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Charity that rescued the PM's new puppy launches fundraising appeal to cover vet bills

03 Sep 2019 News

The charity that rescued and looked after the puppy who was recently adopted by the prime minister Boris Johnson has launched a campaign to fundraise for £36,000 to cover its vet debts.

Friends of Animals Wales has raised £560, or 2 per cent of its target, within 24 hours of setting up the JustGiving page.

Johnson adopted the rescue puppy, a 15-week Jack Russell crossbreed named Dilyn, which moved in with him and Carrie Symonds at the prime minister's Downing Street residence yesterday.


Friends of Animals Wales said it needed to settle outstanding vet bills of approximately £36,000.

It added that once its debts were settled, the charity was working towards purchasing its first property to facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of more animals.

'Overjoyed the puppy will be living his best life' 

It said: “We knew that Carrie Symonds has always been a huge animal welfare advocate and we are absolutely overjoyed that this gorgeous pup will be living his best life with Carrie and the prime minister at their Downing Street home.

“We would like to thank Carrie and the Prime Minister for opening their hearts and their home to a puppy farm survivor and for inviting Friends of Animals Wales back to Downing Street once again. 

“We wish them a lifetime of happiness with their new best friend.”

Friends of Animals Wales is volunteer-run, and is recently registered with the Charity Commission so has not yet filed accounts. But it has been operating for a number of years and was previously known as Friends of Animals RCT.

Its founder is Eileen Jones and is based in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales.

Civil Society News has asked Number Ten if the prime minister and his partner have made a donation to the charity.

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