Pup Aid CelebritiesPup Aid is proud to be supported by many celebrities and well wishers.

Familiar faces include actors from Monty Python, EastEnders, Midsomer Murders and The Bill, as well as designers, fashionistas, and even Brighton’s top stand-up comedians – although the true stars of Pup Aid are undoubtedly all canine.

Meg Mathews & Anais Gallagher

Meg Mathews & Daughter Anais Gallagher Open Pup Aid 2012

The Pup Aid team are very proud to have Meg Mathews as our patron.

Meg Mathews has been one of Pup Aid's staunchest supporters and has been a judge at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 events.

Meg and her daughter, Anais Gallagher, are the faces of the "Where's Mum" campaign launched by TV vet Marc Abraham to support PupAid, an annual event held each year to raise awareness about the puppy farming trade in the UK.

Where's Mum? wants to educate potential owners about this cruel trade and make sure that they only buy from a reputable and honourable breeder - who is able to show them the pups looking happy and healthy and, very importantly, interacting and playing with their mother.

To read more about the "Where's Mum" campaign, click here.

Meg has a Boston Terrier called Oscar.

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais at Pup Aid 2012Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter.

Gervais achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with Stephen Merchant.

In addition to writing and directing the shows, Gervais played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also starred in Hollywood films, Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying.

Gervais is a fervent supporter of animal rights, and has been a fan of wildlife documentaries since he was a child.

He has spoken out against fox hunting and bullfighting, and wrote to Gordon Brown urging him to stop the use of black bear fur as caps for the Foot Guards.

He has also expressed his desire to open an animal sanctuary in the future, and started appearing in adverts and began the development of a mobile app in order to fund it.

Dr Brian May CBE

Dr Brian May CBE at Pup Aid 2012Brian May CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the guitarist of Queen. As a guitarist he uses his home-built guitar, "Red Special".

He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for "services to the music industry and for his charity work".

Brian May has formed a group to promote animal welfare. His group, Save Me (named after the May-written Queen song), campaigns for the protection of all animals with a particular emphasis on preventing hunting of foxes and the culling of badgers.

Brian May is a staunch supporter of the RSPCA, the International Fund For Animal Welfare, the League Against Cruel Sports, PETA UK and the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.

Brian judged at Pup Aid 2012 (pictured).

Peter Egan

Peter Egan at Pup Aid 2012Peter Egan is a British actor known for playing smooth neighbour Paul Ryman in 1980s sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles. He is married to retired actress Myra Frances.

Peter is an Ambassador for Animals Asia who are devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam.

They promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change.

Peter is actively involved with All Dogs Matter, a voluntary dog rescue organisation based in London.

Its aim is to rescue and re-home dogs in London and the surrounding areas. These dogs are strays, from pounds or simply dogs whose owners no longer can or want to keep them.

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding and Claude at Pup Aid 2012Sarah Harding is an English singer-songwriter, dancer, model, and actress.

She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV and won a place as a member of the girl group, Girls Aloud.

The group has achieved massive success, having twenty consecutive top ten singles (including four number ones) in the UK.

Sarah is also an accomplished actor appearing in Bad Day, the BBC television film Freefall, Run for Your Wife, and St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. Harding contributed three solo songs to the soundtrack of St. Trinian's 2.

Sarah is a massive dog lover and attended Pup Aid 2012 as a judge with one of her French Bulldogs, Claude.

Liam Gallagher & Nicole Appleton

Liam Gallagher & Nicole Appleton at Pup Aid 2012Liam Gallagher is an English musician, singer and songwriter.

He was formerly the frontman of Oasis and is currently of the band Beady Eye.

Gallagher's erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press.

He remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.

He is married to Nicole Appleton-Gallagher, a Canadian pop singer and actress and a former member of All Saints.

Nicole was formerly a member of Appleton along with her older sister Natalie Appleton.

Liam and Nicole are pictured with their Dachshunds at Pup Aid 2012.

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Only buy a puppy if:

  • You can see puppy interacting with mum
  • It's a breeder recommended by the Kennel Club (preferably Assured Breeder)
  • It's a rescue centre that's a registered charity

Be suspicious of a puppy farmed pup if:

  • Mum isn't there (she's most likely miles away on cruel puppy farm)
  • You're told mum's at the vet, been run over, sick, basically anywhere else
  • Price is either very cheap (£100-£350) or very expensive (£2000-£7000)
  • Pup is being sold in a pet shop or garden centre
  • Pup is sold from website, Friday Ad, motorway service station, pub
  • You're offered free delivery