‘Overwhelmed’ by open day

Bryn Harnett with Archie the st.bernard.
Bryn Harnett with Archie the st.bernard.

THE Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement home opened its doors last Sunday for what proved to be a hugely successful fundraiser.

Hundreds soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the array of events and activities at the Donna Nook rescue home with over £2,300 raised on the day.

People made their way around the Ark and were able to meet the animals that had been rescued after family splits, owners’ deaths or in some cases, poor conditions and neglect.

There were stalls selling pet food and accessories, a tombola, photographer, caricaturist and more on the day meaning there was something to occupy every visitor.

Over £100 of the overall total was raised by a dog show, organised by Margaret Codling and judged by Leader reporter Sam Kinnaird. Crowds gathered to watch owners enter their dogs into 14 categories including best six legs, most handsome dog and prettiest bitch.

Winners included Janet Pritchard’s Dolly, Sarah Spiller’s Rocky and June Smith’s Elsa. Everyone who entered received at least a bag of dog biscuits and a rosette, with the top three in each category receiving bigger prizes and the winner in the veteran category received a special trophy.

Show organiser Margaret said: “There were some lovely dogs including many who had been re-homed from the Ark themselves. Thanks to Sam for judging and thanks to everyone who came and entered their dogs into the show.”

Bikers from the North East Lincolnshire Motorcycle Action Group made a spectacular entrance as they arrived at the Ark from Cleethorpes seafront bringing with them donated pet food.

Information posters displayed on kennels showed how many new residents had been taken in and how many had been re-homed.

Laura Morrell, who works at the Ark, summed up the event.

She said: “The whole day was fantastic. We were overwhelmed by how many people turned up, we filled both car parks.

“There was a lot of interest in the rescue home in terms of re-homings and we’re hoping the event will spread awareness of what we do.

“The money raised will do so much for us by paying for operations and generally keeping things going. We couldn’t have asked for more.”