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Pet shop aiming to ensure abandoned animals aren’t forgotten at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 10:51 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 22 November 2018

Gifts for animals can be donated at the Pets at Home store until Christmas Eve. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Gifts for animals can be donated at the Pets at Home store until Christmas Eve. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Staff at a Dagenham pet shop are aiming to ensure that the borough’s abandoned animals aren’t forgotten this Christmas.

The Merrielands Retail Park branch of Pets at Home is encouraging customers to buy an extra gift for a pet currently living at an animal shelter, or to donate money for animal welfare charities to buy food.

The scheme, run in partnership with charity Support Adoption for Pets, runs from Friday, November 23 until Monday, December 24.

Store manager Daniel Peter Ferguson said: “Not every pet is lucky enough to be treated at Christmas and that’s why we are launching our Santa Paws appeal again this year.

“Customers simply pay for their gift at the till and receive a sticker to place on the product. The gift can then be placed in the charity collection bin found in store.

“We will then invite local rescues to come in and collect whatever has been donated.”

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