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Paws up for ‘National Teddy Bear Day’

Support Adoption 004The history of the teddy bear dates as far back as the early 1900’s, and most of us at some point in our lives, have had our own, and loved it dearly. They become cherished members of the family and are often passed down between generations.

This September marks National Teddy Bear Day, something those soft, cuddly creatures truly deserve. On September 9th the teddy bear will be over 100 years old, with the first bear created way back in 1902 during U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s reign – who was also known as Teddy Roosevelt.

President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip  to Mississippi, but came across few wild animals. Hours into the trip the group tracked down and a helpless bear. The president was to shoot the bear to win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act.

Since it’s birth in the 1900’s there have been hundreds of famous bears, including Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Yogi Bear and Fozzie Bear.

Now, the UK’s number one grant giving animal charity, Support Adoption For Pets, has given a new life to almighty cuddly toy, giving people the opportunity to adopt their very own charity bear, to help give homeless and abandoned pets a second chance at a happy life.

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Arthur in New York

The soft, traditional teddy bear is part of a continued mission of Support Adoption For Pets, to raise awareness of the thousands of animals who become homeless every year through no fault of their own, and work to find them a happy home for life. Coming complete with a certificate of adoption, and naming tag, this bear is an ideal gift for any animal lover.

The charity is also following one of their bears, named Arthur, as it travels around the world. Search #ArthursAdventure on Facebook and Twitter to see where he has been so far. To celebrate Arthur’s Adventures, I have teamed up with Support Adoption For Pets to send one of my lovely readers on a little adventure of their own – to the beautiful Lake District. Simply visit the In the Playroom Facebook page to enter our competition to win a a two night stay for two people!

The Support Adoption For Pets Charity Bear is available to buy from all Pets at Home Stores, or online at www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/products/charity-bear, RRP £11.99

 

Santa Paws Appeal 2014

Our #SantaPaws 2014 appeal is in full swing! From 1st December through to Christmas Eve we are asking for donations towards meals for less fortunate pets. 100% of the money is passed on to local rehoming and rescue centres, and gives every animal in their care a hearty meal to enjoy on Christmas day! A dinner costs 50p per pet, meaning a £7 donation could feed an animal for the entire Christmas holidays!

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Similarly, a £3 Santa Paws donation can give a litter of puppies or kittens their Christmas dinner, which is why we are asking your pet to support their furry pals and text – with the bill payers permission – BOWL01 £3 to 70070.

Just for fun, (and because we love seeing snaps of your fur-babies) we have also asked for you to print out our donation certificate, and share your pet’s pic with us on Facebook or Twitter using the #SantaPaws. You can find the printout in our Hall of Fame, here.

Not on Facebook or Twitter? Fear not, you can email your pictures to us – info@supportadoptionforpets.co.uk

SantaPaws 2014 Appeal

We have seen a whole host of participants so far, pets
who have kindly donated; and at time of writing the battle of cats vs. dogs is being won by pooches! But we have also received support from guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, a bearded dragon, and even a jumping spider!

By donating to the Support Adoption For Pets Santa Paws 2014 Appeal you are helping to fill a homeless or abandoned pet’s bowl this Christmas. For more ways to give, and more information about this cause head here.

A huge thank you, and high paws all round to those who have generously donated already. We hope you have a fantastic Christmas!

It’s a Wrap! – Day 2

Rabbit in Support Adoption For Pets adoption centre

Gary the Lionhead Lop looking for a forever home

Whilst our aim for the brand new DVD was to show where the money we have raised and donated has gone and the good it has done, we also felt it was important to recognise those friends that fundraise for us, allowing us to make such generous and much needed donations in the first place, so our second and final day of filming took us to a local Pets at Home store in Manchester.

For those of you out there that don’t know our history, back in 2006 Pets at Home established us, Support Adoption For Pets, and even though we are an independent registered charity in our own right, Pets at Home continue to support us every year! Not only do they fundraise for us and allow us to hold three major fundraising events ever year in their stores but they also look after the pets that we have in our adoption centres in stores too.

Support Adoption For Pets Charity Team

Support Adoption For Pets Charity Champions

For this reason we thought that the best people to talk about the importance of fundraising and our adoption centres, were our Charity Champions – surprisingly they took to life in front of the camera like the proverbial duck to water – and each came with their own stories about pets that they have been able to rehome or rehoming centres that they have been able to support!

We did threaten to keep the bloopers from all the stumbled words or the forgotten lines but we found that because the team was so passionate about the charity and the support that we have given, the presentation to camera was natural and there were no bloopers to talk about – even the pets and children nailed it in one take! And you know what they say about working with that group! As the day drew to a close we felt comfortable that we had managed to get enough content over the past two days to film the promotional film many times over and we are so pleased with our finished product and we hope you do too!

You can view our finished film by clicking here

It’s a wrap! Day 1

In a world where social media and positive PR can significantly assist with pet adoption and rehoming, Support Adoption For Pets has started taking a tentative step into this previously untapped (for us!) arena in a bid to promote the work that we do but also the fantastic work the rehoming centres we support do too!

One way identified for promoting the work that Support Adoption For Pets does was by updating and completely rebranding our very old promotional DVD. The last time this was filmed, we were thrilled to be raising £650,000 per year for animal rehoming centres across the UK; now a few years on we are raising over £2m per year thus the requirement for a new DVD. We hoped that by filming a more up-to-date version, our fantastic supporters can see how we are growing and how the money they donate or help us raise is being used.

Our aim for the DVD was three-fold:-

1. Promote the benefits of rehoming pets and the increasing need of rehoming centres

2. Show where the money we have already raised is going and how it has truly helped!

3. Hopefully canvas new supporters

Picking two of the 650 rehoming centres we support was tricky as, not to sound too self-praising, there are so many that would have gladly taken part in the filming! Ultimately it came down to finding two in a geographical location that was easily commutable and within an hour of each other!

Yorkshire Cat Rescue and Support Adoption For Pets presentation Yorkshire Cat Rescue based in Keighley was recently awarded just over £20,000 from our Grant Award Scheme to put towards an ambitious scheme to build a new cattery block. Their intake of cats and kittens has unfortunately spiraled over the past 12 months, so the demand and need was evident and Sara was very thorough in here application and therefore an absolute must for the filming day!

 

Hannah at the Mayflower SanctuaryHaving covered cat rehoming, we then needed to look for a dog rehoming centre that had also benefited from a grant from us! Luckily we didn’t need to look too far as the fabulous people at Mayflower Sanctuary based in Doncaster are long-time “friends” of Support Adoption For Pets. They recently received a donation from us too and Jenni was thrilled for the sanctuary to take part in the day! The hardest part was for Hannah, the kennel manager, to choose one dog to take part in the filming. There were so many gorgeous four-legged friends to choose from…

As day one came to a close, the days filming had done two things – met the above aims for the filming which was great but it had also concreted in my heart that Support Adoption For Pets are making a difference and we do truly help pets in their time of need, through a network of fabulous rehoming centres!