Hannah Parr and her 5 year old Border Collie Ralph are taking on their Dog Jog 5K challenge at Willen Lake on Sunday in aid of SFT Animal Sanctuary in Tangier, Morocco.

Hannah volunteered for the sanctuary back in September 2017 and will soon return for the foreseeable future this September. “It was something I’d always dreamed of doing, but I could still not have prepared myself for how much this place would completely steal my heart” Hannah explained.

SFT is run by a small dedicated team and the sanctuary is currently home to over 500 animals including over 300 dogs, 120 cats, 30 donkeys and many more. Many have been injured, abandoned and abused before being rescued.

The sanctuary also cares for strays living on the streets which they treat, vaccinate, neuter and tag.

“It completely opened my eyes to the problems of animal welfare in third world countries like Morocco”.

During her time spent there, Hannah got stuck in with all kinds of volunteering activities.

She explained “I was involved in everything from cuddling all of the animals, to picking up poop and cleaning out enclosures. I also ventured out some days to visit the tagged strays and feed them and make sure they were well”.

The sanctuary is in desperate need of funding and support to continue their vital work and Hannah is doing her best to help.

“Since returning I have been doing lots of admin, press and social media work to help raise awareness of SFT.”

“I was also looking for an activity to take part in to raise money for the sanctuary and when I found out about Dog Jog I thought there was no better way to raise money for a charity which is home to so many dogs in need!”.

Dog Jog Milton Keynes takes place on Sunday 2nd September at Willen Lake and provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit.

As of yet, the sanctuary receives no government funding and relies solely on generous donations of individuals.

Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy once they cross the finish line. There’s no other event like it in the UK.

“I’m definitely not a runner, and this will be a struggle for me, but I’m putting those feelings aside to run 5K for this amazing charity”.

The events are also a great way for participants to raise money for a charity they really care about, whether it be a dog-related charity or otherwise.

“I’m feeling nervous but positive and I know that Ralph will keep me going every step of the way as he is much fitter than me!”.

Entries are still open for the event on Sunday. To find out more and enter, visit https://www.dogjog.co.uk/milton-keynes/.

To support Hannah and Ralph’s fundraising for SFT Animal Sanctuary in Tangier visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sftanimalsanctuary.