A nursery has been inundated with offers of help since its guinea pigs and chickens were stolen by heartless thieves.
Pets at Home kindly donated two guinea pigs, a hutch and food to Noah’s Ark Nursery, inviting the children to pick their new animals.
Staff, parents and children were left devastated after their pets were stolen several weeks ago.
Joint owner of the nursery Jane Lucas said: “Pets at Home were really generous.
“It helped to take the children’s minds off what happened.”
Pets at Home invited the children along to the store in Drove Road on Wednesday July 9, where they were able to meet the animals and even select their new guinea pigs.
In total they were given goods to the value of £140 by the shop.
Members of the public offered them guinea pigs and chickens too.
The guinea pigs will be living indoors overnight until the garden is made more secure with CCTV.
And once a safer chicken run is built the nursery will be able to select their new chickens.
UKIP councillor for Newhaven Peter Charlton has already offered to take them to Middle Farm near Firle where he will buy them their new chickens.
Paradise Park in Newhaven has given the nursery some more chicken wire to build the run.
Sussex Police said they were called at 10.45am on Monday June 30 after three chicks and two guinea pigs were stolen from Noah’s Ark Nursery in Railway Road.
The animals are believed to have been taken between 11.30am and 6pm on Saturday June 28.
The chickens were bought as eggs and the children have been raising them ever since birth.
They were just five weeks old and had been named Rosie, Amanda and Luigi.
The guinea-pigs, Mable and Ginger, were only eight months old.
Many of the children at the nursery do not have pets and had begun to think of the animals as their own pets, only to find them stolen.
Jane added: “It’s a really, really dirty trick.
“The children were really upset. It was heartbreaking.
“We had parents scouring the streets and knocking on doors to see if anyone had seen anything.”
Anyone with information about the theft of the animals should call Sussex Police on the non emergency number 101 quoting serial 456 of 30/6, email email@example.com Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.