Animal practitioners and animal lovers are being encouraged to “pose with a nose” and take part in the second annual Wetnose Day fund-raising event for animals in need.

Wetnose Day has many celebrity supporters, including Ricky Gervais. Photo credit: wet Nose Animal Aid.

Wetnose supports the smaller animal rescue centres and organisations caring for sick or vulnerable animals, where there are limited or insufficient funds to carry out the work they do.

The charity was established in 2000 by Andrea and Gavin Gamby-Boulger to raise funds for sick animals in care
across the UK. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the organisation said: “Many of the larger animal charities have a great deal of financial support, whereas smaller, less well-known organisations struggle to raise adequate funding
and do not have access to funds as other charities do.” 

Wetnose has a valuable and essential place in helping animals that otherwise would not receive the care they need, by placing funds where they are most needed, the charity said.

Rescue centres are experiencing noticeable increases in animals being “dumped” on them, as owners continue, for various reasons, not to be able to keep their animals.  

Vet surgeries, and pet companies are being urged to join in too, as more veterinary nurses, specialist vets, farriers and marine vets and animal experts in general are required to help the cause.

Supporters can “pose with a nose” by purchasing one from the charities website or hold a fund-raising event. Some supporters have already organised doggy tea parties and skydives, while others will be going on sponsored dog walks and holding parties.

Wood Green Animal Shelter has also shown its support for the initiative.

A spokesman said: “Wetnose Day is an amazing opportunity to raise the profile of many animals being cared for by rescue organisations around the country.

“Sadly, Wood Green, The Animals Charity, like so many organisations, is constantly full of animals in need of extra special care and attention as they no longer have an owner to call their own.

“Wetnose Day is a chance to give these animals a voice, and to remind people to ‘think rescue’ rather than buying a puppy from a breeder or over the internet,” they added.

Wetnose Day is being supported by a variety of celebrities including actress Joanna Lumley, presenter Paul O’Grady and musician Brian May.

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