Wethersfield-based Danaher Animal Home gears up for its big fund-raiser
Danaher Animal Home, which has a charity shop in Haverhill, is holding its annual Summer Fun Day on Sunday, July 21 to help raise thousands of pounds towards for animals in need.
Gates open at 11am and entry costs just £5 per car.
The day includes a charity dog show, music from Bocking Brass Band, a BBQ and beer tent, stalls with gifts, home-made cakes and a tombola, and a soft play area for smaller children.
There will also be a raffle featuring top prizes worth hundreds of pounds.
Visitors who bring their own dogs will be able to enter them into the fun dog show, with classes including Pup Star (under 12 months), Best Rescue Dog, and Sprightliest Pensioner (over eight years); while dogs can also take a turn in the agility ring and try their hand (or paw) at a variety of games.
There will be music throughout the day from Leisure FM, plus plenty of food options, including catering for both vegetarian and vegan appetites.
Every year the home, near Wethersfield, helps over 700 animals – around 330 dogs and 320 cats in 2018, plus smaller animals, including rabbits and guinea pigs – at an average cost of around £800,000.
All the money raised will go directly to the home.
Last year, the charity lost around £8,000 after the summer event was cancelled because of concerns for animal welfare due to the extremely hot July temperatures.
Acting chief executive Deborah Satchell, says: “The annual Summer Fun Day is our big fundraiser of the year so last year’s cancellation meant we had a funding shortfall.
“The number of unwanted animals needing care and to find new homes is rising all the time, so this year more than ever, we need people to dig deep, make a note on their calendars, and come out and support us.”
During the Fun Day, visitors can tour the kennels and talk to staff and volunteers and the Danaher Information stand will be open all day with information about rehoming a rescue animal and how to become a volunteer, sponsor or supporter.
Although it works closely with, and is affiliated to, the RSPCA, Danaher is completely self-funding and relies entirely on donations and fundraising to cover its annual operating costs of around £800,000 a year.
As well as holding events, it also has six charity shops, including in Haverhill and Sudbury, and is always keen to attract more volunteers and donations of goods.
Visit www.danaheranimalhome.org.uk for directions and more information.