Tails Were Wagging at Parc Slip Nature Reserve

Dog at the Dogs Trust and Parc Slip Walk by Rachel Lambert

Dog at the Dogs Trust and Parc Slip Walk by Rachel Lambert

People who came to the walk by Rachel Lambert

People who came to the walk by Rachel Lambert

Tails were wagging last Sunday as dogs from Dogs Trust Bridgend Rehoming Centre went for walkies at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Parc Slip nature reserve. 97 dogs and their families turned up and a brilliant £376 was raised!

Both charities receive funding, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to deliver projects in Wales and across Great Britain. People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery which has awarded an amazing £142 million to good causes since its launch in 2008. Support from players makes a huge difference to hundreds of communities with funding awarded to numerous grass root groups and local projects as well as national and international charities.

The Dogs Trust team were not alone on Sunday in trying out the route at Parc Slip as they brought a number of residents from the nearby Bridgend-based rehoming centre. Dusting off their waterproofs for this year’s walk was Rio a six year-old Terrier Cross who is loved by everyone and often goes for sleepovers with his Canine Carers and is now looking for a permanent forever home. Dogs of all shapes and sizes from the rehoming centre popped down and are hoping that sometime soon their new families will take them on lovely walks just like today. Joining Rio were 11 year-old Joe a Border Collie looking for a comfy bed and loving new owner and seven-year old Jack Russel Fred who can be a bit worried but will make a great companion.

Rebecca Vincent, Marketing and Communications Officer for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, said:

“This event with Dogs Trust is a fantastic opportunity to promote responsible dog ownership on the nature reserve as well as Dogs Trust’s ‘Big Scoop’ campaign. We were thrilled to see so many responsible dog owners and their four-legged friends on Sunday. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and helped raise vital funds for both charities. A big thank you also goes out to People’s Postcode Lottery for their continued support”.

Angela Wetherall, Dogs Trust Bridgend Rehoming Centre Manager, said:

“We’re so grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery as they have made such a difference to thousands of dogs lives. 2016 is a big milestone for Dogs Trust as we’re celebrating our 125th anniversary and we wouldn’t be able to continue our work without the help of our supporters and players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Today has been lovely to come back to Parc Slip, following last year’s first successful walk. The dogs loved meeting new people and taking in the sights and sounds of a whole new area!”

People’s Postcode Lottery players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes and for every £2 ticket bought, 55p goes directly to charities. To find out more about People’s Postcode Lottery visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk

Find out more about visiting Parc Slip nature reserve or give a Dogs Trust’s dog a forever home and visit their website.