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National Pet Month 2012: Kingston Maurward braves downpour to win best educational establishment event in national competition

Kingston Maurward College, based in Dorchester, Dorset, was officially awarded with National Pet Month’s ‘Best 2012 Educational Establishment Event’ today.

Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward ran an Animal Festival on 29 April, a day which unfortunately co-incided with extremely inclement weather.

While expected visitor numbers were down because of the heavy rain, a number of charities stayed the course too - G4G (gearing up for gorillas), RSPCA and Margaret Green Animal Rescue. The students also ran their own stalls raising awareness and additional money for other chosen welfare charities. Staff had stalls too - and gave pet ownership advice and there were a number of stalls and competitions with local business support.

National Pet Month chairman Phil Sketchley, who visited the college to present principal Clare Bailey with the award, explained: “The National Pet Month trustees admired the tenacity and commitment of the animal care team and students who came, stayed and worked hard to promote their animal welfare and responsible pet ownership messages.

National Pet Month really appreciated the College's support in the face of adversity which is why they chose to give them the best event award within in the educational establishment category.

“We look forward to seeing what Kingston Maurward has in store next year, when National Pet Month runs from 1 April – 6 May 2013.”


Notes to Editors: National Pet Month is a registered charity, unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers, with the common goal of improving the welfare of pets. The trustees are National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) and Pet Care Trust (PCT).

National Pet Month 2012 was supported by Royal Canin, Companion Care Vets and Pets at Home.

National Pet Month 2013 will take place from 1 April – 6 May. See for more details.

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