Are you looking for your perfect (four-legged) match?
An online campsite marketplace is taking inspiration from ITV’s popular reality TV show Love Island, which paired up singletons looking for love, and launching the world’s first rehoming dog campsite for hopeful dog owners and rescue centres in the UK.
The free holiday will run for one weekend in early 2018 and aims to highlight the plight of 250,000 pets that need rehoming every year, according to the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes.
Dubbed the ‘Love Island Rescue Campsite’, the two-day event will include training seminars on how to care for a rescue dog and socialising classes with experts. There will also be bonding activities including a treasure hunt, assault course and dog spa tent, where the pooches can be pampered.
There will be Love Island themed sections of the camp such as ‘Pied’, where dogs can enjoy a delicious pie treat while prospective owners ‘graft’ for their attention. A forum will also be created and shared with registered attendees beforehand, which will list the rescue dogs attending. After the event, successful couples will be vetted and require a home visit before they can take their ‘furever’ friend home with them.
This concept has definitely proven more popular than the previous idea which involved matching up dog owners who wished to breed their dogs.
Martin Smith founder of Campsites.co.uk said, “One of the most frequently asked questions on the site is whether a campsite is dog-friendly. In fact, 1 in 4 of our users take their dogs on holiday with them. Brits love their dogs – that’s already a known fact – however there’s a real epidemic with the number of dogs that need rehoming in the UK.
“After an initial event idea that didn’t quite sit well, and support from the dog-loving community and the RSPCA, we wanted to create an event that combines the fun of camping with the reward of falling in love with a rescue dog. There’s no pressure for campers to rehome a dog there and then, although if we could rehome all the dogs that come that would be amazing! The Love Island Rescue Camp is all about raising awareness, educating hopeful dog owners and showing that there are dogs out there in desperate need of a loving home… they just need to be given a chance!”
Campsites.co.uk have already secured a camp site in Devon and a number of dog rescue homes have already signed up. Now they need a minimum of 60 guests owners to apply for the event to go ahead. If you would like to take part, you can register your interest online.
If successful it’s hoped that the camp will be an annual event.