Rescue & Animal Care - August/September- Issue 177

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6th August - 30th September 2022 - Issue 177

Homeless cat Boris is searching for a new pad Brother-and-sister hospice cats named joint National Cat of the Year 2022

ISSN 2050-0572

FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare

Blind Cockerpoo puppy, Darwin learns new tricks at Dog School Top tips to help a stray dog this summer

Dog and puppies rescued during heatwave named after ice creams!

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Naturally Healthy Pet The Best your Pet can get Naturally

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Dear Readers, I am sitting in my very hot office typing away at my computer. Welcome to your latest free to read issue which I hope you will enjoy and would appreciate you forwarding a copy to your animal loving friends. This weather is beautiful but we are not used to such high temperatures so I would rather be sitting in my dog’s paddling pool writing this to all you lovely people :) I will have to make do with the flannel around my neck. Thank goodness no one can see me! We have some really interesting animal charity articles and pet care features inside our latest magazine- plus lots of products for you and your pet. So find somewhere cool to sit, pour yourself a very cold drink and read about the dog and puppies rescued during the heatwave named after ice creams! As another hot spell hits, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is offering top tips to help owners make sure dogs can stay safe and happy in the sun and keep cool. Read about the cute kitten found 85 miles from her Yorkshire home and thankfully now reunited with her owners. More stories inside….

Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare


Keep cool and hope you enjoy.

Love Jennifer



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and I was told to look away. Mistress told them to get a room. What on earth was she going on about! It is so much cooler today and I’m so relieved because it was too hot to handle as all you with fur coats on will agree. Night time was the worst I had a wet towel thrown over me which was lovely but when I decided to find a more comfortable place to lay the towel fell off me. For future heatwaves, which I understand are on their way again very soon Mistress has ordered a hot water bottle for me. Ok I may be a bit slow to understand human ways but I asked her why on earth would I want one of those in this heat and was she having a laugh! She explained she will fill it with cold water and pop it in the fridge. Then when it’s my bedtime she will put in on my bed right next to me. I wish we had a swimming pool. Or even a paddling pool but I have been putting my head under the watering can when the plants are given a much needed drink. Although I am not a foot person, in desperation I have also tried unsuccessfully to get part of me into the washing up bowl filled with water that mistress has taken into our garden to put her feet in to chill. But I found there wasn’t room for me and all those toes! If you have tip to share with me about how you are keeping cool I would love to hear them! I hope you all have a lovely summer and see you in September.

I’ve taken up my Pigeon Spotting hobby again and here I am staring out the two of them wobbling on the fence to see who blinks first. Mistress tried to get a photo of them but they started kissing and lost interest in me. Then they started doing other stuff Follow us on facebook Rescue and Animal Care

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Lollie and pups

Dog and puppies rescued during heatwave named after ice creams! Lollie the lurcher and her puppies are now being cared for by the RSPCA


dog - who was emaciated and dehydrated when she was rescued during the heatwave last month - is being cared for by the RSPCA. Lollie the lurcher and her eight puppies have all been named after ice creams after arriving at RSPCA Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home, in Gloucestershire, on one of the hottest days of the year. Lollie and her pups - named Ben, Jerry, Calippo, Chupa, Rocket, Whippy, Vimto and Zap - were signed over into the care of the RSPCA after being found living in unsuitable conditions in Bristol. Rescuers are concerned about the number of animals being neglected and abused, and fears that the rising cost of living could create an animal welfare crisis as people struggle to cope. It comes as the RSPCA launches its Cancel Out Cruelty fundraising campaign to help its frontline teams 8

save more animals during the busy summer months. Jane Ellis, from Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home, said: “Lollie and her litter were all living in a shed and Lollie was in a really poor condition; extremely emaciated, dehydrated and covered in wounds. “Despite her state, she did her very best to take care of her eight puppies and, thankfully, they’re all now doing well. She can now rest easy and concentrate on getting better while we help with the busy and growing puppies. “Lollie is on a special feeding programme to help her gain weight and build her muscle. The whole family is doing well, but all of this care and treatment comes at a cost and we’re hoping the public can help!” Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home has set up a special fundraiser to raise the £3,000 they estimate they’ll need to take care of the family and prepare them to go off to their forever homes.


This is just one example of the work the RSPCA does everyday to help animals in need; like Lollie and her family. The charity, which works across England and Wales, sadly sees a rise in reports of animal cruelty over the summer months. Our frontline teams will be working hard to rescue animals in need this busy summer but we need your help to save animals from abuse and Cancel Out Cruelty for good. n Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home is a separate branch of the RSPCA and carries out all of its own fundraising. To support the animal centre to rehabilitate and rehome more animals, like Lollie and her pups, you can donate online .uk/donate/ or sign up to sponsor a specific resident.

