The Local Doggy Daycare Helping Lincolnshire Rescue Charities

Based in Reepham and ran by husband and wife team Mark and Jude Levy, Pippin’s Doggy Daycare is a small successful business offering local people a place to take their four-legged friends during the day or for occasional overnight stays. It provides a friendly, fun and stimulating environment for dogs to play and socialise. “Some customers bring their dogs here while they’re at work all day and others want them to improve their social skills both with other dogs and people” explains Jude.

Over the last two years, supported by their customers, the duo have held fundraising events giving the proceeds to local animal rescue charities.

Jude had a previous career in teaching, so has always enjoyed roles that give back to the community or make a difference in some form. After finally being able start their doggy daycare in 2021, which until that moment had always been a pipe dream, Jude knew she wanted to give back somehow. “We created a great space for the dogs that come to us – we keep numbers small so we are like an extended family and give them everything you would your own dog, but of course the dogs that come to us have owners who can afford to look after them. I was trying to think how we could help dogs that need a home, and although we aren’t in a position to rescue dogs ourselves, I decided we could raise money and supplies for those charities who do.”

Mark and Jude first invited all their customers for a doggy get-together in December 2022 and managed to gather an impressive number of food donations. “They didn’t just bring a tin each” Jude recalls, “they were really generous, and we ended up with more than we’d anticipated. It was just so lovely to know that our customers wanted to help less fortunate dog too, and the big collection of food went to Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels.” It was a fantastic opportunity for the dogs to get together to have a play, but also for the owners to meet each other and enjoy a social gathering whilst making a difference for local dogs in need.

This year they held their doggy get-together in January, and not only once again managed to fill a car boot full of food donations, but also raised £91. “It isn’t a huge amount, but the main aim was to gather a substantial amount of food’’ says Jude. “This year we took it to Halfway Home Dog Rescue at Collingham, and Mark and I went around and learnt a bit about the work they do there.”

Pippin’s Doggy Daycare are to continue their yearly fundraiser, and there are plans to make it bigger and better each year.

If you would like to get in touch with Mark and Jude about day care for your dog, you can email them at pippinsdoggydaycare@outlook.com or ring Jude on 07516355136