WATCH: Why Sunderland's Animal Krackers needs your help this Christmas

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We may be looking forward to a cosy Christmas with our families - but some of our furry friends won't be so lucky this December.

Animal Krackers, an animal charity and rehoming centre in the city, is working hard to raise awareness of the work it does with cats, dogs and other small animals.

As well as taking in cats and dogs, the centre also assists with smaller animals. Picture: Stephanie Finnegan.

As well as taking in cats and dogs, the centre also assists with smaller animals. Picture: Stephanie Finnegan.

Tomorrow and Saturday, staff and volunteers will be packing bags at Sainsbury's, Silksworth Lane, to raise money ahead of the busy festive period. Animal Krackers has been chosen as the store's charity of the year for 2015-16.

Angela McGhin, a volunteer at Animal Krackers, and Andrea Parkin, Co-Founder, have told the public just why their donations and support are so important.

Speaking on video, Andrea said: "It's like a never ending battle really as no matter how many animals we have to rehome, there are always more coming in and there's always a waiting list."

While the charity always has a constant stream of animals up for adoption, there will be less people taking in animals at Christmas due to other commitments, Angela McGhin said.

Animal Krackers is always looking for help and support. Picture: Stephanie Finnegan.

Animal Krackers is always looking for help and support. Picture: Stephanie Finnegan.

It is also likely that they will see an influx of new animals in March, she added, when those who have received a new pet on December 25 become uninterested.

It costs £35 per week to cater for every cat and dog in Animal Krackers' care - and that's not including the initial vaccinations and spaying.

If you can help. be sure to visit the Sainsbury's store this weekend and make a contribution to the organisation's fundraising.

For more information about Animal Krackers, click here.