Lockdown dogs and cats looking for a forever home are being given a helping paw thanks to a new charity partnership forged between Highfield Garden World and Teckels Animal Sanctuary in Whitminster
Family members behind Highfield have chosen their village neighbour, Teckels to be their Charity of the Year. The two teams have agreed a host of initiatives including the garden centre sponsoring a kennel at the rehoming centre to the tune of £3,650 per year, and giving a £50 pet voucher to everyone adopting one of Teckels’ gorgeous pussies or poochies throughout the year. Customers in-store at Highfield will also be able to choose items from a special Teckels wish-list – including pet toys, food and bedding – to buy and place in the new in-store donation box. Teckels will also be selling their own branded items at Highfield – with 100% of the profits going towards Teckels’ good work.
Established in 2003, Teckels cares for some 40-50 dogs and cats at a time, and relies heavily on donations of goods and money from individuals and local businesses to meet its considerable running costs – as well as on a trusty team of volunteers and dog walkers who between them walk 132,000 steps and use 100 poo bags a day! Their doggy day care services also help fund the rehoming service.
Teckels Manager, Sarah Johnson, commented; “We are absolutely thrilled to have Highfield’s support. Coming out of lockdown has sadly resulted in a surge of animals up for adoption – often because owners can no longer afford to keep them. We’re also the place where any strays in the Stroud area come. As well as helping us with funds and donations, having Highfield by our side will really help us spread the word about the work we do, the fun events we hold and of course all our gorgeous pets on the lookout for lovely new homes.”
Saffron Weaver of Highfield, who is managing the relationship with Teckels, commented; “Many of our customers and staff are keen animal lovers, and we have long admired the brilliant work that the Teckels team does. We’re dog-friendly here at Highfield, and our pet department has been extra busy with waggy tails and happy customers since the number of pets in the UK started booming. But not every animal has an easy path in life. When we decided to appoint a Charity of the Year for the first time, we realised we had the perfect partner right here on our doorstep in Whitminster.”