Reading dog stars in RSPCA calendar

PICTURE perfect pets have been posing in front of the camera to raise funds to rescue animals.

Third-placed Bonnie Hyde is among the stars of next year’s RSPCA Bridlington and Driffield branch’s charity calendar, posing with a book.

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    Cover star: Bonnie Hyde stars in the RSPCA charity calendar.

Councillor Chad Chadwick, who was East Riding Council chairman until last month, had the task of picking 12 entries from more than 160 photographs with his partner Margaret.

Kay Harrison, treasurer at the charity, said: “It must have been a terrible job to pick 12 out of all the lovely pictures.

“There were some cracking entries. People were really getting into it.

“We had about 50 more than the year before.”

The calendar competition has been taking place since 1999 – usually selling about 1,000 each year.

The 2014 four-legged fundraiser features six dogs and six cats.

Among the contributors is Andrea Cockerill, 46, of Bridlington.

“I’ve entered the past three years and not been picked,” she said.

“This year, two of the pictures have been picked, with Tilly getting second prize.

“I laughed when I was told. It is a really funny picture of Tilly. It is a big yawn but it looks like a chuckle.”

Her daughter Ella, 19, took the pictures.

“Vera, whose picture is also in the calendar, died last year ,” she said.

“It will be nice to see a picture of her on the calendar.”

The calendar is a much-needed fundraiser for the charity, which has to raise £3,500 a week to pay for the rescue and care of the animals and other work such as helping to fund micro-chipping.

Mrs Harrison has been involved with the charity for more than 20 years.

“I offered to help out and I am still here more than 20 years later,” she said.

“I very much enjoy what I do, but it can also be stressful.

“I do feel passionate about the welfare work and I feel it does make a difference.

“A problem at the minute is animals for sale on social network sites. They are not always vaccinated or neutered.”

The RSPCA specialises in rescue, animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty.

The branch is currently looking after 16 dogs, 15 adult cats, three litters of kittens and 11 rabbits.

Mrs Harrison said: “Sometimes I cannot understand people. If you don’t want an animal then don’t get one in the first place.

“Already this year, we have had three eight-month-old cats dumped in a cat basket, a cat dumped outside the vets and a young cat dumped in a box outside the charity shop.”

The calendars, which will cost £2.75, should be ready by the middle of June.

Initially, they will be on sale at the RSPCA charity shop in Quay Road, Bridlington. By the end of August they will be available from vets in the town.

Visit www.rspca-bridlington. org for more information.


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