Walkers step out in aid of animal charity
WALKERS took part in a sponsored event to promote responsible dog ownership and raise cash.
Dog owners and their pets joined the walk in Macclesfield Forest organised by the RSPCA and the charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre. Participants completed 2km and 5km walks and the funds raised by entering and from sponsorships will go towards the care and protection of needy animals at the two local RSPCA branches.
Volunteers brought two young rescue dogs, Josie, a Saluki cross, and Goofy, a lurcher, which are both looking for a home.
The walk was held at a time when United Utilities, which manages the site, and the Peak District National Park ranger service are trying to encourage dog walkers using forest paths to control and clean up after their dogs and respect the environment.
Brenda Scott, RSPCA volunteer fundraising coordinator for the Mac- clesfield, SE Cheshire and Buxton branch, said: “Macclesfield Forest is a scenic and conservation area with several walks which up to now have been open to members of the public, including dog walkers.
“However, there is a significant problem with dog fouling on and off pathways and, with dog
‘There is a significant problem with dog owners’
walkers failing to control their pets.
“The owners of the forest and reservoirs United Utilities and a ranger from the Peak District National Park Authority work together to maintain natural habitats and conserve wildlife on the site to the benefit of all.
“But it’s becoming an uphill struggle to cope with the actions of dog walkers who don’t take their responsibilities seriously.
“If this situation continues it could lead to measures being taken to prohibit certain walks currently open to the public in general or at least to dog owners. It’s important something is done to protect the forest.”
Donations can still be sent by Friday, August 29, to RSPCA Macclesfield, SE Cheshire & Buxton branch, PO Box 518, Macclesfield SK10 5DJ.
To learn more about Josie and Goofy or other dogs looking for a home visit rspca-macclesfield. org.uk or phone 01625 669620.
The Wildlife Centre at Stapeley Grange near Nantwich is one of only four centres of its kind in England managed and staffed by the RSPCA to rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wildlife brought to the centre via inspectors and members of the public.
● Goofy, a lurcher with Carmen Cole, local branch rehoming coordinator nd Josie, a Saluki cross with Rachel White, a branch volunteer.