THE ISSUE of dog theft is again being ‘kicked into touch’ by Dog Theft Action (DTA) after a generous donation to its on-going Scanner Appeal thanks to Rugby Dog Training Club (RDTC).
The club, which was established in 1962, caters for all aspects of dog training, from companion dogs to high flying show competitors. One of the leading dog trainers in the United Kingdom and authority on Freestyle and Heelwork to Music; Mary Ray is a longstanding member of the club.
DTA Chairman Neil Ewart was invited to attend the club’s annual Christmas party organised by the club on 21st December. Neil was presented with a cheque for £600 by Daphne Townsend, President of RDTC who said…. ‘Every year we organise a sponsored ‘down stay’ to raise money for a human charity and a canine charity. I was delighted that this year the event encouraged some of our newer members to participate. I became aware of DTA through the dog press and made a point of meeting the team at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Gala in July. Dog theft is an issue which affects all dog lovers and RDTC are very happy that several deserving charities will now benefit by receiving a microchip scanner to help them in the course of their excellent work.’
This unexpected boost to the Scanner Appeal Fund means that several welfare and rescue charities will benefit when Dog Theft Action attend Crufts 2007 for the second time as guests of the KC. DTA is delighted to have been given a stand at this most prestigious event in the canine calendar which will enable them to spread their message – that prevention is better than cure - to an enormous number of people who enjoy a connection with the canine world in one way or another.
After the success of events attended last year which included Crufts 2006, the Wag & Bone Show and Discover Dogs – DTA will be manning stand 106 in Hall 2 where they hope to encourage dog lovers to consider the implications of dog theft. Building on a very successful partnership established at Discover Dogs 2006, DTA will be joined once again by members of the Bruce Forsyth - Vets Get Scanning team, led by Bruce’s daughter Debbie Matthews who started her campaign when she was reunited with her own dogs Widget and Gizmo after they were stolen from her car last year.
Chairman, Neil Ewart said ‘I could even become a fan of rugby now! We're running with this ball and we aim to score in our on-going battle against dog theft... we can but TRY.’