In October of last year a team of nine people from Crown Pet Foods undertook the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon, to raise funds for Dogs for the Disabled. At 1085m high this was no mean feat, but the team were spurred on by the incentive of the money they were raising for such a good cause. After completing the trek, team member Glenn Jefferson said “we are really proud to have raised over £6,000 for Dogs for the Disabled, which is such an amazing organisation and one we’re really delighted to support. The walk itself was quite hard work, but well worth it for the views and the amount of money we’ve raised, and we all enjoyed a very refreshing pint afterwards!”
The money that the team raised is currently being used to sponsor “Ava”, a gorgeous Golden Labrador puppy who is in the first stages of becoming an assistance dog. The process of training a puppy to become a fully-fledged assistance dog takes up to two years, and the money that was raised has so far paid for Ava’s starter kit, including a bed, collar, lead and vaccinations and her food, insurance and vets bills.
… is now 5 months old and living with her puppy socialiser Julie and Julie’s husband Keith, who are giving her some basic training to teach her to respond to commands and also teaching her to become very sociable. Socialisation is very important because assistance dogs need to be confident in busy environments such as shopping centres, trains or buses! We’re delighted to have been part of Ava’s story so far, but it doesn’t stop there…..
The next challenge Crown Pet Foods are undertaking to raise money for Dogs for the Disabled is the London to Brighton Bike Ride in May 2012. A team of five cyclists will be completing the 54 mile route, and are hoping to raise as much money as possible to go towards the next stage of Ava’s training. If you would like to sponsor the team in their efforts, or to find out more about the bike ride, please check back shortly as we’ll be letting you know how you can get involved.
We’ll also keep you up to date with Ava’s progress as she continues her training, so remember to read our news pages regularly to see how she’s doing…
To find out more about Dogs for the Disabled please visit: www.dogsforthedisabled.org.