Harrogate business owners launch bumper pet prize competition for charity

Kimberley Grundy of Pooches Galore and  Michaela Stothard of Posh Paws with the prize hampers. Picture: Adrian Murray
Kimberley Grundy of Pooches Galore and Michaela Stothard of Posh Paws with the prize hampers. Picture: Adrian Murray

Two Harrogate business owners have joined forces to raise vital funds for Saint Michael’s Hospice and a Romanian animal rescue centre by launching a competition to win prizes worth a whopping £1,800 - just in time for Christmas.

Michaela Stothard, of Posh Paws on Leeds Road, is running the competition with Pooches Galore owner Kimberley Grundy.

The pair are offering a lucky shopper the chance to win an incredible hamper of pet-based goodies worth £1,000. And two further hampers, worth £500 and £300, will be awarded to the next names drawn in the competition.

Among the prizes are a £150 voucher for Posh Paws, contributed by Myrings, a photo shoot voucher worth £150 from Living Portrait, a £100 voucher for Harrogate NCI pet insurance, three vaccine for life vouchers from Vets for Pets, Castley Farm Kennels vouchers, and vouchers for Pooches Galore tricks classes. The rest of the hamper has been made up by the organisers.

To be in with a chance of winning, entrants much purchase a raffle ticket for £1 in store at Posh Paws. The winners will be drawn by the competition organisers the week before Christmas, and will be featured in the Harrogate Advertiser in our Christmas edition.

All funds raised through raffle ticket sales will be split between Saint Michael’s Hospice and Happy Tails Animal Rescue in Romania.

Both Michaela and Kimberley have personal connections to Saint Michael’s.

Of Happy Tails, Kimberley said: “They have a constant and large number of dogs that they care for in the public shelter that are brought in from the streets by dog catchers.

“Unfortunately if these dogs are left in the rescue centre for more than two weeks they are automatically placed onto a kill list.

“The only way these dogs can be saved is through long distance adoption which means they will leave the public shelter to go into foster homes or charity rescue centres out of the country.

“This involves the dogs being neutered, vaccinated and neutered in preparation for travel.

“We want to help raise money to build a designated clinic so all dogs that arrive at this centre can be treated for any illness along with being neutered and through this save their lives.”