Petworld’s Furry 5k in aid of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland


Petworld is delighted to announce that their Furry 5k annual sponsored dog walk is taking place at 10am this Sunday, July 28, in seven locations across Ireland - including Tallaght and Rathfarnham. 

The Furry 5k is a 5km sponsored walk with all proceeds going to Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI), with the walk in Tallaght leaving from Petworld on Main Road in the village and in Rathfarnham, Petworld on Nutgrove Avenue. 

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Furry 5k's will be held in Tallaght and Rathfarnham

AADI is a national charity established to transform the lives of children with autism and their families. AADI provide highly trained ‘task specific’ assistance dogs to children with autism.

The Horkans Group, which includes Horkans and Petworld, selected AADI as their national nominated charity in 2016.

Over the past 3 years they have raised over €22,000 for the charity.

Stuart Cooper, COO with the Horkans Group commented, “Our Furry 5k is a fun-filled, family event that gives animal lovers (and their dogs!!) the chance to come together and support an incredible cause.

Autism affects 1 in 65 people in Ireland and it personally touches some of our own families here at the Horkans Group, so it gives us even more commitment to actively support this great cause.”

This year, the walk is taking place on Sunday, July 28 and they are hoping to raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause.

The registration fees for the walk are: 1 person €10, 2 people €15, and family €20.

You can pay the fee yourself or by raising funds for the charity through a sponsorship card. 100 per cent of the funds raised go to AADI and the walkers get a chance to meet representatives from AADI to see how the money they have raised will be spent.

The walk promises to be a fun morning, full of laughter, as animal lovers (and their dogs) come together for a great cause.

Afterwards, there will be refreshments for both the two and four-legged participants back at Petworld.

The first 300 people who have registered and turn up for the walk across the 7 stores will also get a free Furry 5k t-shirt and a goody bag.

Nuala Geraghty, AADI CEO, explains the importance of fundraising for AADI: “One in every 65 children in Ireland has autism and yet so many people know so little about the condition, adding to the difficulties faced by many children and their families.

"Autism doesn’t just affect the child. It affects everyone in the family.

 “AADI is a national charity who provide Assistance Dogs to children with autism.

"Accredited to the highest standards by Assistance Dogs International, AADI’s mission is to change the world for children with autism.

 “It costs AADI €22,000 and takes 2 years to train each of these life-changing assistance dogs. The families receiving the dog also receive handler training and ongoing placement aftercare to ensure maximum benefit from the partnership.

 “These highly skilled dogs are more than a friend.

"They are trained to keep their child companion safe. Attached via a belt to the child, these dogs listen and respond to the commands of the parent/handler.

"The dog’s primary focus is to prevent the child from running into danger when they are out and about. Every family’s story is different.

“Every child with autism is different.

“Every Autism Assistance Dog changes the world for a child with autism.

“Over 90 per cent of our funding comes from fundraising and donations, so we rely on the generosity of the public and businesses to enable us to change the world for as many children and families, in desperate need, as possible.

“We are extremely grateful to the support that Petworld and Horkans have shown AADI since they invited us to become Charity Partners.

“Their wonderful family ethos is reflected in the kindness that they continue to show AADI, the families that we support and our amazing volunteers.

“We are extremely proud of this relationship and look forward to continuing to build awareness of how Autism Assistance Dogs can change the world for children with autism and their families,” concluded Nuala.

So come along on Sunday, July 28 and support a great event for an amazing charity and get walking and talking!

Register online at or you can pop into your local Petworld store to pick up your Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland sponsorship pack.





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