Chesterfield vets hold ‘virtual pet show’ for Support Dog charity

Ginny, cutest puppy entrant in Carrick Veterinary Group's virtual pet show
Ginny, cutest puppy entrant in Carrick Veterinary Group's virtual pet show

A Chesterfield veterinary surgery is encouraging animal lovers to help them raise money for a dogs’ charity by entering their pets into a ‘virtual’ pet show.

The Carrick Veterinary Group is holding the competition to raise money for the Support Dog charity, which trains disability assistance dogs, seizure alert dogs and dogs for autistic children.

The ‘show’ will run throughout August and will be based entirely online.

Anyone wishing to enter can simply donate to the pet show’s Just Giving page and then send a confirmation of their donation along with their entry.

Samantha Laing, acting head veterinary nurse at Carrick Veterinary Group, said: “The idea is to be hassle free and easy to enter as you won’t need to travel the country and won’t have to leave the comfort of their living room.

“The categories are not just limited to dogs - there are categories for cats, kittens and everything from rabbits, mice, and canaries to tortoises, geckos or lizards.”

The winners of each category will win prizes donated by a number of businesses before the overall Best in Show pet is announced, the winner of which gets a photoshoot with its owners courtesy of Hayes Photography.

Sheffield-based charity Support Dogs aims to increase independence and quality of life for people affected by autism, epilepsy and other physical disability.

Each animal costs around £20,000 to train and the money the show raises will help it train more dogs than the 10 to 15 per year that it is currently able to.

More details on the competition’s categories can be found at Carrick’s Facebook page and people can donate via its Just Giving site at

To enter the competition simply send confirmation of your Just Giving donation along with your picture and which category you wish to enter to