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Seafront Sunday pet show moves online

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NOT even Covid-19 could stop Guernsey’s animal lovers showing off their pets this year.

After the GSPCA’s Seafront Sunday was cancelled due to lockdown, the charity decided to move the pet show element of the event to one of the most animal-friendly venues of all, the internet.

The competition attracted more than 500 photos of pets across 10 categories ranging from the sublime to hilarious, including happiest pet, red carpet reptiles and pet most like its owner.

Roxy Radford basking in the sun while exploring.

Roxy Radford took home the title of happiest pet as she basked in glorious sunshine while exploring.

Irie Bisson seemed to be taking a more chilled out approach to lockdown and won the sleeping pets award.

Irie Bisson looked serene in this picture, which won the sleeping pets category.

As we all know, yawns are infectious, but sometimes they even pass between humans and animals, as demonstrated by Lulu Fedorenko and owner Rheirna.

To see all the winners and runners up, head to the GSPCA’s Facebook page.

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Past GSPCA Seafront Sundays have raised more than £10,000 and have helped the charity find new volunteers and homes for animals, as well as providing a platform for more than 50 other charities.

‘This should have been our ninth consecutive animal welfare Seafront Sunday and we are all so devastated that we cannot hold what is always such a fun and much-loved Guernsey annual event that really celebrates animals in Guernsey,’ said GSPCA manager Steve Byrne’

Lorna Chadwick, animal welfare officer, said the cancellation was a blow to the charity.

‘We had so much lined up and so many stall holders booked in, many of whom have donated their pitch fee for our work at this difficult time, for which we are so grateful.’

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Dexter Townsend took second place in the sleeping pets category as he sunk into the sofa.

In late March, Mr Byrne said other income streams had dried up during lockdown too.

‘We are all experiencing incredible challenges at present and we cannot thank everyone enough for how the island is coming together to get through the coronavirus pandemic.

‘With all of the restrictions in place our major income from boarding, events and our charity shop has all but disappeared in the recent weeks and with running costs of £2,000 a day to care for the 350-plus animals at the GSPCA and run our animal ambulance 24/7, never have we needed your support more.’

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Zach Coffell

By Zach Coffell
News reporter

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