Specsavers in Portishead is collecting shoeboxes full of animal related gifts to donate to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary for rescue cats and dogs to enjoy on Christmas Day.  

Members of staff from Specsavers at The Precinct are encouraging local residents to take part in the Animal Shoebox Appeal, and donate gifts to spread goodwill to rescue animals during the festive season.

Helping rescue animals this Christmas

Contact lens supervisor at Specsavers and Holly Hedge volunteer, Pip Sharp, said: ‘For many of us, Christmas is a time to give and receive gifts with our loved ones, but there are lots of animals that won’t be waking up with a family or home this Christmas. 

‘Holly Hedge hopes to change this by rehoming rescue animals and caring for lots of cats and dogs that need homes. Without lottery or government funding, the charity relies on the kindness of others. It costs over half a million pounds a year to run the sanctuary. We’re delighted to be supporting the animals at our local shelter this Christmas.’

About the Animal Shoebox Appeal

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary rehomes around 800 animals each year across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The Animal Shoebox Appeal aims to bring food and comfort to rescue animals without a family of their own this festive season. 

Holly Hedge have joined up with the Animal Shoebox Appeal, and is asking people to fill a shoebox and mark whether it is intended for a cat or dog. Boxes can be filled with a range of animal related gifts including food, treats, toys and bedding.

The organisers have specified that the shoebox can contain as little or a much as you wish and that all donations are welcome. 

Pip added: ‘We are acting as a drop off point for the charity so anyone looking to donate a shoebox can bring their boxes directly to us before Christmas Day and we will be taking them to the local animal sanctuary. While certain toys and chews may seem small, they will go a long way to help rescue cats and dogs.’ 

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