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Battersea Old Windsor launches appeal for blankets
The dogs at the centre need more cosy blankets to snuggle in after their long days of treats, fun and walks.
The charity is seeking blankets for the dogs after a shortage of donations.

Battersea Old Windsor, one of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's rescue centres, is appealing to animal lovers for blankets for the dogs after a shortage of donations.

With not enough blankets to go round, the team at Battersea is having to share them out. 

Kaye Mughal, centre manager at Battersea Old Windsor, shared the story of Ruby, a two-year-old greyhound waiting at the centre to be adopted: “Ruby likes to sleep in a soft, comfy bed with a blanket over the top of her and absolutely loves to be gently tucked in at night. 

“With her fun and playful temperament and a tail that never stops wagging, she needs a steady supply of blankets, while she waits for the perfect home to come along.”

The team is seeking clean fleece blankets, throws or non-feather single duvets to ensure that the dogs always get a good night's sleep whilst in the centre's care. 

“Battersea rely on the generosity of our kind supporters to help keep our dogs warm and comfortable,” said Kaye.

“We have lots of different dogs of all shapes and sizes coming through our doors and as you can imagine we use a lot of blankets, they are washed every day, so we would be very grateful for any donations.”

Any animal lover with blankets to donate can contact Battersea Old Windsor on 01784 494 440, or email for details on how to donate. 

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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere

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 RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on outside of these times."  

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