Following on from the story yesterday about a dog that was abandoned in Ellesmere Port, TV actress Amanda Holden has just launched a nationwide campaign to increase awareness for abandoned dogs, which incorporates a UK dog walking challenge.
Amanda started the nationwide dog walk on Sunday, which features 246 stages throughout the country, in Lands End. Naturally, the final stage of the dog walk concludes at John O’Groats. Amanda completed the first 2 mile long stage of the walk with ‘Fudge’, a rescue dog.
The fund raising event, ‘Dog Tag Team Relay’, allows dogs to help other dogs less fortunate than themselves.
Amanda Holden stated:
Fudge (a Cairn-Terrier cross) arrived at our house nine years ago, cold, with matted fur and looking very sad, but now he is really happy and playful, the perfect companion.
I know from first-hand experience how rewarding it can be to give a dog a loving home. That’s why I’m honoured to be launching The Pedigree Adoption Drive Dog Tag Team to show my support for such a worthy campaign.
The fund raising event hopes to raise £600,000.
Louise Barker, part of Cornwall’s branch of the National Animal Welfare Trust, stated:
Last year in this part of the country alone there were nearly four thousand dogs abandoned.
The Pedigree Dog Tag Team Relay provides lots of opportunities for people to get involved, helping highlight the plight of these poor animals and raising money to help charities like ours, which is fantastic.