Record Number Of Christmas Hampers Delivered To Homeless Hounds

Record Number Of Christmas Hampers Delivered To Homeless Hounds

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, will be delivering a record number of hampers to homeless dogs around Sussex this Christmas as requests for help from hostels and homeless flood in. This year the teams will deliver more hampers than ever as homelessness in the UK has risen 13% on the past year, according to Shelter more than 300,000 people are sleeping rough in Britain. Undoubtedly some of these will have their four-legged best friend at their side.

Every Christmas, through its Hope Project, the charity brings some festive cheer to homeless dogs and their owners by distributing canine hampers of collars, leads, coats, treats and toys. The charity set up the unique Hope Project in 1995 and also offers free and subsidised veterinary treatment all year round to dogs whose owners are homeless or living in temporary accommodation.

Clare Kivlehan, Head of Dogs Trust Outreach Projects explains: “Everyone knows that the bond between a dog and its owner is a strong one but for anyone experiencing any sort of housing crisis their dog can often be their only friend. As temperatures continue to drop, and with Christmas being an especially difficult and lonely time, we’re delighted to be able to distribute these hampers. Sadly numbers of people being homeless or struggling with housing crisis has continued to rise, but we’re pleased to have been able to reach 80 dogs and their owners in Sussex.”

The Hope Project provides year-round support to dogs’ owners who are either homeless or experiencing housing crisis, by offering free and subsidised veterinary treatments to dogs of all shapes and sizes. The project also works with homelessness hostels and day centres to encourage them to accept clients with dogs and helps them put in place practical guidelines to ensure all residents are safe and protected. Since it started 22 years ago the Hope Project has grown considerably and now operates in 112 towns and cities across the UK, seeing it work with over 300 homeless organisations and nearly 140 veterinary practices.

Homelessness organisations or veterinary surgeries interested in finding out more information about the scheme should call Dogs Trust on 020 7837 0006 or email hopeproject@dogstrust.org.uk.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 15,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year across its network of 21 rehoming centres in the UK and Ireland.