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RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

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16th Jul 2014

The staff and volunteers here at RSPCA Altham animal centre are getting ready for their first ever "Dogs Day Out" event on Sunday July 27th, which is a day of fun filled family activities.

We are hoping that many of the areas dog lovers will attend the event and let their pets "have a go" at the agility, rally-o and gun dogs scurry attractions. Amongst lots of exciting attractions for the dogs, there is also a dog show that visitors can enter their pets for, with prizes available in eight separate categories ranging from best trick to waggiest tale. For all categories and timings, see the full details at the bottom of this page.

The event is not just for dogs though, as staff and volunteers have been working on the event for several months to ensure that there is a lot to see and do for all the family, not just the dogs!

Branch manager Ken Harrison explained, "We plan to have a lot of fun with the dogs, and we are really hoping to see some of the dogs that we have previously cared for and have left us to go to their forever homes. It will be fantastic to see them again with their owners on the Dogs' Day Out."

The RSPCA animal centre in Altham rehomes hundreds of mistreated, abandoned and unwanted pets every year. It is an independent charity that has to raise all of its funds here in East Lancashire. To survive, the charity has to fundraise all year round. A great deal of the annual running cost is met by the three charity shops in Accrington, Burnley and Clitheroe, and also by supporters of their sponsorship "Safe Haven scheme."  

"We are hoping that our Dogs Day Out will be a great success, and a great opportunity to congratulate our volunteers, staff and supporters for the great work that they do to benefit local animals." Added Mr Harrison.

The event starts at 11am on Sunday July 27th at Altham RSPCA, on Enfield Road in Altham. Admission is £1 for adults and 50p for kids. There will be face painting, music from DJ Glo-Sticks, lots of fun games, trade and charity stalls along with a bouncy castle, a fire engine, police dogs, and even a police car to play in!

The idea for the Dogs Day Out came about when the traditional "Open Day" caused too much stress for the animals, as hundreds of visitors came onto the kennel blocks, and it really distressed the dogs. "It took so long to calm the dogs down after Open Day events, we decided to change the format." Said Mr Harrison. "So, we are excited about this new idea - and we have some fantastic agility specialists coming along to do demonstrations and to let all the dogs have a go at the activities themselves. We also have a dog show, for all to enter. We are really hopeful that this will be a great event for all."


12PM : Best Female

12.30PM : Best Male

1.00PM : Best Junior Handler

1.30PM : Best 6 Legs

2.00PM : Best Trick

2.30PM : Best Veteran (8 years and older)

3.00PM : Waggiest Tail

3.30PM : Best In Show

Registration for all categories takes place on the day.



RSPCA Lancashire East Branch
Animal Centre, Nearer Holker House Farm, Off Enfield Road, Altham, Accrington BB5 5UU.
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