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1st September 2020

A fab way to fundraise!

How walking your dog can help raise awareness of puppy farming.

You may have seen our lovely client Wookie on our page before (she was having fun getting treats out of the paddling pool recently!).
We wanted to share some of the fantastic fundraising work that Wookie and her owner Helen do with Schnauzerfest!

Schnauzerfest aims to help raise awareness and funds for dogs who have been saved from puppy farms, their founder, Janetta Harvey, tells us more:

"Schnauzerfest began as a fundraiser in 2014. By organising nationwide walks for schnauzers, their humans and other canine friends, the aim was from the very start to have fun while fundraising from a simple idea - walking our dogs! The goal was to raise some money to support good rescue work, specifically to help them to pay the veterinary bills for dogs saved from puppy farms and other tough backgrounds. Schnauzerfest was started by Janetta Harvey, a writer who adopted Susie-Belle, a dog from a puppy farm and has since written several books about rescue dogs and puppy farming.

Through donations made while taking part in the walks and other fundraising activities, people supporting Schnauzerfest have raised over a quarter of a million pounds. The main recipient of Schnauzerfest fundraising has been the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre (DBARC) in Berkshire, the rescue Janetta adopted Susie-Belle from. As well as fundraising, at the heart of Schnauzerfest lies a solid commitment to educating the public about puppy farming and responsible pet ownership.

In October 2019, Schnauzerfest gained registered charity status and now operates as a grant giving charity, supporting additional rescue organisation as well as DBARC. The financial assistance with their veterinary costs which Schnauzerfest is able to provide eases one of the biggest demands faced by rescues. Schnauzerfest Grants this year have paid for a number of life transforming treatments such as several cataract operations, neurological tests and treatment, as well as spaying, neutering, dental work, cleft palate surgery and much more. The dogs helped since becoming a registered charity have ranged in age from young puppy Trevor who was born with a cleft palate, to gentleman Teddy who is an elderly dog with multiple health needs, found as a stray and in a terribly neglected state. This year, in what is a really tough one for all charities, Schnauzerfest has been supporting rescues and their dogs as far afield as Wales, Lancashire, Somerset, Berkshire, Surrey, Bristol, and London.

Unfortunately, the usual Schnauzerfest walks in October and December cannot take place this year due to Covid-19. This is a big blow in their first year operating as a charity. The walks are what Schnauzerfest is founded upon and the biggest fundraiser. But, in true Schnauzerfest fashion, where nothing deters them from doing great things for the dogs, the charity has run a number of virtual events this year and mobilised fantastic support. There’s always something happening in the world of Schnauzerfest and it takes more than a pandemic to knock them off their stride!
There is an alternative to their usual big October weekend of walks which is soon to be announced and it will be guaranteed to be spectacular!

Never has the need for what Schnauzerfest does for rescue dogs and rescue organisations been more important than right now. During a year when charities and puppy farming are in the news for all the wrong reasons, Schnauzerfest is there as a great source of hope and inspiration for people wanting to help make a better world for the dogs. And it’s fun! Always fun!"

If you'd like to get involved and join a local walk when they can start again, Helen has some information about last year's event:

"Last year at our Dorset Schnauzerfest Event along with our walk at Studland, then cake, coffee, tea and homemade treats for the dogs sale at our camper van after the walk (in the pouring rain) Karen and I had arranged a raffle with a whole load of amazing prizes that we had managed to source from some very generous companies who were very willing to donate prizes to our raffle, we sold tickets in advance and everyone was aware of their numbers before the event.
We were able to donate a staggering £854.37 to Schnauzerfest raised through our event."

You can visit the Schnauzerfest Facebook page for more information!

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