Local residents and council staff donate blankets and food for dogs whose owners are homeless

Friday, 7th December 2018

KNITTING armies across the town have joined forces with Tamworth Borough Council staff to help provide warm blankets and food for dogs whose owners are homeless and living on the streets.

Tamworth’s generous knitters have been busy putting their skills to good use again, creating blankets that will be distributed to homeless people in the local area.

Many kind-hearted residents from across the borough of Tamworth including Sophie Fisher from Max dogs, Daniel Cooper and David Ralph from Rewarding Dog Behaviour,

Shauna Scattergood from Mutley Makeovers and Tamworth Borough Council staff, family and friends, have assisted in a worthwhile project by responding to StreetVet’s shoebox appeal – to provide useful items and gifts for dogs during the Christmas period.

Many other items have also been collected including dog food, dishes, toys, leads and dog treats. These items have now been handed over to Alistair Wilson from StreetVets.

Alistair Wilson from StreetVets

Alistair Wilson from StreetVets

StreetVet was set up in 2016, inspired by the incredible bond between a homeless man, Gary, and his dog Lola. Victims of the UK homelessness epidemic often only have the companionship of their pets. Some have had their pets since before losing their homes; others had the responsibility of pet ownership thrust upon them.  The bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound, such that their pets’ wellbeing is a life-shaping priority.

StreetVet vets and nurses work with various organisations to provide homeless people’s dogs with vaccination and microchipping; treatment for fleas and protection against lungworm; prescribe pain relief and help fight infections; perform surgeries; and sometimes just talk to the owner about their pet. StreetVet has now launched its shoebox appeal for homeless dogs to receive gifts and useful items.

Alistair Wilson, on behalf of Streetvets, said: “A big thank you to all the knitters who have been busy and to everyone who has donated dog items for these much loved pets, or have donated money to purchase Gregg’s vouchers for their homeless owners. So many of you have assisted in this worthwhile project and took it to your hearts, which will benefit so many homeless people and their much loved dogs.”

Sophie-Fisher, Michelle Drakeley, Michelle Brewerton, Diane Hughes from TBC(Centre)

Shauna Scattergood, owner of Mutley Makeovers, said: “A big thank you to the army of knitters for making these wonderful blankets, what a talented bunch!

“The blankets, along with the other useful pet items, will be very gratefully received and will ensure that these much loved pets are kept warm, fed and comfortable over the next month and during the festive period.”

Cllr Michelle Cook, Cabinet member for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods, said: “I am delighted that local groups and Tamworth Borough Council staff have been involved in such a worthwhile activity and contributed towards bringing comfort and warmth to homeless people and their dogs.

“Tamworth Borough Council’s Tenant Regulatory and Involvement team were approached regarding the shoebox appeal. I am delighted that our knitting groups were more than happy to get their knitting needles busy once again for another great cause.”

More information about StreetVet can be found at: www.streetvet.co.uk