16:48 Monday 16 December 2013

Pub owner's festive album to help RSPCA

Written bySARAH BOULD

13/12/13 Pub owner's single for RSPCA - Donisthorpe, DonisthorpePete Riley - releases Christmas album with proceeds going to Burton RSPCA and also provides Christmas meal to dogs/cats there....... 13/12/13 Pub owner's single for RSPCA - Donisthorpe, DonisthorpePete Riley - releases Christmas album with proceeds going to Burton RSPCA and also provides Christmas meal to dogs/cats there.......

A PUB owner and animal-lover who makes Christmas dinners for dogs and cats at the RSPCA centre in Stretton every year has made an album to raise further funds for the charity.

Peter Riley, who runs The Halfway House in Donisthorpe, has provided the animal shelter with food for its abandoned pets every Christmas for more than two decades.

He told the Mail: “We have been feeding the animals on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day for 21 years.

“Now I have made an album which features 21 golden oldies which will raise money for the RSPCA.”

Peter said he had already sold around 100 copies of the nostalgic CD to customers of the Church Street pub.

The animals at the shelter, which is full to capacity, will get to feast on their own pet version of a traditional Christmas dinner.

The dogs at the centre will enjoy a turkey dinner, while the cats will be served up poached salmon.

The shelter has around 70 cats and kittens, and 28 dogs, meaning Peter will be serving up hundreds of meals over the three days.

Last month the Mail reported that the Stretton centre was in desperate need of new owners for the many pets which are currently housed at the centre in Hillfield Road.

Christmas is a particularly bad time for animals being abandoned. As many people go away on holiday or visit relatives for a week or two, their pets are left to pay the price.

Centre manager Yvonne Asker told the Mail that even though people go to the RSPCA to adopt a cat or dog, there were too many still being taken in, meaning the numbers remained high.

Last month the situation was so bad that the charity reported a ‘cat crisis’.

There was also a large number of Staffordshire bull terriers.

She said: “We are overfull and have a waiting list. It’s a case of one out, two in.”

More information about adopting an animal from the centre can be found by logging on to rspca-burtonbranch.org.uk, or by calling 01283 569165.

Peter’s album, A Walk Down Memory Lane, is available from The Halfway House.

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