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About the Galgo Greyhounds in Need (GIN) is an English registered charity concerned with the plight of greyhounds and galgos, especially the Spanish-bred hunting greyhounds (galgos).


e work with many shelters in Spain who carry out the primary rescue work and the homing groups and individuals in Europe who, in sympathy with our work, promote adoption in their own countries. Help us support the rescue and rehoming of galgos and greyhounds in need. Find out more about the dogs available for rehoming, visit our shop, donate directly and see how our education programme is working to improve the lives of galgos in Spain. Galgos (breed name galgo español) are Spanish bred greyhounds used widely by hunters in the rural areas of Spain, for coursing the hare with betting but the season is only 4 months after which time many are abandoned or brutally killed. Some have not been handled kindly, have suffered victimisation in overcrowded shelters in Spain, making them wary of other dogs, and some need gentle socialisation and a lot of reassurance that they are never going to be hungry or hurt again. They were rescued in the first place by volunteers who themselves often suffer the hostility of their own countrymen for showing such concern and care. As the galgos are often abandoned in the countryside of Spain we know little of their background. The galgos are largely beyond the reach of other UK rescue groups who already have their hands full. We home most of our rescues in mainland Europe but a small percentage we bring to the UK to help share the load. All our dogs are wormed, vaccinated and sterilised/castrated and microchipped before adoption. Galgos are sighthounds and have been taught to hunt the hare. Some galgos take time to lose that instinct and care must be taken when introducing them to cats and small animals. We always recommend that a muzzle be used in the early days as you start to introduce your new dog to other animals. We have successfully homed many galgos to families with cats and even some with house rabbits! Galgos tend to be smaller than the English and Irish 10


greyhounds. They are mostly smooth coated, leaner than the racing greyhounds and have a very long tail. They are quiet, gentle dogs, often described as couch potatoes and contrary to popular belief they do not need a lot of exercise, they like their walks and very much like a routine but I think most owners would agree that what they like the best is a nice warm soft bed.

Donate Your donations help us help the thousands of abandoned galgos in Spain. Our international work, rescuing, treating, and finding homes for galgos is very expensive and all financial assistance is very welcome and vital to help GIN continue its work

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Our Galgos and Greyhounds known or endemic in the UK. The tests we undertake are to ascertain whether an individual galgo is currently infected with this disease, but diagnosis can be challenging, and latent infections can be difficult to diagnose. Details of these diseases can be found in the library. Please click on the links below to see the galgos available for rehoming in the UK, and the dogs currently in Spanish refuges being prepared for rehoming in mainland Europe. The Galgos from Spain for homing in the UK and available for Sponsorship

Our charity tries to help greyhounds everywhere including ex-racers here in the UK, but especially the dogs in Spain, the galgos (Spanish bred greyhounds). Since starting this work we have rescued and found homes for several thousand dogs with the help of many Spanish volunteers who carry out primary rescue work, and the homing groups and individuals in Europe, who, in sympathy with our work, are promoting adoption in their own countries. These dogs are largely beyond the reach of other UK rescue groups who already have their hands full. Most of our rescues are homed in mainland Europe, but we bring a small percentage to the UK to help share the load. All the galgos we rescue are tested for Leishmaniasis, Babesiosis, Heartworm and Ehrlichiosis which are diseases that occur in Mediterranean countries but are not commonly

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Keep your dog cool to be kind As another hot spell hits, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is offering top tips to help owners make sure dogs can stay safe and happy in the sun and keep cool.


he charity is advising dog owners how they can keep their canine companions cool – indoors as well as outdoors - and prevent them from overheating as the days get hotter.

Avoid walking or doing activities either indoors or outdoors with your dog at the hottest times of the day, so early morning or later in the evening is often best. l Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog and make sure they have access to fresh water at home at all times. l Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they don’t burn their paws. Try the ‘five-second test’ – l



if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws l If you cannot avoid taking your dog out in the car on a hot day, even if travelling a short distance, avoid travelling during the hottest times of the day. l Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a warm day. Not even with the window open. (Leaving your pet alone in a vehicle or tied up outside can also put them at greater risk of being stolen.) l Use a cooling mat or wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on if they wish. l Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. l Don’t let your pet get sunburnt - use pet-safe sun cream.

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Know the early signs of heatstroke which include panting, difficulty breathing, tiredness, less keen to play, drooling and vomiting, and take immediate action.

