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Jacqueline Wilson attends Battersea Dogs and Cats Home open day

Jacqueline Wilson attends Battersea Dogs and Cats Home open day

Simon Meechan

Jacqueline Wilson attends  Battersea Dogs and Cats Home open day

Dog-lovers and their companions gathered at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in Old Windsor for its open day.

Story of Tracy Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson and her dog Jackson.

 

Saturday was the animal shelter's main annual fundraiser, with dog shows, stalls and games running all day.

Dogs were also shown off with the hope of finding them a happy home.

Dog-loving Story of Tracy Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson came along with her puppy, Jackson, to judge some of the Crufts style competition.

Malcolm and Elaine Green were visiting from Weybridge in Surrey.

"We like dogs so we thought it would be a nice thing today to come support the charity," said Elaine.

"It's really lovely to see so many people here supporting the charity. It's reassuring.

She added that is 'reassuring' that Britain is still 'a nation of dog lovers'.

Karl Johnson came to the open day with his family and his nine-month old St Bernard, Stanley.

He said it was a good chance to bring his pet to a dog-friendly environment and meet fellow owners.

He said: "More and more places are relaxed about taking dogs. But it's still nice to take them somewhere where there's lots of like minded people."

Kaye Mushal, from the charity, said the event is a chance for dog lovers to get together,  and for the home's former residents to come back for a day and meet their 'fellow furry friends'.

"They come together to compete, to raise money for Battersea, have a good time and celebrate dogs in all their glory."

Except for some brief showers, the weather held out for most of the day

Kaye added: "It's been a huge success. We thought it was going to be a wash-out."

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home cares for 9,000 animals in London, Brands Hatch and Old Windsor.

See more photos from the day below.


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