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Animal magic

UK’s leading jigsaw company Gibsons volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Centre

Gibsons have teamed up with the RSPCA and have released six new puzzles to celebrate the work they do to prevent cruelty towards animals. To show their support, Gibsons sent several team members to volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Centre in Godstone on 9 August.

The team arrived at the centre and, after a tour of the premises, set to work on cleaning and painting one of the animal houses. The former “Recovery Room” had been freshly plastered almost two years ago, ready to be re-purposed as a short-term home for animals rescued by RSPCA inspectors, but was being used as a storage room and a temporary home for four terrapins. The RSPCA team had not had time to paint the room due to their other, more pressing responsibilities. 

After the first coat of paint was complete, the team were tasked with repainting wooden benches that were looking very weathered and tired. The benches are positioned all around the animal centre and many were kindly donated in memory of a much loved, furry companion. After lunch, the Gibsons team went back to apply a second coat of paint on the animal house before heading down to the Cattery and visitors room to play with some of the adorable cats and dogs who are residents of the RSPCA centre.

Most of the animals the RSPCA care for have led difficult lives. It was wonderful to see how well they are cared for by the dedicated RSPCA team and given a new lease of life. Elton, the black cat, is a perfect example of how the team at the Godstone Animal Centre have managed to coax a very timid little boy, who was found abandoned by some bins, into a bold, happy kitty, who is ready to be rehomed.

Many animals like Elton, who have been rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed thanks to the RSPCA’s care and attention, are featured on our RSPCA jigsaw puzzles. Available in a variety of piece counts, each puzzle is made from 100% recycled board and each tells a unique story.

The RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and to alleviate the suffering of all animals, whether it’s working for the welfare of a pet or wild animal to campaigning for farm animals and those used in research and testing. The charity’s vision is for a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion.

The RSPCA receives 10% of the wholesale price and hopes to raise at least £7,500 through the sale of the puzzles. The jigsaws are priced from £5.99 to £12.99, and are available from Amazon or from your local Gibsons stockist. The pouched puzzles will be available from September 2017.

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