A BRIEF HISTORY OF
January 2021 and the country was entering in to its 3rd lockdown of the pandemic. Things had not stood still at Animal ArkAid though and we had two very exciting pieces of news to share with our followers and supporters. Firstly, Animal ArkAid was officially awarded registered charity status thanks to the incredible hard work by Rita's husband David for putting our application together. And most recently, we have been able to launch our online shop over on Facebook thanks to the generous donations from people in the local community. In the first 3 weeks of the shop being online, we managed to raise over £300 and that is increasing every day. Looking forward in 2021, we have our new look website launching in March as well as the return of some of our face to face events later in the year - watch this space!
In March 2020, the world came to a stand still as COVID-19 took hold of our lives. This meant that Animal ArkAid could not continue with our usual events such as our fantastic Dog Show, Quiz Curry Nights and Dogs Christmas Party. Instead, we had to adapt to the rapidly changing situation and move our events online with our inaugural Virtual Pet Show, where for the first time, people could showcase their cats and small animals as well as their dogs. This was a hugely successful event and meant that we could continue to support the work our charities do to help animals in need. Our October Pet Portrait competition gave us an opportunity to sell our first Animal ArkAid calendar to boost our fundraising efforts even more. Congratulations to all of our winners in that competition. Our final event for 2020 was our Pet Jumper Competition - we asked you to dress your pet in their best festive attire and you did not disappoint. Another hugely successful online event. Thank you to all of those who supported us with that.
The dog show and family fun day 2017 was a fantastic success - held at a new venue in Horsforth the event raised an amazing £3000! A massive thank you to all the charities, stall holders and dogs and owners for joining us!
2016 and 2017 were both successful years with lots of events including curry nights, a Dogs Christmas Party and of course our annual dog shows! We also helped release Hedgehogs into the wild after being rehabilitated and Rita continued to foster rabbits for Camp Nibble.
2015 was a brilliant year for Animal ArkAidAid, our dog show was, at that point, officially the biggest and best event we had held. The dog show raised a magnificent £4500 for the fabulous charities that joined us on the day. All the dogs were really behaved, we got to meet literally hundreds of gorgeous dogs and puppies. Our Christmas Party was also a massive success and raised a brilliant total of £1200! We had 2 event days which had torrential rain but our loyal supporters still turned up and made the days successful. The total raised in 2015 was £8500 - AMAZING!
2014 was a great year for Animal ArkAid, we held our Dog Show which was a massive success as well as our Christmas Party, quiz and curry nights, a fashion show, a games show & our Easter Treasure Hunt. We are so thankful for all your support throughout the year and with your help we raised around £6000 this year for charity. Here's to a brilliant 2015!!!
In December 2013 we held our 2nd Christmas Party for Dogs @ Harewood Village Hall! The turnout was great again (thank you all!) and we had brilliant fun. Santa Paws was on site to have photo’s with all the dogs, and all the dogs got party bags and party cake to take home. We raised an amazing £600 for local charities.
In October 2013 we held our 3rd Fun Dog Show & Family Fun Day at Oulton Cricket Club Rothwell Leeds. The event was brilliant, the sun was shining (almost) and we had an amazing turnout!! Everyone seemed to have a brilliant day and we raised around £2200 for some amazing charities!!!! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting us and we can’t wait till next years!
In July 2013 we held a Curry & Quiz Night at the fantastic Gazi’s restaurant in Horsforth, Leeds. The event was sold out and we had a brilliant night - the food was amazing as always and everyone had great fun completing the quiz! We raised £550 for local charities. Check our donations page soon to see where the money has been donated to!
InJune 2013 we held a jumble sale in Horsforth - we had a queue waiting when we opened the doors and raised £500 for our local charities. A MASSIVE thank you to Bryan from Your Dog Walker who helped us transport all the stock to the venue. We were also able to help Cats Protection who came to take all left over stock to help them with the shop they were just about to open around the corner in Horsforth!
In April 2013 we held our first ever Doggy Easter Treasure Hunt & Afternoon Tea at Harewood Village Hall. The dogs enjoyed a lovely walk behind the Harewood Estate where they got to collect treasure along the way whilst helping their owners answer questions for the quiz! When they got back to the hall there was afternoon tea for owners and cake for the dogs.Everyone had a fantastic time and we raised £500 for local charities.
In December 2012 we held our first ever Doggy Christmas Party at Leo’s rugby club in Leeds. The event was attended by over 50 ticket holding dogs and was brilliant fun! We had Christmas Cakes for the dogs as well as party bags and games to join in! A massive thank you to the Tailwaggers Display team for running the games. There was agility for the dogs to have a go on and prizes for the fastest dogs!The event was really enjoyed by everyone and we managed to raise an amazing £600 for our local charities.
In December 2012 we held our 2nd ever fun & friendly dog show! It was a FANTASTIC day and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended, helped out, or donated for the show. We especially want to thank the Tailwaggers Display Team for wowing us all with the tricks that they can do.We had 200 entries into the dog show from an amazing range of different breeds of dogs and it was great to be part of.The most amazing news was IT DIDN’T RAIN until the last hour (that’s a first for our events) and everyone seemed to really enjoy the day. We raised £1200 for our charities and had great fun doing it!