Come woof, come all to festival for four-legged friends

The countdown is on for a weekend of canine capers as DogFest is coming to Ragley Hall at the end of May.

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity which has a rehoming centre in Kenilworth and a charity shop in Stratford-upon-Avon, is the charity partner for this year’s dog-focused festival and will be welcoming dog lovers to the Dogs Trust Village at the event.

The Village will have lots of fun activities to take part in as well as information about some of the Dogs Trust dogs currently looking for their forever homes. There will also be reunion parades for former residents of Dogs Trust who have now found their forever families, to take part in.

Louise Round, Head of Supporter Relations at Dogs Trust, says: “This is the second year we have been DogFest’s charity partner and we, and all of our dogs, had a fantastic time last year. It was wonderful to see so many who were having a great day out with their forever families.

“Anyone wanting to raise money for Dogs Trust can take part in the Big Dog Walk at the event. There will be walks of 2k and 4k, and one especially for puppies, and there are activities for children to take part in along the way. Also, the walks will take participants to parts of the park others won’t see!

“Our Dog School colleagues will also be there holding interactive training activities as well as doing demos and giving dog-owners top tips to take home.”

Visitors to the doggie dream day out will be able to take part in everything from an agility course and flyball to a hay bale race, a fun dog show and doggie diving.  BAFTA – Award winning TV Presenter Michaela Strachan, will also be in attendance to meet visitors and no doubt offer lots of tummy rubs.

There is also an action-packed main arena with demonstrations from hugely talented canines and their trainers including TikTok sensation Lucy Heath and Crufts Freestyle winner Nicci Hindson will be showing off her dancing dogs in the obedience ring.

Team members from Dogs Trust Kenilworth will be at the event accompanied by some of the lovely dogs currently being cared for at the centre whilst they wait to find their forever homes.

One dog awaiting for his furry-tail ending is Suede, a 7-year-old Spaniel Cross who never tires of cuddles and playing with toys!

Emma-Jane Thomas, Dogs Trust Kenilworth Centre Manager, says: “Suede is a stunning boy, who would love a rural retreat to call home. When Suede grows to know and trust you, he’ll happily provide endless love and affection! Getting to know him is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. He adores being in the company of people and we hope that as dog-lovers flock to DogFest, Suede finally finds the home he’s looking for.”

You can book your tickets via the Dogs Trust website at https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/latest/events/dogfest Every ticket booked via the Dogs Trust website will mean 15% of the ticket price goes to Dogs Trust, helping the charity care for around 14,000 dogs every year.

If you’d like to find out more about Suede, or any of the dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust, please visit: www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/