Staff at Yorkshire-based Torrington Orthopaedics are to dress as dogs and sleep in their kennels to mark National Pet Month and raise money for the National Search and Rescue Dog Association.

Staff at a small animal orthopaedic referral service are spending a night in the doghouse this weekend (May 4, 2013) to mark National Pet Month (NPM).

The staff at Torrington Orthopaedics in their kennels.Five colleagues from Yorkshire-based Torrington Orthopaedics are to spend the night – dressed as dogs – in a sponsored sleepover in their kennels. As well as celebrating NPM, the staff are also raising money for the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), a voluntary organisation that trains and deploys air-scenting search and rescue dogs to hunt for missing people in the mountains and high moorlands of Britain.

Partner Helen Torrington, accounts manager Bev Pierce and vet nurses Charlie Whiteley, Claire Hobson and Sian Faulkener decided to take on the challenge after being inspired by NSARDA dog Bryn, which they treated five years ago.

Mrs Torrington said: “Having heard at the time about all the amazing work NSARDA does, we really wanted to support it as a charity as it is not as widely known as some other animal charities.

The staff are celebrating National Pet Month and raising money for the National Search and Rescue Dog Association.“The idea for our event came from my colleague Charlie, who commented one day that she was proud of how clean she kept our wards. She thought the kennels looked so cosy and comfortable that she could sleep in one herself, so from there the idea blossomed.

“We can’t wait to get the event under way and hope lots of people will help us mark NPM and raise money for the amazing work carried out by NSARDA.”

NPM runs until May 6, 2013 and aims to recognise and celebrate the benefits of life-long companionship between pet and owner as well as raise funds for charities.

To donate to the Torrington team’s sleepover, visit its Just Giving page.

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