A group of rehomed dogs from Manchester Dogs’ Home were invited to take part in a social dog walking session at Heaton Park last week, to help encourage companionship for canines and their human counterparts. 

Hosted by ParkLives, the session provides dog owners, and their pooches, with the chance to meet new people, socialise and exercise throughout the park. 

Run by ParkLives in partnership with Manchester City Council and Coca-Cola Great Britain, social dog walking takes place every Saturday at Heaton Park.

Colin Balance, Home Liaison Officer at Manchester Dogs Home, said: “Sessions like this are so important, it’s a fantastic way to help dogs interact and socialise with each other. 

“Rehomed dogs can sometimes display behavioural and confidence issues, so it was a no brainer for us to come along and let our dogs mix and mingle with other dogs and owners, and make new friends.”

Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “ParkLives is the perfect opportunity for everyone and their dog to enjoy some fresh air, try something new in their local green space, and make friends along the way. Best of all, the sessions are free.

“It’s all about community for us, and we’re glad to see local organisations such as the Manchester Dog’s Home come down, get involved and have a great time.”

To sign up for the next social dog walking session, visit: www.parklives.com


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