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5th Jul, 2022

Crufts raises six-figure sum to support pets and owners in Ukraine

Sarah Mason 30th Mar, 2022

TAILS were wagging as Crufts announced it raised more than £151,000 to help pets and owners caught in the Ukraine crisis.

The Ukraine appeal, which was launched by the Kennel Club, saw thousands of dog owners and lovers, competitors and visitors donate to the appeal over the four days of the event at the NEC.

Patrick Oware, owner of Baxer, the Flat Coated Retriever who was crowned Best in Show 2022, donated the £100 prize winnings to the appeal.

Jackie Mavro-Michaelis, secretary for the Pennine and Scottish French Bulldog Club, raised funds at Crufts for the appeal by making and selling yellow and blue neckerchiefs for dogs, and ribbon badges for owners.

Over the four days of Crufts, competitors and visitors, both two and four-legged, donned yellow and blue, in solidarity with Ukraine.

Around £100,000 of the appeal funds has already been sent to the Federation Cynologique Internationale Solidarity with Ukraine fund to provide vital medicines, food and transport for the animals and owners in Ukraine.

Mark Beazley, chief executive of The Kennel Club, said: “We are incredibly moved by the generosity and empathy shown by the UK public in supporting this appeal at Crufts.”

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