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Walk this Sunday to raise cash for starving cats and dogs
THOUSANDS of starving dogs and cats could benefit from a fundraising walk this Sunday – and several hounds who have already been saved are set to join in the fun.
The Strays of Greece annual charity dog walk will set out from the Forestry Commission office in Horton Road, Ashley Heath to raise funds to feed, neuter and care for dogs and cats.
Dogs can be sponsored, and earn a rosette and treat for participating, and registration is from 10.30 until noon.
Among those taking part will be former street dogs and strays rescued by the charity, including Ruby, who had been injured by a car oin Greece.
She was taken to shelter in Athens, where a fractured hip was diagnosed.
Eventually she was one of the dogs selected for adoption by the charity’s founder, Lyn Purden from Ringwood.
Ruby finally arrived in Ringwood in May, with her pet passport and having been vaccinated and microchipped by the charity, to meet her new owner Cherry Jeneson.
Mrs Purden said: “The situation in Greece is even worse than before. The financial crisis means that even many of those who fed their pets no longer do so. So many more cats and dogs are being abandoned or left to die. More and more tourists are calling me to ask how they can help as they see the tragedy of cats and kittens rummaging through bins.
“A few lucky dogs are re-homed, but much of our work is neutering and feeding dogs and cats left to starve. We’ve had a huge number of calls for our help from rescuers who simply don’t have the funds to feed the animals in their care.
“Unlike the UK, there are no Greek animal welfare organisations to help. Our annual dog walk brings in much needed funds and we hope lots of people will bring their dogs for a fun morning out.”
The Charity Dog Walk has become a popular event in which dozens of dogs and their owners enjoy the forest.
There will be stalls, tombola, cakes, coffee and a barbecue. Everyone is welcome to join in, with or without a dog.
Details and sponsorship forms are at www.straysofgreece.org or call 01425 478757.
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