People from as far away as the United States of America are adding their support to a charity auction, thanks to the moving tale of a Pickering pooch.
Jak, who was thrown out from his home when he was 14 and is blind in one eye, deaf and arthritic, is beginning to earn widespread fame from his Facebook page which was set up by new owner, Kate Collier, a local organiser with Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue.
She created the “Jak Lord” page to update supporters on the progress of her new dog after taking him in from EARS (Emergency Animal Rescue Support).
But what Kate did not expect was the response that people would have to Jak when he “sent” letters asking for support for the auction at Pickering Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 5.
“It has just been unbelievable,” said Kate, of Pickering. “I’ve had responses from all over the country - I can’t believe how people taken to this little dog. It takes me literally half a day every day to deal with all the correspondence.”
Hoodies have been sent from the U.S.A., one Facebook “friend” of Jak’s travelled down from Carlisle to present him with gifts and in less than a week, there have been more than £200 of promises for the auction.
The auction, raising money for EARS and Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue, will be opened by Father Antony Pritchett with Peter Illingworth once again returning as auctioneer for the family friendly event.
Some of Jak’s supporters are even coming up from Birmingham especially for the evening.
To donate an auction gift or buy a ticket, which cost £3 and includes refreshments, contact Kate on (01751) 473245.