Manchester Dogs’ Home on Christmas Day: ‘It is like having kids at home, the dogs have presents and lovely food’

in Manchester News

All the dogs who will be spending Christmas Day at the kennels – and the festive dinner with all the trimmings that they’ll eat

All the dogs staying at Manchester Dogs’ Home this Christmas were treated to a turkey roast dinner with all the trimmings today.

Staff at the shelter, on Moss Brook Road, in Harpurhey, were up at the crack of dawn to make sure the pooches did not miss out on celebrating Christmas Day.

Volunteer dog walkers turned up to help with giving the dogs an early morning walk to stretch their legs.

When they returned they were treated to a full Christmas dinner, with chicken, turkey and Yorkshire Puddings to enjoy in their kennel.

It’s all thanks to kindhearted members of the public, who donated to the Manchester Dogs’ Home Christmas Dinner campaign.

Every £1 donated went towards providing a Christmas dinner for the pooches.

Then the staff brought presents and stockings for all of the pooches to open.

The dogs were given sturdy toys – so none of them risked swallowing parts – and lots of treats.

Festive decorations are also put up in the adoption centre, with stockings placed on each kennel and a Christmas tree in the centre.

Baubles are placed on the tree displaying names of dogs who have died over the last year.

Owners who have lost their dogs are invited to hang a decoration on the tree as a tribute to their pet.

Neil Outram, assistant kennel manager, says it has been a busy day, but staff always enjoy the atmosphere on Christmas Day.

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