Dog group for Plaistow pet owners reaches 150 members and gains backing of Newham Council
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 September 2018
A Facebook group for dog owners from Plaistow is celebrating reaching more than 150 members.
The Plaistow Dog Community was set up in February by Lorna Maffei and Rachel Mullaney, as an educational and social tool for dog owners in Newham.
The group gained the backing of Newham Council and their volunteer organising team and now has 157 members.
“The group has been growing and has proved extremely successful in bringing people together,” said Lorna, who moved to Plaistow from Italy last year.
“Since its beginning in February, it now has 157 members in the Facebook group and on our last monthly group walk we had 30 dogs with their owners and families.”
The Recorder first reported on Lorna in March, when her crossbreed, Baloo, was attacked by an un-muzzled pitbull. Baloo was left with a missing tooth, head wound and gashes in his mouth and neck. Lorna was determined to expand the group, to educate dog owners on properly looking after their pets.
“It has attracted dog lovers - both owners and non-owners - of all backgrounds from all over Newham,” she said.
“We sometimes have people travel to our events from different boroughs of London.”
The group does monthly group walks and events, including a first aid course for dogs and picnics. It’s also applied for a grant to begin a series of events promoting the importance of training your dog.
Click here to join the group.