ŠKODA have announced the renewal of its partnership with Dogs Trust as the official vehicle supplier to the charity.
As Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, the core function of Dogs Trust is to reduce the number of stray dogs that are destroyed in Irish pounds each year and to educate the public about canine care. Since opening its state of the art rehoming centre in Finglas, Dublin in November 2009, Dogs Trust has helped save the lives of over 5,500 stray and abandoned puppies and dogs.
The agreement sees ŠKODA adding a ŠKODA Yeti and a ŠKODA Octavia Combi to the charity’s existing fleet of ŠKODA vehicles. In ddition, Dealers nationwide will undertake fundraising activities for Dogs Trust throughout the year. First up is ‘Pooch in the Park’, a free 4K family dog walk on Saturday 24thPark in Clondalkin, organised by ŠKODA’s West Dublin dealer Pilsen Auto.
Speaking at the launch, Ciara Walsh, Marketing Communications Manager, ŠKODA Ireland said “The Dogs Trust team are on the road every day rehoming stray and abandoned dogs and we’re proud to be part of this journey helping thousands of dogs get back on their paws and into loving homes. Members of the public can make a donation to Dogs Trust by visiting their local ŠKODA dealership. We’ll be posting regular updates to facebook.com/skodaireland about local fundraising initiatives throughout the year.”
Mark Beazley, Executive Director, Dogs Trust added “Our mission is to prevent the unnecessary destruction of dogs and to allow the dogs that we do re-home to live long and happy lives in their new homes. Fundraising is crucial to Dogs Trust as we re-home about a thousand dogs a year yet we receive no government funding so the help from ŠKODA is hugely appreciated to allow us to stay on the road helping stray and abandoned dogs throughout the country.”
For further information on ŠKODA’s partnership with Dogs Trust or the 4km family dog walk, visit facebook.com/skodaireland.