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Thursday September 08, 2011

It’s a pooch party in the park on Saturday 17th as DSPCA hosts their annual Doggy Day Out at Marlay Park.

With a variety of events to choose from, such as ‘Scrufts’ the all-inclusive dog competition to a demonstration from Dog Sled Ireland, to Dog Training Sessions with ‘King of Paws’ Alex Pitrelli to doggy speed dating; this canine carnival has something for everyone.

Dogs, owners and the canine curious are invited to attend from midday to take part in the furry fun. The event is part of DSPCA’s efforts to put more fun into the serious business of fundraising as the economic situation continues to take a bite out animal welfare donations.

As well as all of the fun stuff, the DSPCA will be offering the discounted micro chipping, there will be educational stands and an ‘Ask the Vet’ session.

Lori Davis, Business Development Manager, DSPCA explains: “The Doggy Day Out is huge event in our calendar. The economic downturn has had a huge effect on people and their pets - across the country as they are being abandoned or surrendered in greater numbers than ever before as people struggle to afford to keep their pets, or have to leave them behind when they emigrate. The fall in people’s incomes has also had an adverse effect on all charitable organisations, DSPCA is no different, so we are hoping that the Doggy Day Out will serve a dual purpose of providing a fun day out and hopefully raising some much-needed funds for Ireland’s largest animal welfare organisation.

The Doggy Day Out schedule includes:
• Microchipping for ONLY €12 euro
• Dog Training Sessions with King of Paws from 1pm
• Dog Sled Ireland Demonstration
• Face Painting (for kids not dogs!)
• Bric-a-brac stall
• Wheel of Fortune
• Photo session with Michelle Griffin – Square Photography
• Hook a duck
• Tombolla
• Raffle
• 'Scrufts' competition (lots of prizes)
• And lots, lots more...

The DSPCA is Ireland’s oldest animal welfare organisation and every year it rescues, re-homes and cares for thousands of dogs though it centre in Rathfarnham and its mobile veterinary clinics. DSPCA relies on charitable donations to keep its service in operation. For further information or to make a donation, please contact or call 01-4994700

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