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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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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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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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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A note from Jake’s family.

We adopted Jake in March 2013 & very sadly had to have Jake put to sleep in September 2017 due to nose cancer. During the time we had him he proved to be a very loyal & loving dog.

We loved & will miss you always Jake. Run free on Rainbow Bridge. XX