If your dog has collapsed or is struggling to breathe, call your nearest vet immediately as they can advise if your dog is suffering from heatstroke or another condition. Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered for the best chance of survival, so whilst calling your vet you can help by: Moving the dog to a shaded and cool area. Placing the dog in the breeze of a fan, or in an air-conditioned room. l Offering them drinking water. l Start cooling your dog by soaking them with tap water, avoiding their face. l Lie them on a cold wet towel or cooling mat. Don’t place a towel over them as this can raise their temperature l l

Dogs Trust says that having fun with your dog indoors can be just as stimulating as a walk, but owners still need to be aware that they need to make sure their dogs stay cool indoors too, so choosing the coolest room in the house, staying out of direct sunlight, always having fresh water available and making sure your dog has somewhere cool to relax and sleep.

To help owners keep their dogs entertained indoors Dogs Trust has come up with eight ways to have fun with a cardboard box and tubes, such as those you’d find in a toilet or kitchen roll, including teaching your dog how to perform a perfect figure 8 and popping scrunched up newspaper or any paper items in an empty box and dropping in some treats or toys for your dog to find. Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, says: “There are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs stay happy and healthy in hot weather, but it is crucial we keep a close eye on them, even if playing indoors. “If you do need to head out in the car with your dog, please be very careful. As little as twenty minutes can prove fatal if a dog is left alone in a car on a warm day. “Many people still believe it's OK if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's not and we strongly advise that dog owners never leave their dog in a car on a warm day, even if it feels cool outside. “Severe heatstroke can cause multiple seizures, complete loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, confusion and vomiting and diarrhoea with blood. If untreated it can prove fatal.” If you see a dog in a car in distress, Dogs Trust advises that members of the public call 999. n For more information and advice, see RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 6 AUGUST – 30 SEPTEMBER 2022


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Darwin with his new fur-sibling Newton

Darwin as a puppy at the rehoming centre

Darwin this summer, with his forever family

Blind Cockerpoo puppy born at Dogs Trust Basildon learns new tricks at Dog School Adapted training methods enable 9-month-old Darwin to graduate


he use of specially adapted training methods has helped Darwin, a visually impaired Cockerpoo, to graduate from Dog School and find his forever family. Darwin was born at Dogs Trust Basildon in October after his pregnant mother was smuggled into the country. A couple of weeks after Darwin was born, it was discovered that he was completely blind. Due to Darwin’s visual impairments, he required a dedicated family, who were willing to take on adapted training methods to support his needs. Thankfully, after a short stay at the rehoming centre and in a foster home, through Dogs Trust Basildon’s Home from Home scheme, Darwin found his forever home with Bethany Godbert in Hertfordshire. Darwin attended the Dogs Trust’s Dog School where the coaches adapted their training plans in order to support and guide him to suit his needs for him to successfully graduate. With thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose support helps to fund vital roles including Dog School Coaches, ensuring dogs of all ages receive all of the TLC they need whilst they are in the care of Dogs Trust and Dog School.


Charlotte Vallancey, Dog School Coach, said: “As Darwin is blind, we needed to adapt our usual training methods in order to accommodate Darwin and ensure the training was best suited to him and Bethany.” “Working on verbal cues was important and we would use clear sounds that Darwin could easily pick up on, as well as using the smell of tasty treats as a guide for him to follow. We really focused on the skills that Darwin would need to live safely and happily with his family.” “We are very grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for helping us to fund key roles. By helping to fund our Dog School Coaches, we are able to provide help and support to dogs like Darwin and his loving owner, Bethany.” Bethany adopted another dog from the Dog Trust Kenilworth rehoming centre in 2019, three-year-old Beagle, Newton. Bethany Godbert said: “Newton immediately accepted Darwin as his fur-brother and best friend, and they are great together and love to play chase in the garden. When we are out on walks, Newton wears a bell on his collar to help Darwin navigate, a training tip we


picked up from Dog School”. “I was so impressed with how accommodating Dog School were with Darwin, he thoroughly enjoyed attending the training sessions, and all their help and support enabled me to understand how I can better communicate with Darwin and make both of our lives that much easier. Since Darwin graduated, I began volunteering at the Dog School each week, so I can also help dogs like Darwin.” Dog School provides in-person and virtual group training classes and 1-2-1 sessions for dogs of all ages. The training courses provide essential training and behaviour advice and practical support to help you create a lifelong bond with your dog’. n If you would like to find out more about Dog School or would like to book onto a training course, please visit: If you are able to offer a home from home for a foster dog like Darwin, please visit: or contact:

