CARING youngsters in South Tyneside offered a helping hand to abandoned animals in the region.
Pupils at The Beacon Centre in South Shields have made regular visits to the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, as part of their animal rights unit in their citizenship lessons.
With the support of their teachers, Dominick Gray and Marion Fearon, they organised a charity project to benefit the unwanted pets that have been dumped in the local area.
They wrote and gave out letters to staff, family and friends, asking for contributions to this good cause.
Food, towels, blankets, newspapers and toys have been collected during the past few weeks.
The children presented the gifts to Genna Reece, head of development at the shelter in Benton Lane, Newcastle, who thanked the pupils for their efforts.
They were then taken on a tour of the shelter, and given information about the animals there, including cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs, horses and donkeys.
Ms Fearon said: “Pupils responded with passion and care towards the animals that have been abandoned and neglected.
“The Beacon Centre is a short-stay provision for young people who have a range of vulnerabilities and specific needs, and who have been or are at risk of being permanently excluded.
“However, these pupils have shown a responsible and caring attitude to organising and delivering gifts, to show how much they care about animals which have been neglected, unloved or are unwanted gifts. We are extremely proud of them.”