Jollyes, the nationwide pet store, has made a major donation to the Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) charity to help feed the pets of those who sleep rough and have no permanent home.
The donation of 5,000 cans of Lifestage dog food will be distributed its “street stations” in London and the south of England, hostels that allow dogs to stay with their owners and the charity’s sanctuary in Essex, not far from Jollyes’ headquarters in Waltham Abbey.
When the Lifestage cans were launched in March, all Jollyes’ 67 stores took part in a scheme to donate food to local animal charities and the company pledged to top that up with donations to its charity partners, including DOTS.
Founded in 2017, DOTS supports rough sleepers with dogs to provide free vet care and a regular and healthy diet for their pets. As well as its sanctuary, it operates a high-tech “vet van” with regular “street stations” in London, Oxford, Kent, Milton Keynes and Taunton. Its sanctuary is currently looking after 39 foster dogs.
The food donations provide dogs with a consistent healthy and stable diet that is important for their nutrition.
During the pandemic, the challenges facing DOTS have been greater than ever as many homeless people were placed in accommodation that did not accept pets and it had to distribute food despite the temporary closure of some street stations.
Jollyes commercial director, Chris Burns, said: “On behalf of all our colleagues and customers, we wanted to show our appreciation for the fantastic work that DOTS does, not just in feeding and looking after the pets on the streets, but also in the vital support it offers to their owners.”
Michelle Clark, DOTS founding director, said: “We couldn’t provide support for the homeless community with pet dogs without the generous help of donors such as Jollyes.
“We’ve needed that support more than ever during the pandemic so that we could continue to offer street outreach or take in dogs at the sanctuary while their owners were placed in temporary accommodation.”
Pictured at the Jollyes store in Enfield are DOTS founding director Michelle Clark, with Jollyes senior merchandiser Steve Ashton and 17-year-old dog, Mr J. Loading up the DOTS van are Steve Ashton and Jollyes Enfield store assistant manager Andrew Watts.