Bark Aid – Virtual dog show to raise funds for charities in need
Dog Furiendly, a travel community for dog owners, is running an online dog show and charity appeal called “Bark Aid” to raise vital funds for dog charities in need.
The online contest brings together a number of passionate dog companies, pupfluencers and celebrities to raise funds for dogs in need, including Andrea McLean of Loose Women and Danni Menzies of Place In The Sun.
Throughout the pandemic, 56% of animal charities said they experienced a drop of more than half of their income.
If that weren’t enough, Battersea Dogs Home predicts that following the lockdown puppy boom, the UK can expect a 27% increase in dog abandonment in the years to come.
Proceeds from the online dog show will go to three animal charities that suffered significant funding losses due to fundraising events canceled during the pandemic.
These charities include the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, the Wild At Heart Foundation, and Greenacres Animal Rescue.
Greenacres is now the only animal rescue center in Pembrokeshire. They work hard to help any animal in need and although based in Pembrokeshire they work across the UK.
Bark Aid is now in its second year, having raised £ 6,445 for various charities at the height of the pandemic last year with support from Pete Wicks of TOWIE and Laura Anderson of Love Island.
This year, Dog Furiendly and the other organizations involved, including Burns Pet Nutrition, aim to raise £ 12,000!
To enter the competition, dog owners are invited to submit a photo of their furry best friend in one of 12 categories including – Gorgeous Girl, Happiest Hound, Best Rescue, etc.
Registrations cost £ 2 each and close on October 11.
Contest winners can win great prizes donated by dog loving businesses across the UK including a dog lover board game called Canine Kleptomaniacs, Dogstival tickets, pet baskets from Animal Friends Pet Insurance and pet portraits from talented artists.
Dog Furiendly Founder Adele Pember said: “Our dog loving charities have faced increasing pressure since the pandemic, many of them lost important fundraising opportunities.
“There were also major implications for animal welfare with an increase in the number of pets purchased throughout the lockdown.
“On the other hand, the pandemic has shed the spotlight on the importance of our dogs to us. So Bark Aid is our chance to highlight how we can all band together (or bark) together to be the voice of the dogs who need it most. “
Bark Aid is not limited to raising funds for charities for animals in need. It is also a way to boost the morale of the community and to celebrate the contribution of our dogs to our daily life.
The campaign will also be used as a platform to talk about the difficult issues surrounding animal welfare.
For example, following confinement, placement centers face considerable pressure and an increase in abandoned dogs.
Thin Blue Paw Foundation Co-Founder and Trustee Dave Wardell said: “We are so thrilled to be one of three fabulous charities that Dog Furiendly is supporting with this year’s Bark Aid event.
“We are really touched that the team has chosen to support our work supporting the retired police dogs and we look forward to seeing all of the wonderful four legged participants at this year’s event! “
Enter your furry best friend in Bark Aid 2021 at: https://dogfuriendly.com/barkaid/
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