A big thank you from everyone at Danaher Animal Home to animal artist and cartoonist Ann Edwards, who has kindly donated a series of images for our new Christmas card collection.
Animal artist and cartoonist Ann Edwards has donated a series of images to help Essex-based Danaher Animal Home raise funds with its newly-launched Christmas card collection. Three cards featuring Ann’s designs are now available exclusively in Danaher’s charity shops in Braintree, Chelmsford, Dunmow, Witham, Haverhill, Sudbury and they are also available at Danaher Animal Home in their reception shop. They are part of a series of nine different cards with the aim of appealing to a wide range of customers. The charity is hoping the new range, which also includes gift tags, will help it recoup some of the thousands of pounds it has lost this year due to the cancellation of fundraising activities and the previous temporary closure of its shops and the Centre itself. Ann, whose popular Chef and Sue characters appear every week in the Waitrose Weekend magazine, is well-known for her quirky designs and she has seen her work exhibited in top London galleries and overseas, as well as on a wide range of licensed products. A long-time animal lover, she has always taken her inspiration from the real-life adventures of her own pets – including a parrot – and says she jumped at the chance to support Danaher’s fundraising efforts. “I’m a sucker for rescue animals and when I was asked to contribute to help Danaher at this difficult time, I was only too happy to help,” she said. “The three designs chosen are some of my favourite images, I hope that they bring a smile to the faces of anyone who buys them and receives them.” Julia Askam, Danaher’s area retail manager, said: “We were thrilled and grateful for Ann’s generous donation of her images and we are delighted to say they are already flying out of our shops. “It has been a very difficult year for fundraising and every card or charity item purchased is very much appreciated. We hope all animal fans will love these cards as much as we do. For every pack purchased they are helping us give the animals in our care the best possible future.” As well as Ann’s designs, the card range also features a portrait of a snow-covered bridge taken at Howe Street, near Great Waltham, and a number of other cute and cuddly animal designs.
For more information on how to support Danaher Animal Home and details of its shop locations, please visit www.danaheranimalhome.org.uk.
To see more of Ann’s work, please visitwww.annedwardsart.co.uk
We are delighted to have been chosen for Charity of the Year 2019 by Pets at Home at Freeport Braintree. The Centre has been working closely with them to help raise money throughout the year including their Santa Paws appeal. We would like to thank Pets at Home and all our volunteers who helped with the collections in all weathers, especially Vince Larkin and Ruth Jubb not forgetting all the dogs that attended as well. All the staff and management would like to also thank the generosity of everyone who donated to us or to any of the appeals, by doing this we were presented with a cheque for a staggering £4406.76.
Pets at Home have also informed us we will continue to be their Charity of the Year for 2020.
Danaher Animal Home, near Wethersfield, is playing a key role in a nationwide project to help children in care learn about animal welfare.
The centre’s first Animal Action Day, held on October 29, is part of the RSPCA’s Generation Kind programme.
Danaher’s chief executive officer, Deborah Satchell, said: “We were thrilled to take part as we believe the education of future generations is the best way forward in helping to improve kindness to animals.
“This is a really important initiative and it gave our young visitors the opportunity to learn about animal behaviour, to realise that animals have feelings too, and to understand what they need to feel happy and healthy.”
During the event the six children, who were all accompanied by carers, spent time making up enrichment toys for small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs; visited the cattery and kennels; and enjoyed a tour of the educational facilities. It was also an opportunity for them to hear stories about some of the animals brought into Danaher, to listen to the experiences of the animal care staff and to hear from an RSPCA inspector.
It is hoped that further similar events will be held at Danaher in the future.
Hannah Mehta, the RSPCA’s Regional Prevention and Education Adviser (South-East), who attended the event, said: “The Danaher team was keen to become involved in Generation Kind and we were very grateful for their enthusiasm and support in helping children in care in learning about animal welfare.
“The Animal Action days are part of an ongoing project with the overall objective of creating a world that’s kinder to animals. Being able to interact with animals, especially pets, can represent a powerful opportunity to promote self-esteem, encourage the development of empathetic concerns and positive social interaction.”
Originally set up as part of a two-year pilot programme funded by the National Lottery, the Animal Action Days were so successful that they are now funded by the RSPCA Generation Kind budget.
Although Danaher, which helps over 700 animals a year, is affiliated to the RSPCA, it is completely self-funding and relies entirely on donations and fundraising to cover its annual operating costs of around £800,000.
For information on Generation Kind, visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/education
Photo shows Hannah Mehta (left) and Deborah Satchell promoting the five welfare needs of animals as part of the Generation Kind programme.