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Retailer helps homeless
4th June 2021

By Karen Pickwick


Jollyes senior merchandiser Steve Ashton with DOTS founding director Michelle Clark, with Jollyes senior merchandiser Steve Ashton

Retailer Jollyes has made a major donation to the Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) charity to help feed the pets of those who sleep rough and have no permanent home.

The donation of 5,000 cans of Lifestage dog food will be distributed via ‘street stations’ in London and the south of England, hostels that allow dogs to stay with their owners and the charity’s sanctuary in Essex, not far from Jollyes’ headquarters in Waltham Abbey.

When the Lifestage cans were launched in March, all Jollyes’ 67 stores took part in a scheme to donate food to local animal charities and the company pledged to top that up with donations to its charity partners, including DOTS.

During the pandemic, the challenges facing DOTS have been greater than ever as many homeless people were placed in accommodation that did not accept pets and it still had to distribute food despite the temporary closure of some street stations.

Jollyes commercial director Chris Burns said: “On behalf of all our colleagues and customers, we wanted to show our appreciation for the fantastic work that DOTS does, not just in feeding and looking after the pets on the streets, but also in the vital support it offers to their owners.”

Michelle Clark, DOTS founding director, said: “We couldn’t provide support for the homeless community with pet dogs without the generous help of donors such as Jollyes.”