More than 100 dogs are expected to strut their stuff in Spalding on Saturday to raise funds to help the rising number of pet owners who struggle to pay treatment bills.
The Vet Savers’ Charity Fun Dog Show will also support the local Cats’ Protection charity, which is constantly inundated with abandoned cats and kittens.
It’s a sign of the times that the local veterinary surgery in St Thomas’ Road has felt compelled to organise an event to help its PDSA patients and cats and kittens that are often abandoned on their doorstep.
In July, a litter of six kittens were dumped outside late at night and left frightened, cold and huddled in a plastic box.
They were all found homes – pictures of which will be on display at the dog show. But stories like this are a weekly occurrence.
Registered veterinary nurse Suzhy Winfield said: “We know this dog show will prove we are a nation of pet lovers by the response we have had so far.
“But pet owners are struggling and we see more and more of them asking us for help with treatment costs.”
Vet Savers is linked to the PDSA – the charity that pays towards fees for those in genuine need.
Suzhy said: “Many get into hardship but it doesn’t mean they love their pets any less and it is heartbreaking when they become sick. But it doesn’t end at treatment bills, which is why we are also supporting Cats’ Protection.
“Our own kittens’ story had a happy ending but every week we are made aware of more cats that have been abandoned and they quite often end up here for treatment.”
The dog show starts at 9am in a marquee donated by Tiers Tiaras and Tantrums of Spalding, with judging from 9.30am.
A top judge many will recognise from TV will oversee the categories, including puppy walk, puppy, junior, pedigree, crossbreed, smoothcoat, longcoat, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog and waggiest tail.
Rosettes for the top five in each category have been donated by Okajem Chuhuahuas, who have also sponsored Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show.
As well as the dog show there will be a variety of stalls and a raffle. Spalding Grammar School is allowing spectators and competitors to use their car park.