Dog Show raised lots of funds - and fun!
WHAT a fantastic day we all had on Sunday, September 24, here at the Animal Centre at New Cut Lane, Southport!
The day dawned brightly, if a little breezy, as our army of staff and volunteers set out to get all of the animals fed and clean, ready to pass muster at 10.30 sharp.
After a quick tea break, we started to get the Animal Centre grounds ready for our eagerly anticipated Fun Dog Show.
The crowds did not disappoint us, with some people arriving early to catch the bargains on offer on our well stocked stalls and Hoopla game.
The West Lancs Dog Team arrived and set up their display in our paddock area, much to the amusement of one of our Centre dogs, who could not work out what was happening!
Fun was had by all, both human and four-legged.
The Dog Show was very well supported, and the day flew past in a flurry of activity.
Our Memory Tree, full of hand stitched animals, made its debut at £2 per animal to remember friends both present and past.
Stalls were in abundance, tea and cakes were lapped up, the burger man and ice cream van had a constant queue, and, most importantly, we raised lots of funds to support the animals at the Centre well into the future.
A great big thank you to the West Lancs Dog Display Team and also the boys and girls of Air Corp Cadets (281 Sq.) for marshalling the car parking, which was kindly provided by Frank and Andrea Baybutt in the field that we filled, opposite.
Those who helped us on the day are far too numerous to mention by name, but you know who you are and we thank you most sincerely.
Watch this space for details of our up and coming events which include a collection in Southport’s Pets at Home on Ocean Plaza, which will take place over two weekends, October 28 and 29, and November 4 and 5.
We are also having a collection in Tesco, Southport Extra on November 29, so do keep an eye out for us while you are out and about.
Another reminder for our Christmas Fair, which is at Greenbank High School, Hastings Road, Southport on Saturday, December 9.
Any donations for raffle prizes, etc, will be gratefully received here at the Animal Centre, or at our charity shop on Eastbank Street.
Finally, I want to talk about those closest to our heart – our animals.
As you know, we are self-funding here at the Animal Centre.
We currently have almost 50 cats and around 20 dogs, so you can imagine the huge costs involved in the dayto-day running of the Centre.
You will recall that I have written about some of our residents who have been here the longest, so this week I want to tell you about our ‘Golden Oldies’ – no, not me!
I am talking about our cats of a certain age, who tend to get overlooked.
In particular, I want to tell you about Molly, who we think is around 10-years-old.
She has a beautiful long coat, so will need regular grooming, and apart from that, all she needs is peace and quiet and love!
She will make an excellent companion for the right person.
Molly has been with us for over 100 days, which makes her one of our longer-stay residents and we would really love someone to give her the home she deserves.
If you are thinking of adopting a dog or a cat, all of our animals can be viewed on our website, and if you need any more information, please contact the Animal Centre on 01704 567624, or just pop in to see us.
We are open every day except Wednesday from 11.30am -3.30pm.
The popular Memory Tree at our Dog Show
Molly needs a new home