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Paying the bills – Plymouth Dogs and Cats Home launches £5k appeal to keep hundreds of unwanted pets warm and well this winter

Plymouth Dogs & Cats Home launch £5k appeal to keep hundreds of unwanted pets warm and well this winter

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A local animal shelter who take in almost 1000 abandoned, abused or unwanted dogs and cats each year have launched a 'Winter Heating Appeal'.

For the first time ever, Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home are kindly asking the public to help foot their heating bill.

The Plymouth charity's appeal aims to raise £5000 in funding, which is the annual cost to keep their kennels and cattery at a warm temperature for the animals.

Other equipment which helps to keep the furries warm as they wait to find new homes at the centre include heat pads and parasols.

Gables Farm insist it is vitally important to provide their animals with the utmost comfort and warmth, particularly during the chilly winter months, as many have suffered stressful experiences of abandonment or mistreatment in the past.

However, providing this comfort comes at the cost of a dramatic increase to the charity's bills.

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, assistant manager Ruth Rickard said: 'This is the first year we've fundraised for help with the heating bill – it’s nice for people to donate a little and see they are helping a lot. 

'Come winter we use duvets to keep the animals warm too – we can’t leave for the day unless we know the animals are cosy and warm.'

Gables Farm rescue and rehoming centre care for around 80 dogs and  over 100 cats on a daily basis

So far, over £900 has been raised for the cause, which launched last week.

Gables Farm are a non-euthanasia rescue and rehoming centre, who aim to reunite or rehouse their cats and dogs no matter the cost or length of time taken to do so.