Christmas charity appeal for animals

homeless dogs and cats

This year, hundreds of Sydneysiders will give generously to ensure homeless dogs and cats don’t miss out on the joys of Christmas through the annual Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas appeal.

Now in its 13th year, the appeal (25 November – 15 December) distributes donations for dogs and cats to animal shelters across Sydney.

The appeal was founded in 2006 by animal lover Nicola Addison from the simple idea to convince friends and colleagues to add to their shopping baskets a single item for a cat or dog (food, treat or toy) and then leave this at one of many drop-off points throughout Sydney.

Since then, the Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas appeal has grown into an annual movement, receiving a huge collection of goodies each year, donated by hundreds of people, dropped off at over 28 drop-off points in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury. 

“The appeal is an easy but effective way to give dogs and cats at rescue shelters and pets of homeless people a much needed treat during Christmas,” Addison said.

“This appeal is so simple. Over Christmas it offers people the opportunity to feel good by doing something that means they are part of the solution.”


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