A charity which rescues abandoned and abused dogs celebrated a ‘fabulous’ fun day.
Rain Rescue, based in Rotherham, held its first dog show and fair at Manor Lodge, Sheffield, with families and dog lovers all getting involved in the action.
Attractions included sausage races - with dogs challenged to sprint across a field for a tasty treat - and man’s best friends going head-to-head in categories including ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘best rescue’.
Centre manager Jacquie Neilson said: “With so many sad days here at Rain Rescue, it was absolutely fabulous to have such a good day, to see so many of the people who had adopted dogs from us come along and bring with them the dogs whose lives we have saved. It was also fantastic to see new faces learning all about the work we do here at Rain Rescue.
“I was quite moved throughout the whole day. All day long people kept coming up to me and saying what a fabulous and friendly event it had been and people just mucked in, enjoyed it, and helped us, knowing it was the first one that we had all organised together.
“Days like this help us get through the sad ones, and give Rain Rescue the wonderful reputation it has got.”
Fundraiser and administrator for Rain Rescue, Lauren Sanderson, aged 27, added: “It was a fabulous day and we are really happy with the way it went, it was a really positive day.
“Lots of stallholders came and supported us as well. Only about 50 per cent of the people who came had heard of us before, so it was about spreading awareness to more people.”