Abused and abandoned dogs are being given a second chance thanks to the great work of a local North East charity and one of our storage containers.
Take Away the Tears, a charity set up by Sue Nuttall of North Shields, helps abandoned and neglected dogs mainly living abroad in areas such as Cyprus, Romania and Sri Lanka, live better, cared-for lives.
The charity collects donations of goods, such as dog beds, bedding, food, bowls, leads, collars, coats, treats, toys and cleaning products (mops, hard buckets, steel buckets, squeegees etc), which are then shipped abroad to help the volunteers and employees at municipality dog pounds.
It all started when Sue, dog-lover and canine mum to two dogs already, was moved into action when she saw a Facebook post from a fellow dog charity in Cyprus and saw how badly dogs were being treated overseas. Not long after Sue adopted Maggie, a 2 year old Black Labrador with a hip condition from Cyprus. This led to her adopting more dogs but she still wanted to do more and so set up Take Away the Tears in July 2015 to help.
Sue who lives on a farm, turned to Containers 2000 now part of the Mobile Mini family, when storage was becoming a problem, “Soon my garage and loft were full of donations and food was being eaten by mice and rats.
“I looked into buying a container as I’m luckily enough to have the space but couldn’t find anything anywhere near affordable until I spoke to Containers 2000, who were happy to offer a container on loan at half price.
“When Containers 2000 were sold to Mobile Mini in December 2016, I was concerned that things may change but was pleased to find out that they were more than happy to honour the same arrangement.
“The container has been a life-saver. We can now provide free safe storage for other charitable organisations working in the same field, and the container is currently stacked floor to ceiling with goods waiting to be shipped to both Romania and Cyprus.
“Earlier this year, three pallets worth of goods were shipped to Cyprus to help three dog pounds. Something we couldn’t have done without the extra storage the container provides”.
Mobile Mini’s Branch Manager in Sunderland Simon Gray said, “Community support is really important to us as a company and we’re dedicated to helping local non-for-profit organisations with free container hire, whenever we can”.
Mobile Mini’s Community Involvement Programme offers free of charge storage container hire to non-profit or voluntary organisations. For a worthy cause, all of its 16 branches nationwide can donate up to ten containers each year, free of charge (hire not to exceed six months).