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 eleventh 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, 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 20 collection points in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury area. With the support of RSPCA, Way2Home and the City of Sydney’s Companion Animals Liaison Office, dozens of volunteers assist with the distribution of thousands of items to over 20 rescue services. Among them are Friendly K9 Rescue Service, Greyhound Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue, to name just a few.
In addition to animal rescue services, GADAB also supports other community organisations that work with people on low incomes, homeless people with pets and other groups and services that help people who may not have extra cash to spend on their beloved pets at Christmas.
Nicola says the appeal is an easy but effective way to give dogs and cats at rescue shelters some much-needed love during Christmas.
“This appeal is so simple,” Nicola says. “It offers people the opportunity to feel good by doing something that’s easily done, to be part of the solution and know that all their donations go straight to where they are most needed.
“We’re grateful for the support we have received so far and thank the many people who continue to donate to the appeal each year.
“While the festive season is a time for celebration, for many animal shelters and rescue services, it’s also a time of challenges and strain. The appeal aims to help these organisations continue their support and ensure dogs and cats get the treats they deserve during Christmas. Thank you for supporting the GADAB Christmas Appeal.”
Help pets in need get treats this Christmas
Buy 1 item for a dog or cat and take it to a GADAB Drop Off Point. View Drop Off Point locations here: https://giveadogabone.info/drop-off-points/
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the GADAB website at www.giveadogabone.info