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Keeping warm, charity appeals for blankets this Christmas ❄️

If you're looking to give a charitable gift this Christmas, you're local animal rescue will always welcome donations of food, toys and bedding.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is calling on the public to donate their old blankets to help keep their canine residents warm this winter. The charity is currently short of bedding for all their dogs and are asking their supporters for urgent donations of new or second hand blankets.

Choccie (pictured), the one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier cross, is one of the Home's skinnier dogs, and would particularly benefit from these Christmas gifts.

Battersea’s Centre Manager Robert Young said, "Our skinnier dogs, such as Choccie, and the thinner breeds like our Greyhounds and Lurchers, really feel the cold over winter. We do everything we can to keep our dogs warm as it gets colder, including dressing them in doggy jumpers, putting the heating up and giving particularly vulnerable dogs special, padded beds - but nothing helps to combat the winter chills quite like a warm, snuggly blanket. So please, donate a blanket to Battersea this Christmas - you’ll make a rescue dog very happy."

Blanket donations can be brought into Battersea’s London centre. The Home kindly asks the public not to donate sheets or towels, which are too thin to keep the dogs warm over winter, or duvets, which are too bulky to be washed in the charity’s laundry facilities.