Presenting the cheque are, from left Debbie Challice, EDDC Technical Office, Tara Nirula from Ferne, Cllr Paul Diviani and Jill Wheller, EDDC Environmental Health Officer

Leader praises work of Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Tails will be wagging at Ferne Animal Sanctuary thanks to a donation of more than £2,000 raised by East Devon District Council’s Environmental Health Team.

The Team has held a raffle on its stall at Honiton Show over the last two years and the money was raised through selling tickets. At this year’s show, more than 200 prizes were donated by local businesses across East Devon.

It was the fifth year in a row that the Team has taken part in the agricultural event and more than 1,000 people visited their stall which was promoting responsible dog ownership. Doggy goody bags were handed out to visitors containing information on dog care and dog walking as well as doggy treats.  Everyone took away the council’s key message that all dogs should be tagged and microchipped, even those who live on farms. There was also a competition to guess the name of the cuddly dog which was won by seven-year-old Mirabella Sancey.

All proceeds raised have been donated to Ferne Animal Sanctuary, a great charity which takes in most of the stray dogs found by the council.

Altogether in the last two years, £2,160 has been raised by the Team and Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of the Council, presented the cheque to the Sanctuary. Cllr Diviani said:

The great work that is carried out by Ferne is essential to us and we have a really strong partnership.

Tara Nirula from Ferne said that the money raised would go towards operations for sick dogs.

Sponsors of the raffle prizes were Pets at Home, Axminster and Exmouth; Seaton, Honiton and Axminster Co-op; Exmouth, Seaton, Axminster and Honiton Tesco; Tesco Metro Exmouth; Mole Avon, Axminster; River Cottage, Axminster; The Garden Shop, Colyton; Countrywide, Honiton; Homebase, Honiton; Creature Comforts, Honiton; Sidmouth Garden Centre; Sidmouth Pet Shop; RKL Tools; Jims Pet Food market stall; Slades of Honiton; Otter Nurseries; C and L Aquatics, Ottery St Mary; Perkins Pet Store; East Devon Pet Supplies; Timpson’s Exmouth; Owl  and Pyramid Bookshop; Animal Botanical; Coombefield Vets, Axminster; Ferne Animal Sanctuary and Sidmouth Vets Clinic.