Visitors help boost vital funds for canine search and rescue charity

OUR huge thanks to the hundreds of visitors to Just Dogs Live this summer who have helped to raise vital funds for our chosen canine charity.

Just Dogs Live was held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre over three days in July, and included a display by volunteers and canine members of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSADA).

Visitors were able to find out about the invaluable work of the charity, and how specially trained dogs are used to assist some of the most challenging of rescues.

The £1,000 was raised from JDL visitors paying £2 for their own dogs to accompany them to the event.

It is hoped it will go towards the purchase of ‘Doggles’ – eyewear for dogs to protect them against debris dispersed by a new design in 14–tonne low flying rescue helicopters.

Ian Strange, head of internal events at the venue said: “This year’s Just Dogs Live was a fantastic success, and we are delighted with the amount of money raised for this wonderful charity. None of us know when we or someone we know may need their help.”

Paul Durham, NSARA national fundraising officer, added: “We are very grateful to the event organisers and of course the members of the public who have helped to raise this wonderful amount of money. The Doggles are a relatively new product, but we are looking to buy at least two pairs for each of our mountain rescue dogs and give them as adequate protection against dust and debris as we can.”