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Give a Dog a Bone Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal 2018

Grey cat with yellow hat and Dachshund wearing Santa hats sit in front of Christmas presents
Help pets in need this Christmas by donating to the Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal which runs from November 25 until December 15, 2018.

Every year, hundreds of Sydneysiders give generously to ensure homeless cats and dogs don’t miss out on the joys of Christmas through the annual Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal. Now in its twelfth year, the appeal distributes donations for dogs and cats to animal shelters across Sydney.

The appeal was founded in 2006 by animal lover Nicola Addison from a simple idea: get friends and colleagues to add to their shopping baskets a single item for a dog or cat (food, treats or a toy) and drop it off at one of many drop-off points throughout Sydney.

Since then, Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal (GADAB) has grown into an annual movement, receiving a huge collection of goodies, donated by hundreds of people, dropped off at over 28 collection points in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury. 

With the support of the RSPCA, Way2Home and the City of Sydney’s Companion Animals Liaison Office, dozens of volunteers assist with the distribution of thousands of items to over 20 rescue services. Among them are Friendly K9 Rescue ServiceGreyhound Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue, to name just a few.

In addition to animal rescue services, GADAB also supports other community organisations that work with people on low incomes, homeless people with pets and other groups and services that help people who may not have extra cash to spend on their beloved pets at Christmas.

Cat with Santa Hat laps milk from a glass and dog also with Santa Hat licks dog treats
Nicola says the appeal is an easy but effective way to give dogs and cats at rescue shelters some much-needed love during Christmas. “This appeal is so simple” Nicola says. “It offers people the opportunity to feel good by doing something that’s easily done, to be part of the solution and know that all their donations go straight to where they are most needed.

“We’re grateful for the support we have received so far and thank the many people who continue to donate to the appeal each year.

“While the festive season is a time for celebration, for many animal shelters and rescue services, it’s also a time of challenges and strain. The appeal aims to help these organisations continue their support and ensure dogs and cats get the treats they deserve during Christmas. Thank you for supporting the GADAB Christmas Appeal.” 

For more information, please visit the GADAB website at


Buy one item (or more) for a dog or cat and take it to one of the GADAB drop-off points locations   

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