Puppy love as Stalyhill Junior School raises record amount for Tameside Animal Shelter

TORO, a 12-week-old puppy rescued from the streets of Romania, paid a visit to Stalyhill Junior School.

The cute canine was taken along by Jacqui Manclark and Gareth Lloyd, from the Tameside Animal Shelter.

Pupils with Toro and the cheque for the Animal Shelter

They went to collect a cheque after the school raised £607 by holding a creepy crawlies disco with Barbara Groves, mother of pupil Lily, baking 100 cupcakes for the event.

It was the idea of year five teacher Sarah Maloney who had visited the shelter in Hyde.

Sarah said: “The shelter is in a sorry state which is why I asked school to run a fundraising event.

“The school council voted for it and we also had an assembly about the Tameside Animal Shelter and how it is funded through donations.”

Jacqui told children Toro was found wandering the streets with his mother and she was contacted and asked whether she could take in a dog from Romania, the second one she has had to re-home.

She added it is a record amount raised by a school for the animal shelter and will be put towards building new kennels, explaining on average they have between 40/45 cats and kittens, 12 dogs. They also on occasions have chickens and exotic birds, including a parrot.

Pupils at the Creepy Crawlies fundraising disco

Jacqui also heard Stalyhill Junior are to hold further fundraising events for the animal shelter.

The animal shelter, the only one in Tameside, is funded through donations and costs £3,000 per month to operate.

It has three paid staff and between 15 to 18 volunteers. More are needed, but they must be at least 15 years of age.

Jacqui added the pre-Christmas period is a busy time and the shelter is “full to bursting”.

She said: “We are busier than ever, mainly because of the times in which we live.

“More people are losing their homes and going into rented accommodation, with landlords not allowing pets.

“And a lot of elderly die in winter and leave pets that we have to re-home.

“We never close and are open 365 days a year.”


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