Ashgrove pupils raise $563 for the SPCA

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Rangiora’s Ashgrove School pupils have raised $563.00 for the Canterbury branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
The funds came from a pyjama day held at the school and was the initiative of three pupils, Madi Brixton, 13, Abby Devine, 12 and Verona Conole, 13, all from Rangiora.
All pupils who took part in the day donated a gold coin to the SPCA and some also contributed food.
Last Friday, Raina Roberts, marketing and communications manager at the Canterbury SPCA visited the school with her rescue dog Molly to thank the children for their ‘‘amazing’’ donation.
During the morning assembly Raina told the children that Molly had arrived at the SPCA after being badly treated by her former owners. Raina adopted her and she was now a muchloved little dog.
Raina told the children the money they raised would make a huge difference to the animals the SPCA cares for.
‘‘It costs us $3million every year to care for the animals,’’ she said.
The SPCA did not receive Government funding and relied on donations. They cared for all kinds of animals, dogs, cats, horses, even goldfish and turtles.
‘‘Thank you so much on behalf of Molly and all the animals at the SPCA. You should feel really proud,’’ she said.
Madi, Abby and Verona, who are all animal lovers, decided they wanted to raise funds for the SPCA after looking at all the animals up for adoption on their website.
Abby also wanted to help the SPCA because they had found homes for several abandoned puppies she has found.
People who abandoned animals they did not want by dumping them in isolated areas leaving them to die were ‘‘appalling,’’ she said.