Dogs meet up and paws for thought at popular fundraiser

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MORE than 100 dogs gathered to wow the crowds and care for their fellow pooches.

Pennies for the Paw took place at Castle Field on Saturday to raise money for charity Serbia’s Forgotten Paws.

The event saw dogs take part in a 4km walk, while a dog show saw canines impress across 12 categories.

There was plenty for dog lovers to enjoy, too, including pony rides, a bouncy castle, face painting, a raffle, stalls and hula-hooping.

The day saw £3,000 raised for Serbia’s Forgotten Paws, a charity which helps mistreated dogs in the Balkans nation.

Robyn Upton is a dog groomer for Dandini’s Dog Grooming in North End and helped to organise the event.

She was inspired to support the charity when a customer brought in Cenka, a two-year-old mongrel, which had been mistreated in Serbia.

Since then, Cenka has been rehomed and is a happy pet once again.

Robyn said: ‘I rescued my dog from there 18 months ago and to see where she’s come from to where she is now is incredible.

‘It’s nice to be able to see the other dogs they rescue from how they come into the shelter to how they are now. It’s incredible the work they do.

‘We just want to raise awareness and raise more money to be able to give them a life.

‘People love it. It’s a really nice get-together for the whole family. You can spend as much or as little as you want but you are still raising money for the charity.’

Jovana Ivastanin, a trustee of Serbia’s Forgotten Paws, said: ‘It’s very important because we rely on public support and donations.

‘We have more than 450 dogs in Serbia that we are responsible for with feeding, vaccinations and veterinary care.

‘Dogs in Serbia are seen as pests.

‘They are poisoned or killed or chained up.

‘We have set up programmes which are very important.’

Sandy Steventon, 54, from Twyford Avenue in Stamshaw, brought along her three-year-old Westie called Molly.

She said: ‘I was told about this event and we wanted to come and support them in their fundraising.

‘It’s a lovely idea. It’s a lovely thing for the dogs.’