Give a dog a bone keep kitty happy Christmas Appeal 25 November – 15 December 2019

It’s the appeal that keeps on giving.  Every year, hundreds of Sydneysiders 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 distributes donations for dogs and cats to animal shelters across Sydney.

The appeal was founded in 2006 by animal lover Nicola Addison from a simple idea: get friends and colleagues to add to their shopping baskets a single item for a cat or dog (food, treat or toy) and drop it off at one of many Drop-Off Points throughout Sydney.

Since then, the Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal (or GADAB for short) 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.

Nicola says “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.”

“This appeal is so simple” Nicola says. “Over Christmas, it offers people the opportunity to feel good by doing something that means they are part of the solution, 1 person buys 1 item toy, treat or food for a dog or cat and takes it to one of our DROP OFF POINTS, it’s so easy.

How you can help

Buy 1 item for a dog or cat and take it to a GADAB DROP OFF POINT – locations here:

More information

Visit the GADAB website at