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Waikato Puts Best Paw Forward for Breast Cancer

Waikato District Council’s Animal Control team hosted their fifth annual Pound Pups Pink events on the weekend, raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand. 

The weekend kicked off on sunny Saturday morning, with a scenic walk around beautiful Lake Kainui in Horsham Downs. The 60 walkers and their dogs showed up and showed out in their best pink attire, in of support for breast cancer awareness. The following morning, Pookeno went to the dogs with a rollicking good time at the Pound Pups Pink Playdate at the Pookeno dog park, where 30 attendees and their dogs enjoyed a morning of social fun.

“It was a fantastic weekend, and it was so inspiring to see the community come together for such an important cause,” says Animal Control Education and Engagement Officer, Zoey Jackson, who organised the events.

“Breast cancer is a cause that’s personal to me, and it was amazing be able to come together with dog owners to raise more than $450 dollars in gold coin donations for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Over 75% of the dogs who attended both events were former pound pups who we adopted out to their families. On average, we rehome between 150 to 250 dogs every year, and it’s always great to reconnect with them and see them loving life, with their new families.”

The Waikato District Council Animal Control team often hold events for dog owners. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to stay up to date with upcoming fun events for your furry friends – you can find them on their Waikato Pound Pups page. If you attended the event, photos from the events will be posted to the Facebook page within the week.

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