Santa Paws is coming to town!

Shauna Loughran


Shauna Loughran

DOGS Trust Ballymena is bringing tidings of festive joy to supporters at this year’s Christmas Fair, set to take place this Saturday, December 1, between 10.00am and 4.00pm at 60 Teeshan Road, Ballymena, BT 43 5PN.

With less than four weeks to go until the team host their annual festive event, staff are appealing for donations for the tombola and raffle, which raise hundreds of pounds for rescue dogs in their care over the Christmas period, like Nelson, a Labrador cross less than a year old.

This is a great day out for all the family and attendees can enjoy a range of festive treats, including the chance to meet Santa Paws himself; tombola and grand raffle; various craft stalls, as well as lots of Dogs Trust merchandise; and tasty refreshments, including mulled wine and mince pies.

Anyone who wishes to meet Santa Paws will also receive a small gift, along with a photo taken with him.

The rehoming centre is also on the look out for donations of toys, blankets, tinned food on the day, as well as donations of home baking with a list of ingredients.

Samuel Reid, Supporter Relations Officer at Dogs Trust Ballymena, says:“Our Christmas Fair is always a highlight of our calendar and this year promises to be another great day out for the whole family.

“With all proceeds going towards the care of our dogs at the centre like Nelson, it’s a wonderful way to raise pounds for hounds and give back this Christmas.”

“Nelson started life on a farm and was quite shy when he first arrived at Dogs Trust.

“He has now learned to walk on lead and has gained lots of confidence but will need understanding owners who can continue his training.

If you would like to make a make a donation or visit the centre, pop into Dogs Trust. For more information about the Christmas Fair, please contact Samuel Reid on 02825661007 or email: Samuel.Reid@

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for more than 15,000 dogs each year through its network of 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin.

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