Submitted by Steve on 16:50, 24th Sep, 2020 | 0

On Sunday 13th September 9 years to the day since the first ever Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday we held our 9th event.

With a beautiful day with just a gentle breeze the GSPCA saw a record breaking number of stall holders at our BIGGEST event of the year.

The St Peter Port Seafront teamed with stall holders and members of public from start until after finish with an estimated 10,000 visitors to this very special day in the GSPCA calendar and what is the only event of its kind in the world and probably one of only a few of the non-socially distanced events that week to be held in the world.

The GSPCA took over the Crown Pier to raise funds, show case animals in need of homes, educate visitors on our work and animal care and of course where our show ring was located.

The ring in the morning hosted our annual Fun Dog Show and Animal Mascot 5-a-side.

Although we saw 100’s of dogs through the day as it was very hot we were very mindful and kept each class very brief, but still a lot of fun. Deputy States Veterinary Officer Grace Hodgkinson kindly judged the show and was able to keep an eye on the welfare of the animals and the winners of the classes were –

Male Puppy (under 2years)

1st Brody - daschund

2nd Waffle – cockerpoo

3rd Bear – cockerpoo

Female Puppy (under 2years)

1st Alice – shih tzu

2nd Bella – labrador

3rd Angel – pug cross

Best Rescue

Joint first place went to –

1st Penelope - caviller king Charles spaniel

1st Anabel – terrier x

1st Rosie – Airedale schnauzer

1st Willow – collie

1st Coby - staffi

Lovely Ladies

1st Ami – husky

2nd Daisy – chihuahua

3rd Molly – cocker spaniel

Fabulous Fells

1st Monty – retriever

2nd Toby

3rd Rummy – jack russell terrier

Happiest Handler

1st George and Rosie

2nd Ozward – bearded collie

3rd Rodney – daschund

Golden Oldies

1st Penelope – king Charles spaniel

2nd Ben – chihuahua

3rd Buddy – jack russell terrier


1st Brody - daschund

2nd Monty – golden retriever

3rd Alice – shih tzu

The other main event of the day was the Animal Mascot 5-a-side. Dozens of players dressed as giant animals to entertain the crowd in the sunshine and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

The semi finals saw last years winners the Plough Inn play another team from the Plough Inn and the winners went through to play the final against the GSPCA team.

A very close match was had but the GSPCA team won with a score of 5-3 with the referee PC Mark Sheilds adding to the fun as he sin binned the over excited players.

As the Plough Inn did so well we will be presenting them once again with 2020 trophy for the Giant Animal Mascot 5-a-side Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday.

With around 50 charity displays and stalls and over 70 other stall holders from fairground rides to food vendors, with alfresco dining to music, Belles and Broomsticks to the Boys Brigade Band there was something for all to see and do and we cannot thank everyone enough for helping make such a special day.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Only a few months ago we had postponed our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday due to lockdown and we honestly never thought we would see any public events take place in 2020, certainly not one without social distancing required.”

“What an amazing community we have here in Guernsey and what an incredible #GuernseyTogether spirit also.”

“The Seafront was teaming with around 10,000 visitors and supporters through the day and we saw over 120 stalls and displays making it the biggest event we have ever run.”

“The dog show was a huge amount of fun and we got to hear amazing stories in the rescue class.”

“In our eyes all of the dogs were winners as they were all so well cared for and loved.”

“The final of the Giant Animal Mascot 5-a-side saw last years winners the Plough Inn take on the GSPCA team, but sadly this year they lost out 5-3 and a huge thanks to PC Mark Shelids for being a very entertaining referee.”

“We had an outstanding team who drove vans, organised stalls, displays, talked to visitors about the tortoise, rabbits and parrot we took to the seafront, manned our tombolas, coconut shy, educational display, show cased the Virtual Pet Show winners from lock down and so much more.”

“We really can’t thank everyone enough and thanks to the States of Guernsey for allowing us to put on a day that really does celebrate animals in Guernsey.”

“We know we have raised over £5,000 so far which is very much needed during these difficult times.”

“While we continue to raise much needed funds for our 24/7 work we are already thinking ahead of what will next year be our 10 year anniversary for the event.”

“If you missed our big day and would like to support us you can donate to our #GSPCACoronavirusCrisisAppeal by visiting or call 01481 257261.”

“To be even more supportive if you would like to become a regular sponsor please complete the form by visiting - .”

“Thank you again to all that made our 9th Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday such a special day.”

“At the GSPCA we are still having to be cautious as we care for pets and pick up strays possibly from those self isolating or traveling off island, so we aren’t running events at the Animal Shelter, but keep an eye on our website and social media for upcoming events.”

Donations by post please make cheques payable to 'GSPCA’ and post to GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD.

For lots of ways of getting involved and supporting the GSPCA please visit -

To see lots of pictures from the day please visit our facebook page -

In line with States of Guernsey advice please DO NOT visit the GSPCA if have been outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in line with their advice or have any symptoms of Coronavirus and we continue visits to the Shelter for only essential reasons and to please call us on 01481 257261 or email before your trip to see if we can help without you coming to the Shelter. For the latest information and advice please visit

The GSPCA continues with all essential services and we plane to phase other services back into operation and to find out more please visit -

With huge challenges on our resources and a drop in income from boarding and donations please help us help animals in Guernsey with our #GSPCACoronavirusCrisisAppeal by donating online via -

During these difficult times help us help animals in need. From donating to Sponsoring a Pen, Buying a Brick for the much needed Wildlife Hospital to our Amazon and main page Wish List, holding a mufti day to a sponsored Christmas dip, here are some of the ways you could help give animals joy.

For volunteering information please visit or call 257261

To find out more on talks and our education work please email or call 01481 257261



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