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Fun had by all at sponsored dogwalk and thanksgiving service

Star fundraiser Bear the Labrador RetrieverOn 11 October members of IAR's team and local supporters took part in a sponsored dogwalk followed by an Animal Thanksgiving Service at St Margaret's Church in Buxted, East Sussex.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, with about 40 dogs taking part in the walk and the service, with a donkey, guinea pig and rabbit also joining them in church. As well as the many delightful dogs of all shapes and sizes, there was a human congregation of about one hundred people, including a large number of animal-loving children.

Lis Key of International Animal Rescue, who gave a short address on behalf of the charity, said: "Our thanks go to everyone who was involved in the event, particularly Rev Di Blackden for inviting us to take part in it and accept the proceeds from the collection. Everyone had a wonderful day and more than £800 was raised for IAR through the sponsored walk and the Church collection. It was heartening to meet so many people – young and old – who care deeply about animals and are prepared to put themselves out to help them."

Star fundraiser was Bear the chocolate Labrador and auntie Lauren: together they raised a magnificent £367 – so far! – for International Animal Rescue. Bear threw himself body and soul into the walk: it's not too late to sponsor him and bump up his total!

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