Hundreds of people have got their knitting needles out to help keep homeless dogs warm over winter…

Dogs Trust has received nearly 1,000 home-knit jumpers to keep homeless dogs warm this Christmas.

Every year the charity’s Hope Project sends out hampers to homeless dog owners, which contain leads, collars and toys.

Millie in a jumper donated to the Hope ProjectThis year Dogs Trust decided to add an extra treat of a cosy canine jumper for each hamper recipient.

Since launching a national media campaign in September 2012, the charity has received hundreds of pooch pullovers from well-meaning members of the public.  

Hope Project manager Clare Kivlehan said she had been amazed by the public response to the “keep canines cosy” campaign.

She said: “We have received hundreds of beautifully knitted jumpers of all shapes and sizes from people all over the UK who want to makes sure that dogs in less fortunate circumstances are well looked after this Christmas.

“Many knitters even knitted scarves for the dog owners and wrote personal letters to go with their gifts. We are delighted we can make the festive season a little brighter this year with the addition of some cosy dog jumpers in the hampers.”

Along with its Christmas offerings the Hope Project also promotes subsidised veterinary treatments for homeless dogs and encourages hostels and homelessness day centres to be dog-friendly.

To find how to get involved in the project this Christmas call Dogs Trust on 020 7837 0006 or email

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