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Funeral home plans special treat for homeless dogs and cats this Christmas

Sacha Hamlin, funeral director at Co-op Funeralcare Barrow, with the 2018 donations to Animal Welfare Furness.

A funeral home in Barrow is asking local people to make donations to the Christmas hampers it is preparing for a local cat and dog rescue centre in Barrow.

The funeral home is working on creating 20 Christmas hampers for Animal Welfare Furness, which will be filled with treats and toys for the cats and dogs that are homed there.

Animal Welfare Furness rescues, rehabilitates, nurses and rehomes hundreds of cats, dogs and other animals each year in the Furness area. They also provide compassionate advice on caring for all animals and their work relies on support from the public.

Sacha Hamlin, funeral director at Barrow Funeralcare said: ‘This is the 12th year running we have donated hampers of treats and toys for Animal Welfare Furness.

We feel a strong bond to the dog and cats home, as many of us working here at the community have pets, and we know what good company they are, and how much comfort they can bring to both families and people living alone.

It’s sad to know so many pets end up without an owner and a home of their own for one reason or another. We like to do our bit and spoil them like an owner might do at Christmas – with lots of lovely treats and toys!’

As well as providing 20 hampers to Animal Welfare Furness, 11th Barrow Beacon Hill scout group will be baking dog biscuits to put inside the hampers.

Michelle Hudson, chairperson from Animal Welfare Furness said: ‘We are so pleased to hear Coop Funeralcare in Barrow is planning to donate hampers of food for our cats and dogs again this year.

‘We really feel for the animals here who are waiting for their forever home, especially around Christmas when we know families are together and are spoiling their pets.

‘Donations like this are vital to our home – the generosity of the local community is key for us in keeping our important service running.

The cats and dogs also get very excited when they are given special treats and toys – which is so lovely to see. It really does make donations from the community even more special!’

With over 1,000 funeral homes across the UK, the Co-op Funeralcare teams are respected members of their local communities. They are trusted in what they do and families in their care are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

For more information on your local Co-op Funeralcare home, visit To talk to the team in Barrow, please call 01229 820 517.

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