Posted By The Bower Inn

New Year's Eve party night details launched.

We've recently launched details of our 2016 New Year's Eve party that will help raise funds for two animal charities in the area.

Tickets can be booked now and collected from December 5 for our annual event on December 31, which this year is supporting Dogs 4 Adoption at Wrantage and the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) near Langport.

We're inviting people to join us to help celebrate the end of one year and the start of another.

The evening includes a hot and cold buffet, and a disco. Each guest will also be provided with a glass of bubbly at midnight to toast the New Year in. This is a ticket only event and they must be purchased in advance. More details are available here:

Our two charities of the year will benefit from a donation from the proceeds from the event, so every ticket purchased will be helping these two worthy causes.

We're keen to collect as much money as possible for Dogs 4 Adoption and the NAWT as we have very close ties with both charities and applaud the work they do.

Our two dogs, Ruby and Ben, were adopted from these charities too and we have also re-homed three cats from the Cat Protection League.

Dogs 4 Adoption is a registered charity based at St Giles Kennels in Wrantage, which is owned by the Linnell family.

Vikki Pantling, who is manager at the charity, said: "We are responsible for taking and caring for all of the stray dogs from two council areas: Taunton Deane, and South Somerset. These dogs are brought to us by the dog warden and if they are not reclaimed by their owners within the legal statutory time, we then re-home them on behalf of the councils.

"We also board cats on behalf of the RSPCA South East and South West branch, while in our care we help find them forever homes. As well as these cats, we also care for many other rescue cats that come to us direct from families that are no longer able to care for them.

"On some occasions we also find ourselves helping other animals in need such as rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs and we have even rescued sheep!

"We fully assess every animal that comes into our care, taking into account any medical and behaviour problems, to determine whether or not they are suitable for re-homing. After gaining a better understanding about the animal's temperament and physical needs we then try to match it to the best potential adopter. Within these assessments we also determine if the animal is suitable to live with dogs, cats or children.

"All of the animals are neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, wormed, de-flead and health checked by a vet. They also leave with four weeks' free insurance with Petplan."

NAWT Somerset has a centre at Heaven's Gate Farm near Langport.

Centre Manager, Caron Lane said: "We rehome around 400 cats and dogs at our Somerset centre every year as well as a small number of field animals. Every animal has been individually assessed and cared for by our experienced and dedicated staff. All animals are vet-checked and vaccinated before being rehomed."

For further details, please call us on 01278 422926. Booking is essential. The evening costs 27.50 per person. Tickets can be collected from December 5.

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