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Saturday 26 July 2014

Big-hearted couple donate Christmas coats to thousands of homeless dogs nationwide

These lonely pups will be stepping out in style this festive season

Published 18/12/2013|12:11

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17/12/2013
The Maxi Zoo pet store chain is providing 2,000 unwanted dogs with a free coat to help them stay warm this winter. The coats worth Û160,000 have been distributed to dog charities throughout Ireland. 
Josh, a four month old Dalmation and Pumpkin, a four month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross were the first to be kitted out by Maxi Zoo pet expert Lisa Kemp yesterday at the Dogs Trust in Finglas.
A big-hearted Cork couple Tony and Alice Cross, who are behind the successful Maxi Zoo pet store chain, are playing real life Santa and kitting out over 2,000 dogs in the care of fifteen charities throughout Ireland with a free coat to help them stay warm this winter.
Tony and Alice have a policy of ensuring that each Maxi Zoo store supports a local dog charity but their decision to make such a generous donation is the biggest charity project that they have ever undertaken.
Maxi Zoo is IrelandÕs number one pet retailer with fifteen stores located in counties Dublin (Liffey Valley, Leopardstown, Tallaght & Finglas), Cork (Ballincollig, Midleton & Douglas), Kildare (Naas & Maynooth), Wicklow 
(Bray), Tipperary (Clonmel) Limerick Longford, Carlow and Waterford.
Photo: Peter Houlihan

For further information or media interviews contact:
Ian McClure at McClure Media & PR
t: 01 400 3664 m: 087 283 0600 e: ian@mccluremediapr.com
'Where'd you get your coat?' Photo: Peter Houlihan
No Repro Fee
17/12/2013
The Maxi Zoo pet store chain is providing 2,000 unwanted dogs with a free coat to help them stay warm this winter. The coats worth Û160,000 have been distributed to dog charities throughout Ireland. 
Pumpkin, a 12 week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross were the first to be kitted out by Maxi Zoo pet expert Ilhan Vatansever and Lisa Kemp yesterday at the Dogs Trust in Finglas.
A big-hearted Cork couple Tony and Alice Cross, who are behind the successful Maxi Zoo pet store chain, are playing real life Santa and kitting out over 2,000 dogs in the care of fifteen charities throughout Ireland with a free coat to help them stay warm this winter.
Tony and Alice have a policy of ensuring that each Maxi Zoo store supports a local dog charity but their decision to make such a generous donation is the biggest charity project that they have ever undertaken.
Maxi Zoo is IrelandÕs number one pet retailer with fifteen stores located in counties Dublin (Liffey Valley, Leopardstown, Tallaght & Finglas), Cork (Ballincollig, Midleton & Douglas), Kildare (Naas & Maynooth), Wicklow 
(Bray), Tipperary (Clonmel) Limerick Longford, Carlow and Waterford.
Photo: Peter Houlihan

For further information or media interviews contact:
Ian McClure at McClure Media & PR
t: 01 400 3664 m: 087 283 0600 e: ian@mccluremediapr.com
Alice and Tony with one of the lucky pups Photo: Peter Houlihan
No Repro Fee
17/12/2013
The Maxi Zoo pet store chain is providing 2,000 unwanted dogs with a free coat to help them stay warm this winter. The coats worth Û160,000 have been distributed to dog charities throughout Ireland. 
Pumpkin, a 12 week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross was the first to be kitted out by Maxi Zoo pet expert Lisa Kemp yesterday at the Dogs Trust in Finglas.
A big-hearted Cork couple Tony and Alice Cross, who are behind the successful Maxi Zoo pet store chain, are playing real life Santa and kitting out over 2,000 dogs in the care of fifteen charities throughout Ireland with a free coat to help them stay warm this winter.
Tony and Alice have a policy of ensuring that each Maxi Zoo store supports a local dog charity but their decision to make such a generous donation is the biggest charity project that they have ever undertaken.
Maxi Zoo is IrelandÕs number one pet retailer with fifteen stores located in counties Dublin (Liffey Valley, Leopardstown, Tallaght & Finglas), Cork (Ballincollig, Midleton & Douglas), Kildare (Naas & Maynooth), Wicklow 
(Bray), Tipperary (Clonmel) Limerick Longford, Carlow and Waterford.
Photo: Peter Houlihan

For further information or media interviews contact:
Ian McClure at McClure Media & PR
t: 01 400 3664 m: 087 283 0600 e: ian@mccluremediapr.com
Keeping warm this Christmas Photo: Peter Houlihan

A big-hearted Cork couple are playing Santa to thousands of unwanted dogs across the country this Christmas.

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Tony and Alice Cross are kitting out over 2,000 pups with a cosy coat to keep them warm this festive season.

The couple, who are behind pet store chain Maxi Zoo, donated €160,000 of their stock to 15 animal charities throughout Ireland to make sure the lonely mutts stay dry at Christmas.

“A dog’s breed, age, size and state of health affect how well it can withstand cold. Not every dog is robust and the slender breeds can freeze quite easily,” Alice said.

“A lot of dog breeds are originally from warmer climates and need protection in cold seasons. “Their hair is often not thick enough to insulate their bodies so it made perfect sense for us to donate dog coats,” she added

Although the dog-loving couple ensure that each of their stores supports a local dog charity, this is the biggest project they have ever undertaken.

“Putting a dog in a coat has nothing to do with vanity. It is about responsible pet ownership. There is no good reason why a dog’s clothing should not be as good as that of its owner’s outdoor clothing,” said Alice.

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