Isle of Wight charity, Friends of the Animals, received a surprise donation of £2,000 over Valentine's weekend to help provide for pets in its care during the pandemic. 

The donation was made by Support Adoption For Pets - the UK’s largest grant giving animal charity started by Pets At Home - to recognise the tireless efforts at Friends of the Animals since the pandemic began. 

In total, the charity is giving away nearly £600,000 to rescue centres up and down the country, to help them look after the animals in their care as the financial hardship of Covid-19 continues. 

Friends of the Animals is partnered with Isle of Wight Pets at Home store through Support Adoption For Pets’ Charity of the Year programme and through this received a total of £5395.44 in 2020. 

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Support Adoption For Pets charity manager, Amy Angus, said: "Our message was simple over Valentine’s weekend and it’s one we’re passionate about as a charity — we're here to share the love.

"Not only has the charity surprised rescues with nearly £600,000 but we have also increased our emergency grant programme by £400,00 so rescues can apply for funding during these difficult times.

"Surprising Friends of the Animals with a donation of £2,000 meant the world to them." 

Support Adoption For Pets is a charity established by Pets at Home in 2006. It has helped more than 1,000 rehoming centres and animal welfare organisations across the UK since then.

Those wishing to apply for a grant can do so on the charity's website.