Bury St Edmunds set to become most Dog Friendly town in UK!
John Kay, owner of Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche, has officially launched a new initiative, with the goal of promoting and assisting dog friendly businesses in the town, making it the ‘go-to’ destination for dogs and their owners.
The initiative has received support and funding from the local town council. This was largely down to the support of Councillor Clive Springett and his dog Rory who attends the canine creche. He, like Jon, realised that when taking Rory into the town centre he was unaware of where he was welcome.
The campaign has gained momentum, with the council funding new stickers and dog bowls, that are already appearing outside shops, pubs and cafes.
Jon, wanting to offer something back to the community with his canine knowledge, took the first steps to this idea earlier in the year and has been excited with the recent attention the scheme has gotten.
Jon said; “we are all excited. There seems to be a buzz around town with businesses and owners talking about us. It adds weight and gravitas to have the BID, BSE & Beyond and the Town Council all on the same page helping us promote and all bringing their unique expertise to the campaign. With 60 businesses already pledged the town centre already has a different feel”
“to us at Creche, as the doggy people, it’s a no-brainer. From local businesses who will receive additional footfall, to visitors to the town centre who will know beforehand their dogs are welcome. We hope it’ll bring a boost to the local economy, attract visitors and ultimately make us happy being able to explore our beautiful town freely with our four-legged companions.” Stated Jon.
“We have also created a charter for both owners and businesses to make sure we make the scheme a success. Included is what’s expected and how to make sure we get the most out of the campaign, from keeping your dog on lead to making sure there isn’t anything harmful to dogs at a low level but also reassuring businesses that the sticker doesn’t give dog owners a divine right to enter their establishment and that they have the power to ask someone to leave if their dog is out of control or being disruptive.”
The campaign has its own social media presence that will help steer people to where they can visit, as well as a dedicated page on the town council website.
Daycare information can be found at the Bury St. Edmunds Canine Creche website.
Dog Friendly can be found by searching @dogfriendlybse or #dogfriendlybse or at the Bury St. Edmunds Town website.