Love Your Pet Day takes place on 20 February and it’s a great day to show your love for our little furry friends.

Whether you’re a cat lover, a dog lover or you’ve got a family of chimpanzees sharing your home with you, today’s the day to spoil them even more than you normally do and show them how much they mean to your family.

If you love pets but don’t have any at uni you could still get involved by calling by your local RSPCA or pet rescue centre and making a donation of food or treats. You could also look into how to volunteer to spend a little time at your local pet rescue centre maybe walking one of the dogs there or giving a little bit of your time to the cats at the cattery. Here are some rescue centres in Leeds…

Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Being on of the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, the charity cares for over 16,000 stray, unwanted and abandoned dogs each year. Dogs Trust also has a non-destruction policy, and will never put a healthy dog to sleep.

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Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. They also provide the opportunity for people to meet the animals and learn about them and how to look after them.

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RSPCA Leeds and Wakefield

The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch provides a safe haven in which abused, neglected, and abandoned animals can be cared for, socialised and rehabilitated before they are found a new home. The branch can provide accommodation for 15 dogs, 30 cats and 8 rabbits at any one time.

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Green Leaf Animal Rescue

Greenleaf Animal Rescue is an established animal welfare charity that specialises in the rescue and rehoming of unwanted or abandoned animals. They also provide sanctuary for animals with long-term medical or behavioural problems.

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The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary aims to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support for donkeys.

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