Anne Jones and her friends have been knitting and crocheting
blankets since May to give to Ruff Luck Rescue, which rescues and
rehomes dogs in the Birmingham area. The charity, from Castle
Bromwich, rescues dogs that are abandoned. Without the charity,
which has rescued nearly 650 dogs in three years, most of them
would face being put to sleep after being in the pound for seven
"My friend helps out with this charity so I thought it would be
nice," said Anne, who is in charge of the project. "Everyone's
heard of bigger places like the Birmingham Dogs' Home, and I
thought it would be more special for us to help a smaller
Lisa Doody, who started the Charity three and a half years ago,
said: "There is no age limit or specific breed of the dogs we take
in and we try to find a new home for them all."
Volunteer receptionist Dorothy Hardiker has knitted 732 squares
on her own, each one with thirty stitches and a different pattern.
Dorothy said: "I suffer from spinal problems which have stopped me
knitting with big needles, but I could manage this. I used to do it
whilst watching the football on television and the more exciting
the game the faster I knitted."
Another volunteer, Sheila Harris, used to be in the Village's
crocheting group, which recently finished. She then joined the
knitting group and, with her crochet skills, became their "outreach
worker", joining all of the individual squares to create the
Several residents at New Oscott Village have adopted rescue
dogs. They provide company for their new owners and now have a
secure home, having been saved from an uncertain future.
New Oscott volunteers and residents pose with representatives of
the Ruff Luck rescue dog charity after knitting a blankets for
them. Far right: Anne Jones, who organised the event, and Lisa
Doody, who founded the charity.
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