Inside the UK’s first virtual cat and dog adoption event - here's how you can pick a new pet from your sofa

Pets have been a vital lifeline to some people during the Coronavirus pandemic and this event aims to encourage people to adopt rather than purchase a new puppy or kitten.

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Elaine Paige is set to team up with Bernadette Peters of Broadway Barks to launch UK's first live adoption event West End Woofs

When it comes to cat and dog adoption lockdown has made visiting animal shelters almost impossible - until now.

The UK is getting it's own live adoption event, following the success of Broadway Barks - which just celebrated its 22nd annual event virtually due to Covid-19.

Wes End Woof is working with UK rescue and adoption shelters like Staffie & Stray Rescue and Leicester Animal Aid to unite rescues with new owners.

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How can you take part in West End Woofs live adoption event?

The virtual event, will be streamed live at 7pm here with performers and celebrities lending their support.

Elaine Paige, is co-hosting with Broadway Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters. She said, “I’m thrilled to be co-hosting Broadway Barks introduces West End Woofs!

"I’m hoping it will become as popular and as successful as it’s been in the USA over the past 22 years.

"As we continue to deal with this dreadful pandemic, we’re turning to our four-legged friends for companionship. So it would be fantastic if we can help as many dogs and cats in the shelters find a safe and secure home.”

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Is West End Woof the UK version of Broadway Barks?

Yes. In 1998, Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore co-founded Broadway Barks. The annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefits New York City animal and rescue centres. Featuring adorable animals and the Broadway actors who love them, many of these New York City animals find permanent homes. This UK event hopes to do the same for people looking to adopt a new pet, whilst supporting rescue centres.

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West End Woofs will be live streamed at 7pm GMT hereand will be available to watch at West End Woofsand on YouTube thereafter.

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.