CHILDREN sent warm wishes to dogs which will spend their Christmas being cared for in a kennel.
Staff from Low Fallowfield Kennels, in South Hetton, took two puppies with them to the village’s primary school as part of the annual presentation of blankets and treats collected by pupils.
The workers took part in an assembly before taking a tour of the classes, with Mistletoe and Sky, who have since been rehomed, shown to the groups.
“The visit was fabulous,” said Joan Hunter, who runs the kennels.
“It worked really well, us going there instead of children coming to the kennels, because it’s cold and their gifts get wet, and more children were able to see the dogs.
“Every year the amount they collect increases, and it’s a great help.”
The kennels is celebrating a successful year after collecting the RSPCA’s Silver Footprint Award in recognition of its efforts.
It was the first time it was submitted into the scheme and led to Joan being invited to a reception held at the House of Commons, with the cost of the trip covered out of her own pocket.
In 2013, it aims to gain charitable status, which will help it access funds to care for recuse dogs after the nine days which are covered by the authorities.
As it stands, it has to cover the expense out it its own accounts.