Downing Street puppy charity launches online fundraiser

The charity Friends of Animals Wales want to raise £36,000 to meet outstanding vets bills just days after helping the Prime Minister and his partner adopt rescue puppy Dilyn.

Joe Lepper | 5th Sep 19

A digital fundraising campaign has been launched by the animal charity that rescued new Downing Street puppy Dilyn.

The puppy moved to Downing Street from the care of  Friends of Animals Wales  to live with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds this week.

Friends of Animals Wales has now launched a Just Giving online fundraising campaign in a bid to raise £36,000 to meet its outstanding vet bills.

Settling the bill is needed, says the charity to ensure it can move to its first property.

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Lucy’s Law

The charity specialises in rescuing and finding new homes for former puppy farm dogs, which are to be subject to a legal crackdown, known as Lucy’s Law.

The law bans shops in England from selling puppies and kittens. The campaign is named after a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who was rescued in 2013 after being badly treated in the puppy farming system.

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“Friends of Animals Wales is desperately trying to purchase our first property to help facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of more animals in need: In particular with the increasing number of ex puppy farm dogs being surrendered to the rescue as a result of the impending changes to legislation (Lucy’s Law),” states its Just Giving page.

“We have located suitable premises in South Wales, with land and outbuildings where we can create a haven for all our rescue animals including a specialist rehabilitation area to help puppy farm survivors. Before we can do this, we need to settle our outstanding vet bills, currently standing at approximately £36,000 and increasing by the day, averaging £8,000 per month plus specialist referral costs.

“No animal has ever been turned away by us because they were too expensive to help. Every penny donated by the public will go directly to help the animals.

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