Pen a verse for your pet

POETIC pet owners are being invited to put pen to paper to raise money for the RSPCA.

The Halifax, Huddersfield and District branch is holding a poetry competition in aid of its animal centre in Wade Street, Halifax.

The charity wants people of all ages to wax lyrical about their furry friends, with categories for adults and under-16s.

Local writer James Nash will pick three winners in each age group, who will bag book tokens courtesy of Hebden Bridge store The Book Case.

The winning six poems will be displayed on the RSPCA website for a month.

Adele Garbinskas, deputy branch manager, said: “We are delighted to be launching this competition and are very grateful to James Nash and The Book Case for getting involved and helping to raise vital proceeds for the branch.”

Entry costs £3 and all proceeds will help the charity care for the unwanted and neglected animals in its care.

Entry forms can be collected from the centre in Wade Street, Halifax, or any RSPCA charity shops or downloaded from