By Ann Evans
We all know that a dog isn’t just for Christmas – Dogs Trust have made that slogan world famous. But even so, as Christmas approaches it’s definitely a time to think about the many homeless dogs and cats that desperately need to find new forever homes.

Dogs Trust is one of many animal charities throughout the UK who do fantastic work in caring for unwanted and abandoned animals, nursing them back to health in many cases, sorting out behavioural problems, and finding new homes for them.

Please do keep an eye out for Christmas events and appeals that your local animal sanctuary is running this Christmas. Even if you can’t give a home to an unwanted pet, your support is massively important to the volunteers, staff and of course the cats and dogs they care for.

If you’re anywhere near Evesham this Saturday 3rd December, pop along to the Dogs Trust Evesham Christmas Fair at their rehoming centre in Wickhamford. It runs from 12pm-4pm and promises to be a great day out for all the family.



Highlights of the day include a Grand Raffle, tombola and craft stalls. Guests will also have the chance to do some Christmas shopping for the two and four legged family members with stalls selling stocking fillers, gifts, treats, Dogs Trust merchandise and Christmas cards. Christmas-themed refreshments will also be available and visitors will have the chance to meet Santa ‘Paws’.

Dogs Trust Evesham Supporter Relations Officer, Shauna Stedman said: “Our Christmas fair is always a wonderful occasion. This year promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family – including the pooches! All the money raised, will go directly to caring for the dogs in our care so it’s a wonderful way to raise pounds for homeless hounds whilst getting into the Christmas spirit.”
Recently Dogs Trust put out a special appeal in the hope of encouraging canine foster carers to open their homes and hearts by volunteering to foster a dog. The charity’s Home from Home fostering scheme launched in 2014 gives dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes the chance to thrive in a temporary home whilst they wait for their ‘furever’ family to adopt them.

Home from Home Co-ordinator, Sarah Fortey said:”Some dogs simply aren’t cut out for kennel life. Some find it overwhelming and others, such as puppies, older dogs, dogs that are poorly, pregnant or recovering from an operation, would all benefit from being in a temporary foster home rather than kennels.”

Fostering is completely free with all costs and essentials such as food and bedding provided. Dogs Trust also provides training advice and guidance if needed and 24 hour support.



Peggy Lutter, one of the foster carers at Dogs Trust Evesham said: “I started fostering two years ago because after my dog passed away, I wanted to have a dog around, but without the long-term commitment. I have now fostered 14 dogs and find it’s such a pleasurable experience and so rewarding to know that I have played a key part in the rehoming process when a foster animal is successfully rehomed.”

Finally, don’t leave Frosty out in the cold. Despite his name, eight-year-old Border Collie Cross, Frosty, is a fair-weather dog and whilst he keeps warm snuggling up on the sofa in his foster home, he’d much rather be in a permanent home of his own ahead of the cold winter months. He has his paws crossed that his special someone will come forward so he can be in a comfy and cosy home before Christmas.

Chris Slight, Dogs Trust Evesham Rehoming Centre Manger said: “Frosty is a lovely older chap who is looking for a quiet life. He is enjoying his time in his foster home but it would be wonderful to hear that he’s found his special someone before the winter arrives.

“He does like a fuss and cuddle, but needs time to adjust to new situations so is looking for an adult-only home with no other dogs to allow him the chance to relax and come out of his shell. He would make a wonderful addition to a loving home once he has settled.”

If you are interested in rehoming Frosty, call the rehoming centre directly on 0300 303 0292 or visit at 89 Pitchers Hill, Wickhamford, Evehsam, WR11 7RT. More information on:


About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link: Blogs: