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Pound Paws North Gong Dog Day 2023 - September 23

Pound Paws is wagging its tail with excitement to announce its return to the North Gong Hotel, where we will once again be raising awareness about pet adoption within the local Illawarra community. 

Residents and dog enthusiasts alike can look forward to a fantastic line-up of activities while celebrating the cherished companionship we share with our furry friends.

The North Gong Dog Day represents a collaborative effort between Pound Paws and The North Gong Hotel. This exciting event will transform the North Gong Hotel into a haven for all things canine, as attendees take over the entire venue and carpark for a paw-some puppy fiesta!

The event is part of the Pound Paws Dog Day series, with a mission to raise awareness about pet adoption to the local community. We will be joined by various dog rescue groups from across New South Wales. These Dog Day gatherings provide rescue organisations with a valuable platform to connect with potential adopters, find loving homes for their rescue dogs, and raise much-needed funds.

Dog enthusiasts and pet owners can explore a wide range of pet market stalls, offering everything from doggy fashion and organic treats to doggy training sessions and pet art activities. To cap off this incredible day, there will be live music, featuring performances by a variety of local artists.

Additionally, there will be a Rescue Dog Adoption Parade, informative "paws for thought" discussions on responsible pet ownership, a doggy ball pit, and even a Puppy Paw-casso Art Station, where your four-legged companion can unleash their inner artist!

Our furry friends will indulge in the ultimate pub feast, courtesy of Amanda’s Homemade Dog Treats, which will provide them with their own doggy beer, snacks, and even some paw-secco for the more sophisticated pets. This allows their owners to enjoy a drink or two without worry.

If you don't have a dog, fret not! There will be dogs available for adoption from a variety of dog rescue groups across NSW, including Rescue Hub, Animal Trust Society, Pudgy's House Shar Pei Rescue, and Country Companion Animal Rescue. You'll have ample opportunities to find a fur-ever friend.

Dogs also have the chance to shine on the stage, showcasing their best costumes or tricks for a chance to not only make their fur-parents proud but also win some fantastic prizes. 

A VIP Judging Panel will be on hand to hold up scorecards for the pooches, featuring prominent figures such as Jack Miller (as seen on Married At First Sight 2022), AJ Ogilvy (Former Illawarra Hawks Basketball Player), Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury from Illawarra Council, and Sheree Clark from The Fold Illawarra.

Make sure to arrive early, starting at 12pm, as our canine guests will receive a KONG Gift Bag filled with toys and treats as a special gift!

Join us at the North Gong Hotel on Saturday 23rd September and raise a toast to an unforgettable, barkin' good time!

Entry is free, register your attendance here

“Pound Paws is incredibly thankful to both the North Gong Hotel and the local Illawarra community for their support, which has played a pivotal role in making this event a resounding success over the past five years. Each year, we join forces with a variety of dog rescue groups from the NSW region, further enhancing the opportunities for pets to find their forever loving homes” - Brittany Bloomer (Founder of Pound Paws).

“The North Gong Hotel takes great pride in its ongoing support of pet adoption through its partnership with Pound Paws over the past five years. Each year, this event has not only flourished but has also become a testament to the amazing and supportive community we are fortunate to be a part of. We couldn't be more thrilled with its continued success!”
- Thomas S (North Gong Hotel Manager).

When: Saturday 23rd September, 2023 from 12pm to 4pm

Where: North Wollongong Hotel, 1/3 Flinders St North, Wollongong, NSW, 2500

Register via EventBrite here and for updates, visit the Facebook Event's Page 

About Pound Paws

Pound Paws is an Australian based charity which provides a modern online approach to the re-homing of pets in Australian pounds and rescue centres. They operate via an online search engine which allows users to search for their dream pet in pounds and rescue centres across Australia. They also actively assist rescue centres and pounds by hosting dog adoption events around Australia.

About the North Gong Hotel

The North Gong Hotel is an iconic hotel in the Illawarra region, situated in the heart of North Wollongong. Equally renowned for everyday hospitality and paw-some events! They pride themselves on being a dog-friendly pub, home to great food & live music.

For more information about North Gong Hotel head to:

MEDIA RELEASE, 7th September 2023

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