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15m people donated to animal charities last year


nimal welfare is the UK’s most popular cause for donating to charities, according to research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). An estimated 15 million people chose to give money to animal charities last year – more than a quarter of the UK’s population, with an average monthly donation of more than £20. Nearly three in ten (28%) donors gave to this cause area in the past four weeks in 2021 according to CAF’s UK Giving report – the largest study of household donor behaviour in the UK. Animal welfare has been the most popular cause since 2018, when it initially shared first place with children or young people. Since then, it has consistently topped the cause areas, and the proportion giving to animal welfare has increased from 26% in 2018 to 28% in 2021. The average monthly donation made to animal welfare charities has also increased substantially over the past five years to June 2022. In 2016, the average donation towards animal causes was £12.23, rising to £14.59 in 2018 when it emerged as the most popular cause, and reaching £20.52 in recent months. Donations to animal charities accounted for 9% of the total value of donations given to charity in 2021.

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Following animal welfare, the next most popular causes are children or young people (23%) and medical research (21%). However, the numbers choosing to donate to these cause areas have been falling since 2019. Alison Taylor, CEO of CAF Bank and Charity Services, Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Even during challenging times, the public support and enthusiasm for certain causes is unwavering, particularly when it comes to animals. “Donating to animal charities can be seen as a way of protecting a vulnerable group, given animals are effectively voiceless and have few rights or laws protecting them. This cause is also diverse, incorporating the protection of wild animals as well as pets. “This cause area can also include supporting environmental charities that protect the habitats of animals worldwide, including endangered species.” n

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RSPCA top tips: What to do about barking dogs in your neighbourhood Dogs bark for many reasons - and sometimes their owner may not be aware!


ogs bark for many reasons and this can cause problems for neighbours. Dogs communicate by barking; they bark for many reasons and aren’t always in distress. The RSPCA receives a lot of calls every year from neighbours who are concerned about barking dogs. The charity, which focuses on rescuing animals who are sick, injured or being badly treated, is asking people who are worried about barking dogs to follow simple steps to help them. RSPCA dog welfare expert and dog behaviourist Esme Wheeler said: 20

“Dogs bark for lots of reasons - and their owners may not be aware that they’re barking when they’re out and about. “If a dog is barking where you live and you’re concerned about it then we’d ask you not to call our emergency hotline. We receive a call every 30 seconds and our teams are incredibly busy trying to help animals in immediate need, and calls about barking dogs which may not have a welfare concern can block up our phone lines. “We’d encourage anyone who is worried about a barking dog to approach the dog’s owner; they may


not be aware that their dog is barking while they’re out and may appreciate the information so they can address any issues such as separation anxiety. “If this doesn’t help then you should contact the local authority to make a noise complaint. Local council staff have statutory powers so can investigate the cause of the barking and will contact us if they have welfare concerns.”

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behaviours associated with stress and anxiety, such as barking. Esme added: “One of the most common reasons that dogs bark at home is because they’re anxious about being left alone. If your pet isn’t used to being left then it’s important that you teach them gradually and in a positive way that it’s not scary. “Some dogs will show clear signs that they’re struggling such as barking, toileting or destructive behaviour - but others may not be as obvious. If you’re worried that your dog is struggling at home when they’re alone then it’s really important to speak to your vet and a clinical animal behaviourist.” n Find out more about separation related behaviour and how to be DogKind by visiting



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Mum’s the word - cat seeks home comforts now her seven kittens have found owners Bengal tabby nurtured her large brood at RSPCA Stapeley Grange


cat is looking for loving new owners after her seven kittens all born at Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and Cattery in Cheshire were rehomed. Whiskers hopes she can follow in the paw steps of her large brood - Mr Yellow, Prince Blue, Indigo, Violet, Sir Green, Captain Orange and Red - who were named after the colours of the rainbow. She was signed over to the RSPCA at the end of March and, within days of arriving at the centre’s cattery, she gave birth to five boys and two girls. The two-year-old bengal tabby had her work cut out, but she proved to be an attentive mother and all her kittens have grown up strong and healthy. Sir Green and Red (pictured above) were the last to find new homes as they departed Stapeley in the last week. Now staff hope they can find a loving new home for Whiskers after all her hard work. They describe her as affectionate, chatty and said she loves to be made a fuss of. She is always keen to dash out of her pen, so she will need a safe garden or outdoor space and she cannot be rehomed at a property near 22

Sir Green

Red to busy roads. RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and Cattery Manager Lee Stewart said: “Whiskers has been a fantastic mum to her seven kittens, but now her kittens have been rehomed we are keen to see her rehomed to that loving forever home. “She can get a little over excited and play rough at times, so she won’t be suitable for a home with young children, but she could live with older children of secondary school age. “And she is not keen on other cats so a home with no other pets would be preferable. “Considering what she has been through, she is an amazing cat.”


