The UK’s biggest online dog show is BARK and bigger than ever! Entries for Bark Aid are now open and running until 11th October!
When dog lovers unite, great things happen. Bark Aid is all about banding together to raise vital funds for charities in need. This year we’ve selected three incredible charities, all who need support after the devastating effects of COVID-19.
What charities are we raising funds for?
We’re raising funds for three charities in total, to ensure the funds raised can have a big impact. Those charities include the Thin Blue Paw Foundation who support serving and retired police dogs from across the UK. Wild At Heart Foundation who are working to compassionately reduce the world’s 600 million stray dog population. Finally, Greenacres Animal Rescue a rescue centre in Pembrokeshire who not only rescues locally, but support and takes in dogs across the UK.
Just one entry of your pooch can go a long way to supporting these charities. For the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, that entry will go towards making sure retired police pups get the veterinary treatment they need after working hard to assist police forces with finding missing people, preventing crime, and protecting our communities. Every entry counts.
Last year our online dog show raised a whopping £6445 for the charities involved. This year we need your help to hit our big fluffy goals of raising £12,000! Every entry counts and has a huge impact in the charities we’re supporting.
Dog Furiendly founder Adele Pember said;
“Our canine loving charities have faced increasing pressure since the pandemic, with many of them losing significant fundraising opportunities. There has also been major implications for animal welfare with a surge of pets being bought throughout lockdown.”
“On the other paw, the pandemic has shone the biggest spotlight on how important our dogs are to us. So Bark Aid is our chance to highlight how we can all band (or bark) together to be a voice for the dogs who need it the most.”
In addition to raising vital funds for dog charities in need Bark Aid will also seek to raise community spirits while celebrating the happiness our dogs bring us everyday.
Thin Blue Paw Foundation co-founder and trustee Dave Wardell said, “We’re really excited to be one of three fabulous charities that Dog Furiendly is supporting with this year’s Bark Aid event.”
“We feel really touched that the team chose to support our work supporting retired police dogs and we can’t wait to see all of the wonderful four-legged participants in this year’s event!”
Who is taking part in Bark Aid?
There’s a whole host of BIG pupfluencers and celebrities judging this years Bark Aid entries, including Andrea McClean from Loose Women, Danni Menzies from Channel 4’s a Place In The Sun, TikTok sensation Good Boy Ollie and Louby Love who has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent!
What prizes can I win?
We’ve been joined by a whole host of dog-loving businesses, all teaming up to make our online dog show super special. Each category has unique prizes on offer! Prizes include a copy of the board game Canine Kleptomaniacs, tickets to Dogstival 2021, pet portraits from a range of talented artists, goody bags from Burns Pet Nutrition and hampers from Animal Friends.
How do I take part in Bark Aid?
To support our tail-wagging campaign, we’re asking dog owners to enter a photo of their beloved pooch in our online show. Entries costs £2, and all the proceeds go towards the three charities involved. There’s 12 categories available, you can enter one, or enter them all:
- Golden Oldie
- Precious Puppy
- Best Rescue
- Fabulous Fella
- Beach Babe
- Best Ears
- Dazzling Duo
- Gorgeous Girl
- Magic Mountaineer
- Happiest Hound
- Muddiest Mutt
- Dreamiest Eyes
Have You Entered Bark Aid?
If we all lend a helping paw then together we can change lives and make a real impact to those who need it the most.
Are you excited for Bark Aid? Let us know what category you have entered or plan to enter with your pooch in in the comments below!
For more information about the online dog show click here.
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