DOGS Trust Shoreham is appealing for coats to help keep animals at the rehoming centre warm.
The winter donation appeal was made last week to help protect the four-legged residents at the Brighton Road centre.
It was prompted by a recent drop in temperatures, which has meant centre staff are in desperate need of medium and large, waterproof and warm dog coats so the animals in their care can continue to go out for walks and play, no matter what the weather brings.
Tracey Rae, Shoreham rehoming centre manager, said: “Winter is well and truly here to stay and while it may be freezing outside, we still need to make sure our dogs are not only staying warm and dry but are getting enough exercise.
“We would be really grateful if local dog lovers could spare any waterproof and warm dog coats so our dogs can stretch their legs and enjoy some outdoor playtime, whatever the weather. Any donations, no matter how small, are always greatly appreciated.”
There are 52 kennels at the Shoreham centre and staff routinely care for around 65 dogs at a time.
To make a donation, visit Dogs Trust Shoreham, Brighton Road, Shoreham, midday to 4pm Thursday to Monday, or midday to 7.30pm on Wednesdays.
If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog, call the Shoreham rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292. Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk for further information.
Dogs Trust has some helpful tips to help keep pet dogs safe during winter.
– Let the dog’s winter coat grow and, particularly if you have a puppy, short-haired or old dog, buy a sensible, high-vis winter coat.
– Keep your dog on a lead if it is snowing heavily, as it can be disorientating.
– Ensure dogs wear a collar and an ID tag, and that they are microchipped.
– Wipe dogs’ legs, feet and stomach after a winter walk as grit from the roads can irritate their feet.
Never leave dogs in a car during extreme weather, hot or cold.
– Do not let dogs walk on frozen ponds.
– Antifreeze is highly poisonous but tasty to dogs. Keep it well out of their reach and mop up any spills.
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Overall, it cares for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin.