Crazy about animals at a pets open day in Ely
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An open day was held to give people a chance to meet animals from across the region.
Isle of Ely Pets held the event with a chance to meet therapy dogs from a national charity group and also a friendly Shetland pony.
Joining the open day was Chris Kent of the K9 project who runs the successful canine community cafe in Ely Cathedral centre.
The cafe has made a name for itself as a lifeline for being a social hub for dog lovers in East Cambridgeshire.
The K9 cafe project was set up three years ago by educator and social worker Chris, who has a background in using dogs as therapy for youngsters facing social isolation.
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She then grew it into a local non-profit organisation after she received some money from the European Social Work fund.
Organisers said: ““Wow what a day,” that was the reaction of Isle of Ely Pets Ltd to their family fun day.
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“We have so many thank yous to make, one of the biggest has to be to all who came along today,” said their spokesman.
“We are stunned that 200 or so of you were able to join us throughout the day - so a BIG thanks you to you all.
“It was a really ‘Fun’ day and hope you all thought so too. Five different classes, / demos, a photo studio and fantastic weather to top it off.”
Isle of Ely Pets Ltd said they had produced a ‘roll of honour’ to thank many who had helped with the day.
“To name some of those special people that made today possible and contributed their time, talents and help, here goes,” said the spokesman.:
Graham Fisher and Freddie Fisher for their continued help and photos
Calum McConnell from Sian Ryan at Developing Dogs for their help setting up, with the photos and the and Hoopers and Gun Dog, Fun Dog classes
Chris Kent & K9Project for the refreshments on the day and help along the way
Amanda Wall from Therapy Dogs Nationwide for their great start to the day
Mel Thomason from Rewarding Paws, Dog Training Ely, Chatteris.
Estelle Lankester from K9Sports and their great agility class
Thunder Pants for being centre stage; “so calm & relaxed and with a few dogs even bigger than he is”.
Nick from Fen Pallet Art, Mister Softee, Ely, Sir Bounce Alot Castles, Alison Powell for the cookies, Spotted in Ely for all their support, Michael Rouse for the special visit from the Mayor of Ely, Mick for the gazebo, Isle Vet Group LTD - Small Animal for the use of the facilities.
James Wellbeloved Pet Food, @KONGCompany, Forthglade Natural Pet Food
Neil Barnett, June Lewis, Melanie Hughes, Tony Wall for their help setting up and throughout the day.
“Any others we have forgotten, we are sorry,” said the spokesman. “It was all appreciated.
And now they’re planning for next year.