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Contactless canines collect for Blue Cross

Blue Cross dogs are lending a helping paw by becoming the world's first solo canine fundraisers. The team of Blue Cross Tap Dogs will be helping out at fundraising events by offering a quick and easy way to donate, via their specially designed contactless payment jackets.

Event goers will be encouraged to make a standard donation of £2 simply by tapping their cards on the dog's coat, or they can speak to a human volunteer if they'd like to give a different amount. The coats have already been trialled in Hampstead Heath and will be rolled out to other events in due course.

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The first team consists of Smudge the golden Labrador, Maverick the Border Collie, Cherry the lurcher, Ralph the Old English Sheepdog cross and Rosie the chocolate Labrador, all of whom have been behaviour assessed and are owned by Blue Cross volunteers.

Tracy Genever, Blue Cross Head of Education Services says, "Our fundraising and events activities are so crucial to helping make sure the pets in our care can be healthy and happy, and we are incredibly grateful for every penny the public gives. With today’s increasingly “cashless” society, it made sense to introduce a contactless option to those wishing to give to Blue Cross. And who better to help us than some of the amazing events dogs that help to raise awareness and inform Britons about the work we do. These wonderful dogs really are the best ambassadors we could possibly ever hope for."

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If you'd like to meet one of the 'Tap Dogs' the next outing will be with Smudge at the Merton Dog Watch at King George’s Playing Fields, Morden between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday 21 May; and Rosie at Pets at Home in Swindon between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 28 May.

Watch Smudge and Maverick in action in the video below.