THOUSANDS of pounds are to be raised for Basingstoke animal shelters through a summer fundraising drive.

Support Adoption for Pets, a grant giving animal charity, has teamed up with Pets at Home to raise money and awareness for Hart Wildlife and Pro Dogs Direct.

They are raising cash by asking customers at the store, in Wallop Drive, to purchase a £1 raffle ticket for the chance to win a new car and other high value prizes.

Customers can also choose to take part in a ‘Round up to a £1’ initiative, whereby they opt to round up the cost of their purchases to the nearest pound, with the difference being donated to the appeal.

Amy Wilson, charity manager at Support Adoption For Pets, said: “We have set ourselves our biggest target ever with this fundraising campaign as we’re aiming to raise half a million pounds.

“2014 is proving to be a spectacular year, not only has the charity celebrated reaching the £10 million milestone but we’re also on track to help even more local animal sanctuaries, charities and welfare organisations through our fundraising and grant giving activity.

“We’re very grateful to customers of Pets at Home in and around Basingstoke, who are always very generous and help to make our fundraising campaigns successful.”

All the money raised by Pets at Home store in Basingstoke will be donated by Support Adoption For Pets to the local animal rescues which are working hard to rescue and re-home abandoned animals.

The fundraising drive will run until September 2.