Today is the very first 'Dog Friendly Ireland Day'!

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Today is the very first 'Dog Friendly Ireland Day'!

Today is the very first 'Dog Friendly Ireland Day'!

Dogs Trust is overwhelmed by the number of people and establishments wishing to take part in Dog Friendly Ireland Day today. Dogs Trust encourages anyone taking part today to share some photos of themselves with their dog across social media by using the hashtag #DogFriendlyIrelandDay

Today, Dogs Trust has launched the first ever national ‘Dog Friendly Ireland Day’ as part of their ‘Dog Friendly Ireland’ campaign. The charity is asking establishments of all types across the country, from restaurants, hotels, workplaces to public transport, to allow dogs and their owners access their premises for this one day in a bid to help make Ireland more Dog Friendly.

Dogs Trust believes that certain restrictions in workplaces, food-serving establishments, hotels, social venues, public transport and the rental market do very little to encourage potential dog owners in welcoming a furry friend in to their life. If Ireland was to become more Dog Friendly, dog ownership could become a realistic option for so many more, and would bring us one step closer to our goal of being the best country in the world for dogs and their owners.

In a fun and unique way to spread the message of #DogFriendlyIrelandDay, Dogs Trust has mocked up a large café and public transport backdrop at Sandymount Strand in South Dublin. This is a great opportunity for dog walkers and their pooches to get their photo taken or take ‘selfies’ as they walk past and then post to social media! Author and TV Presenter, Andrea Hayes and her dog Dash and Comedian and Pantomime star June Rodgers along with her dog Poppy were delighted to join Dogs Trust this morning to take part in the day to help tell the world about ‘Dog Friendly Ireland Day’! 

Dogs Trust is encouraging anyone taking part today to share some photos of themselves with their dog across social media by using the hashtag #DogFriendlyIrelandDay The charity have even included selfie sticks in the goody bags they sent out to people and establishments who signed up to be part of the day, along with items generously donated by Maxi Zoo Ireland and East Coast Bakehouse!

Sarah Lynch, Campaigns Manager at Dogs Trust said: “We are overwhelmed with the amazing response we received from both members of the public and establishments signing up to take part in the day. This support really demonstrates the number of people wishing to make Ireland more Dog Friendly. A huge part of becoming a well socialised dog is experiencing a wide variety of social situations. So what better way to contribute to a country full of well rounded, socialised dogs than allowing them frequent access to more venues and pleasant social experiences?”

If you would like to know more about ‘Dog Friendly Ireland Day’ go to www.DogsTrust.ie/ DogFriendlyIrelandDay