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A charity is urging school children to walk just one mile to help raise cash for sick and injured animals.

Tailwaggers Miles & Smiles is a fund-raising initiative launched by Tailwaggers Club Trust, a charity which provides financial support to cat and dog owners, who are unable to meet unexpected vet bills. Schools across the UK are being invited to hold a sponsored walk - a minimum of 1 mile, to a maximum of 3 miles - during September through to November. Proceeds from sponsorship will not only benefit Tailwaggers, but also the schools who take part.

Every child who raises over £50 for the charity will receive a free souvenir Tailwaggers cuddly toy dog.

TV vet, Emma Milne, who is a Trustee of Tailwaggers Club Trust, is heading the campaign. She said:

“Pets make wonderful companions for children and adults alike. In particular, a dog or a cat may be the only source of emotional support to a pensioner, or person living alone. It is devastating for owners, who may not have sufficient funds, to be faced with unexpected veterinary costs, due to a pet’s illness or serious accident. This is where Tailwaggers can step in, but the charity needs to raise more funds to help more animals in need. Tailwaggers Miles & Smiles sponsored walks offer a healthy way for children to make a difference to animals in need and, at the same time help support their schools, ensuring that smiles can be raised for everyone.”

To request an information pack for Tailwaggers Miles & Smiles sponsored walks, please visit: or write to Tailwaggers Club Trust, c/o Town Mill, Bagshot Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8BZ, or telephone: 01276 858880.

10th September 2007


Information provided by Tailwaggers Club Trust (registered charity No 265069)

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Tailwaggers Club Trust was registered as a charitable trust in 1972 and over the last 35 years has helped thousands of pet owners, unable to find help from other sources, to meet the costs of unplanned veterinary costs. The need for help is often as a result of financial hardship. To receive an unexpected veterinary bill, due to a pet’s serious illness or an accident, can be devastating to owners.

Tailwaggers is often the only organisation that dog and cat owners can turn to for help. Tailwaggers’ help can often make the difference between life and death of a beloved pet. Tailwaggers does not adhere to strict rules and regulations. Each referral is reviewed on individual merit, which gives the charity flexibility in helping pet owners.

Trustees of Tailwaggers Club Trust come from different walks of life but all share one passion – to help dogs and cats in need. Trustees include TV Vet, Emma Milne, Sue Parslow, Editor of Your Cat magazine and Beverley Cuddy, publisher and editor of Dogs Today.


Emma Milne graduated from Bristol University Vet School in 1996. She initially practised in Dulverton, Somerset and then in Cheltenham. She became a familiar face on BBC TV Vets in Practice. She is involved with numerous animal welfare charities, including Tailwaggers Club Trust as a Trustee. Emma now lives in York with her vet husband, two dogs and three cats. Emma’s book ‘The Truth about Cats and Dogs’ was published in July this year.

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