Thompsons Veterinary Surgery invites clients, or anyone in the area, who have lost their pets, to the Alfreton Road Clinic to hang a decoration, toy, message or picture of their animal on the festive “Over the Rainbow” outdoor Christmas tree.
The vets also support the Mansfield Charitable Foundation by calling for donations of pet food, animal beds, blankets and other items, to help those in distress, who may be struggling to feed their pets.
Vets launched a tree ‘over the rainbow’, with the Christmas tree lights on at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, November 30.
Pet food and donations are collected to help customers of the Jigsaw Support System at Mansfield Fire Station.
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Thompsons receptionist Fiona Burke, 54, of Sutton, is a volunteer board member at the charity.
“Many people with mental health issues have animals as therapy, especially for those who live alone,” she said. “During the period of Covid isolation, it has become the new ‘norm’ and pets have provided safety, companionship and reassurance to many.”
“The dilemma many faced this winter is ‘to heat or eat’, pets are often involved in this chain of hardship. At Jigsaw we want to provide help and support to those in need.
“So we are kindly asking people to consider donating pet food, or donating other pet items like blankets and beds.
We have been contacted by many elderly people who have found that they are unable to adequately feed their pets due to financial constraints.
“A lot of these owners live alone, and their pets are a source of comfort,” Fiona added. “We just want to help people, and take some of the stress out of them.”
Donated items can be delivered to vets or at the Jigsaw Support Scheme, at Mansfield Fire Station, 9-3 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the vets between 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 8.30 to 12.30. evening.
The Jigsaw Support Scheme also has a mobile unit that can be deployed to provide people with essential supplies.