Thrifty Car and Van Rental gears itself up to help Support Dogs

UK-based Thrifty is gearing itself up to make Support Dogs its charity of the year.

Thrifty, whose headquarters is in Exeter, has pledged £30,000 to the Sheffield-based national assistance dog charity over the next 12 months.

“We wanted to support a charity that could really do something effective with our donation and make a real difference, and we know Support Dogs can do that,” said Linda Malliff, central services director, ThriftyUK. In addition we love the fact that they often use dogs from rescue centres to do this.”

“They do such amazing work in training dogs to help people with serious medical conditions to lead fuller, more independent lives. Support Dogs trains assistance dogs for children with autism and adults with epilepsy and physical disabilities, enabling them to lead more independent lives.

It costs £20,000 to train a disability assistance dog, and £36,000 to support a dog over its working life

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager for Support Dogs said: “We’re enormously grateful to Thrifty for making us their charity of the year.

“Our work is life-changing in every sense of the word and there is a huge and rapidly growing demand for our services. We rely on the generosity of the public and of companies like Thrifty to enable our vital work to continue.”