Have you got a cranky canine? A flagging feline? Or even a troubled tortoise?
Fear not, as National Pet Month will help put the wag back into the tails of the United Kingdom’s pet population with the theme ‘Healthy Pets Make Happy Pets’.
Having raised a phenomenal amount of money over its 20 year existence, and attracting major sponsorship from premium pet food brand Iams, National Pet Month now wants to up its game and smash its fundraising target. As well as donating money to numerous animal charities, next year’s campaign will also seek to raise awareness of the importance of pet health… after all healthy pets make happy pets!
National Pet Month will be encouraging pet owners to host a variety of events across the nation. 2009 will see the return of the National Pet Month Photographic Competition in which pet owners will be able to enter snaps of their favourite pet moments in the hope of making their furry, feathered or scaly friend a celluloid star at next years Ultimate Pet Show.
Egg and Bone Hunt London
11 am – 1.30 pm
Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, LONDON, W2
Contact Miss Jemma Tuomey
Bring the whole family and of course your beloved pooch to join in on the fun and games. The day will involve a traditional treasure hunt with clues and prizes, and edible treats for children and dogs. There will also be competitions for you and your dogs to enter. Does your spaniel have long golden hair just like yours after a blow dry? The ‘Master and Mutt’ competition is for you then. Or perhaps your Labrador looks great in that batman cloak? Enter the ‘Superhero Dog’ and you could be in with a chance of winning! If you prefer to be part of the audience then sit back and enjoy the fly ball demonstrations from the fantastic flyball team, Four Paws Racing.
Spring Sponsored Walk and Mini Dog Show London
11am – 3pm
Hampstead Heath, London, NW3
Contact – The Mayhew Animal Home, Miss Fran Llewellin, 020 8969 7110
The Mayhew Animal Home’s Spring Sponsored Walk is lots of fun and a great way to help raise money for The Home. This year we will be taking a four- mile walk around Hampstead Heath and will also be bringing some of our current residents that are in need of a new home. Supporters will each receive a free goody bag and certificate on completion of the walk! If you and your four-legged friend would like to take part then please call/email us to receive your registration form and sponsorship pack. Those without dogs are also very welcome. This year, for the first time, we will also be holding a Mayhew Mini Dog Show before we set off on the walk. Entry costs just £1.00 per category. If you would like to enter your dog in this fun dog show, please sign up from 10am on the day.
Animal Farm comes to Horsham Town Centre
11am to 4pm
Contact Arthurs Lodge, c/o PMW Communications 01403 783400
Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery will be taking over Horsham town centre on Easter Monday, bringing a whole host of farmyard favourites to encourage people to think about a number of different animals and the care that they need. The mobile farm will include a calf, pony or donkey, sheep, goat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and a dog. Arthur Lodge vets will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on caring for the animals. The farmyard fun will be in the town centre from 11am to 4pm on Monday 13th April; it’s sure to be a treat for all the family.
Hamster Show and Display Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 9ZD
03/05/2009 to 04/05/2009
10:00 a.m. until 17.00 p.m.
Contact Southern Hamster Club, Miss Leanne Amos,
There will be a hamster show on Sunday 3rd May 2009 and a hamster display on Monday 4th May 2009 at the Hampshire Country Show, Romsey. Members of the public are welcome to attend to enter their small animals into our pet show on the Sunday (email for details) and to get information on hamsters.
Grrrufts Dog Show at Lackham Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2NY
10.00am – 4.30pm
Contact – Wiltshire College, Ms Rachel Williams, 07779015965
A dog show organised by students from Wiltshire College, Lackham, as part of their National Diploma in Animal Management. This dog show is raising money for P.A.W.S. (an animal charity in Kuwait) and Blue Cross. It will include a companion dog show, also an agility competition. There will be a pets’ corner open to our visitors and a range of children’s activities.
Dog Swimathon at 1 Bellegrove Parade, Welling, Kent, DA16 2RE
10am – 4.30pm
Contact K9 Hydrotherapy Centre, Ms Francoise Deavin, 02032605058
The aim of the event is to swim 25 dogs for fun in 6 hours. All the dogs taking part have recovered after an injury or just as part of a fitness program. There are even some completely new dogs swimming.
Photo Competition and Mini Fun Dog Show Ardleigh, Essex
02/03/2009 to 09/05/2009
12noon to 2pm (for event on 9 May)
Location – Dog Training For Essex & Suffolk Ltd, Harwich Road, Ardleigh, Essex, CO7 7LT
Contact – Dog Training for Essex & Suffolk Ltd, Miss Joanne Colling, 07809117912
Photograph and Children’s Painting Competition with all proceeds going to The Animal Health Trust and sponsored by James Wellbeloved – with prizes to 3rd place in 4 categories. Day of the judging to be Saturday 9th May during a mini fun dog show at our Training Unit in Ardleigh, Essex, which will include Waggiest Tail, Dog and Owner Most Alike and Have a Go Agility. £1 per photograph entered. £1 per entry into the fun dog show. Entry forms available from March 2009
Suffolk’s cutest pet at Ipswich
04/04/2009 to 03/05/2009
Location – Grange Farm Hospital, Hartree Way, Grange Farm, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 2BZ
Contact – Orwell Vet Group and Perfect Petcare, Miss Laura Collinson, 01473 333677
Is your pet Suffolk’s cutest pet? Orwell Vet Group, Perfect Pet Care,102FM have joined together to search for the cutest pet in Suffolk.Contact 01473 333 677 and find out more. Great prizes to win.
For more information and additional events near you, visit www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk