Animals in Need appeal for Christmas

One of the rescued dogs now in the care of volunteers from Animals In Need NW, pictured with one of the volunteers.

One of the rescued dogs now in the care of volunteers from Animals In Need NW, pictured with one of the volunteers.

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Animal welfare group Animals In Need, a Londonderry-based organisation, has appealed for help to reduce the numbers of abandoned, stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the city.

Currently in the process of obtaining charitable status so that they can expand the remit of their work, the group is primarily involved in rescuing stray animals and taking dogs from the city’s dog pound and keeping them in foster homes until they find their ‘forever’ homes. Their aim is to rescue as many dog and cats as possible and give then a chance of life.

According to founder member Gareth Connor, the group currently have 10 dogs in care at the moment and they have a 14-strong core group of volunteers of differing age groups, all involved in caring for the animals they have rescued.

“We are a non-profit organisation and our aim is to help animals. We are involved in rescuing dogs from the council pound and rescuing cats,” he said.

“We have a number of appeals running at the moment. The first is that we are appealing for foster homes so that we can continue to rescue animals,” he said.

“We also need donations of food and bedding or blankets and we are appealing for people not to get dogs as pets for Christmas, as unwanted Christmas pets will end up on the street and in the dog pound. Cash donations can be made at Drumahoe Veterinary Clinic.

“Those wishing to contact us about giving a forever home to a dog or cat can contact us on Facebook or on 07443216635. All rehomed pets will be vaccinated, neutered and groomed and home checks will be made.”

The group has set up a Facebook presence www.facebook.com/Animals-in-need-NW where people can go to get the latest information and offer help.