Midfielder Lee Stevenson has pledged his support to an appeal which aims to raise funds for a new dog rescue centre in North Nottinghamshire.
Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Blidworth is hoping to raise £250,000 to help pay for the redevelopment of the centre, which will allow the charity to re-home more dogs in more comfortable surroundings.
Last Sunday, Stevenson paid a visit to the centre’s annual open day and met Jimmy, the Patterdale Terrier, who is the face of the fund-raising appeal entitled ‘Stepping Stone to a New Home’.
Jimmy is a typical example of the kind of dog rescued and re-homed by Jerry Green Dog Rescue. He was left in a neglected state in June, but he is now in good health and looking for a permanent new home.
“I love dogs and my partner and I are thinking of adopting one,” said Lee. “There are so many abandoned and unwanted dogs. People really should consider adopting a rescue dog.
“Jerry Green Dog Rescue does fantastic work re-homing hundreds of dogs every year, and I’m only too pleased to lend my support to their fund-raising appeal.”
The existing centre in Blidworth can currently only cater for 10 dogs, whilst the kennels are outdated and in need of repair.
The new purpose-built facility would provide accommodation for 30 dogs as well as new offices, a training barn and an intake block to receive dogs when they are first brought into the centre.
Building work on the new centre will begin in the autumn and Catherine Foster, Head of Fundraising at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, is asking dog lovers and local people to get behind the appeal.
She is also calling on supporters to help fund the project by donating just £10 to sponsor a brick.
“With such a large target to raise, we’re hoping that the Nottinghamshire community will get behind the fundraising drive and help us to create a state-of-the-art facility in terms of dog welfare for the region,” said Catherine.
For more information on visiting or adopting a dog please visit www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk
to see what dogs are available for re-homing, or find the charity on Facebook.