There’s a sporting theme at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre’s dog show and family fun day this weekend (Saturday 18 August) as the British summer of sport continues.

Ashleigh Wilson, organiser and community fundraising manager for the animal centre, said: “Getting your dog active is one of the most important things an owner can do to keep him happy and healthy, and of course, it’s good for all the family too.

“This summer is definitely the summer of sport in Britain so we thought there was no better theme for our biggest event of the year.”

There will be the chance for owners and their dogs to have a go at agility, something lots of dogs of all shapes and sizes really love that’s a great way to keep them in shape, both physically and mentally.

There will also be grooming stations and discounted micro-chipping, the best way of ensuring that if you and your pet become separated you can be re-united. There will be dog shows to enter including ‘Best Child Handler’ ‘Happiest Dog’ and ‘Waggiest Tail’, children’s sports-themed games and face-painting and stalls selling an array of refreshments, crafts, beauty products and more. All the money raised will go towards looking after some of the most cruelly-treated and neglected dogs, cats and horses in the North East which are being cared for at the centre.

Ashleigh said: “As part of the event we have organised a horse display, including a parade of miniature Shetland ponies like Bubbles (pictured below), rescued by RSPCA inspectors after being abandoned by the side of a railway track.  Very sadly three of his companions were hit by a train and died and two had to be put to sleep.

“The rest needed specialist treatment and training programmes so that we can give them a second chance at a happy life and of course we’d love to hear from anyone interested in taking them on.”

Anyone who would like to offer a new home to any of the miniature Shetland ponies can contact RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre on 0300 123 0708.

Saturday’s event is taking place at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, Beaney Lane, Chester Moor, DH2 3BF. Dog show registration opens at 11.00am and the shows begin at 12.00noon until 3.30pm. Entrance is £1 per adult and 50p per child.

Ashleigh added: “The staff, but ultimately the animals, are very grateful for the support the community offers us, but in turn we also plan on making this an enjoyable day out during the school holidays come rain or shine.”

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Notes to editors:

 —  Community fundraising manager for RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre Ashleigh Wilson is available for further comment on request

—  Photographs are available on request