Manchester Muddy Dog Challenge Raises Over £45,000 For Battersea

01 OCTOBER 2021

Over 430 animal lovers and their dogs came together at Altrincham in Manchester last weekend (25 September) to take part in Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge.

Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is one of the UK’s biggest obstacle courses members of the public can take part in with their dog. After events were postponed last year, the Muddy Dog Challenge in Manchester was able to take place for the first time in two years with participants tackling obstacles including the ‘Canine Crawl’, ‘Muddy Mayhem’ and ‘Ball Pit Splash’.

Those taking part on the day included Kirsty Johnson from Halifax, and her five-year-old Collie Cross, Arnold. This was their second Muddy Dog Challenge, after completing their first one in 2019. Kirsty said, “It was a fab day out with Arnold, and it felt lovely to be doing something to help. I know the pandemic has hit everyone, but without funding, charities like Battersea can't continue to rescue these lovely animals and find them loving homes. It’s awful to think that without rescue charities like Battersea, Arnold would never have reached six-months-old.”

Wendy Edmonds from Penwortham, and her seven-year-old Sprocker, Cooper also took part. Wendy was inspired to sign up to the Muddy Dog Challenge to boost her physical and mental health during lockdown. Wendy said, “I’ve never run willingly in my life, let alone 5K but I am used to getting wet and muddy on my daily dog walks with Cooper by my side, and thought this would be a great challenge for us both to take on. Cooper loves the water and had a great time leaping head-first into every obstacle.”

Battersea’s Senior Challenge Events Officer, Jasmine Monk, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came and conquered the Muddy Dog Challenge in Manchester with us. We are so grateful to each and every single person and dog who turned up – whether they were taking part, volunteering or cheering their loved ones on. It was great to see everyone back after a difficult year and a half. All the money raised will allow Battersea’s dedicated staff to care for the thousands of dogs and cats that need our help. We wouldn’t be able to do it without everyone’s support, so thank you.”

The total raised from this event so far is at over £46,144. The funds raised will go towards the vital care of the thousands of homeless animals that Battersea helps every year.

The event comes a week after the launch of Battersea’s new ‘Wear Blue for Rescue’ campaign where pet owners and supporters alike can help champion rescue animals whilst showing their love for those who deserve a second chance in life.  Members of the public are invited to show their support by proudly wearing the new Rescue symbol as a way to stand out, stand up and unite all animal lovers far and wide.

To get involved with the campaign and ‘Wear Blue for Rescue’ animal lovers can buy a rescue symbol with items including pin badges, tote bags or pet tag, wear it with pride, share on social media by tagging @Battersea and using #RescueIsMyFavouriteBreed and donate to help rescue animals everywhere. To find out more, visit https://battersea.org.uk/WearBlueForRescue

The Muddy Dog Challenge, which is proudly supported by Seresto flea and tick control collar, will be travelling all over the UK. Registration for places are still available for some of the events, but there isn’t long left to sign up. Please check the website for more information and how to volunteer at https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/

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Notes to editors 

  • The Muddy Dog Challenge raises money for Battersea. Registration for some of the remaining events are still open at https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/
  • Battersea is on the lookout for volunteers for various roles at the Muddy Dog Challenge, for those who don’t want to run the course but still want to get involved, please visit https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/volunteers to find out more about how to volunteer. 
  • Battersea has been working hard to ensure the event can be enjoyed safely by all, and attendees will be advised in advance as to what COVID measures will be in place, depending on current guidelines.
  • For more information on Battersea’s sponsor, Seresto Flea and Tick Control collar, please visit www.seresto.co.uk. With 7-8 months clinically proven protection, Seresto believes every pet should be free to play on without the fear of fleas and ticks.
  • Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us – championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them because rescue is our favourite breed. 
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. To donate to Battersea, visit https://donate.battersea.org.uk 
  • In addition to the site in London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or facebook.com/Battersea