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Mr Lucas, Ms Bloomfield (centre) and Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue volunteer Diane with some of the dogs being trained and treated at the rescue centre.

Mr Lucas, Ms Bloomfield (centre) and Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue volunteer Diane with some of the dogs being trained and treated at the rescue centre.

Charity donations continue a tradition

Victorian caravan show
goes to the dogs, but
it's all in a good cause

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CARAVANNING enthusiasts could be forgiven for thinking a major show in Victoria has gone to the dogs.

But they shouldn't be too concerned ... the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria's latest venture is to raise money for a canine charity.

The three-day Border Caravan & Camping Expo will open at the Wodonga Racecourse on August 25 and 'Man's best friend' will be welcome at this year's event, with a pledge of $5000 to Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue.

The association has already contributed $30,000 to local charities and non-profit organisations from its previous six shows.

Chief executive Rob Lucas said the family dog could attend next month's show as part of the overall family experience.

"Many people prefer to travel with their pampered pooch rather than leaving them at home these days, and our shows will now reflect that," he said.

The association was very much aware that unfortunately not all pooches were pampered.

Mr Lucas walking with Rusty, who was handed into the Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue centre.

Mr Lucas walking with Rusty, who was handed into the Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue centre.

"And that is why we are excited to be able to donate $5000 to the Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue," Mr Lucas explained.

"We thought that it aligned quite nicely with our new direction in supporting travelling with your best friend the family dog and would hopefully assist with some local dogs being treated and adopted into loving homes."

The expo promises to deliver more caravans, pop-tops, tents, camper trailers, motorhomes, campervans and 4WD off-road and touring accessories than ever, including those that any pampered pooch would be happy to be seen in.

Some products will be on display for the first time, and tourism information will be available so enthusiasts can hit the road and 'Go Make Some Memories' with their dogs.

More than 200 RVs will cater to every budget, every type of camping and even the most fussy pooches.

Also on show will be a host of accessories, tents, annexes, destinations, off-road and towing gear, and electronic and alternative power equipment.

Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue president Ella Bloomfield said she appreciated the generous donation from the association and its move to encourage responsible pet practices by allowing dogs on leashes at the expo ... along with designated water stations for the dogs.

"This money will save lives of local animals which we would normally not be able to save," she said.

"We get dogs in that have bad dental health, have hip problems and that have been badly neglected.

"This money will go to save those where it is not normally possible."

Tickets are now available online (www.borderexpo.com.au) and are $13 for adults and $11 for pensioners and concession card holders.

Children 15 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

A two-day pass costs $18 for adults and $16 for pensioners/concession.

There is a 10 percent discount for all tickets bought online.

Gates are open from 9.30am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday.

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