STAFF and volunteers at Bromsgrove’s Blue Cross will be giving up their Christmas Day to treat the homeless, unwanted and abandoned pets in their care.
Each cat will receive a new toy in their personal cat basket and dogs are given gift-wrapped treats and toys to open.
All pets are also given extra games and walks and enjoy a special Christmas home cooked dinner of turkey or chicken.
Jean Taylor has volunteered at the local Blue Cross for the past two years.
She said: “Christmas is a time of good will to all men – and animals.
“They deserve a special day too so I’ll be spending my Christmas day giving the cats an extra fuss and playing with them and their new toys.
“I’ll also be helping at feeding time giving each pet a festive feast of their own.”
Pets receiving a day of pampering and treats include Archie, a ten-year-old cat who was found as a stray over two months ago and is still to find his forever home.
Lively six-year-old Jack Russell terrier Bruno, who has been homeless since May, sweet greyhound Nettie who was also found as a stray and deaf American bulldog puppy Poppy.
Caroline Oram, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross in Bromsgrove said: “For me, Christmases are better when I’m with the pets who need us.
“I don’t mind not spending Christmas at home when I know through waggy tails and happy purrs that being here is really appreciated so I wouldn’t swap for the world.
“A huge thanks to local pet pals who have sent in gifts for the animals, we are really grateful and so are all the pets.”
Blue Cross is a charity and receives no government funding so relies on the generous support of animal lovers to continue helping pets in need.
To donate to Blue Cross visit bluecross.org.uk/Christmas-news or text Moments to 70557 to give pets in need moments that matter this Christmas.