Dog-loving runners are being urged to sign up for this year’s Santa Fun Run and Walk alongside their beloved pooches.
Registered Lincolnshire dog charity Jerry Green Dog Rescue has officially launched applications for the Doggy Dash element of the annual run, encouraging people to raise money for their cause this Christmas.
On Sunday, December 13 the 10th annual Santa Fun Run will start from Castle Square in Lincoln at 11.30am and take in the historic Bailgate area of the city.
Organised by Running Imp, the Lincoln Santa Fun Run invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to dress as Santa and raise funds for charities close to their heart.
Participants who would like to bring their dog along can take part in the Doggy Dash, which takes on the same course but starts just outside the castle gates.
Amanda Raworth-Hayes, Fundraiser at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, said: “The Doggy Dash is an event where the whole family can get together and fundraise for a good cause.
“Grab your Santa outfit, dress up your dog and get ready to hit the trail with thousands of other people getting into the Christmas spirit.”
Team members from Jerry Green Dog Rescue centres in Broughton and Algarkirk will be taking part with their own rescue dogs to highlight the needs of man’s best friend, especially at Christmas time.
To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Santa Fun Run, Jerry Green Dog Rescue is calling for people to consider adopting older dogs, which often face difficulty finding a forever home.
Amanda added: “Christmas is the time of year when we need to remind people thinking about getting a dog that they are a big responsibility and will need love, care and support for the rest of their lives.
“Adopting an older dog does have its benefits; they will usually be house-trained, socialised and able to follow basic commands. Older dogs still have plenty to offer in the way of fun and companionship and are looking for their second chance.”
Those wishing to take part in the fun run can find out more and sign up via the website.