Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter has been given £500 by pet insurance provider Petplan to aid its valuable work.

Petplan account executive Helen Bailes, left, with Leyla Rutter, chief executive of Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

Each month, the company randomly selects one of its registered animal charities in a prize draw to receive the sum.

The shelter reunites lost dogs and cats with their owners and if it is not possible to do so, provides the necessary care until a new and loving home can be found.

The charity also provides special care and veterinary assistance for injured animals brought to its premises.

Its chief executive Leyla Rutter said the shelter was very grateful for the donation.

“The money has been used to provide emergency care to three new arrivals at the rescue centre, with two dogs requiring operations for leg injuries and another needing an operation to remove several teeth after suffering severe tooth decay,” she said.

“The contribution will also be put towards essential equipment for the animals and improving facilities.”

Petplan’s acting head of marketing Ingrid Wakefield said the company worked with in excess of 1,200 animal charities – more than any other insurer.

“We understand the challenges animal charities face and provide four weeks’ free insurance to anyone rehoming a pet from one of our animal charities,” she said.

To find out more about Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, visit www.dogandcatshelter.com For details about Petplan, visit www.petplan.co.uk or like Petplan’s Facebook page

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