Canine capers planned at Haddo

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CANINE-lovers across the north-east are being given the opportunity to give their pooches a day to remember on Sunday, May 29.

DAWGS (Dog Action Working Group, Scotland) will be holding a dog-themed fun day at Haddo Country Park in association with Ellon Rotary, who will be manning the BBQ to raise funds for own their project of eradicating polio worldwide.

DAWGS cares for abandoned and unwanted dogs in the Aberdeenshire area, and strives to re-home them. Well over 2,000 dogs and puppies have been given the chance of a new life since the group was established in 1994, and DAWGS aims to find homes by working to a re-homing policy which matches each dog’s individual needs, characteristics and traits with the most suitable new owner.

There will be a sponsored dog walk from 10.30am, with activities and fun for all the family from 12.30pm including dog and owner races, a bouncy castle, BBQ, demonstrations and games, and much more. Funds raised on the day will go towards the maintenance of dogs requiring a new home.

Meanwhile, the Rotarians on the BBQ are seeking donations to help them towards their long-standing objective of wiping out polio in its last remaining pockets in Africa and Asia.

Ellon Rotary spokesman Gary Macalister said: “Rotary International and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. The Rotary International aim is to raise $200 million to match the $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunisation campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyse children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

“The support of the Community of Ellon in this initiative last year was much appreciated.”

Sponsorship forms for the walk are available by contacting DAWGS on 01224 208989, and for further information on the day contact ianlynnpat@aol.com.