This will be run in a similar way to a conventional ‘outdoor’ dog show, the only difference being that owners upload their photo’s online. A small fee is charged to all entrants.
Hope Rescue is not a rescue in the conventional sense. They are primarily a co-coordinating rescue. Most of their work involves moving dogs from put to sleep or emergency situations.
Hope secure rescue spaces for these dogs with reputable rescues such as the Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and RSPCA, together with a number of excellent smaller rescues and breed rescues. They will also transport them to the rescue and cover many thousands of miles every month.
The majority of the dogs they deal with are strays from Local Authority pounds which would otherwise be euthanized once they have completed their statutory 7 days. Most of the pounds they work with are located in South Wales, but they also regularly help pounds in the Midlands and South West of England.
Hope Rescue also helps other rescues and organizations to move dogs when they are full and have dogs referred to them that they cannot take in.
‘On average they move around 20 dogs a week, but at peak times this can be as high as 40 dogs, many of which are facing destruction.’
They use boarding kennels in Llantrisant and Caerphilly, South Wales to hold dogs if there is a delay in their put to sleep date and a rescue space becoming available. Boarding fees are one of their highest expenses but holding kennels are vital as usually there are not enough rescue spaces available, particularly for the bull breeds and other larger breeds.
Hope also take in dogs for rehoming ourselves via a network of fantastic and dedicated foster homes. Hope Rescue is entirely self-funded, with no paid staff and relies on the fantastic support of our volunteers.
The classes I’m proud to be judging are:
1. Best Non-dog …The entrants will be required to send in a picture of any pet other than a dog which they may have.
2. Prettiest Bitch ….The entrants will be required to send in a picture of their bitch, any age, any pose is acceptable.
3. Water Dog…The entrants will submit a picture of their dog or bitch in water or playing with water, any type of water playing picture is acceptable.
4. Most appealing eyes…Which is self explanatory!
5. Dogs and their toys…The entrants will submit pictures their dogs playing with their toys, any pose, any toy is acceptable.
The Hope Rescue Dog Show runs until 10pm on Sunday 19th October.
To vote or nominate your own pet click here.