Adorable pooches went head-to-head in a virtual dog show to raise funds for a local charity.

Barrow Foodbank’s virtual dog show, held on social media site Facebook, saw people enter their pampered pets into a variety of categories in exchange for a £5 donation to the cause.

The dogs who got the most ‘likes’ on their photo in each category won the prizes.

Amongst those who were victorious were: Finn, who won the 'cutest puppy' category; Oscar, who won the 'happiest dog' ;and Frank, the 'most pampered pooch'.

Other categories included in the virtual contest were: 'most beautiful eyes'; 'most adorable girl', 'most handsome boy', 'best rescue dog', 'best dog in the water', 'most fabulous family', 'golden oldie', 'best follower of fashion'; and 'my dog’s got talent'.

The lucky winners received lots of treats and a well-deserved belly rub for their efforts.

First prize was sponsored by Paint4Paws, with ‘doggie hampers’ given to three overall winners filled to the brim with treats and toys.

Rosettes were also handed out to the winners of all 12 of the classes.

Celebrating the great success of the event, a spokeswoman for Barrow Foodbank said: “The virtual dog show was a great success with lots of people getting involved, the virtual foodbank events over the last few months have raised a fantastic £725 and created a great online community.

“This makes a huge difference to us in this year where it’s hard to do any physical fundraising.

“The money will be used to support people in our local community living in food poverty.

“We hope to follow up the virtual dog show with a face-to-face event when guidelines allow; look out on our facebook page for more information.”

The charity has done a number of virtual events during the pandemic to raise funds and provide a platform for smaller businesses.

In November it set up a Christmas Fayre group and its huge success led to a handful of similar themed events, with the Valentine’s, Mother’s Day and Easter Fayres also proving a hit.

Across the fayres and dog show Facebook groups the fundraisers have had more than 30 local businesses and about 1,000 members joining in.

If you would like to support the cause and make a donation to Barrow Foodbank, visit