Today is National Christmas Jumper Day and who said this doesn’t include the nation’s furry friends?
Definitely not, Wood Green, The Animals Charity, who are urging animal-lovers to showcase their Christmas jumper triumphs and fails (the less tasteful the better) alongside their pets, and donate just £5 to help the charity buy the extra bedding, coats, jumpers and bedding it needs to keep hundreds of homeless pets warm.
For the crafty knitters, there is also the option to create your very own Wood Green jumper for your dog by giving a small donation to purchase our unique – and especially fetching – Wood Green knitting pattern.
Every day this winter its staff will be caring for more than 650 unwanted animals.
Sally Stevens, Director of Income Services for Wood Green, said: “This is a busy time of year for all our centres and, equally, a cold time. When you’re turning the heating up and pulling on your winter woollies, please spare a thought for the hundreds of animals in our care this Christmas.”
She added: “For the last few Christmases we’ve all seen family, friends and colleagues wearing their Christmas jumpers with pride.
“In the spirit of that enthusiasm, we’re calling on people to donate and help us keep our residents cosy, or get knitting for your furry friends and donate the money you save, rather than buying a pre-made pet-jumper or coat.
“We would love to see your pets wearing your knitted creation this Christmas”
Wood Green supporter and Hollyoaks star Ali Bastian recently hosted the charity’s 90th anniversary activities.
She said: “As an animal-lover and a dog owner, I love the idea of translating the Christmas jumper obsession across to pets, and I’ll certainly be getting some knitting needles out this season to have a go.
“Wood Green does such terrific work throughout the year in rehoming some 5,000 animals, and this is a fun campaign which raises awareness of those efforts and keeps many more animals warm and cosy for the festive season.”
To find out more about Wood Green’s Winter Warmer appeal to help keep homeless pets warm and how you can help, please visit Wood Green
To download your Wood Green dog jumper knitting pattern visit www.woodgreen.org.uk/how_to_help/donate/other_ways_to_help/knitting_patterns
Find them online and share your pictures of you and your pets in your best Christmas get-up via Facebook (www.facebook.com/WoodGreenTheAnimalsCharity) or on Twitter at @Wood_Green and text PAWS to 70300 to donate just £5, enough to help buy extra bedding for dogs, cats and small animals in need this winter.
*note from Pet Gazette – some dog breeds are prone to overheating so participants please take due care, or please pass this on when promoting.