Big Yellow Self Storage in Swindon, England, is acting as a drop-off for donations to benefit Saving Needy Dogs (SND), a local charity that cares for rescued canines. The organization had been seeking a central location for donations from the public, according to a Big Yellow press release. SND previously depended on out-of-town veterinary clinics.
The partnership came about in May after £300 worth of dog food was stolen from a shed belonging to the charity. Following the theft, volunteer Clare Fantini-Stephens reached out to Big Yellow for help. “They said they could help with a drop-off point, which would be more central for us and, of course, we jumped at the chance; it really does help us out and make it easier for us,” Fantini-Stephens said.
“Once we heard SN Dogs was looking for a central drop-off point in town, we instantly wanted to help
, as dog lovers and supporters of local charities,” said Tom McDowall, assistant store manager for Big Yellow Swindon. “At Big Yellow, we’re always thinking about how we support the local community, and it made sense for us to be involved as we are an easy-to-reach, noticeable location for the public to drop off canned food and bedding. We’ve even had a visit from a few of the foster dogs, which was a welcome treat.”
SND is already benefiting from the new partnership, according to the source. “We have noticed an increase in the number and variety of products we’re getting. We’re getting dog beds and specialist dog food, so the new location has really worked for us,” Stephens-Fantini said. “With more dogs coming in, we are always in need of lots of donations. We know that to receive them the community needs easily accessible locations, and Big Yellow [has] been kind enough to offer that, so we’re thrilled.”
SND is a foster-based rescue that relies solely on volunteers to operate. Participants assess dogs for rehoming, provide foster care, and organize and attend fundraising events. The charity has found new homes for 60 dogs since January. “It is what we’re all about. Yes, we love to fundraise and going to all of our community events; but what means the most is knowing our dogs go to loving new homes and have long and happy lives,” Fantini-Stephens told the source.
Big Yellow Swindon is operated by Big Yellow Group PLC. The company has 84 locations in the United Kingdom under the Big Yellow Self Storage and Armadillo Self Storage brand names, with most concentrated in Greater London. Its total portfolio comprises 5.1 million square feet.
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