GIVE A Dog A Bone has said thanks a million to The Sun for their grant from our special 50th birthday fund.
The charity received a cash boost of £10,000 from our £1million giveaway last year.
Why try to tackle one of society’s problems when you can combat two? Give A Dog A Bone addresses loneliness among the elderly by providing the companionship of a pet in need of a loving home.
Founder Louise Russell explains: “If your neighbour is lonely and would love to have a pet but can’t afford one, we can help on three conditions.
“First the person must be 60 or older; secondly, money must be a barrier to them getting a pet and thirdly it must be a rescue animal.
“It’s a win-win. The person gets a friend and the animal gets a home.” The charity is based in Glasgow but the scheme is available across the UK.
Even so, the over-60s don’t have to take on a pet to enjoy the companionship of animals.
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Retired people can make new friends, learn new skills and perhaps pet the dogs at the HW.
It offers free activities for the over-60s, from yoga to learning new languages or having reflexology treatments.
Louise said: “We have big dreams to grow the charity to reach more people, and rescue animals, who need our help, and to bring about real change in local communities.”
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