Volunteers in the doghouse for charity

VOLUNTEERS have raised over �2,000 after getting a ‘dog’s-eye-view’ by spending the night in the kennels.

Lucy Smith and friends had set a target to raise �500 for Danaher Animal Home. But, thanks to the Broadcast and generous supporters, the group has raised well over the target which will go towards animal care and vet bills.

“I am completely overwhelmed by the support we have received and it is fantastic to know that there are lots of true animal lovers out there,” she said.

“I’m just so happy that we have raised a good amount to help with their care and vet bills. I think we have also managed to raise the home’s profile so hopefully we will rehome animals quickly.”

Miss Smith and the other volunteers entered the kennels at 10pm and settled down for what turned out to be a long night.

“We found red warning signs on each of our kennels saying ‘Beware Dangerous Dog’ and ‘Do Not Enter’, as well as chart sheets on each of us as if we were rescue dogs. A welcoming joke from the staff I believe,” explained Miss Smith.

“It seemed warm at first as we were all quite hyped up for it, but it soon got quite cold and the floor was very hard and cold. I feel even sorrier for the poor dogs now. They are so innocent and do not deserve the cruelty they have been dealt.

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“They are nice kennels, but they are still kennels and dogs need so much love and companionship.”

Danaher is desperately looking to rehome Rose, a Staffordshire bull terrier. She was left by her owners when they moved house and to make matters worse, her paw was wounded at the time. After moving to Danaher she struggled to settle as she was left alone at night and developed mange as a consequence. If anyone can give her a loving home contact, call 0300 111 4321.

The grand total raised, including gift aid, is an astounding �2,324 at the moment, but they are still accepting sponsors and donations until Saturday.

To donate visit everyclick.com/kennelsleepin. Alternatively cheques can be sent to the home, clearly marked for ‘Lucy’s Sponsored Kennel Sleep-In’.

Check out the website rspcaessex.org.uk for animals that are in need of rehoming and future events.