Dog lover Megan is helping to brighten the lives of unloved pooches

Megan Parsons with her furry friend.

Megan Parsons with her furry friend. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland dog lover has set up a Facebook page to help put smiles on the faces of dogs without a home or family.

Megan with another pet pooch.

Megan with another pet pooch. - Credit: Archant

Megan Parsons, who recently moved to Wimblington having lived in Wilburton for most of her life, started a Facebook page to collect pre-loved dog items and donations for Poplar Farm Rescue Kennels in Ely.

She said: “Ever since a little girl I have always been a huge animal lover and worried when I’ve seen one not being cared for properly or less fortunate than the ones in my care.

“Living in the fens as a child we were always taking in stray animals and helping out with lost dogs.

“We had two dogs of our own; one of which is a bulldog that a lady had left in kennels when she went on holiday and not returned to collect him. He had lots of skin allergies and health problems so that’s probably why.

“Then we got a puppy bullmastiff and I fell head over heels with him. We formed a bond I never knew you could have with a dog; he looked after me as much as I looked after him.

“I took him training, on holidays, for days out and even for sleepovers to my partners house.

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“A year on we got a puppy of our own. He is spoilt rotten going to all the puppy parties going, doggy day care and his pile of Christmas presents was bigger than ours.”

Megan has always helped out with animals where she can; visiting shelters to drop off blankets and unwanted food.

“But it was when we went to my mums for Christmas day 2016 and I saw the three dogs together with their pile of presents and big meaty bones in front of the log fire all warm and cosy that I just thought about all those doggies in a shelter who didn’t have the warmth of fire or even a family.”

It was then that she decided to donate some of Milo’s old toys to a shelter.

“I put a message on my personal Facebook page asking if any of my family and friends had any unwanted items their beloved pooch no longer needed or used. “The comments, likes and shares came flooding in and I had lots of messages so I then decided to post on some local selling sites and got the same reaction. “Then I decided on the shelter that I would deliver these kind and generous donations too. “Poplar Farm Rescue Kennels holds a special place in my heart because they, like me, want to look after less fortunate dogs, dogs that have not had a good start in life and have lived with abuse and neglect.”

Less than a week later the page reached 60 likes and has seen items including food, beds, treats and toys donated.

“It really filled my heart to know that other people felt how I did about dogs,” she said.

Visit to join the group.