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Paws for a good cause

Pooches and their owners can mingle and take part in contests at Walk-A-Dogtion
The Straits Times - August 10, 2012
By: Olivia Ho
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Paws for a good cause Last year's Love Your Pet, Love Your Neighbours was one of the dog-related events organised by the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang CCC. -- PHOTO: ANG MO KIO HOUGANG CCC

Dogs, and their owners in the heartland, can mingle at the Walk-A-Dogtion this Sunday.

Organised by the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) and Pets Enterprises & Traders Association, the event will be held at Hougang Stadium this Sunday from 3.30 to 10pm.

Mr Eric Lim, 45, public relations officer for the association, said that the organisers expect to see between 1,000 and 2,000 dogs and owners there.

The citizens' consultative committee has organised dog-related events before, such as Love Your Pet, Love Your Neighbours last November at Ci Yuan Green Park. However, this is the first time it is hosting an event of this scale.

The highlight of the day's programme is the dog walk, where owners will walk their dogs around the kilometre-long stadium track with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the guest of honour.

Proceeds from the event will go to animal welfare groups Animal Lovers League, Mdm Wong's Shelter and Zeus Communications. The animal shelters will also be taking some of their strays to the event in the hope of finding owners for them there.

Besides the walk, dogs and their owners can also participate in other contests such as agility and obedience trials as well as a fashion show competition.

There will also be a dog frisbee game and a free vet consultation. Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC and grassroots adviser Yeo Guat Kwang, 51, said the event hopes to raise grassroots awareness on responsible pet ownership.

He said: "These days we have more residents keeping pets, but there are those who are not quite tolerant of pets. We hope the event will create a better understanding between those who keep pets and those who don't."

Housewife Sally Ng, 41, said she is looking forward to taking her dog Nana to the dog walk. "Nana is quite shy and scared of being touched by strangers," said Ms Ng, who has had the Maltese for eight years.

The event is free, but pet owners will have to register for the dog walk, which costs $10. Participants will get a goodie bag with products such as dog shampoo and brochures on pet care.

Book it

WALK-A-DOGTION

Where: Hougang Stadium, 100 Hougang Avenue 2

When: Sunday, 3.30 to 10pm

Admission: Free, $10 for dog walk

Info: Call 6387-9012

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