Shropshire company brings Christmas cheer to county dog rescue charity

Rescue dogs in Shropshire are in for a special treat this Christmas thanks to a county business.

WN Security Shredding, run by mother and son Diane and Scott Gardner, has donated a large hamper filled with canine treats to Hilbrae Kennels in Telford, which takes in and re-homes stray and unwanted dogs from across the county.

Dog lovers themselves, the company even has its own four-legged mascot in Mr Gardner’s dog, five-year-old boxer Freya, who spends each working day with the family at their site in Shifnal.

The family has had pet dogs as far back as Mrs Gardner can remember, with her and husband Dennis breeding boxers for 37 years when they lived in the countryside.

“We only stopped because we downsized our home when the children moved out but our love of dogs has never diminished,” she said.

“The dozens of dogs currently in Hilbrae are all still looking for their forever home so we wanted to do something to make Christmas a bit special for them.”

Mr Gardner said the idea of the doggy Christmas hampers had come about when they were discussing Christmas in the office and how spoilt their own dogs always were at this time of year.

“My fiancée Chantelle also works at the company so it has always made sense for Freya to be with us at work, as she’s part of our family,” said Mr Gardner.

“She has a loving home with us but there are so many dogs who have yet to find their forever family.

“Hilbrae does such amazing work and the volunteers and staff do everything they can to make their rescue dogs happy and comfortable but a kennel can never compare to a secure and loving home.

“That’s why we decided to do our bit by putting a large hamper together for the charity, so that their dogs can be as spoilt as ours this Christmas.”

Marty Burrell, owner of Hilbrae Kennels, said she was delighted that the team at WN had thought of their dogs this Christmas.

“Anything that people can give that makes life better for the dogs here with us is just fantastic and we’re so grateful to Diane and her family for the wonderful hamper,” she said.

“We do our absolute best for all of the dogs here at Hilbrae but even a gilded cage is still a cage.

“But we truly believe that every one of our dogs has a forever home out there, even if it takes years to find it.

“A lot of people think that because we have dogs coming and going all the time that we don’t get that attached to them but we do and it means so much to us when people do something to make their time with us better.”

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