Dogs’ day at seal sanctuary

Samantha Phillips, ELDC's Economic Development Officer, presents a sticker to Matt Yeadon of Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness to launch the authority's new Dog Friendly campaign. ANL-190301-173719001
Samantha Phillips, ELDC's Economic Development Officer, presents a sticker to Matt Yeadon of Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness to launch the authority's new Dog Friendly campaign. ANL-190301-173719001

An attraction where your family pet can get nose to nose with a cheeky meerkat has helped to launch a new campaign aimed at boosting businesses across East Lindsey that are dog friendly.

Samantha Phillips, ELDC’s Economic Development Officer, joined Dog Friendly Lincolnshire’s King Charles Spaniel Luca to deliver a ‘Dog Friendly’ sticker to Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.

Luca, of Dog Friendly Lincolnshire Facebook page, checks out the seal pool at Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness. ANL-190301-173639001

Luca, of Dog Friendly Lincolnshire Facebook page, checks out the seal pool at Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness. ANL-190301-173639001

Matt Yeadon, of Natureland, explained dogs have been welcome at Natureland ever since the sanctuary opened 53 years ago. “We are a family of dog lovers so we have been more than welcome to see them come through the door.

“It opens up the market because people who come on holiday don’t want to leave them in caravans or hotel rooms and they can bring the dogs along and all have a good time.”

Luca was able to check out most of the attractions, including the penguins, grey seals, pets corner , meerkats, aquarium - and even visited the crocodiles in the Tropical House.

The only place he wasn’t allowed was the Butterfly House. Although not allowed in the cafe, there is seating provided outside for dog owners.

Luca of the Dog Friendly Lincolnshire Facebook page gets up close with a meerkat at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary at the launch of East Lindsey District Council's Dog Friendly sticker campaign. ANL-190301-173659001

Luca of the Dog Friendly Lincolnshire Facebook page gets up close with a meerkat at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary at the launch of East Lindsey District Council's Dog Friendly sticker campaign. ANL-190301-173659001

There are an estimated eight million dogs in the UK and the ‘Pet Pound’ is an ever-growing market and rural areas, like East Lindsey and the Lincolnshire Wolds, which can potentially attract a new audience.

Recent research by the Kennel Club has found that four out of five businesses believe that opening their doors to Man’s Best Friend has had a positive impact.

Samantha said she was delighted to hand over a sticker to Matt to be displayed at the entrance of Natureland.

“We’ve seen other areas in the country have some real success after becoming more proactive with promoting the fact they are dog friendly,” said Samantha. “Being able to holiday with their hounds is becoming increasingly important to dog owners, so the more businesses can shout about being dog friendly the better. I’m looking forward to seeing our Dogs Welcome window stickers displayed across the district.

Dogs are even allowed close to the crocodiles in the Tropical House at Natureland Seal Sanctuary ANL-190301-174457001

Dogs are even allowed close to the crocodiles in the Tropical House at Natureland Seal Sanctuary ANL-190301-174457001

”We’d also like as many dog friendly businesses as possible to enter the Dog Friendly Awards through the Dog Friendly Magazine, so the district really becomes known for being dog friendly.”

To help local businesses understand the potential benefits of becoming Dog Friendly, the District Council have produced a handy information card.

Businesses that are Dog Friendly can get their sticker by visiting their local East Lindsey Customer Access Point in Skegness, Horncastle and Louth.

Anyone unable to visit a Customer Access Point, should email Samantha.Phillips@e-lindsey.gov.uk.

To follow Luca as he explores Dog Friendly attractions in Lincolnshire, visit Dog Friendly Lincolnshire on Facebook.