HADEN HILL DOG AWARENESS DAY – Leading the way

by HADEN HILL DOG AWARENESS GROUP
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About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £300
BULLDOG £1,300
GREAT DANE £1,800
£310
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Community Cohesion. Fostering good relations between people from different groups. Bringing together people within the local community, staging an event which will be fun for the whole family. Tackling the problem of irresponsible dog ownership and the lack of appreciation which some people have regarding the positive roles that dogs can and do have in society. Photograph taken in Haden Hill Park. Haden Hill Dog Awareness Day 2013
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
a) There has been heightened media coverage in recent times, which have highlighted issues of concern, where dogs have maimed a child. Understandably this has consequently led to a rise in lower level tolerance by some concerned non dog owners towards dogs and their handlers in public places including parks and open spaces. b) Sandwell council have recently launched a new campaign to tackle the issue of irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up their dogs mess. Bold posters like the ones below have been put up around the borough in public places to raise awareness and help tackle the problem. Wardens have stepped up patrols and are targeting ‘hot spot’ areas. Over 80 fines have been issued in recent months.
What is your solution?
a) We believe that through better education of handlers, children and parents – the horrific situations of dogs harming children could be avoided. b) Through working in cooperation with our local council we believe we can promote and encourage more responsible dog ownership and encourage handlers to clean up after their dog. Photograph taken February 2014 of one of our committee members giving an educational talk, followed by helpful discussion, on how dog’s communicate - with other dogs and with people.
How will you deliver this?
We are a voluntary group who lead the way in promoting responsible dog ownership. Through our activities we aim to increase awareness of the positive part dogs can and do play in society. We are raising funds for our 2nd annual Dog Awareness Day which is to be held in Haden Hill park on Saturday 21st June 2014. This will be a fun day for all the family with exciting and informative activities / demonstrations for everyone, be they dog owners / handlers or not. Activities to include – a fun dog show, information stands, charity stalls, local traders, children's activities, dog demonstrations (obedience & agility). The event will be supported by a local vet - who will be on hand to offer advice and assistance. We are already working closely with the local council to ensure that people understand the need to pick up and dispose of dog waste responsibly. We organise monthly social dog walks, talks & other social events which enable members of the committee to meet with members of the dog walking fraternity – and this provides us with the perfect opportunity to address matters of public concern and enables dogs to meet & socialise. We hope to issue our first newsletter to members of our group shortly and this will include a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ concerning responsible dog ownership. All proceeds raised on the day, over and beyond any necessary costs, are donated to our nominated charity. Last year we were able to give £1032 to ‘HEARING DOGS for Deaf People’ and this year we hope to raise at least that amount for ‘SUPPORT DOGS – training dogs to transform lives’ Photograph taken during one of our social dog walks.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Visit our Facebook group ‘Haden Hill Dog Awareness Group’ and learn more about who we are and what we do.
  • 5 minutes
    Visit our Facebook group ‘Haden Hill Dog Awareness Group’ and also check out our Web Site www.hadenhilldogawareness.co.uk
  • 15 minutes
    As above…then Take a look at our Events and check out details regarding Membership
  • 30 minutes
    As above…and Consider signing up to join our group and then forward and share within your circle of friends – encourage them to do the same.
  • A few hours
    As above… plus We would love to hear from you. Message us or drop us an email, make enquiries about how you could become more involved – we’d love to have you on board.
  • Regular time commitment
    As above… and There are lots of practical opportunities for people looking to volunteer their time and energy to our project, both prior to the event and on the day itself. We would love to talk with you about this and explore how you can become more involved. If you are local, then why not consider joining us on any of our regular social walks, or come along to some of our social events and informative talks.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The purpose of the Group is to promote responsible dog ownership to the general public by holding various social and community events throughout the year, including charitable fun days raising funds for charities voted for by the committee.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

A small group of responsible dog owners first came together towards the end of August 2013 with an idea to hold a fun but informative dog awareness day. Our first annual event was held on the 6th October 2013, a fantastic event organised in just 6 weeks. It is estimated that over 1000 people and over 200 dogs came to our first awareness day. The event was considered to be hugely successful by the general public and local councillors. £1032 was raised for hearing dogs. Since then we have a well-established group Facebook page, which has a growing membership of just short of 300, and have recently set up a web page. Our monthly walks and social events / informative talks are also well supported.

Who do we help?

This is a community wide project which helps and supports the local dog walking community to meet, socialise and receive helpful advice on responsible care. Additionally the Dog Awareness Day gives space for local business and charities to promote their work. Not all businesses and charities are dog centred – we attract support from a wide spectrum of different groups.

How do we deliver this?

• Annual Dog Awareness Day • Social Dog Walks • Social Events • Informative Talks • Sharing of information via Facebook, Website and Newsletter

Awards And Recognitions

Letter of appreciation from Hearing Dogs for people following presentation of cheque, proceeds from 1st Dog Awareness Day which raised £1032.