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27 February 2007

Hamilton's Dog Day Afternoon returns to Innes Common on 3 March for its fifth year to promote positive and responsible dog-ownership in Hamilton.

This year's theme is the Adopt a Dog programme that is run by Council's Animal Care Centre. The dog adoption programme provides a mechanism to re-home suitable dogs with responsible dog owners. All adopters receive a complimentary 2kg bag of Nutro Food with every dog adopted.

Dogs available for adoption can be viewed at the Animal Care Centre or on the Hamilton website at www.hamilton.co.nz/adoptadog .

Animal Control and Parking Enforcement manager Janice Burns says there are many dogs that need a home and deserve a new start in life with a loving and responsible owner.

"We have a vast array of breeds that come through the Animal Care centre so there is a dog to suit everyone. We also have several puppies come through the centre that have had a rough start but are extremely worthy of being given a chance to be somebody's loyal companion.

"The Adopt a Dog programme aims to secure positive, caring homes for all dogs and we have several processes to ensure that dogs are only adopted by those who will take their responsibility as a dog owner seriously in terms of their treatment of their pet and the community. This aligns closely with the impetus behind Dog Day Afternoon and we recognise the opportunity to leverage the parallels between the dog adoption programme and this event to drive positive outcomes for city dogs and residents.

Dog Day Afternoon 2007 has a varied and entertaining programme including the return of several popular competitions and features, says Ms Burns.

"Prizes are available for the cutest dog, best-dressed dog, dog and owner look-alikes plus biggest and smallest dog. There's also a WAG fly-ball and agility demonstration, a range of stalls and the chance for young artists to show their stuff in the Kid's Art competition that focuses on being safe with dogs."

The Pet Practice Dog Walk returns to Dog Day Afternoon this year, providing an opportunity to break the record for the biggest dog walk in the country. It will start at 4pm.

Dog Day Afternoon is sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition, Bayer Animal Health and Hamilton City Council and presented by Waikato More FM.

NAME: Janice Burns
DESIGNATION: Animal Control and Parking Enforcement Manager
TEL (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6890
MOBILE: 021 356 785
NAME: Naomi Reynolds
DESIGNATION: Communication Advisor
TEL (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6726
MOBILE: 027 413 3448
FAX (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6761
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