Council takes lead to raise cash for dogs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 May 2013

Dog on a lead

Dog on a lead

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The Dogs Trust Charity has had its coffers boosted thanks to a doggy day out, in Exmouth, organised by East Devon District Council.

Tails are wagging at Dogs Trust after East Devon District Council presented the charity with a cheque for £1,100.

The council has been collecting for the charity over the past year, holding several public events - including Exmouth’s recent Dogs’ Day Out in Phear Park.

At these events it has run prize draws and tombolas in aid of the trust with over 100 prizes donated by local businesses.

The council also raised funds through the Dogs’ Day Out dog show and dog agility contest, plus through donations from owners in return for free pet microchipping.

EDDC said it chose the canine charity because it represented responsible dog ownership and welfare.

Cllr Iain Chubb, EDDC cabinet member for environment, said: “We were extremely pleased to present Dogs Trust with this donation on behalf of the council and dog lovers across East Devon. I’d like to say a big personal thank you to Jill [Wheller], Amanda [dog warden] and their colleagues, along with everyone who donated to the cause throughout the year.”

Claire Joselin from Dogs Trust, in Ilfracombe, who received the cheque, said: “We’re touched by the hard work Jill and the East Devon team have put in to raising money for the trust over the past year.

“We are very grateful to all of the East Devon residents who have helped support our work rehoming dogs and improving canine welfare.”

EDDC will continue to fundraise for Dogs Trust over the next year, attending community festivals and events to provide free microchipping and dog ownership advice.

Plans are already underway to stage a Dogs’ Day Out in Exmouth in 2014.

The council will be attending the Exmouth Festival on Friday, May 30, when staff will be in Manor Gardens offering free microchipping.

They’ll also be attending the Honiton Show on Thursday, August 1.

For more information about the Dogs Trust, visit: www.dogstrust.org.uk


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