Every year hundreds of Sydneysiders give generously to ensure that homeless dogs and cats don’t miss out on the joys of Christmas.

The Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy (GADAB) Christmas appeal was founded in 2006 by animal lover Nicola Addison who came up with a simple idea: get friends and colleagues to add to their shopping baskets a single item for a cat or dog (food, treat, or toy) and drop it off at one of many drop-off points in Sydney.

The appeal then distributes the donations for dogs and cats to animal shelters.

“The appeal is so simple,” Addison said.

“It offers people the opportunity to feel good by doing something that’s easily done, to be part of the solution and know that all their donations go straight to where they are most needed.

“We’re grateful for the support we have received so far and thank the many people who continue to donate to the appeal each year.

“While the festive season is a time for celebration, for many animal shelters and rescue services, it’s also a time of challenges and strain. The appeal aims to help these organisations continue their support and ensure dogs and cats get the treats they deserve during Christmas.”

With the support of RSPCA, Way2Home, and the City of Sydney’s Companion Animals Liaison Office, dozens of volunteers assist with the distribution of thousands of items to over 20 rescue services.

In addition to animal rescue services, GADAB also supports other community organisations that work with people on low incomes, homeless people with pets, and other groups and services who many not have extra cash to spend on their beloved pets at Christmas.

You can help by buying one item for a dog or cat and taking it to a drop-off point. View drop-off point locations here: giveadogabone.info/drop-off-points 

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