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NEWS | PupAid 2017 a big success

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THOUSANDS of families and their pooches have recently flocked to doggy-friendly haven Primrose Hill for the biggest FREE dog festival PupAid; all in the name of raising awareness about the cruel puppy-farming trade and encouraging rescue pet adoption.

One of many highlights of the day was the celebrity-judged dog show with judges including Sue Perkins, Sir Tony Robinson, BAFTA winning ‘Fleabag’ actress Phoebe Waller Bridge, Peter Egan, Sinitta, Stephanie Pratt, PupAid patron and local resident Meg Mathews with daughter Anais Gallagher, and many more.

PupAid was proud to welcome an extra special celebrity this year – Finn the Police Dog who survived a brutal stabbing attack in the line of duty. It was only fitting then that he should help judge Bravest Dog alongside legend Sir Tony Robinson who recently sadly lost his own rescue dog Winnie and was judging in her honour. They unanimously chose the courageous Badal, a dog with severe facial injuries that still show today, suffered from a machete attack, who was found wondering the streets of India. Owner Amanda Leask heard of his plight on social media and rescued him to a life of love in the UK.

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Miracle was another star of the annual show, rescued from the Vietnamese Dog Meat Trade and a real poster boy for the cause, already winning a Daily Mirror Animal Hero Award, and also rescued by Amanda.

Given the rescue pet awareness raising nature of PupAid, another firm favourite in the dog show is always Best Rescue which was judged this year by Sue Perkins, accompanied by her rescue Staffie Tigs. The lucky winner was the wonderful Bea the Beagle – rescued from life in a laboratory for animal testing.

Guests also enjoyed the incredibly moving parade of ex-breeding bitches rescued from UK puppy farms to remind visitors just what PupAid is all about, as well as enjoying fantastic doggy displays by Hearing Dogs and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist’s Pip & Buddy. All of this in basking sunlight and watered down with cruelty- free vegan-only food and refreshment stalls.

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Marc Abraham, TV Vet and founder of PupAid commented “PupAid 2017 was the biggest & best yet! So many passionate dog-loving campaigners, charities, politicians, brands, friends, celebs, and public all coming together to help dogs. Thanks to everyone who came and supported, with even more awareness raised and increasing public support for PupAid, we’re now an even bigger step closer to finally ending the UK’s cruel puppy farming industry as well as rehoming even more rescue pets. Special thanks also to The Royal Parks, main sponsors Nutriment, as well as Specsavers, and Agria Pet Insurance”.