A CARING veterinary nurse from Leigh-on-Sea is hoping to deliver over 3,000 parcels this Christmas to homeless pets, so that they can enjoy the festive season too.
Selena Byrne started her Christmas Buddy Box Appeal in 2013, and due to its popularity, has continued it since.
The 33-year-old works full time at Vets4Pets in Leigh-on-Sea and is now focused on doubling the amount of parcels donated in the previous three years and helping make Christmas special for pets that find themselves without a home at this time of year.
“When I first started this I didn’t imagine it would be this popular, but it shows just what a nation of animal lovers we can be,” says Selena. “We are asking anyone to take a box, no matter what size, and fill it with presents for cats and dogs which will be given to kennels and catteries on Christmas Day.
“The gifts don’t have to cost a lot, even if there’s just a food sachet or a small toy; anything is greatly appreciated by homeless pets,” she adds. “The more gift boxes we collect, the more rescues we are going to help at such a special time of the year. Even a small toy will help make a pet feel special.
“I’ve received help from various vets and outside organisations, including Vets4Pets and Companion Care, and would like to thank everyone who has got involved so far.”
Donations can be made at the Leigh-on-Sea Vets4Pets practice located at 1,603 – 1,609 London Road.
Further information can be found on the Buddy Box Appeal’s Facebook page at facebook.com/buddyboxappeal.