Friday 20th April 2012
Donations of Marmite and peanut butter are needed by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to satisfy the cravings of the charity's 450 canine residents.
Dogs in the London charity's care enjoy the two spreads which are smeared on to their toys for them to lick off.
It provides a treat for the dogs and helps to keep their minds active as they concentrate of licking off every morsel.
However supplies of Marmite and peanut butter are running low and Battersea is appealing to members of the public to donate a jar or two. One jar is enough to give 50 dogs an afternoon indulgence.
Kallo Foods donated Whole Earth Peanut Butter last year, but the dogs have nearly worked their way through the stock.
Claire Porteous, operations manager at Battersea, said: "We want our dogs to enjoy their stay at Battersea and this is just one of the ways in which we aim to do that. The dogs really do relish this lipsmackingly good snack."
Dogs spend about 45 days at Battersea before being rehomed. Although volunteers spend time with them in their kennels every day and they go for walks or play games, the dogs do spend much of their day inside and boredom can set in. The Marmite and peanut butter provides an amusing and mentally stimulating activity for the dogs.