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Dog-friendly Brighton and Hove in county of pet lovers
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Animal shelter managers have praised our Give a Pet a Home campaign after scores of calls from our kind-hearted readers.
The response comes on the day that Brighton and Hove has been named the UK’s most dog friendly city.
Stacy McSpirit, who runs the Paws Animal Sanctuary in Findon, said her phone hadn’t stopped ringing since Monday’s launch.
Yesterday we revealed that she had found a new home for Jasper the donkey along with one of her adorable cats.
Today we can announce that Babe the pig, two more kittens and veteran tortoises Archie and Dizzy could be off to new homes.
She said: “The response has been fantastic. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
“Providing the new homes are suitable, Archie, Dizzy and Babe could be with a new loving family very soon.
But it’s not just the Paws sanctuary that is already feeling the positive effects of the campaign.
Keith Simpson-Wells, who runs the reptile centre at Patcham RSPCA , added: “We’re already getting calls and I’ve got a few people coming in to look at the snakes.
“It’s been a really positive start but the message needs to stay out there.”
Keren O’Mahony, who works as a fundraiser for Sussex Pet Rescue, added that newspaper campaigns should not be underestimated.
She said: “We need campaigns like this. It has been a really good start and we cannot thank you enough.”
Model and dog-lover Jodie Kidd was in Brighton and Hove yesterday (September 12) to name the city the most dog friendly place in Britain.
Cesar’s dog food ran a survey to find where owners’ favourite places to visit with their pooches.
After cutting down hundreds of entries to a select few, a panel of judges, along with the 33-year-old model, named the city as top dog.
Ms O’Mahony, added: “From the responses we have had you can tell that there are kind-hearted people out there who want to help, but the problem is never ending.
“Owners need to get their pets neutered at the earliest opportunity. That’s the main problem.”
As part of our Give a Pet a Home campaign we will feature rescue shelters and their pets every day.