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ZooPlus Charity Partnership

Exciting News!!

The lovely people at ZooPlus have awarded Animal Krackers Charity Partnership status for November. This means that we will receive 10% of the value of all items bought from their ZooLove range and registered shoppers can also donate their reward points to us.

Donating is easy, with no need for extra payments. Just save up the reward points that you receive with each and every purchase at zooplus.co.uk (£1 = 1 Point), then log in to myzooplus and add the points you would like to donate to your shopping basket. You can donate between 10 and 250 loyalty points, with all donations making a massive difference to the lives of animals in need. Please note, you can only collect loyalty points if you are a registered customer. Points can only be donated when a purchase is made.

You can also support Animal Krackers by buying any product from the exclusive “zoolove by zooplus” range. For each product sold, 10% of the sale price will go directly to Animal Krackers, to be spent wherever it is needed most. Find out more here.

So if you need any goodies for your own pets, why not visit the Zooplus site, and you’ll be helping out our rescue animals at the same time!!

www.zooplus.co.uk

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Albie’s Story

Here’s a lovely little story from someone who rehomed a rescue cat from Animal Krackers 2 years ago. Rescue animals may not always be the easiest option, but they can bring the biggest rewards!

“Albie is one of my closest friends. Brought into a rescue centre in Sunderland two years ago on Christmas Eve at 3 o’clock whilst at that very same moment, I was at the vets in Durham saying goodbye to my beautiful Archie cat (that’s him in my fb banner pic). Bronia spotted Albie on the rescue centre’s website and we went and got him a couple of days after New Year’s Eve despite being gutted about the loss of Archie. They reckoned he was about 18 months and was a full Tom cat until he was abandoned and the centre had him neutered. They knew he was owned by a couple who split up and just left him in the flat to fend for himself until the landlord found him. He was called Tinkerbell for some reason despite being a massive Thomas?

He’s spent the last 22 months getting used to his new home really. Right from the start he followed me everywhere, to the toilet, to the kitchen, into the garden, up the stairs, down the stairs, into the attic, he even runs after our car when we go to work! And he’s always there when we drive up our street, waiting for us, in fact he sleeps in next doors coal bunker most days until he hears the car, when he will appear covered in coal dust and ready for dinner.

Despite all that he never really let either of us touch him, he’d just duck out the way whenever we tried, he hated being on the bed which is really weird for a cat (he did, despite being neutered, dry hump all the cushions and sometimes my leg tho which was slightly disturbing but also quite cute). We have been working on getting him to trust us more and last night he spent his first night on the bed sleeping in a tight ball tucked up against me, pushing into my hand whenever he woke up. We have been able to stroke him and love him up a bit for the last month or so and have found an air gun pellet under the skin of his back leg which is something that must have happened to him sometime before he was abandoned.

So the crux of the story is that Albie would just like to say that when you take an animal from a centre they may not be the cute fluffer that you had quite hoped for right from the start. Just because you were kind enough to go get em and shove a few cans of food on a plate for them doesn’t mean they will act all grateful straight away. They need love and understanding and a massive amount of patience because like most of us, they probably carry a little baggage emotionally. I remember the man at the centre saying he wished folks would persists a little longer when they took cats, bringing a pussy cat back just because he or she didn’t ‘take to the kids straight away’ or ‘just hid under the bed for a week’ is a poor show.

From my point of view Albie has been a challenge but a really rewarding one. We always got kittens before him because I wasn’t sure you could have the same bond with a rescue cat, well Albie has proved to me that you absolutely can.”

Jonny Swift

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Upcoming Events

Fundraising Events

We have a couple of fundraising events coming up in September if would like to get involved!

Bike Ride with Sainsbury’s
Sunday 13th September
Though a lot of people may be focussed on the Great North Run, there’ll also be a lot of people out and about on their bikes in Sunderland, raising money for great causes. Sainsburys at Silksworth will be the finishing point and Animal Krackers will have a stall and tombola so come along, cheer on all the cyclists and see if you can grab a goody too.

 
Active Sunderland’s Big Walk
Sunday 20th September

A few of our volunteers will be taking part in an 11 mile walk which starts at the National Glass Centre down by the River Wear and finishes in Herrington Country Park.

Now these volunteers aren’t particularly known for their love of exercise, so they’re making a big effort just to get up off the sofa!! So if you can donate even a small amount to their team, it will make it all worthwhile.

Visit our Virgin Money Giving Page to make a donation.

 

You can also use our main Virgin Money Giving page to make other one off donations or even a regular donation to Animal Krackers. Anything is always greatly appreciated.

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Sainsburys Bag Pack

So… our fantastically kind volunteers have worked their socks off for two whole days, packing bags at Sainsburys in Silksworth, Sunderland. Thanks to all their efforts and the amazing generosity of the Sainsburys customers, we’ve managed to raise a fantastic £1324.65

Everyone at Animal Krackers would like to thank everyone involved for a brilliant team effort – we really appreciate everyone who gave up their time, and everyone who gave whatever they could to make sure our donation buckets were almost too heavy to carry!

We’d also like to say thanks for the one off donation of £25 we were given to put towards refurbishment of our shop in Grangetown. We’re hoping that work will be complete sometime in October, so we’ll keep you posted on progress.

Thank you everyone!!

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Volunteers Needed!!!

As you may already know, Animal Krackers were recently selected as Sainsburys (Silksworth Branch) Local Charity. This means that they will give us much needed support in form of promoting our charity and will provide help with fundraising activities.

On the Friday 28th and Saturday 29th August, they have offered us the opportunity to do a fundraising back pack in store at Silksworth and we’re looking for as many volunteers as possible to get involved.

 

If you can spare on hour or two on either of those days, please contact Susan Hardy on 07957 677 672 and she can give you more details.

 

Thank you!

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100 Cats Rehomed!

So today was a good day for cat rehoming – 2 cats adopted within ten minutes of each other, taking our total so far this year to a fantastic 100!

Unfortunately, 2 new cats also arrived at Ferry Farm, so we’re still at full capacity with so many more waiting to come in. We aim to help as many as we can but we’re desperately in need of fosterers to help with short term care, and more importantly, we really need permanent loving homes for all of our animals.

There are so many cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs waiting to find their furever homes. If you think you can help with short term care, or if you can offer one our animals a happy ending, please CONTACT US.

 

UPDATE (19/07/15) A Further 3 cats have been rehomed and another reserved, which will take our total to 104! This is our best weekend for rehoming in a long time but we still have many more amazing animals who need your help.

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Welcome to our new website!

After a few months of blood, sweat and tears (and late nights!) we’re delighted to launch our new website. It’s been put together by some of our volunteers, who are self-confessed web amateurs, so if you do spot anything (broken links, spelling mistakes), please let us know so we can get them fixed.

We hope you like the new look – all the same information is here, plus some new bits and pieces. We wanted to make sure the site was easy to navigate and showed our animals off in the best possible way – they are our main priority after all.

Keep checking back for more news and info, and thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do what we do without you.