Hartlepool pupils play Santa to unwanted cats and dogs

Throston Primary pupils meet Stray Aid dog Jet.

Throston Primary pupils meet Stray Aid dog Jet.

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A caring Hartlepool school has made sure the animals are not forgotten this Christmas after he overwhelming success of an appeal.

Throston Primary School in Hartlepool issued a call for food, blankets and toys for dogs and cats in local shelters.

Stray Aid told Throston Primary pupils about their work and collected donations for its appeal.

Stray Aid told Throston Primary pupils about their work and collected donations for its appeal.

The results were more successful than teachers could have imagined as hundreds of presents flowed in.

Teacher Kate Oldfield, who helped to organise the appeal, said: “The response was really overwhelming.

“The children were so generous and brought in so many items; old things and a lot of new stuff as well.

“We got over 100 blankets, hundreds of tins of food, toys leads; collars.

My classroom looked like a pet shop by the end!

Teacher Kate Oldfield

“My classroom looked like a pet shop by the end! We weren’t expecting such a good response.”

Some family members knitted toys, animal jumpers and blankets especially for the appeal.

A representative from Stray Aid, based in Coxhoe, which takes in unwanted dogs picked up in Hartlepool, visited the school to collect the mountain of dog donations.

They also took along one of their resident dogs called Jet.

All the donations for cats are going to Teeside Cat orphanage. Kate added: “They will really help the animals to stay warm and happy this Christmas.

“It just shows what a kind and caring community the school has got.”

The appeal will link in with Throston Primary Year 1’s Paws and Claws topic in the new year.