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Castleford rescue wins donation


It’s WAS a bonanza for Ponderosa Rescue Kennels and Cattery as it won November’s Petplan Charity Prize Draw.

Castleford’s Ponderosa dog and cat rescue centre has won a valuable £500 donation from the UK’s leading pet insurance provider Petplan. The rescue centre, which operates as a charity, will use the money to contribute towards the veterinary costs it faces on the animals it takes in.

Petplan works with more re-homing charities than any other insurer to help fund the care of thousands of homeless cats and dogs.

The company offers a cover note for six weeks free insurance to every owner adopting pets through the shelters it supports and also donates vouchers for insurance to visitors and supporters of the charities. Each month a prize draw is held from all the vouchers and cover notes issued and one charity benefits from the prize fund.

Michael Banks has been running Ponderosa, which can take up to 40 dogs and 20 cats at a time, for 22 years. He said: ‘Many of the animals we take in need building up. When they come in they are not covered by insurance and veterinary fees are one of our biggest costs so the £500 will be put to very good use. We have an excellent relationship with Petplan and their support enables us to ensure that the pets we re-home are getting off to a good start with proper insurance cover during the busy period of settling in to their new homes.’

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s Head of Marketing said: ‘We understand what a difficult time it can be re-homing a cat or dog and are happy to provide the extra peace of mind that insurance cover gives during the first few weeks of an animal’s life in a new environment. Having your pet insured is an important part of taking care of its future health and making sure that you can manage any unforeseen veterinary costs.’