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15th May 2017

Here at Sheffield Window Centre we have a soft spot for abandoned pets. Several of our staff and family members have adopted dogs from Rain Rescue near Rotherham and as a company we have donated windows and doors to keep the charity's animals warm and secure.

This special relationship started with a Staffordshire bull terrier called Lexi, who our salesman Geoff Chapman adopted four years ago. Lexi sadly passed away in 2016 so Geoff approached Rain Rescue about taking another dog. During the adoption process his colleague Sam Hunter told him she also wanted a dog. Geoff then adopted a lurcher called Phoebe and Sam gave a home to Trixie a pug staffie cross.

Sam, daugher of Sheffield Window Centre's owner Ian Hunter, was so touched by Rain Rescue's work that she asked if there was anything the company could do to help.

"They mentioned what a bad condition their windows were in, so we donated five new ones for stables where the dogs live and another five and a set of french doors for the converted barn that is a cattery." Says Sam.

We then also decided to donate a conservatory from our showroom for Rain Rescue to sell. It was auctioned on eBay and raised £1,700.

Jacquie Nielson set up Rain Rescue in 2002 and it has saved thousands of dogs and cats that otherwise would have been put down. In 2016 the charity saved 468 dogs and cats. But this work is expensive. Last year Rain Rescue's veterinary bills were £29,000 which has to be paid for from donations fund raising and proceeds from a charity shop.

"The new windows have made a massive difference to the animals because warmth is now retained which will save us money on heating bills" Says Jacquie.

You can help Rain Rescue save more dogs and cats by giving donations of money fostering adopting or volunteering. For more information please visit this website www.rainrescue.co.uk

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