A PAIR of animal lovers and their rescue dogs completed a trekking challenge up the highest mountain in Wales for Dogs Trust.

Kate Courtnell and her partner, Dan Smith hiked Mount Snowdon with their dogs, Saxon a five-year-old German Shepherd who was rehomed from Dogs Trust Salisbury in 2014 and Shola a six-year-old Rottweiler.

The six-hour trek was to raise money for Dogs Trust Salisbury.

Kate said: “It was great fun but hard work and we were relieved when it was over.

“I have been supporting Dogs Trust in Salisbury for many years and this October was the four-year anniversary of adopting Saxon and two years of him living with a condition that affects his pancreas which he’s coped with really well.

“It was also Saxon’s fifth birthday so to celebrate all of these milestones, we felt that we wanted to give back to the charity that made everything possible, and complete a challenge as a family.

“Every dog deserves a great home so whilst the ones without a forever family are waiting at the rehoming centre, I like to do my bit to help make sure they have everything they need.”

Kate started volunteering as a kennel and events assistant in 2013 and has made Dogs Trust her charity of choice for the last six years both at home and at work.

She added: “I think I am still aching from the climb but we are both so proud to be associated with the charity and help them work towards their mission.”

Kate and Dan raised £350 from the challenge, which will go towards the care of homeless and abandoned dogs at the charity’s rehoming centre in Newton Tony.

For more information about Dogs Trust Salisbury go to dogstrust.org.uk