Alison and friends raise charity cash

Animal lover Alison Moody (left) presents a cheque for �846 to Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter's Genna Reece.
Animal lover Alison Moody (left) presents a cheque for �846 to Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter's Genna Reece.
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A PET owner has stepped out in support of an animal rescue charity.

Alison Moody organised a sponsored walk and raised almost £850 for the Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter.

The customer assistant at the Anglia Co-operative Westgate department store in Waterloo Road, Blyth, carried out the event with colleagues, friends and their pets.

The group raised £423, which was matched by a donation from the Anglia Co-operative Fund.

Alison, who has two dogs of her own, said: “We are over the moon with the amount we raised.

“I give money to national animal charities, but we also wanted to do something for a local charity that needs donations.”

A cheque for £846 was handed over to Genna Reece, development manager of the Tyneside shelter.

Leyla Rutter, chief executive of the charity, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Alison and her colleagues and friends.

“We rely heavily on donations to enable us to do our work and this will make a big difference – without people like Alison we wouldn’t be able to operate.”

The Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter has been operating since 1896 and is the largest animal charity in the north east.

Covering the whole of Northumberland, the charity looks for homes for more than 3,000 lost, abandoned, orphaned and injured dogs and cats each year.

With around 300 animals at any one time at its shelters, it has to find between £65,000 and £70,000 just to meet veterinary costs, without feed and heating for the animals.