Pet charity Blue Cross to hold an open day and dog show at its Kimpton rehoming centre

Jack Russell Olly stole the show at this year's Crufts.

Jack Russell Olly stole the show at this year's Crufts. - Credit: Archant

A pet charity is holding an open day and dog show on Sunday and is inviting people to get involved in the family-friendly event.

The Blue Cross rehoming centre in Kimpton, which has been helping homeless and abandoned pets find loving new homes since the 1940s, is expecting hundreds of people and pooches to attend, as dogs compete in an array of games and challenges.

All dogs registered in the dog show will have the chance to win prizes in classes including Best Rescue Dog, Most Appealing Eyes and Waggiest Tail.

Fast dogs can win prizes in Sprint Alley, and Temptation Alley will be a challenge for even the most faithful hound.

Blue Cross rescue dog, Olly, will be performing at 1.30pm. He is a Jack Russell who made a name for himself after a YouTube video of his spectacularly energetic and clumsy agility performance at Crufts this year was watched by more than 10 million people.

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The canine celebrity was brought in by the Kimpton centre in 2012 after being abandoned at its gates in a cat carrier at six weeks old.

Francesca Baisden, community fundraising officer, said: “We’re so excited to be hosting the open day and dog show.

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“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get the community together and celebrate the love of our pets.

“There are lots of games and challenges for pups and people, with all money raised on the day going towards the homeless pets Blue Cross looks after. It’s a truly fun way to make a difference to these pets’ lives.”

There will also be a raffle, education stalls and a behaviour stand, where tips and advice will be given by Blue Cross behaviour experts.

The event will run from 11am until 3pm, with entry £1 for adults and free for children. Registration for the dog show starts at 11am and costs £2 entry per class, with all winners receiving a prize bag. The dog show will start at noon and the raffle will be drawn at 2.30pm.

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