A charity launched to help fund free pet care is celebrating its first anniversary.
When the Pdsa veterinary charity shop was opened in the former Game store, opposite Market Place, the economy in South Shields – and elsewhere – was in the middle of a dip.
But despite those tough economic times, the shop has flourished in its first 12 months.
That has been the result of the “tremendous support” it has received from the borough’s animal lovers.
The shop is managed by David Hadfield and assistant Colleen Cain, together with a group of volunteers.
Mr Hadfield said: “We opened in the middle of a recession, but we’ve had a good year.
“People have been very supportive. They come into the shop and drop things off, and we can arrange to pick items up.
“We’re always on the lookout for good-quality clothes and furniture.”
The shop has its regular donators, including a woman from the town’s jobcentre who drops off bundles of clothing every week.
All the funds raised go towards providing free veterinary care for those eligible, although the charity does ask clients to make a donation of whatever they can afford.
If you can help, call the shop on 455 6340.