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.”