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Animal welfare event series off to waggiest start

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Residents visiting stalls at event

Published: 22 July 2021

On Tuesday 20 July, over 50 residents and their dogs dropped into Westminster City Council’s and animal charity, The Mayhew’s animal welfare event at the beautiful St George’s Square Gardens in Pimlico.

The first of these kinds of events since before the COVID-19 pandemic, local residents sought specialist advice on issues including dog control, barking and veterinary treatments and care for their pooches.

Daniel Corp, Animal Welfare Officer at Westminster City Council said:

It was great to run these events again and meet local owners. Dogs really bring people together and promote wellbeing. We managed to engage with lots of residents and assist with a range of issues. I’m looking forward to meeting more residents and supporting them at events over the coming months.

Specialist doggy photographer, Gruff Pawtraits was there throughout the day and captured thirty brilliant portraits of local residents and their dogs.

Gruff Pawtraits photography takes photos of residents and their dogs

To cool off from the hot weather, many furry legged visitors were also able to take a cool down in the doggy pool.

Dog in the doggy pool

Westminster resident and Recycling Champion, Colin and the council’s waste and recycling contractor, Veolia also came along to the event to offer advice and information to residents about recycling.

Recycling stall at event

Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration and Animal Welfare Champion at Westminster City Council, was at the event with her dog, Georgie and said:

I was delighted to join other dog owners in Pimlico for Westminster City Council’s and The Mayhew’s first dog event in two years.  It was a lovely opportunity to come together, visit the various stalls and also be photographed!

Cllr Wilkinson with her dog Georgie with animal welfare specialists at one of the stalls

The council is committed to improving animal welfare and is currently the only local authority in the country to hold four awards from the RSPCA PawPrint Awards, which recognizes organisations that go above and beyond for the welfare of animals.

The council will be putting on similar events for Westminster residents in partnership with its animal welfare charities on:

Saturday 4 September at Regents Park

Saturday 25 September at Kensington Gardens

Sunday 3 October at Paddington Recreational Ground

Find out more about the council’s services for:

Dogs and animal welfare

Reusing and recycling