Dog-mad youngster making Christmas extra special for pups at Pawprints Rescue Centre - The Rugby Observer

Dog-mad youngster making Christmas extra special for pups at Pawprints Rescue Centre

Rugby Editorial 8th Dec, 2019   0

A DOG-mad youngster has been tirelessly collecting to make Christmas extra special for dogs at Pawprints Rescue Centre.

Ashlawn School pupil Millie McGahey has been collecting treats and toys to ensure every dog in the kennels will have a present to open on December 25.

The 11-year-old – whose favourite breed of dog is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier – said she could not bear the thought of dogs spending the festive season without a home and wanted to make the day as special as possible.

It is the second year the youngster from Hillmorton has collected treats for the charity, which her aunt Kathryn Blackmore volunteers for.

So instead of opening her presents on Christmas morning, Millie will be loading her aunt’s car up with the goodies and waiting to hear how the dogs enjoyed their morning.

While the youngster is unable to volunteer directly with the hounds until she is 18, she does her bit by helping out at events, collecting donations and selling raffle tickets.

Kathleen said: “Our whole family is dog mad. Millie is a very caring and loving young lady and has just naturally been drawn towards dogs.

“She has a Springer Spaniel who was rescued from RSPCA and has taught her so much about being around dogs, along with my rescue dog. Both have some behavioural issues and she understands that all dogs are different and this has allowed her to gain confidence and experience with them.”

And Pawprints founder Anita Twigger said Millie is an invaluable member of the charity’s team.

She told the Observer: “Millie is a little diamond. She has tirelessly been collecting donations and is more excited about the dogs opening their presents than Christmas.

“She has done so much for our dogs over the years and has true dedication and compassion.”

And Millie is still appealing for donations for the dogs.

She said: “Anyone wanting to donate now can do this via our donations box at Pets At Home in Rugby or Leamington or by dropping off directly to Pawprints at Dunsmore Kennels on London Road.

“We have had people contact this year to say they are not sending Christmas cards but instead they are making a donation to us which is amazing.”

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