Hyde Bark festival sees crowds of people out in support of their four-legged friends

Two furry friends enjoy some refreshment in Hyde Park at the event.Last weekend IFAW attended a festival in Hyde Park…all in honour of man's (and woman's) best friend, aptly called Hyde Bark.

The event was organised by The Mayhew Animal Shelter with the aim of bringing together dog lovers for a fun-filled doggy day out.

The day was a real success with crowds of people joining in to show their love and support for our four (and three) legged friends.

With hundreds of dog lovers and their furry friends in tow, we seized the opportunity to staff an IFAW stall promoting the important work we do with cats and dogs around the world; work that aims to protect our companion animals, our best friends, from harm.

IFAW’s work with cats and dogs includes our CLAW project in South Africa, our Cozumel project in Mexico, vaccination and neutering of dogs in Bali, along with extensive work to improve the lives of cats and dogs in China and a new project to promote humane dog population control in Bosnia.

The event was a terrific opportunity to talk with our supporters and new friends about our animal rescue efforts, with particular emphasis on the latest tragedy in America – the Oklahoma tornado.

So many of the folks we spoke with weren’t aware of this aspect of our work, and it gave me great pleasure to bring this to light. IFAW is instrumental in reuniting pets with their owners when disaster strikes and rehabilitating orphaned wild animals for release (just in case you too didn’t know!).

It was touching and inspiring to speak with s many people who share our love and appreciation of animals – and back us all the way. And an unexpected visit from wildlife legend Bill Oddie really got our tails wagging!

When a big group of animal lovers get together, and you throw some amazing companion pooches in the mix – it really does make for a winning combination and a wonderful day out. We will be there for the dogs and cats for as long as they need us. After all, they never ever give up on us.


For more info about IFAW'S efforts to help cats and dogs in the UK, click here.

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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Jan Hannah, Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
Shannon Walajtys
Manager, Animal Rescue-Disasters