Open day at Blidworth shelter

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A special open day is taking place at the weekend aimed at raising funds and finding dozens of deserving dogs a loving new home.

Staff at the Jerry Green Dog Rescue, in Warsop Lane, Blidworth, are holding a fundraising open day on Sunday (28th July) to raise awareness of the work the shelter does and to launch its new fundraising campaign, Stepping Stone to a New Home.

The annual open day is set to include a dog show, agility course, a rescue dog parade, a Pooches’ Patisserie, canine first aid, behavioural advice, a children’s treasure hunt, merchandise stalls, a cake stall and a barbecue.

Mansfield Town midfielder Lee Stevenson will be lending his support on the day, and visitors will be able to meet Jimmy (pictured), the face of the appeal– a Patterdale Terrier who was left tied up and in a neglected state outside the doors of the centre last month.

The centre recently gained planning permission for a major redevelopment which will triple the number of dogs that can be accommodated, add a training block and new office and include an intake block to receive dogs when they are first brought into the centre. There will also be overnight accommodation for staff.

Head of estates, Howard Bridges said: “We are looking to raise £250,000 for the redevelopment of our Nottinghamshire centre, and this open day should give people a good idea of how much work we do here and what the extra funding would mean to us and the dogs.”

The charity is calling on supporters to help fund the project by donating £10 to sponsor a brick.

The open day will take place on Sunday from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Entrance costs £1 and under 16s can get in for free.

The event is being held just days before Warsop-based dog re-homing charity DogsBlog.Com launches its annual National Dog Adoption Month campaign, in which Jimmy will also feature as one of hundreds of dogs appearing on the DogsBlog site, looking for a loving new home.

Kim O’Meara, from DogsBlog said: “ “For many, the idea of adopting or rescuing’a dog carries with it a certain image - a notion of doing a good deed, taking on a problem dog or an ill-treated animal with a multitude of behaviour and psychological issues, but the reality is very different.

“Dogs end up in adoption shelters for a wide variety of reasons, such as former owners no longer having the finances to keep a dog, ill health or the death of previous owner, or a major change of circumstance.

“One of the major reasons why dogs actually end up in a shelter is because people often select the wrong dog for their particular lifestyle. Any dog adoption centre will work hard to avoid this happening so owners and dogs are very carefully matched.”

For more information on the open day, call the shelter on 01623 792886. More information on Jimmy and hundreds of other dogs available for adoption is available at www.dogsblog.com.