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Shirley pub Witch’s Brew starts pet food collection for animal rescues


A PUB landlady has stepped as much as assist “life-saving” animal rescues by making a pet meals donation field.

Mary Thornton-Smith who runs the Witch’s Brew in Shirley has arrange the gathering after seeing shelters struggling as extra individuals surrender their pets because of the price of residing disaster. 

The 59-year-old started the gathering this week and has pledged to donate 10p from every pint of cask ale bought on Christmas Eve.

Her donations will likely be going to Second Probability animal rescue in Southampton and St Francis Animal Welfare in Eastleigh.

Daily Echo: Pet food donation boxPet meals donation field (Picture: Mary Thornton-Smith)

Mary stated: “I had the concept to gather for rescue centres as a result of I noticed a Fb publish from St Francis animal shelter.

“It was about an grownup cat and a kitten being left at their gates a couple of weeks in the past in separate cardboard containers by somebody who might not afford to have them.

“The climate had been surprising and the kitten was near demise when it was found.

“This broke my coronary heart. I knew I needed to attempt to assist so I posted on Fb in regards to the assortment level in my pub, The Witch’s Brew.

“I flooded Fb neighborhood pages and over this weekend, the purchasers, together with people from the Shirley Freemantle space have donated.

“Beloved pets are being left to rescue centres much more lately as we’re all hit by the price of residing will increase.

“It isn’t simply the worth of meals, it’s the vet visits, yearly booster photographs, and naturally, the important pet insurance coverage that must be taken into consideration.

“This isn’t only for Christmas, my pub will likely be an all-year-round assortment station. Different locations are doing collections too which is improbable.

“I’ve additionally pledged 10p from every pint of cask ale that I promote on Christmas Eve.

“I want it might be extra however the hospitality business is on its knees. I’m asking for canine and cat meals solely in the intervening time.”

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A spokesperson for Second Probability animal rescue stated Mary’s work has been “completely superb”.

They stated: “We simply obtained some donations from her simply the opposite day. It is completely superb that she has taken it on to assist us.

“Round this time of yr individuals do donate extra however it’s not simply wanted now it is an on a regular basis factor.

“We do want this and it’ll assist us out in all features.

“All rescues have had a dreadful few years. We’ve got actually struggled over the past two and have solely simply began taking in donations once more.

“Each bit helps and everybody may also help. We’re actually grateful for Mary.”

Donations could be dropped off at The Witch’s Brew Micro Pub on Shirley Highway from Thursday to Sunday from 4pm to 10.30pm.

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