The Strays of Greece Annual Family Fun Dog Show held at Mannington near Ringwood drew a record number of people on 28 April.
The show opened with a grand parade of around 100 rescued Greek dogs all proudly wearing their green rosettes.
Popular classes included Best Family of Dogs, Best Rescue, Best Puppy, Best Trick, Most Handsome Dog and Prettiest Bitch. The Solent Dog Display Team performed for a 3rd year with their highly trained dogs.
Lyn Purden, who founded Strays of Greece which is based at Ashley Heath said it was the best ever show and wonderful to see the former strays, she added, “We are so grateful to the hundreds of people who came and supported our work – at one time there were around 400 cars in the car park.”
The show raised a record sum of £4536 for the charity, which supports three shelters at Aegina, Athens and Thassos and 15 key sites with either food or veterinary costs.
Tim Phillips, a voluntary vet for Strays of Greece is just setting out for Zakynthos where there are 50 bitches in a refuge in need of spaying. The drugs are expensive so the money raised will help fund the trip.
Strays of Greece always welcome enquiries about adopting a Greek dog – pictures of dogs available adoption are on the Charity’s website www.straysofgreece.org or enquiries can be made to Lyn Purden on 01425 478757.