Muddy Dog Challenge To Support Battersea Animals

Go on, you know you'll enjoy it!

Getting muddy in 2022 Picture: Dave Bird/Battersea Dogs and Cats

January 16, 2023

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home relies entirely on donations to care for the dogs and cats at its centres, and the charity’s annual Muddy Dog Challenge presents supporters with a fun fundraising opportunity.

Held at locations across the country the event comprises a 2.5K and 5K obstacle course that you take on with your dog by your side. Participants can run or walk, tackle the course with friends and family, and with or without a dog.

The Dogs and Cats Home asks each entrant to raise at least £100 and gives plenty of tips for doing this. There are also guidelines on getting into training both your pooch and yourself for the big day.

This year’s events start in the spring, moving round the country until mid-October, with locations including Windsor, Tunbridge Wells and Stansted.

“The money you raise for Battersea’s animals makes a life-changing difference,” says the Dogs and Cats Home which is saying thank you to the top ten money-spinners at each event with an exclusive ‘Top Fundraiser for Battersea’ dog lead, available to collect and wear on the day. The charity will select the top fundraiser for each event on the Monday before.

The proceeds of the Muddy Dog Challenges are used by Battersea to give abandoned dogs and cats the love, care, training and treatment they need before finding them a new loving home.

£100, for example, could help buy enough enrichment equipment to help keep multiple dogs' minds and bodies active and engaged. Enrichment activities encourage dogs to engage in their innate behaviours such as playing, chasing, smelling, chewing and scavenging. From slow feeders and Kong toys to snuffle mats and treats, your efforts in the mud could make a real difference to a dog's time with the home.

Smiles all round after completing the Challenge
Smiles all round after completing the Challenge. Picture: Paul Clarke/Battersea Dogs and Cats

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, now known simply as Battersea, has been raising money for rescuing animals since the 1800s. Back as far as 1901 an advert pleads for urgently needed funds to temporarily home ‘lost and starving dogs’. A non-government funded organisation, it has cared for more than three million dogs and cats over the decades.

Early bird registration , which gets £10 off your ticket, is now open. And it’s worth signing up for your preferred event location as registrations can close early if capacity is reached ahead of the day.

If you are not quite ready to take on the muddy challenge just yet, you can register interest here.

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