An animal refuge in Cumbria has appealed to local residents to supply clean duvets, as its lack of a suitable washing machine means they are unable to wash their own.
Speaking to the Carlisle News & Star, Patricia Bell-Atkin – animal welfare manager at Wetheral Animal Refuge – explained that she and her colleagues need more duvets to provide bedding for their canine residents, having run out of clean duvets at the end of last week.
“We’re desperate. We’ve got about 30 dogs in at the moment. When they are nervous they have accidents and we have to change their bedding two or three times a day,” she said. “People can bring blankets [as well as duvets] but not towels or pillows.”
Ms Bell-Atkin added that the charity had taken in 37 lost or unwanted dogs over the Christmas period and said funding had fallen recently as people sought to rein in their spending. She noted that financial hardship had forced many to give up their beloved pets.
Data from search marketing group Greenlight revealed earlier in the week that washing machines and dishwashers were among the most searched-for domestic appliances on Google at Christmas.