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UK DOG OWNERS UNITE TO HELP THEIR AMERICAN FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS

Added: (Wed Sep 26 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - UK DOG OWNERS UNITE TO HELP THEIR AMERICAN FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS

On September 11th 2001 lives were shattered, but not only human lives. The people of New York are prolific pet owners and their companion animals also bore the brunt of the terrorist attacks. The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is leading a campaign from its Ground Zero animal shelter to help the affected animals and owners.
Their press release of September 20, 2001 states that as of that day, over 200 pets have been rescued from homes that were evacuated following the World Trade Center disaster. In addition, over 300 have received medical care from ASPCA veterinarians. Local veterinarians, kennels and volunteer foster parents are providing shelter to pets in need. The ASPCA is providing counselling to bereaved owners and those people who know their animals are stranded in evacuated buildings. They are also providing medical care for the search and rescue dogs.
A disaster fund has been launched to fund this ongoing work and the call for donations has been answered by dog lovers in the UK who are planning a large scale fund-raising effort in conjunction with one of the largest dog shows in the dog enthusiasts’ calendar.
From Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th, several thousand dogs and their owners will gather at the beautiful Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire, to compete in a variety of dog agility competitions. The dogs are of all shapes and sizes and many of them are from rescue organisations themselves. Dog agility is as popular in the US as it is over here and there is a strong camaraderie in the agility fraternity of the two countries. Collections will be made throughout the three days of the show and on Sunday, one of the twelve rings will be set aside for a special ‘pay on the day’ event with all proceeds going to the disaster fund.
Show statistics:
1700 competing dogs (at least double that on site)
400 camping units
Largest class, 769 entries
Total 10,000 class entries over 3 days

For more information, please contact Mike Shaw on 07763180778 (show organiser)

Or Sally Jones 01404 841340 or rullfarm@btinternet.com (fundraiser)

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