Roll up for DAWGS event at Crathes

Dog owners are being encouraged to take part in the Crathes event in May.

Dog owners are being encouraged to take part in the Crathes event in May.

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An appeal has been made for animal lovers to take part in a fundraiser on Deeside for the charity DAWGS.

FRED (Fundraising events delivered) is organising a walk and dog activities day at Crathes Castle on Sunday, May 15.

We hope to see lots of dogs and their owners on the day

Mickey Ramsey Organiser

It provides an opportunity for people to walk alone, with friends and with or without dogs.

Two routes have been incorporated to suit all ages and abilities.

As well as the walk, four-legged friends and their owners can enjoy participating or watching canine activities in an informal fun dog show. weather permitting.

Mickey Ramsey, one of the organisers, said: “FRED is a new voluntary group raising funds for animal charities.

“We are delighted to be able to support DAWGS this year and hope to see lots of dogs and their owners on the day.

“But we hope other owners and animal lovers without dogs will also come along and take part, have a great day and help dogs in need at the same time.”

Based in Aberdeen, DAWGS finds new homes for dogs whose owners, perhaps due to illness, frailty or a change in family circumstances, can no longer take care of them.

The pets are re-homed throughout the North-east, and sometimes even further afield.

DAWGS match families and dogs to ensure the best possible outcome.

While it costs more than £300 to re-home every dog – more if kennelling, veterinary care or other services are needed – the charity receives no statutory funding and relies on its own fundraising efforts and support from groups like FRED to keep the organisation going.

The Crathes Castle event runs from 11am–3pm.

Entrants can either raise sponsorship or make a donation when registering on the day.

More information and sponsor forms are available from Mickey Ramsay on 01224 733832 or email Sue Hawkins at birdie@btconnect.com. It is also available via the DAWGS website www.dawgs.co.uk