K9 Clean up initiative launched 

Dog owners have been invited to take part in a new K9 Clean Up initiative in a bid to tackle litter and raise money for the Dogs Trust

The initiative was launched by Becky Baker earlier this month, and comes as dog charities have struggled during the pandemic. 

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Since the launch of the campaign, however, owners of dog related businesses have reportedly been showing their support and helping to raise awareness with their customers and on social media.

Pet business owners can partake by picking up litter on one of their usual dog walking routes, or by visiting the K9 Nation website and downloading the free marketing pack with ideas and suggestions for posting on social media.

Baker, who runs K9Nation, a directory and community platform for dog owners, said: “I wanted to do something and had the idea of getting other dog owners to join me. With more people involved, it could make a huge difference and it could fundraise too.”

Alison Price, from House of Henry, said: “When I heard about the K9 Nation Cleanup campaign I couldn’t believe no one had thought of doing it before, what a fabulous idea. Dog owners and dog walkers across the UK collectively walk many miles a day, so if we all do a little bit here and there it will make a huge difference.”

The main clean up event will take place over the August bank holiday weekend, but according to organisers, the “hope is that people will get involved throughout the month and share their selfies with the K9 Nation team online via social media”.

Baker added: “We wanted to give dog owners the opportunity to take part in something uplifting that can really make a difference in what are difficult times for many.

“My experience of the dog business community is that everyone is extremely supportive with their mutual love for dogs acting as a common bond. We are counting on that support to help make this campaign a success and raise as much money for Dogs Trust as possible.”

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