Dogs charity ‘does great work’

Waifs and Strays Dog Show.
Waifs and Strays Dog Show.

A family fun day in aid of Seaford animal charity Waifs and Strays Dog Rescue raised an impressive £1,576.94.

Despite the sudden downpour at lunchtime on Saturday May 24, the event at the Martello Fields in College Road attracted hundreds of visitors who also saw some sunshine.

The highlight of the event was the dog show where dozens of local owners and their dogs competed in nine different classes, including handsomest dog, best puppy and waggiest tail and culminated in the best in show event.

One of the organisers, Sue Phillips, said, “There was a great turn out of people. One gentleman had come all the way from Maidstone with his furry friend, just to attend the show.

“Each dog show category was very popular as usual and when it came to best in show, all the first place winners from the ten categories attended and they were so difficult to choose from, as all were so very lovely.”

The first place winner for best in show went to Dante, a stunning boxer cross. Sue said he had a sweet and calm nature. He won a doggy hamper, donated by Seaford business woman Carol Worms.

The runners up were: in second place Bonnie the westie who was rescued by Waifs and Strays and in third place was Sally the lurcher.

Sue added, “We had a fun fair and many stalls, who suffered the early morning rain, to show their support by still attending the event and we would very much like to thank them. We raised an amazing £1,576.94 and would very much like to thank everyone for turning up and showing their amazing support.”

The doggy agility, ferret rescue and Owls Out and About displays were extremely popular.

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Lewes, Maria Caulfield, who was one of the judges at the show, said, “The fun day was a great day out, raising over £1,000 for this wonderful local charity. It was amazing to see so many dogs who had been rehomed by Waifs and Strays competing in the show and doing their owners proud.”

Waifs and Strays Dog Rescue takes in and rehomes unwanted dogs, not just in Seaford and Newhaven, but across East Sussex and they rely on a large network of local people to foster and adopt the dogs.