Volunteers’ pawsome efforts make a purrfect day at shelter

Volunteers from Leeds Building Society's Cobalt office help out at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.
Volunteers from Leeds Building Society's Cobalt office help out at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

Hard-working volunteers put their pet project into action to help out a north east animal shelter.

Staff from the Leeds Building Society’s Cobalt office spent a day at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter in Longbenton.

Nine colleagues from the direct mortgages, contact centre and quality and competency teams chose the shelter as part of a scheme that allows workers a day’s paid leave each year to help a good cause.

They were put to work sprucing up some of the animal areas, and also organised a collection of food and toys for the cats and dogs, as well as items to sell in the shelter’s fund-raising shop.

Direct mortgages team manager Mark Simmons said: “The work we carried out ensured the animals have a more enjoyable place to stay while waiting for their new homes.

“After our hard work we had a chance to walk around the shelter and meet the different animals, which led to one of our team adopting a cat called Chester.

“All in all, it was a good day and our feedback has led to other colleagues thinking about how they will use their volunteering hours.”

Marie Webster, from the shelter, said: “We are so pleased with the efforts of the volunteers. It was intense manual labour in typical British weather. The area now looks fabulous thanks to their hard work.”