Tadcaster firm shows puppy love with 1,000-meal donation to dog rescue centres

Two local dog charities have received a welcome donation of 1,000 meals of dog-food from a Tadcaster company.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 1:54 pm
John Harrison, Zena Jackson and Chris Jackson of Tadcaster-based grab hire company RJC Plant Services, which has donated 1,000 meals to local dog charities, including Miss Mollies Pet Rescue in Harrogate.
John Harrison, Zena Jackson and Chris Jackson of Tadcaster-based grab hire company RJC Plant Services, which has donated 1,000 meals to local dog charities, including Miss Mollies Pet Rescue in Harrogate.

Grab hire company RJC Plant Services, which is based at Church Fenton, donated the food to Miss Mollies Pet Rescue based in Harrogate and Woodhaven Second Chance in South Milford.

Both charities are volunteer-led, no-kill rescue centres and have faced difficult times over the last year, with a drop in donations despite an increase in demand for their services as new pets were abandoned during lockdown.

RJC co-director Chris Jackson said: “April is National Pet Month across the UK. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the nation’s love of animals but also raise awareness on key issues around pet care, neglect, theft and the ongoing support needed for the charities who work in the sector, just like Miss Mollies and Woodhaven.”

Miss Mollies founder Jeanne Thompson said: “As a volunteer-run charity that has faced a really difficult year, we really rely on the public and businesses like RJC helping with donations to keep the rescue centre open.”

Lucy Oxberry from Woodhaven said: “Owning a dog has become incredibly popular over this last year, however, it has meant that some breeds have fallen out of favour and we’ve had a number brought to us as strays. It has unfortunately also led to an increase in dogs being abandoned once owners realise how much care and support is required to really look after their pet.”

As part of RJCs ongoing commitment to supporting those in need in the community, the business wanted to champion a cause close to their hearts, with many of the team being dog-owners themselves.

John Harrison said: “Dog food isn’t our usual delivery material, but as a team of dog lovers, we wanted to do something to help support Miss Mollies and Woodhaven who have faced challenging times over the last 12 months. We hope this food will be a big help to the charities.”

RJC is continuing to collect donations for the dog rescue charity from their base including blankets and food for the dogs. If you would like to donate, please contact www.rjcplantservices.com or www.missmolliesrescue.org.uk and www.facebook.com/woodhavensecondchancerehoming