£750 donation to CARAT (Caring for the animal trust)

Browns Natural Pet Store owner Rob Brown presented a cheque to CARAT’s founder Linda (known as Titch) Manley-Bird for £750 recently at their Ferring store.

Browns Natural Pet Store have been fundraising for CARAT for the last 3 years now but with the pandemic the last few years have made fundraising particularly challenging. The figure of £750 was raised through a combination of store collection pots, raffles, in store events before the pandemic such as our puppy parties and breed specific meet ups and some wonderful contributions from our amazing supporters.In addition to the money raised Browns regularly pass on food donations via their customers and through surplus stock to additionally support the charity based in Ferring.

Read more about the work that CARAT do here

Rob Brown commented:

“We are very proud to have raised £750 for CARAT. Linda does a terrific job and they are a small team doing really big work. They work tirelessly in support of the rescues and the money goes straight to the animals that are in need. Because of the pandemic, the figure was not quite as much as we wanted to raise but we will continue to support CARAT over the next year and have some exciting fundraising ideas to implement once some sort of normality is restored. A special thank you to all our customers who have made this donation possible and also for their generous food donations to CARAT and our other charities which can be done in either store.”

Linda from CARAT commented:

The volunteers at CARAT would like to send a huge thank you to all the staff of Brown’s and all of the customers who have been so supportive and generous. To receive £750 was beyond our wildest dreams, and as a completely volunteer-run charity with no overheads it means that every penny will be spent where it should be – on the animals. As always, our number one priority is neutering programs to try and curb the enormous over-population of dogs and cats; and that sum of money will fund the sterilisation of 16 female stray dogs or 40 female stray cats, meaning that thousands less unwanted animals will be born into a short life of suffering. Thank you so much for helping us to help them……

And thank you too for the food donations – unfortunately Brexit has now prevented us from sending pallets of donated food to Greece, but we are able to send smaller amounts back to Greece in the transport vans that bring the dogs, so it will go out to one of our supported rescuers where it will be very much appreciated!

Much love,

Linda (Titch!) xx