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Charity Fun Dog show back for a second year

Following the success of last year’s event (despite the excessive heat!), The Blue Ship in The Haven are holding another Charity Fun Dog Show on Saturday 29 June to fundraise for Candy Cane Rescue.

The response and support for the event has been overwhelming, with lots of local businesses in and around Billinghsurst and Horsham getting involved and offering donations and sponsorship.

The event is already looking to be much larger than last year, with trade stalls, demonstrations, a raffle with some fantastic prizes, a BBQ and outdoor bar and 10 fun classes with rosettes to fifth place – plus trophies for the winners. It really will be a fun day out for all the family and we hope to welcome as many people and dogs as possible.

We have supported Candy Cane Rescue pretty much from the start and we continue to be amazed by the work that they do. Candy Cane was set up in June 2017 by Kerry Elliman, founder of Birmingham Greyhound Protection, and she is hoping to attend our show this year. The non-profit organisation’s aim is to help provide a safe environment in which greyhounds rescued from the Chinese meat trade can be cared for. Also, they repatriate them to the UK or Europe and find them loving homes. Greyhounds are exported from Ireland, the UK and Australia by breeders and owners to race in China and are kept in the most awful conditions. Many have already spent their entire life racing and should be allowed to retire in their old age. Instead, they are sent to a country which has no animal welfare laws to race or breed. When they have outlived their usefulness many end up in the meat trade to be beaten, hung, boiled or skinned alive. What these poor dogs go through is truly horrific. The funds raised on June 29 will go towards helping these beautiful animals who deserve a second chance and a loving home.

We are still looking for any more local businesses who might like to donate a prize for the raffle or sponsor the event and have their details advertised on the day. We would also welcome more trade stands, so any dog / animal / country living related small local businesses who would like to get involved, please get in touch, we are open to ideas and suggestions too.

All proceeds from the day will be donated in full to Candy Cane.

For further information, please contact Sophie Bailey theblueship@hotmail.co.uk

You will also find more details on our website http://www.theblueship.co.uk/news-events/ or you can follow us on our Facebook Page.

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