HUNDREDS of families attended Margaret Green Animal Rescue’s Family Activity Day, in what was a record turnout for the annual event.

Staff and volunteers at the Church Knowle animal sanctuary organised activities all day including goat feeding, egg hunting, face painting and a bouncy castle.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue fundraising officer Kate Cross said: “Our resident cats loved their new toys, made for them by visitors like Ella, Caitlin, Izzy and Isla who made toys for Muffin, Whiskey and Olly on their first ever visit to the sanctuary.

“Sue Potts from Wimborne also commented that there was a lot to do for children of all ages and they had really enjoyed the day.

“Animals of the sanctuary enjoyed meeting the visitors and some, such as Truffle our resident Sandy and Black, were spoilt rotten as their sponsors and fans brought them bags full of tasty carrots and apples.”

Staff from the animal charity’s Lincoln Farm re-homing and rescue centre for dogs also supported the event and brought some happily re-homed dogs to meet and greet the public.

Kate said: “Rosie, our gorgeous thoroughbred chestnut mare, took part in a lunging demonstration with her groom Sian. She had a busy day as she also stood while our farrier fitted her new shoes.

“This lovely ex-racehorse was comfortable in the company of her best friend, Angel.

“Margaret Green Animal Rescue would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came to the family activity day. If you couldn’t make it, but would like to visit the centre, we are open every day of the year except Christmas Day between 10am and 4pm."