Dogs in Need Agility Society (DINAS) originally set out to provide a week long holiday show both for Agility competitors AND their dogs.
The first shows were held at Three Counties Showground, Malvern. As entries quickly increased, the show was forced to move to the present larger venue of Suffolk Showground, Ipswich.
Apart from the ‘holiday experience’, the additional aim was to raise money from DINAS shows and donate to very small needy canine charities. DINAS competitors are invited each year to make nominations of canine charities (not single breed rescue charities) whom they consider to be in desperate need of additional financial help.
Over the past twelve years, DINAS has made contributions in excess of £80,000. This year five charities have each been given £1500 (total £7,500).
One such organisation is The Bryson sanctuary at Eighton Banks, Gateshead (pictured above) has netted £1,500 to help its work.
The good news came after the annual agility competition – Dogs in Need – held at Ipswich and attended by 4,000 dog owners and their pets from all over Britain and Europe.
Dave and Viv Robinson of Waldridge Fell Training Centre at Plawsworth, Chester-le-Street, nominated the donation. Dave said: "The rescue does a great deal of good and largely unsung work in the North East".
Refuge Manager Tracy Holmes was delighted to learn of the surprise cash boost, "Most of our financial support comes from legacies and this £1,500 is one of the largest donations of its kind we have ever received" she said.
Other charities delighted to be beneficiaries include the Saltburn Animal Rescue Association (S.A.R.A.),nominated along with Save Our Strays (SOS) by Chris Drinkhall, knowing that so much financial support is required to do the important ongoing work, and Wellingborough Dog Welfare (pictured below) – The local welfare of DINAS committee member Den Keeler.
All of the above charities have been scrutinised by DINAS committee, they insist on receiving references from both local Council Dog Wardens and Veterinary Surgeries for the nominated charities.
Dogs in Need Agility Society is a registered society, and is run by unpaid volunteers, both by committee and show helpers. Everyone gives of their time freely, and there are no honorariums whatsoever.
DINAS would like to thank competitors, helpers and sponsors for the generous help and support to raise this cash.
And finally - we are delighted to welcome Genesis Pet Food as a major sponsor at the 2004 event. Sandy Wadham, UK importer of Genesis Pet Food is pleased to be associated with Dogs in Need Agility Society, and looks forward to expanding their business further in Agility. See schedule for Genesis Pet Food sponsored classes and prizes.
Schedules for this years show are now available either on-line from agilitynet.com or DINAS Show Secretary: Anne Gill telephone 01252 661442 (8a.m – 11pm only)
Daisy and her puppies, rescued by Save Our Strays, Marske