‘A dog is a pet, not a present’ warns Benvardin volunteers

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CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and Benvardin Animal Rescue Kennels is urging Coleraine Times readers to take heed of the message..’ A dog is for life not just for Christmas.’

Shaun McIntyre from the kennels on the outskirts of Coleraine says: “ Every year we see some many pups being offered as ‘ready for Christmas’ and every New Year we see so many ending up unwanted in dog pounds.”

The team at Benvardin re-home many of these unwanted pups every year.

“The message is very simple, a dog is a lot of work, so don’t take on the responsibility if you don’t think you will be able to cope,” added Shaun.


In the coming weeks, there are a number of fundraisers for Benvardin.

A Christmas Fayre will be held at Portballintrae Village Hall on Saturday, November 17 from 10am to 2pm.

The Fayre will include local arts and crafts, raffles and bric-a-brac, and of course the man himself - Santa Claus will also be making an appearance.

On Friday, November 30, Ballymoney United Social Club will be hosting a table quiz.

The event will kick off at 8.30.

The cost is £2 per person, teams should have a maximum of six people