Tuesday 16 September 2014

Dogs take the lead to raise €16,000

Emma Jane Hade

Published 01/09/2014 | 02:30

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Kéla McAullorum (6) from Cabra with her dog Tinkerbell at the 'Bark in the Park' held by the Irish Blue Cross in the Phoenix Park in Dublin yesterday. Photo: El Keegan
Catherine Mohan, from Cavan, with her dog Toby

More than 220 dogs brought their owners for a mass trek around the capital's biggest park yesterday.

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The 3km 'Bark in the Park', which took place in Phoenix Park, was in aid of the Irish Blue Cross, which provides low-cost veterinary services to families who are in receipt of a low income.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that the four 'Bark in the Park' events which were held this summer have raised in excess of €16,000.

"It is a fun day out for all the family, two-legged and four-legged.

"And, the money raised goes to a good cause, so it's a feel-good day all round," he said.

There were prizes for the dog with the best bark, happiest smile, shiniest coat and waggiest tail.

The charity provided 26,473 treatments, surgeries, vaccinations and procedures last year.

However, 2014 has been its busiest period yet, and it estimates it will have provided at least 27,000 treatments and procedures by the end of the year.

The Irish Blue Cross has its headquarters in Inchicore and operates three mobile clinics.

Irish Independent

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