bella had no warm, safe place to care for her kittens.

Fortunately a kind person found the family and brought them to the SPCA. Charlie had conjunctivitis, his sisters were showing signs of flu and all three kittens had intestinal worms. SPCA vets gave them the medical treatment they needed and after some time in a temporary foster home, Bella and her kittens have all been adopted and are healthy and loved with their new families.

Bella’s story is a common one that has been helped through the kind donations of Animates customers.