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Top Dogs compete at UK’s biggest Rescue Dog Show

Perfect pooches from all over the country are preparing to put their best paws forward this Saturday (11 September) at the RSPCA Dog of the Year grand final - the UK’s largest national show exclusively for rescue dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes!

A record-breaking 93 heats have been held nationwide in search of the top dog and the finalists will travel to the RSPCA’s Gonsal Farm animal centre in Shrewsbury* to compete for the much coveted canine crown.

RSPCA director general, Jackie Ballard, said: "With over 20,000 dogs rehomed from RSPCA rescue centres last year, ‘RSPCA Dog of the Year’ is a great opportunity for dogs who were once unwanted to take centre stage with their new owners and show just what fun and loving pets rescues can make."

"Also this year, for those dogs who aren’t lucky enough to have caring owners, the RSPCA is urging the government to enshrine a ‘duty of care’ in the forthcoming Animal Welfare Bill, which would mean all dog and other pet owners have a legal responsibility to care properly for their animal. We hope this will help stamp out irresponsible pet ownership and cruelty and better educate people about the needs of all our animals."

‘RSPCA Dog of the Year’ is not a beauty contest and the finalists have been chosen for their general appearance, personality and relationship with their owner. The top three lucky mutts will walk away with a variety of prizes provided by the sponsor, Tesco, including doggie toys and snacks plus a commemorative trophy and rosette. The owner of the overall-winning dog will also receive a £100 Tesco voucher.

Other attractions at the show include:

Dog agility display
Fun dog show
Stalls and refreshments

Plus much, much more! The show opens at 10.30** and the RSPCA Dog of the Year final begins at 11am with the results being announced at 1pm. For all media enquiries please call Rebecca Ralph in the press office on 0870 754 0450.