Mulled wine, mince pies, fabulous gifts and Christmas carolers! Itâ€™s that time of year again when Bristol Dogs and Cats Home will be hosting their annual Christmas Fair, taking place on Saturday 17th November.
The special event promises to be full of festive fun and even the big man himself is taking a break from his busy schedule to join us.
Rebecca Law, Fundraising Assistant at the Home said, â€œCome and browse the stalls to find the perfect Christmas gift and why not take part in some traditional family games or soak up the atmosphere whilst tucking into a warm mince pie. There really will be something for everyone so join us for a great day out.â€
Organisers are hoping that the event will raise vital funds to help meet the Â£4,384 a day it costs to care for the hundreds of unwanted animals at the charity over the cold winter months.
Rebecca continued, â€œIt wonâ€™t be a surprise to hear that we are currently full to capacity with unwanted and stray animals at the Home. This can be a miserable time for our furry companions so we hope the launch of our Winter Warmer Appeal along with our Christmas Fair will help bring in vital funds to keep toes toasty and tummies full this winter. So please, come along to the event, get into the Christmas spirit and help make a difference to animals in need.
Bristol Dogs & Cats Home, an integral part of the RSPCA Bristol & District Branch, provides care, shelter and a re-homing service for nearly 2,000 unwanted dogs, cats and small animals every year. The RSPCA Bristol Branch gives thousands of local animals in need a second chance for a happy life, free from pain or neglect.
With so many animals to care for the charityâ€™s annual running costs exceed Â£1.6 million. Although a branch of the RSPCA, the Bristol Branch is actually an independent charity receiving no funding from the National RSPCA, Government or the Lottery. They therefore rely on the support from the community through donations, legacies and fundraising events to continue its important work.
The charity have also launched their annual Winter Warmer Appeal, asking the public to donate food, blankets and money for heating costs; to help provide for the hundreds of unwanted animals in their care over the cold winter season. Without the annual appeal, the charityâ€™s annual food bill would total a staggering Â£52,000. Donations can be dropped off at the charity or one of the many collection points across the city. More information can be found on their website www.rspca-bristoldogsandcatshome.org.uk or you can make a donation via your mobile phone – just text WARM22 and the amount to 70070.
The Christmas Fair will be taking place on 17th November from 10am until 2.30pm. Entrance to the event is 50p for adults and children get in for free.