Pups and people, lots of people at Pup Aid
Primrose Hill, North-west London, Saturday 6 September was the perfect place for anyone to be who loves dogs, shopping for dogs, talking about dogs, admiring dogs, but most importantly caring, rescuing, protecting, adopting and loving dogs. It was Pup Aid Day and we were there, naturally.
Pup Aid is the brainchild of vet Marc Abraham, the UK’s high profile dedicated campaigner against puppy farming and has been described as the “Live Aid” of animal welfare. It’s an event that attracts celebrity supporters, lots of attention both locally in Primrose Hill and in the wider mainstream media. It’s what the event is all about: awareness raising while having a great day out. I’ve no idea how many people and dogs attended throughout the day, but it seemed like thousands.
This year I persuaded Janet, the manager of the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre to come along and while I signed a few books, they raised funds by running a fun toy tombola which proved remarkably popular with the many children that were around.
We had quite the dream team for the day: Bethany, committed, lively, teenage activist and DBARC volunteer who never seems to run out of energy kept the tombola turning and her mouth moving telling everyone about puppy farming, rescue and adoption….
…..backed up by Donna and Zoe who pulled in the passersby, who were regaled with the reality of what puppy farming is by Kathleen, amazing non-stop spokesperson for her ex-breeders Darcie and Juno. Kathleen really found her vocation on Saturday and there cannot have been anyone who came past our little corner of Primrose Hill who didn’t go away knowing a heck of a lot more about the misery and greed that puppy farming represents than when they got out of bed on Saturday.
As is our way, it was all done with smiles and humour which were powered throughout the day by a steady supply of cakes and Michel’s gourmet picnic. There was also the odd bit of shopping for essentials, like this little beauty…..
While Kathleen talked…and talked…Susie-Belle and I kept an eye on the stall, signed a few books and took part in the ex-breeders parade together with Twinkle…..
……this is a moving celebration of the lives of survivors of the puppy farming industry and reminds people what the day is really all about.
Marc kindly gave me the opportunity to talk a little more about Susie-Belle, something I’m always more than willing to do….
There were many great things about the day: I met several people that I’ve been in contact with on social media, all terrific supporters of the Pup Aid campaign and all doing what they can to end the suffering for the dogs.
It’s great to be in the company of people who feel as strongly as I do that this has to end and together I am certain we will achieve it. I met others with dogs who have experienced and survived puppy farms: Angie & Tilly came down from Yorkshire and stopped by to say hello and buy a book, so nice to meet in person at last; Christina of Pet Adoption UK made time to meet us and kindly gave the dogs a little present each, so thoughtful. It was heartening talking to committed campaigners Beverley and Philippa, both dedicated to working with Pup Aid to get things changed and soon.
Saturday was a celebration of what is being achieved and a recognition that there is much still to do. But do it we will as we pull together, pool our efforts and show the world that the days of puppy farming and abusive breeding are numbered.