Volunteers dig deep to transform the ark

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AN ANIMAL shelter is looking the cat’s whiskers thanks to a makeover by energy workers.

Thirteen staff from the Scottish & Southern Electric’s Havant offices spent two days sprucing up the Stubbington Ark’s grounds, clearing flower beds and making the public areas look neater.

They also helped lay a concrete base for a new shed which is being built to house the many animal blankets used at the shelter.

Claire Stack, who works in the company’s IT department, organised the two volunteer days. In her spare time she helps out at the Ark and so knew the shelter could do with some extra help.

She said: ‘It was such a worthwhile experience because we were able to undertake the tasks the Ark staff don’t have the time and resources to do themselves. They were really grateful.

‘We not only freed up a lot of space by clearing out scrap metal but also tidied flower beds which helped to make the Ark more presentable for the visiting public. It was a great team-building experience and spending time around the animals got some of the volunteers thinking about how important it is to rescue animals from shelters.’