AN Open Day and Dog Show at Northiam’s Blue Cross Centre was a great success and raised £1.600 to help re-home needy animals.
Among other attractions, visitors to the centre enjoyed the ‘have a go’ agility course, the gundog scurry, temptation alley, the bouncy castle as well as a boot fair and refreshments.
Freddie, the Dalmatian Piwon the ‘Best Blue Cross rehomed dog’ category in the dog show, earning himself the much coveted shield.
He also won 4th place in the most handsome dog class.
Freddie was the first dog that was homed through the Home Direct scheme from the Northiam centre.
Jonathan Ramsden, animal welfare assistant at Blue Cross in Northiam, said: “Once again, our summer fun day was a great success, thanks to all our fantastic supporters. All our visitors – two-legged and four-legged – had a great time and we raised a brilliant total of over £1,600, which will all go towards the care of the homeless cats and dogs here at the centre.”
Mel Buxton, who runs agility classes from the Northiam Centre on Saturday mornings, guided dogs and their owners through a basic agility course.
Blue Cross doesn’t receive any government funding and relies entirely on public donations.
Earlier this year the centre received a donation of £723.42 from the Pets at Home store in Hastings.
Centre manager Maria Marmo said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Pets at Home for another fantastic donation and their continued support of Blue Cross. Our relationships with the local community and businesses are really important to us donations like this are vital.”