For some carers owning a dog can make them feel less isolated. A dog can provide companionship and taking a dog for a walk can help carers keep active and healthy and gives them the chance to meet and chat to other dog walkers.
As part of our 21st anniversary celebrations and our local campaign to raise awareness about the impact that social isolation can have on carers Sunderland Carers' Centre invited carers to nominate their "Canine Companions" in our Dog of the Year Competition.
Thank you to the carers who entered their dogs. The nomination stage is closed and we are now at the voting stage.
We would like to invite all carers, their families and friends to vote for their favourite dog. To find out more about each dog click on the links.
To vote simply email us the name of your favourite dog - click here
The closing date is Wednesday 13th May.