Brooke Weston donated money from a recent mufti day to Wood Green animal shelters after two education officers and their special guest made a trip to the school.
Pongo, an eight-year-old retired greyhound, attracted a lot of interest during assembly when education officer Anna Cowling and Alie Winter, a volunteer education assistant, spoke about the work at the animal charity, which has shelters in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and north London.
They detailed heart-rending cases such as the seven-week-old kitten dumped in a skip at a car boot sale, a rabbit left starving and hungry in a filthy hutch and Rusty the dog who was emaciated, neglected and terrified of humans. Luckily each of these and many others have had a successful outcome but Wood Green has many more animals coming into their shelters daily.
Anna said: ‘We have an educational remit that reaches everyone from those in nurseries to elderly. The main thing that we teach is responsible pet ownership. When giving a talk we often take animals along as it brings the session to life, makes it memorable and reinforces all the key points that we deliver.
‘We probably have anything up to 40 or 50 dogs that need rehoming at any one time and on average we have five dogs arriving at our Godmanchester shelter every day. That is nearly 150 dogs a month that we need to assess, get to know and find suitable homes for. It costs more than £600 for each to be assessed, vet checked and to be rehomed and running all three shelters costs £21,000 a day.’