Charity swim with a difference hailed a big success
An animal rehabilitation centre near Turriff has raised over £2500 after hosting a charity swim with a difference.
For a week the Fusion Vet Physio held a Hydro 4 Hounds fundraiser which gave pets who come for hydrotherapy a chance to dive in and make some cash for charities the Scottish SPCA, Hearing Dogs for The Deaf and DAWGS Dedicated To Dachshunds IVD.
Around £737 of the total was raised from their Just Giving page.
Dogs took part in a sponsored swim or aquatic
treadmill session which is known for helping rehabilitation.
They were rewarded for being involved by receiving goody bags filled with treats.
Held for the first time, the event was hailed a success by organisers.
Tracey Jones who set up the business in 2011 previously was a dog groomer before she became a hydrotherapist and was pleased with the amount of money raised
She said: “I’m genuinely stunned with the amount that we have raised in this fundraiser.
“It is all about bringing more awareness about hydrotherapy.
“Our centre has 1000 pets on the books and get around 12 a day visiting us.
“We provide physical therapy and hydro as well to the pets.
“The maximum we will have pets swim in the pool is around 20 minutes.
She added: “ I want to send a special thank you to Leanne Cassie for all her hard work and dedication to this charity event without her we would not have raised so much.”
While partner Steve Jones added: “We are passionate about our work and the charities who work so hard to help improve welfare and awareness for dogs.
“It is all about awareness and about education to the vets that the methods of hydro and physical therapy work rather than tablets.
“It is the first ever time this sort of event has happened locally.
“Money is still coming in but considering our aim was to raise £1000 and thanks to participants we are well over that amount.”
- More info can be found online at www.fusionvetphysio.co.uk