Saturday, 18 April 2020

P is Paw Pals

 Children in Scotland have been asked to write letters to the animals in an Aberdeen shelter in a scheme called Paw Pals.

The animal sanctuary, Mrs Murray's Home for Stray Cats and Dogs, asked children who are at home during the coronavirus pandemic to write a letter or a poem for the four-legged residents or to create some artwork.

Centre manager Marie Simpson said: “With the lockdown situation and children at home, we understand many of them will be trying to keep up with their home schooling.

“We thought this would be a fun way for them to interact with the animals while also practising their English and art.
“It’s been a bit bleak since we’ve closed to the public and the pictures are a nice way to brighten up their kennels.
“We also thought this would be a way to get kids thinking about the welfare of the animals that aren’t in homes right now. They’re showing compassion for them.
“It’s also good for us to get the animals involved and keep spirits high.”

One letter to Diesel, a five-year-old Akita, read: “You are the cutest thing ever and my granny has a black Labrador called Bailey. We might come see you soon, Diesel. Bailey is 10-years-old like me. I am a huge dog-lover and I can’t wait to see you.”

Mrs Murray’s has been forced to suspend rehoming for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing pandemic and has asked the public not to visit the centre in person.

Letters, poems and drawings can be posted to Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home, Brickfield, East Seaton, Aberdeen, AB24 1XL or emailed to

My sassy, grumpy cat Toffee is also taking part in the A to Z Challenge. Take a look here:

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  1. This is a wonderful idea and very hopeful and fun. I hope they continue on.

  2. Those are adorable! Plus, maybe afterwards, those kids will want to adopt the animals they wrote to!

  3. such a great idea for the children and the folks taking care of the animals in the Aberdeen shelter. It's a win win during this anxious time.


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