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On Sunday 22nd May SARA held its annual Sponsored Dog Walk. A number of canine friends brought their owners to enjoy the walks through Foxrush Community Forest some even completed both. Amongst our canine visitors there were a number who had been rehomed from SARA and it was great to see how happy and keen all our canine visitors were (also their owners). Altogether we raised £414 with more sponsorship yet to come in. Thanks to all who supported us by participating, helping and sponsoring.

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This week a group of staff from Tesco Redcar visited the centre. They spent the day helping out at various jobs including cat cuddling. They also brought a large number of donations of toys and food. Additionally Tesco have offered to supply all the strawberries and cream for the strawberry and chocolate fayre. The staff and animals greatly appreciate all the time and contributions given.

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Most of us love the tombola but we could be in danger of not having the chance. Our stocks of prizes are very low and if we do not get some more very soon we may not be able to offer this popular game.

Tombola prizes

2016 Spring Bargain Sale

We held our spring sale at the weekend and despite the miserable weather we made in excess of £800. Thanks to all who came. We had our usual variety of refreshments for sale and they proved very popular. As you can see one of our doggy customers was quite interested in a mirror for sale

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2016 Marks and Sencer Fundraising

M&S staff and SARA members collecting Marks and Spencer’s final donation of money, food and toys.
Total donation of money £1341.49 Chloe Tweddle
and Donna Middlemass have done many hours of volunteer work and delivered a lot of food, toys, scratching posts during that time.
SARA wishes to thank them for their outstanding effort.


Cleveland Ukes

On Saturday 8th April 2016 we held a social evening at the Saltburn Golf Club. We were entertained by the Cleveland Ukes who were very good and had us all singing along. We had a pie and pea supper which everyone enjoyed. We made £300+.

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Donations from Pets at Home

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Yesterday we collected a van full of donated food, beds, scratching posts, collars and leads and toys.

This donation will help us by saving us money.

Thank you Pets at Home

Donation from Petti Rossi

On Thursday 31st March we were presented with a large donation from Petti Rossi to add to the funds to help with Sam’s leg.  We also received a collection of gifts to sell or use for the raffles.

Sam and all the animals thank Petti Rossi for their help.

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Easter Fayre 2016

On Saturday 26th March 2016 we held an Easter Fayre at Marske Hall.  With many stall including an Easter egg tombola, raffle etc and also a Easter Bonnet competition.

We raised over £780 thanks to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.  Thank you to all who contributed.

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IMG_1132All the animals, staff and volunteers would like to thank Mr and Mrs Lonsdale for the wonderful donation of food and toys for the animals

Rabbit toys and nibbles

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Part of the vouchers we received from the VIP scheme at Pets at Home provided a lot of rabbit toys and nibbles. We would like to thank Pets at Home and all the customers who swiped their VIP cards.




Pets at Home run a VIP scheme that gives members money off offers etc. Each time a customer visits the store they swipe their VIP card and a percentage of the spend is credited to their chosen animal charity by Pets At Home.

At certain periods throughout the year the chosen charity gets a donation. We work closely with the Middlesbrough store and in the winter of 2014/15 with this donation we purchased a set of dog coats for all our dogs to keep them warm and dry when they went for their walks.

A volunteer then got all the coats lettered with ‘SARA’ on one side and ‘I NEED A HOME’ on the other. Each weekend this volunteer takes a different SARA dog to a caravan she owns for the weekend.

On one of these weekends she met up with a lady who turned out to be from a charitable trust.

Some time later we received a cheque for £5000 from the charitable trust.

On a later visit our volunteer went to the lady’s house to let her know how we had spent the money.

Some time later we received another cheque for £10,000 from the same trust. We are now one of their selected charities.

It just shows how unexpected things happen. From customers swiping their VIP cards, buying coats and a chance meeting to substantial donations.

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Tombola and Raffle Prizes


Did you get any unwanted gifts last Christmas if so we are looking for raffle and tombola prizes. Or they might be ok to sell in our shop at Guisborough or Lena’s Loft at the centre.

If you have any could you take them to Foxrush Farm or the Guisborough shop.

Thank you.

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Santa Paws

In December a team from SARA helped Support Adoption for Pets in the Middlesbrough store with their Santa Paws campaign. This week we have collected a cheque for £954.88 from Pets At Home Middlesbrough which was half of the collection money. The other half went to Support Adoption for Pets to help out other rehoming centres.

This money will go towards the ‘Haven’ that we are building. We identified that we needed a room where we could put dogs that were recuperating from illness or operations or could not be put in with the general population because they are nervous.

As you will see the ‘Haven’ is nearly complete and we will be soon putting it to good use.

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Santa Paws at Wags and Whiskers

On Sunday 20th December 2015 Wags and Whiskers pet boutique at Saltburn held a Santa Paws day in which pets were brought in to see Santa Clues.

Each pet received a present from Santa.  Each owner paid £4 and this was donated to SARA totaling £200.

Our thanks go the Wags and Whiskers, Santa and all who participated.


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Visit from Reeds Global

On 20th December we had a visit to Foxrush from Reeds Global.  3 people came to help under the help charities day scheme.  This is where companies give their employees a paid day where they can spend a day helping a charity of their choice.

The 2 ladies and one man had a discussion on what our charity does and our aims.  Met some of the volunteers and then walked dogs and cuddles cats.

They enjoyed themselves and helped the animals.

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