Staff at the Pets at Home store in St Neots are celebrating the success of this year’s Santa Paws appeal after their efforts helped raise an “astonishing” £1,476,668 for abandoned animals in the UK.

The appeal, which is run annually by the charity, Support Adoption For Pets, smashed its target of providing 2,400,000 dinners and instead raised enough money to provide 2,953,336 meals for pets in rescue centres around the country.

Throughout December, the team collecting donations to provide meals for homeless pets in and around St Neots.

Store manager, Ashley Hunnibell said: “What a fantastic result. We had so much fun raising money and are so grateful to all of our generous customers for taking part and donating much-needed meals for disadvantaged pets.