Charity dog show to help rehouse rescue animals

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ANIMAL charity Seaford Dog Rescue is holding a dog show on Saturday May 26 at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford.

It will raise funds for the group which was set up to rescue stray and unwanted dogs, as well as the occasional cat.

The charity also rehabilitates the animals and finds them loving homes.

Seaford Dog Rescue held its first fundraising dog show last year with crime author Peter James as the special guest.

It will take place at The Downs Leisure Centre, in Sutton Road, Seaford, from 10am–4pm.

Co-organiser Sue Philips said: “We raised £1,500 last August which was fantastic, we were over the moon.

“This year I would like to hope that we may raise near to £1,000.” 

The charity has been very busy covering the Lewes District Council area, as families struggle during the economic downturn and increasingly decide to give up their dogs, with a lot of rescue dogs being Staffordshire bull terriers.

Sue added: “Yes it is very sad. There does appear to be a rise.

“We have so many people contacting us about rehoming their dogs but we are unable to help them all as we are limited with our fosterers.

“We need so many more volunteers who would be prepared to foster, we do however advise those we can’t help on other organisations further afield.

“The situation with Staffies is so very sad. They have received so much bad press. Many staffies are loving loyal companions, who are referred to as a ‘nanny’ dog, due to there relationship with children.”

The judges will be Trevor Weeks from WRAS, X Factor contestant Daryl Markham and a representative from Pet Doctors in Seaford.

There will be lots of stalls, as well as a Seaford Dog Rescue information desk.

Dog show categories will be prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, best puppy, best veteran and best rescue. Other categories will include best trick, scruffiest pooch, junior handler, dog most like its owner, waggiest tail, judges’ favourite and best in show.

Registration will start at 9.30am. Entry costs £1 per category per dog and showing will start at 10.30 am. Rosettes to be won. Visit http://www.seaforddogrescue.co.uk.