Walkies for the Carers Association

The Petmania National Dog Walk takes place in Portlaoise on Easter Monday, setting off from the Petmania shop in Portlaoise Retail park at 2pm.

The Petmania National Dog Walk takes place in Portlaoise on Easter Monday, setting off from the Petmania shop in Portlaoise Retail park at 2pm.

Now in its third year, the nationwide walks will have thousands of dogs taking to the streets at 11 locations, all to raise funds for The Carers Association. The money raised will pay for counselling, respite and training services for family carers.

To date the event has raised almost €100,000 for the charity, and this year it is hoped to bring that number up to €161,000 representing €1 for every family carer in Ireland.

Registration is now open at Petmania Portlaoise, or online at www.nationaldogwalk.ie and costs just €5 for one walker and their dog or €10 for a family of four and a dog. (Late registration fee of €2.50 will be applicable for all registrations made after Good Friday April 6.

Walkers will make their way up the Timahoe Road, across the Meelick road to the Abbeyleix Road, and circle back to James Fintan Lalor avenue to return to the Petmania store in Portlaoise Retail Park.

On the day Laois County Council will be handing out some high vis jackets for walkers, which have the freephone number to report dog fouling printed on them. The jackets and bone-shaped bag dispensers are available free from county hall.

“We urge the people taking part in the walk to be conscious and lead by example by picking up their dogs’ litter,” said Collette O’Rourke from the Environment section.