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‘Dogs are part of our families and a special part of Christmas’: Santa’s Grotto for Dogs returns to The Forum

PUBLISHED: 15:11 09 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 09 December 2017

RSPCA Santa's dog grotto at The Forum in Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

RSPCA Santa's dog grotto at The Forum in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

Dog-lovers and their pets enjoyed a visit from Santa at The Forum in Norwich on Saturday.

RSPCA Santa's dog grotto at The Forum in Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYRSPCA Santa's dog grotto at The Forum in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The free Santa’s Grotto for Dogs event was held at the city centre venue on December 9 from 10am.

And four-legged attendees were encouraged to wear their best fancy dress.

The RSPCA and Pets as Therapy teams were at the event, collecting donations and recruiting for volunteers.

Kelsey Moore, 22, and Ricky Beamish, 23 from Lowestoft brought their dogs Georgie and Gracie to the event.

RSPCA Santa's dog grotto at The Forum in Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYRSPCA Santa's dog grotto at The Forum in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Mr Beamish said: “We came along today so they could mingle with the other dogs.

“The RSPCA is close to our hearts - Georgie is a rescue.”

Event organiser Jayne Evans works at The Forum, where Santa’s Grotto for Dogs is in its fifth year. She said: “It all started with an idea I had five years ago.

“All my colleagues thought I was mad, but for everyone who loves their dogs they are a part of our families and a special part of Christmas.”

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