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'Stray Dogs in Focus'


FOUR PAWS UK photo exhibition to raise awareness of stray and abandoned dogs a success


Update 2014-11-27

The FOUR PAWS photo exhibition ‘Stray Dogs in Focus' was a huge success, giving us a chance to meet with hundreds of our supporters, as well as introduce our work to hundreds of new people, all while raising awareness of the important issues around stray dogs in the UK and Romania.


We hope everyone who made it to the exhibition had a wonderful time.


Check out our Facebook page where we will be sharing one picture a day from the exhibition every day in the build up to Christmas!

51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU. Click here for a map.
Open: Mon 13.00 – 18.00 | Tues 11.00 – 18.00 | Wed 11.00 – 15.00
Thurs 11.00 – 18.00 | Fri 11.00 – 20.00 | Sat 11.00 – 15.00




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FOUR PAWS is delighted to announce that from 27th October through to 1st November 2014, we will be holding a unique and powerful photographic exhibition ‘Stray Dogs in Focus’ in the iconic Menier Gallery in London.


Showcasing a collection of photographs by renowned animal photographer Jo Sax, the exhibition reveals the challenges faced by stray and abandoned dogs across the UK, as well as providing an insight into the life of strays in Romania.


The exhibition will also highlight the positive adoption stories which can transform the dogs’ lives, and features well-known celebrities photographed with their beloved rescue dogs.


An “invisible” problem in the UK

According to Dog Rescue Federation, the stray dog population in the UK in 2013 was around 116,000 dogs. Within that number, around 53,700 were subsequently reclaimed by their owners yet this left a total of 62,300 dogs that were not reclaimed and ended up in dog pounds across the UK*. The majority of these dogs had been abandoned. While stray dogs are rarely seen on the streets of Britain, this “invisible” problem does exist and is clearly out of kilter with the UK’s reputation as a nation of animal lovers.


*Dog Rescue Federation – National Survey of Local Authority Dog Wardens 2013


Life on the streets of Romania

The stray dog situation in Romania is much more visible, with around 600,000 stray dogs living on the streets or held in dog pounds.


In the past year, as a reaction to a small number of negative incidents involving stray dogs, the Romanian Government has brought in a killing law which has led to countless stray dogs being brutally snatched off the street, held in horrendous dog pounds and eventually killed if they are not claimed, a solution which is both inhumane and ineffective.


Celebrities and their rescue dogs

There are thousands of dogs in rescues and dog pounds across the UK and Romania in need of loving homes, yet despite this, many people choose to buy expensive puppies instead. Rescue dogs make wonderful pets and enrich the lives of their owners.


To help highlight this fact in our exhibition, we had no shortage of celebrity supporters who wished to be photographed with their beloved rescue dogs, to show the bond that has developed between them and encourage others to consider adopting a rescue dog or puppy.  


Among the stars who  feature in the exhibition is distinguished actress Amanda  Abbington, famous for her roles in Sherlock and Mr Selfridge. Actor and renowned dog lover Peter Egan appears alongside two of his six rescue dogs.


Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who up until recently played Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper, had her portrait taken fresh off the back of her awards haul at this year’s Soap Awards.  


Other celebrities that appear alongside their rescue dogs include author Jilly Cooper OBE, actors Stephen Mackintosh and Jason Watkins, former EastEnders star Heather Chasen, and life long animal lover Lady Annabel Goldsmith, as well as photographer and director Rankin, who is photographed with his model wife Tuuli and their five rescue dogs.


More Humanity to Stray Dogs

Through ‘Stray Dogs in Focus’, FOUR PAWS hopes to raise awareness of the situation in both the UK and Romania, and the positive, humane solutions that are available to help solve the problem.


Come along and see for yourself!

‘Stray Dogs in Focus’ promises to be an absolute must-see exhibition for animal lovers and photographers alike. But don’t take our word for it….… Admission is free and we hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Parking Details for the Menier Gallery

There is no on-road parking near to the venue. People can be dropped off and picked up only.


Public Parking

A Public Car Park is behind the IBIS/NOVOTEL.

Parking is available 24 hours at a public Car Park managed by IBIS/Novotel at 43/47 Southwark Bridge Road The cost is £4.50 per hour or £25.00 for 24 hours. No reservations, space is usually available.


Mercure London Bridge Hotel

Parking spaces can be reserved at the Mercure London Bridge Hotel, 71-79 Southwark Street, SE1 0JA . It costs £20 which must be paid at reception on arrival. Those wishing to book parking must contact the hotel as early in advance as possible with their name to secure a space. There are a maximum of 5 spaces available.

Reception is open 24 hours. Contact No 0207 6600683.