Dundrum Town Centre announces the launch of Pooch Pitstop, a fun and informative outdoor activation in partnership with the DSPCA.
The event aims to support the surge of those who have purchased, adopted or fostered dogs during lockdown and need support in training and socialising their pups, with the aim of keeping as many dogs as possible happy in their existing homes. Throughout the pandemic, the charity witnessed an unprecedented demand for dogs and are now in the midst of the fall out, as they experience a huge increase in the number of pets being abandoned or surrendered due to owners being overwhelmed and a lack of education in behavioural training.
People visiting Dundrum Town Centre from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd August will be encouraged to bring their dogs to the complimentary outdoor event taking place on Pembroke Square between 11am and 4pm each day.
The event is a great opportunity for doggie lovers and their pooches to meet and integrate their dogs in a safe environment, with experts on site to provide visitors with behavioural tips and tricks. Pet owners will also be able to avail of complimentary coffees from Griolladh and even the dogs can enjoy an afternoon delight thanks to Dundrum Town Centre’s Hydration Station and pupcakes supplied by Ruff Café, who are known for creating delicious and safe treats for canines.
Inside the activation, there is lots of fun to be had with toys and dog friendly agility equipment such as hurdles and hoops for your furry friends to play on and there will be a DSPCA trainer on hand between 12 and 2pm to provide dog owners with top tips and training advice. In addition to this, the DSPCA’s mobile educational van will be present on Town Square, where experts will be on hand to discuss adoption services, while providing support to pet owners looking to avail of more 1-1 advice.
Visitors will be encouraged to donate to the DSPCA to support their incredible work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming sick, injured and cruelly treated animals.
Don Nugent, Centre Director at Dundrum Town Centre comments: “We are delighted to be partnering again with the DSPCA on a fantastic informative outdoor event for all ages to enjoy. The aim of Pooch Pitstop is to give dog owners the tools to train and socialise their dogs so that fewer dogs are returned to shelters. We also hope that this event provides support to the DSPCA through donations, to enable them to continue their outstanding work regarding animal welfare in Ireland.”
A spokesperson from the DSPCA said: “The DSPCA are delighted to partner with Dundrum Town Centre for Pooch Pitstop. We see pets as valued family members and this weekend it’s about celebrating dogs and the important role they play in our lives. Our dog training team will be on hand giving advice and encouraging responsible pet ownership. Lots of fun, games and treats too!”
For more information on Pooch Pitstop and individual store hours please visit www.dundrum.ie.