Hundreds of disabled dogs will take part in a special walk across the Humber Bridge for a heart-warming cause.
The pooches will be led by paralysed puppy Pumpkin for the walk on Sunday, July 3. The event is being held to raise vital funds for Hull Animal Rescue and Pumpkin and Friends charity. The walk will start at 10am in the Humber Bridge Country Park for all dogs, and then those brave enough can choose to walk across the bridge.
Pumpkin and Friends was set up in honour of Pumpkin, who owner Tammie Fox adopted in October when the pup was was only eight weeks old. When vets told Tammie that Pumpkin needed to be put down due to problems with her hind legs, she fought to see a specialist and ultimately saved happy and healthy Pumpkin’s life.
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Tammie decided to start a fundraiser to get Pumpkin an MRI scan to determine what was wrong with her legs. In just a week, she had raised £8000 and discovered that Pumpkin had a broken spine, caused by trauma when she was a puppy.
Tammie said: “Once we found out the heart-breaking news that Pumpkin was paralysed, we set to sorting out equipment for her such as a wheelchair. Our puppy now has everything she needs to be the little diva that she is, but we also wanted to help all the other disabled dogs at risk of being put down due to specialist vets not being available.
“We know from experience that it can cost thousands and you have to travel hundreds of miles to see a specialist vet if your dog has a disability, and many owners get pressured into giving up their dog. Therefore, we decided to set up a registered charity last month to help people get access to vet care and special equipment so that dogs don’t have to be needlessly put down.”
In April, Pumpkin and Friends hosted a disability dog walk in which over 250 humans and 150 dogs attended- over 50 of which were missing limbs and were in wheelchairs. The successful event raised £15,500 and has been made into an annual occasion.
Tammie, along with co-organiser Sharon Lambert, have invited dogs all over the UK to join their “Westie Walk” across the Humber Bridge on Sunday, July 3 at 10am, to raise money for the charity but also to raise money for Hull Animal Rescue. Tammie said: “We will be starting at the Humber Bridge Country Park and making our way across the bridge and back again.
“We are starting this early so that our dogs aren’t subjected to the afternoon heat, and if we experience another heatwave, we will reschedule the event. We have set up an ice cream van to sell plenty of doggie ice cream and there is also a raffle to raise some money for the charity.”
So far, 200 people have confirmed their attendance and over 100 dogs are expected to be there- with many having disabilities. Other organisations such as Broken Biscuits will also be in attendance at the event, who have a sanctuary for dogs in Market Rasen that have been rejected by owners due to vet bills.
The walk is open to anyone who wants to join in, whether their dog has a disability or just wants to socialise with other dogs. Any money raised will go towards helping animals like Pumpkin and to support owners cater to their needs. You can find the event Facebook page here.