Show off your cat on the Catwalk !

by Nicky

Inspired by the tremendous response to its ‘virtual dog walk’ in May, York-based ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP)  is now inviting entries for a Catwalk on the same basis.

All cat owners are invited to submit photographs of their cats, with or without their owners, along with a minimum donation of £5 per entry.  KYP will create a ‘Catwalk gallery’ on its website, & photos will also be shown on social media & submitted to the press.

As with the dog walk other activities are on offer:

  • take part in the ‘owner and cat look-a-like’ competition
  • enter the ‘crazy cat pose’ competition
  • submit a witty caption for the caption competition.

Winning entrants will receive a virtual and (in time) a real rosette.  As all our fundraising events involve getting people together, all have had to be cancelled since March.  KYP has over 100 volunteers who, during the COVID19 crisis have supported around 60 pet owners, & the service is becoming even more important now that non-essential hospital visits have re-started.  Whilst the service is provided largely by volunteers, KYP cannot function at its current level without ongoing donations and fundraising events, as income is needed for publicity & administration costs.  Although a large part of its funds to date have come from Age UK York, the £800 raised by the virtual dog walk was very welcome.

Keith Martin, Chair of KYP, said “We would love to see you & your cat at our virtual Catwalk.  We also hope you will wish to support Keep Your Pet on a regular basis – details can be downloaded from the website here.

How to enter

Entries should be sent between 23rd & 31st August 2020 to  One photo of a cat with a suitable caption and/or one photo of owner and cat to enter the lookalike competition. Photos need to be in jpg format.

The details and conditions of the competition rules can be found at

Entries will need to be accompanied by a minimum £5 donation.  Donations can be made through, on the website,  or by cheque payable to  Age UK York (marked Keep Your Pet on the back) and sent to AgeUKYork, 70 Walmgate, YO1 9TL (marked KYP on the envelope).  Name and address to be included so that receipt can be acknowledged.

The names of entrants need to be stated in the submission email. Unless otherwise stated it will be assumed that there is approval for the picture to be posted online & published in the media. An address for the postage of rosettes should be included in the event of the entrant achieving one of the top three places.


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