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Charities of the year announced

Every year PCH nominates two good causes in the city to support throughout the year.

This year, PCH has chosen two fantastic local animal charities, both of which have been rehoming unwanted and mistreated pets to new and loving owners for decades.

The two charities, Woodside Animal Welfare and Gables Cats and Dogs Home, are household names in the city.

Woodside Animal Welfare is an animal rehoming charity based on the outskirts of Plymouth. The charity launched in 1974 and its founder, Carole Bowles, was even awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of her work.

For animals who are too old to be adopted, Woodside becomes a forever home for a number of furry friends who have the grounds to themselves to enjoy ‘retirement’.

Debbie Haynes of Woodside took PCH Chief Executive, John Clark, on a tour of their rural headquarters. They were greeted by lots of animals of all shapes and sizes, and not just dogs and cats.

John spent the afternoon meeting resident animals with some interesting names, including Jean-Paul Goat-ier, David Peckham and Linda and Paul McTurkey.

Debbie said: “We are so pleased to have been chosen as one of your charities this year. We will be extremely grateful for any funds raised, as well as your bringing increased awareness to the work we do.”

On a separate excursion, John Clark visited Gables for a tour which included meeting some adorable kittens. He was heartened to see for himself the love and care that goes into rehoming animals at both charities.

John Clark said: “It’s great to lend our support to these two fantastic charities. Both are great causes and have become household names for many of us in Plymouth, and with good reason. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that loving pets are given a second chance and it’s a pleasure to be able to help in some way.”

Gables Cats and Dogs Home has been rehoming unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats since 1907. Thanks in part to the work of dedicated fundraisers like Helen Roper, the charity is able to rehome around a thousand dogs and cats a year.

Helen was excited to learn that PCH had nominated the charity. She said: “We were absolutely delighted.

“We receive no Government funding so totally rely on the generosity of kind supporters like Plymouth Community Homes to enable us to help the hundreds of animals that come into our care each year from our local community.”