Dog Show raised lots of funds - and fun!

Midweek Visiter - - The Rspca Column - with Paul Gib­son, South­port Branch Man­ager

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

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