People’s Park to be invaded by pets

Bark in the Park will take place in People's Park in Banbury on Sunday, September 27. NNL-150615-093403009
Bark in the Park will take place in People's Park in Banbury on Sunday, September 27. NNL-150615-093403009

Animal lovers will have the chance to celebrate with their furry, feathered, and even scaly friends at Bark in the Park, an event for pets and their owners.

The event is being held at People’s Park on Sunday, September 27 at 1.30pm and aims to provide a space to celebrate everything great about owning pets and raise awareness of the ways in which domesticated animals can change peoples’ lives.

The venue will play host to a number of local businesses and charities who will run and sponsor various activities including demonstrations by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Dogs for the Disabled.

Visitors will also be able to find out how specially trained medical protection dogs can detect cancer.

As well as these demonstrations, there will be an opportunity to meet Betty, a four legged friend trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, who will show in what ways she is able to help her owner.

BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service) will be organising a pets’ corner and Cherwell District Council’s dog wardens will invite owners to join their dog registration scheme, which provides identity tags for pets and helps the council reunite lost dogs with their families.

There will also be a number of opportunities for owners to show off their pets’ particular talents. There will be agility and obedience tests, sponsored by Croft Pet Foods in Broad Street, Banbury and a dog show run by the Up ‘n’ Over Agility Dog Training Club, which will be comprised of classes for most breeds.

The grand finale will take place at 4pm, when a parade of pets is scheduled to take place. As an added incentive, treats for all pets taking place will be kindly provided by Countrywide.

It is hoped that the event will see a high turnout among the community, and Tricia Campbell, Banbury Town Council’s civic officer, said: “Admission is free and it will be a great opportunity for families to have a day out with their pets.”