Event will help Northiam charity care for cats and dogs needing new homes

Local pet lovers are invited to join in a day of late summer fun at the Northiam Blue Cross annual Summer Fete and Fun Dog Show.

The event takes place at the charity’s St Francis Fields re-homing centre on Sunday September 7 from 10am - 4pm.

The fete is one of the main annual fund raisers for the charity.

At this year’s fete, Northiam Blue Cross will be holding their first Young Artists Competition, and are looking for animal paintings and drawings from budding young artists.

The competition will be judged on the day by nationally acclaimed animal portraitist, Kathryn Nicholls, who will also be displaying some of her own acclaimed work at the event.

Age categories for the art competition are: under 7s; 8-12 years; and 13-16 years.

Maria Steel, Blue Cross Rehoming Centre Manager in Northiam, said: “Our summer fete is an event not to be missed this year. There’s so much going on from art to live music – it’s going to be a fantastic day.

“We really look forward to seeing lots of our supporters there and lots of doggy visitors too.

“All the money we raise will help us to carry on caring for the homeless cats and dogs here at the centre.”

As well as a live band, games, stalls and tasty treats from the barbecue, there will be lots of canine fun too.

Visiting dogs can try their paw at the agility course or enter the perennially popular Fun Dog Show, which will be running throughout the day. Registration for the show starts at 9.30am and the first class begins at 10.30am.

Maria said: “ Perhaps your pet could be top dog in categories that include ‘most handsome dog’, ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘best Blue Cross rehomed dog’.”

Blue Cross opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 and today runs four animal hospitals and 12 rehoming centres across the UK

The Blue Cross centre in Northiam has been helping homeless and abandoned animals across Sussex and Kent since the late 1960s. The centre finds loving new homes for hundreds of cats and dogs every year.

To find out more details about the fete on Sunday or about the pets currently looking for loving new homes, contact Blue Cross in Northiam on 0300 777 1510 or visit www.bluecross.org.uk. To keep up with all the latest news, join the Northiam Blue Cross group on Facebook.