Tails are wagging at Dogs Trust after the charity received an early Christmas present from players of People's Postcode Lottery. The People's Postcode Lottery team visited Dogs Trust Glasgow to hand over a cheque for a whopping £100,000 on behalf of their players. This funding will enable this fantastic organisation to care for over 16,000 four-legged friends across its network of 18 rehoming centres in the UK. This is the first time that the charity has received money from the players of a major lottery.
Dogs Trust's iconicslogan, "A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas", was created 35 years ago but is just as relevant today. Over the Christmas period, the charity braces itself for an influx of unwanted dogs. The support of our players will help care for as many of these dogs as possible while they await loving new homes. It will also enable Dogs Trust to invest in educational programmes which promote responsible ownership and endorse neutering and microchipping.
A team of 17 education officers at Dogs Trust teach young school children about how to interact safely with dogs. Their specialists have already spoke with over half a million children this year alone. Funding from our players will also allow the charity to fund a further five education officers around the country, spreading awareness about dog safety.
Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust, is over the moon with the new partnership with People's Postcode Lottery. "We are delighted to receive the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters so this funding will make a huge difference to dog welfare in this country," she said.
"Sadly, Christmas is still a very busy time of year for us with hundreds of unwanted "presents" ending up in our care, such as Kara and Murphy, an adorable pair of elderly Jacks Russell Terriers. The sweet natured duo arrived at the Rehoming Centre last month when their owner no longer had the time to care for them. Fortunately this award will help ensure that they receive the best possible care whilst they await a loving new family."
Hazel Johnstone, Trusts Manager at People's Postcode Lottery added, "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to give such a fantastic amount of support to Dogs Trust. The funding will enable the charity to employ more staff who will teach children across Britain how to interact and care for dogs."