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Pet shop customers knit homeless pooches a better future

PUBLISHED: 12:50 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 18 January 2016

One of the pooches supported by the Give a Dog a Coat appeal. Picture: Pets Corner

One of the pooches supported by the Give a Dog a Coat appeal. Picture: Pets Corner

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Pooches camping out on the streets with their homeless owners will be kept warm this winter thanks to a campaign organised by a pet shop.

Julie Milton and Lara Evans with the donations handed in by Pets Corner for the Give a Dog a Coat appeal, which helps pooches owned by homeless people. Picture: Pets CornerJulie Milton and Lara Evans with the donations handed in by Pets Corner for the Give a Dog a Coat appeal, which helps pooches owned by homeless people. Picture: Pets Corner

Pets Corner, which has a branch in Nags Head Lane, Harold Wood, has donated 224 coats to the Give a Dog a Coat appeal after asking customers to hand in their old, new and homemade creations.

And for every coat given in, Pets Corner has donated a tasty treat for the dogs helped by the scheme.

The founder of Give a Dog a Coat, Lara Evans, of Woodford Green, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response and we would like to thank Pets Corner for collecting the coats and everyone who has made a donation and supported us with the initiative.

“The coats will make a huge difference to the lives and wellbeing of homeless dogs during the colder months.”

Lara was inspired to begin knitting coats for pooches after seeing so many out on the cold streets.

When demand rocketed, she set up the appeal to encourage others to create or donate their own coats.

Dean Richmond, managing director at Pets Corner, said: “It’s tragic that in 2016 there are so many homeless dogs across the UK.

“We are delighted to be supporting Give a Dog a Coat and cannot thank our customers enough for their enthusiasm, generosity and support.”

It’s not too late to get involved – either hand in your donation to one of Pets Corner’s branches, or look up Give a Dog a Coat on Facebook.

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