A businesswoman who is paw-ssionate about dogs has raised £4000 for animal charities struggling with funding after a year of lockdown.
Kind-hearted Jitka Krizova organised ‘Style to Rescue’, where groomers, including Pooch Perfect semi-finalist Mich Dale, put on virtual displays and seminars in aid of animal shelters.
Jitka, who founded Vita Canis, a natural grooming products business, has been running the event for two years. It is usually held live, but because of restrictions, it was taken online where ticket sales and donations reached £4000 this year. That makes the total raised by ‘Style To Rescue’ £16,000 in three years.
Jitka said: “Rescue centres have been hit hard by lockdown.
“They haven’t been able to have events, their shops have been closed, and things like sponsored runs where supporters ask for donations have been cancelled.
“It’s a worrying time. Dogs Trust predicts tens of thousands of stray or abandoned dogs could need help due to the pandemic and expect a sharp rise in the number of dogs being given up or put to sleep if families struggle to cope with the resulting hardships of the crisis.
“We wanted to try to help and decided to take Style To Rescue online. It was a brilliant event and people were so generous so we are thrilled to have been able to raise this amount.”
The money raised will be shared between Many Tears Animal Rescue, Wheels to Paws UK, Hessa's Homeless Hounds, Petwelfare Stafford, Poodles from Portugal, Scottish Terrier Emergency Rescue (STECs) and Doodle Aid.
Hessa Riddett from Hessa's Homeless Hounds said: “We’ve been involved with Style to Rescue for the last few years, sending dogs for a groom and it’s so lovely for them to have a pamper.
“Even though we couldn’t send our dogs, Jitka and her team have still been able to help. It's a fantastic thing they do to help charities like ours.”