The countdown is on to the biggest ever RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre Fun Day – and this year there are going to be some very special guests.


The event, which takes place at the centre on Beaney Lane, Chester Moor on Saturday 10 August, is being opened by Durham County Council Chairman Councillor Pauline Charlton, who will also announce a brand new class in the dog show, ‘Best Felledge Rescue Dog’.


Councillor Charlton said: “It’s an honour to be invited to this event and as a big animal lover it is one I really want to support.


“It will be wonderful to see the rescue dogs, now enjoying lives with their new owners, as a result of the great work of the RSPCA.”


The event starts at 11am when registration for the dog show, taking place at 12noon, will also begin. Other classes are ‘Puppy’, ‘Veteran’, ‘Best Trick or Treat Catcher’, ‘Best Coat’, ‘Happiest Dog’, ‘Most Like Owner’ and ‘Best Young Handler’. Dog owners will also get a chance to have a go at agility.*


There will be stalls selling craft items, refreshments, raffle and tombola, an RSPCA Freedom Food BBQ, children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle and inflatable slide, face painting and a treasure trail.


Police dog handlers from Durham Constabulary will be doing a demonstration.


Also new for 2013, there will be a pet photo competition. Owners are asked to bring along a favourite photo of their pet to be entered. The photo should show off your pet’s personality and can be a portrait or action shot. The competition will be judged by Star Paws Photography and the winners announced during the afternoon.


Players and cheerleaders from DC Presidents American football club – who named RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre as their charity of choice for the season – are taking part in a ‘tug of war’ and will be in the stocks for ‘Soak a President’.


Jeff Rutter, CEO of The DC Presidents, said: “We’re really excited about being involved in the fun day and hope lots of people will come along, have a brilliant time and raise money.


“It costs a huge amount to keep the centre running and every penny counts.”


There will be a parade involving some of the previous horses rescued by the RSPCA and a special appearance from Sonny the Shetland pony. Sonny and his mum came into RSPCA care after a number of the ponies they were living with got onto a railway line in South Yorkshire and were hit by a train.


RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre Manager Maggie Eden said: “We have a huge number of equines in our care here at the moment – particularly youngsters – looking for new owners and we hope this will be an opportunity for anyone who is interested to meet some of our residents.”


For more information about the animals up for adoption from RSPCA Felledge please go to:


Entrance to the event costs £2 for adults and £1 concessions. Children under 16 are free. All money raised will go back in to caring for the animals at the centre.