Raising awareness for pet distress

Animal Care staff Abi Saddler, Faye Goymer, Becky Manning, Diane Lambert and Gab Saddler  will be sleeping in the kennels on bonfire night to raise awareness of how distressing it can be for dogs. Also pictured are Millie, Robin and Teddy.
Animal Care staff Abi Saddler, Faye Goymer, Becky Manning, Diane Lambert and Gab Saddler will be sleeping in the kennels on bonfire night to raise awareness of how distressing it can be for dogs. Also pictured are Millie, Robin and Teddy.

Six animal charity staff will bed down for Bonfire Night in cold concrete kennels with unwanted dogs to raise awareness of how fireworks can distress pets.

The idea, called A Night In With 4 Paws, started with Diane Lambert, 33, the manager at Animal Care on Blea Tarn Road, Scotforth.

For the past few years, she has been stepping in on November 5 to console the animals on the loudest night of the year and now her collegues are joining in.

Dogs are believed to be able to hear things four times the distance of that of a human, and have 18 muscles in their ears compared to six in ours.

Their sense of smell depending on the breed, is between 1,000 times and 10,000,000 times more sensitive than humans - meaning they can also smell strange smoke and fireworks.

Diane, of Scotforth, explained: “Where we are means there’s a lot of fireworks going off and they start pacing up and down and getting really upset.” Diane will camp with young German Shepherd cross, Jet. Sometimes the dogs are given mild herbal remedies to help them relax.

Also bedding down for the night will be assistant manager, Abi Sadler, 29, Faye Goymer, 26, Gab Sandler, 23, all from Scotforth, and Michaela Irton, of Morecambe. The night lasts between 8pm-8am on Monday November 5 and they can be sponsored to raise money for the charity. People can visit for an hour on the night between 8pm-9pm.

To give, it’s www.animalcare-lancaster.co.uk/