Dogs Trust UK will help over 1200 homeless dogs and their owners over the festive period through the Hope Project.
Set up in 1995 by Dogs Trust UK, the Hope Project will gift thousands of homeless dogs Christmas hampers over the festive period, as well as offering free and subsidised veterinary care to homeless dogs in Glasgow.
The canine hampers will include coats, blankets, collars, leads, treats and toys to the dogs and their owners.
Clare Kivlehan, Dogs Trust Hope Project Manager, said: “Everyone knows that the bond between a dog and its owner is a strong one but for homeless people their dog can often be their only friend.
“Christmas can be an especially difficult and lonely time for people in housing crisis so we’re delighted to be able to distribute these hampers to help make Christmas happier for them and their dogs and it is amazing that this year we will be able to reach over 1200 dogs.”
At Christmas, the project will not only distribute hampers but also offer free veterinary treatments for homeless owners.
The majority of homeless people state that the only companion they have at this time of year is their dog.
The Hope Project ensures that both man and his best friend can have a better Christmas, through the vital service they provide.
As well as the hampers and free veterinary care, the charity will work with homelessness hostels and day centres to ensure dogs are accepted with those who seek shelter during Christmas.
This year the charity will reach out to over 1200 dogs through 170 homelessness organisations.
As the number of people sleeping rough increases in Scotland, this service not only helps Homeless dogs have a better Christmas but their owners too.
Clare told Glasgow Live: “With 82 per cent of homeless people saying that their dog is their best friend, we are proud to have provided our Christmas parcel service, as well as essential and life-saving veterinary care, to thousands of dogs over the years.”
You can find out more about the Hope Project and how you can get involved this Christmas here.
Source: The Scottish Sun.