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Help Local People to Help Local Animals
Friday 11th September, 2009

On Sunday 27th September 2009 why not join RSPCA Wigan, Leigh and District Branch supporters on a Sponsored Dog Walk with your canine companion and help raise some much needed funds for local animals?

The walk will be held at Pennington Flash Country Park, Leigh, starting at 11 a.m. and will be led by Branch Vice President, Tom Bennett. Please register from 10.00 a.m. People without dogs to walk will also be made welcome.

The RSPCA will be bringing along a small number of homeless dogs for the day from their Liverpool Home, so there will be plenty of canine companions to go around - meaning anyone can ‘Strutt a Mutt’ for this good cause and give these dogs a good day out.

If you are unable to walk the Mutt Strutt personally please sponsor one of these homeless dogs to enjoy a walk with one of our dog walker volunteers. Why not give one of them your own favourite name to wear on their collars for this special day out.

Mutt Strutters under 16 years of age must obtain permission from a parent or guardian before registering, and they must walk the course accompanied by an adult.

As part of the event there will be a special ‘Chip’ promotion where you can have your pet microchipped on the spot for only £10. Donations welcome of course. For those on income-related benefits there will also be discounts on dog neutering vouchers (free for cats), free poop scoop bags and a whole host of dog welfare advice available.

Wigan Borough Councillor, Cabinet Champion for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Kevin Anderson, said:

“Not only does this promise to be a fun day out, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. I’m very pleased that the event will be used to raise awareness about canine care and the

importance of chipping your pet, and I would really encourage everyone to take part. So why not call 01942 824 165 for a sponsorship form and start collecting today.”

John Ashcroft, RSPCA Wigan Branch Chairman, said:

“It’s great to be working in partnership with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Wigan Borough Council for an event like this, which not only helps to raise much needed funds, but also generates awareness around the importance of chipping pets. It’s a sad fact that most lost pets don’t ever find their way back to their owners – not because they don’t want to, but because they simply don’t have proper identification.

“Microchipping your pet really is the best way to ensure that your animal has the best chance of being safely returned if it becomes lost or is stolen. So I would encourage all dog owners in the area to come along and help safeguard their dogs with a microchip.

“This is also an event which promotes today’s need for partnership by all concerned with animal welfare problems. It is being run by the RSPCA with the primary aim of promoting kindness and preventing cruelty and neglect. The Local Authority animal warden and rangers, and Dogs Trust and Cats Protection charities are supporting our call for some owners to practice better animal welfare.

“Having said all that about the serious side, everyone enjoys our Day Out for Dogs. It’s a great opportunity also for dogs and their owners to socialise and exchange information. The RSPCA Wigan, Leigh and District Branch is hoping to build up other partnership schemes in the Wigan Borough, too, with our new strap line: ‘local people helping local animals’”

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