An­i­mal lovers head to gala day at RSPCA Mill­brook

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SUR­REY fam­i­lies search­ing for a furry friend flocked to the RSPCA an­i­mal cen­tre in Mill­brook, Chob­ham, to meet the gor­geous pets look­ing for a for­ever home.

Two thou­sand peo­ple at­tended the event in Guild­ford Road on Sun­day, which united res­cued pooches and lov­ing own­ers.

The jam-packed day also of­fered an­i­mal lovers an op­por­tu­nity to meet the res­cue cen­tre’s other an­i­mals, in­clud­ing don­keys, horses, rab­bits and cats (to name but a few.)

Among the res­cued an­i­mals look­ing for a home was Brandy who wore an adorable spot­ted neck­er­chief for the oc­ca­sion.

The day was also spent rais­ing funds for the RSPCA with staff and vol­un­teers sell­ing home­made goods in­clud­ing Mill­brook honey and hand­made toys.

More than £11,000 was raised for the char­ity.

The morn­ing started with a pa­rade of the res­cued ca­nines look­ing for a home, which was fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by Mor­ris dancers, a raf­fle and tombola.

The gor­geous pups also im­pressed prospec­tive own­ers dur­ing an agility com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, it wasn’t only dogs look­ing for homes, Grape the colour­ful feath­ered Alexan­drine para­keet was also in need of a lov­ing owner to take her.

Sue Wal­ters, man­ager of RSPCA Mill­brook, told the Sur­rey Ad­ver­tiser: “We were de­lighted to have lots of vis­i­tors to our gala day on Sun­day, in­clud­ing many of our loyal supporters who braved the rain to come along and sup­port our event.

“Due to some on­go­ing building work we have at the mo­ment, the gala was slightly smaller than pre­vi­ous years but we still had ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 vis­i­tors, so we were de­lighted.

“We had royal cheer­lead­ers do­ing an ex­cel­lent dis­play, Richard Cur­tis with his sheep­dogs, Punch and Judy, mor­ris dancers and the res­cue dog re-hom­ing pa­rade show­ing off the lovely dogs we have look­ing for homes.”

He added: “We also man­aged to raise more than £11,000 which is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one who came along and en­joyed the day, and we now look for­ward to a big­ger and better event next year with our new reception.”

If you missed the gala but you’re in­ter­ested in res­cu­ing a lov­ing pet, con­tact RSPCA Mill­brook on 03001230740.

Pic­tures: RSPCA Mill­brook

Brandy was look­ing for a new owner at the RSPCA Mill­brook gala day

Pic­tures: Mark Bour­dil­lon/Chan­nel 4 Tele­vi­sion/PA Wire

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