A Dog’s Trail auction raises £156,000 for Dog’s Trust

Gwlad Gwlad by Kayleigh Ashman

Congratulations are in order for the team behind A Dog’s Trail as 38 Snoopy sculptures raised a fantastic £156,000 for Dogs Trust at auction on the 21st June.

Held at The Coal Exchange Hotel, the special evening event was hosted by renowned auctioneer, Charles Hanson, and was a pawsome success, with sculptures finding forever homes as far as Bangkok, Texas and Washington.

The highest sale of the night went to Gwlad Gwlad, going under the hammer for £7,000. This Snoopy was created by Wild in Art trail first-timer Kayleigh Ashman!

A particularly special moment of the night was when the father of artist Amy Bainbridge scooped up top bid for their Snoopy Quit Dragon Your Heels.

A Dogs Trail with Snoopy saw 115 big and small Snoopy sculptures take to Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl between April and June, and attracted thousands of visitors to the region who went walkies on the trail.

Rescue Me Snoopy has found its forever home at Dogs Trust Cardiff and Self Care With Snoopy, decorated by the public at Cardiff Castle last year, was raffled off to a lucky winner. The remaining 38 will be heading to their forever homes with their lucky new owners soon.

The 75 mini Snoopy sculptures have been returned to the schools and community groups who decorated them as a lasting legacy of the project.

Anna Davies, Corporate Development Manager at Dogs Trust, said

“It was an incredible night at auction and we’re thrilled our Snoopy pack raised £156,000 for the dogs in our care. Each year Dogs Trust looks after around 14,000 dogs and our rehoming centres in Bridgend and Cardiff play a big role in that. Thank you to those who bidded and gave a Snoopy sculpture a forever home at auction. It’s with your support that we can continue to find forever homes for more rescue dogs.”

Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust CEO, said

“Dogs Trust Cardiff has been helping dogs in South Wales since last July, complementing the amazing work done by our rehoming centre in Bridgend. Bringing a rehoming centre to Cardiff was the dream of our late Chief Executive and patriotic Welshman Adrian Burder, and we are proud to be continuing his dream by turning it into reality. It has been truly fantastic to officially open the centre while saying thank you to all our dedicated staff who continue to go above and beyond for the dogs in their care.”