A dog sactuary in the Boston area is urging dog lovers to sign up for a fun Christmas run to help dogs in need.
Jerry Green Dog Rescue, in Algarkirk, wants people to take part in the Lincoln Santa Fun Run or Doggy Dash and raise money for the charity this Christmas.
On Sunday, December 13, the tenth annual Santa Fun Run will start from Castle Square in Lincoln and take in the historic Bailgate area.
The event encourages runners and walkers of all ages 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, organised by Jerry Green Dogs, which takes in the same course but starts just outside the castle gates.
l More details via www.lin colnsantafunrun.co.uk/doggy-dash.
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.
“The Doggy Dash is a great opportunity for us to talk to potential new owners, people looking for guidance and advice and those who want to fund raise to support the dogs in our centres.”