n If you can offer Whiskers a loving forever home please fill out a perfect match form 4fTAxruyqxv.../viewform. And for further information on our other cats please go to Stapeley’s rehoming page. The centre’s adoption process remains virtual and visitors to the cattery are by appointment only. To support the ongoing work of the cattery, during this extremely difficult time, please donate to the Cattery JustGiving site

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Help is a hop, skip and jump away - so don’t take drastic action and abandon your pets RSPCA reminds owners of responsibilities after kittens dumped in Leeds


he RSPCA is again urging people to seek help if they cannot care for their pets because of the cost of living crisis after three kittens were abandoned in Leeds. The two males and a female were discovered in a cardboard box lying in a refuse skip by a resident at Stanks Gardens in Leeds. Despite their ordeal, fortunately, they were all unharmed and are now safe and well in the care of the RSPCA, whose staff have named them Hop, Skip and Jump. The black and white felines were not microchipped and will be rehomed in due course. However, the charity says the pressures placed on it by unwanted cats can be lessened if people spent some time researching the true cost of pet ownership. Worryingly, the RSPCA's new Animal Kindness Index found 19 percent of pet owners are worried about feeding their pets amid cost of living pressures. The latest abandonment comes as the RSPCA has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty fund-raising campaign to help more animals in need during the summer - when it sees a rise of animal cruelty with 245 reports every day. RSPCA inspector Kris Walker, who went to rescue the kittens, said: “Fortunately, it didn’t look like they had been in the skip for that long. These very pretty kittens were in a healthy condition and it is a shame that someone has chosen to abandon them. “They could easily have not been found and had they been younger they may not have survived their ordeal. As we bid to Cancel Out Cruelty this summer, abandonments like this really need to stop. “If people are having difficulties with the costs of keeping cats then we would urge them to seek help. No-one should be in a position where they consider that abandoning their pets is the only way forward.”


Hop, Skip and Jump The three siblings, who are around four months old, are now available for adoption from RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford Branch after they were rescued on July 14. For those who find themselves struggling with the financial burden of looking after their pets or for whatever reason are unable to continue to look after them, there are many reputable animal charities that can offer help and advice. The RSPCA would encourage everybody in a difficult situation to seek support and information which is available on the charity’s website. The RSPCA received 1,081,018 calls to its Cruelty Line in 2021 and these included reports of 38,087 abandonments, which equates to more


If people are having difficulties with the costs of keeping cats then we would urge them to seek help.

than 100 animals abandoned every day. RSPCA frontline teams are working hard to rescue animals in need this summer but they can't do it alone - they need your help to Cancel Out Cruelty. To adopt a rescue animal, visit: n To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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Award nomination for exserviceman who swapped the military for moggies An ex-Army major who has taken on a senior role at the UK’s leading cat charity has been nominated for a British Ex-Forces in Business Award.


eter Shergold, 38, from Walsall served in the British Army for 14 years before becoming Head of Field Operations at Cats Protection in November 2021. The charity helps 166,000 cats each year through a network of 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 Adoption Centres. Prior to this, he worked at St John’s Ambulance, where he oversaw the charity’s clinical events and led the recruitment and training of 30,500 vaccinator volunteers to support the NHS during the recent pandemic. These achievements have seen him nominated in the Rising Star category. Peter will find out if he has won the

award at a ceremony at The Grosvenor Hotel, London, on 8 September. He said: “I am very proud to be nominated for this award. I picked up a lot of skills and experience in the Army that hopefully will come in very useful as Cats Protection embarks on its own mission to help more cats over the next 10 years through the expansion of its rehoming, neutering and information work. “These awards celebrate the qualities that army veterans can bring to businesses and charities and I hope they encourage more employers to offer more assistance and re-training to ex-service personnel who are looking for a career change.”

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Brother-and-sister hospice cats named joint National Cat of the Year 2022 A pair of rescue cats who spend their days comforting patients, families and staff at a hospice have been named joint National Cat of the Year 2022.


asper and Willow beat hundreds of other entries to be named overall winners in the nation’s biggest celebration of pet cats, organised by Cats Protection and held at London’s Savoy Hotel on Thursday 4 August. The pair were honoured in recognition of the role they play at St Peter & St James Hospice in Haywards Heath, Sussex, where they have lived since they were adopted from Cats Protection in 2018. Front of house manager at the hospice Jackie Manville, said: “We are over the moon that Jasper and Willow have been celebrated for the important role they play at the hospice. Since they’ve been with us, they’ve bought comfort to so many people, whether it’s patients, family and friends, or staff. Jasper and Willow really go to show how special rescue cats are, and we’re so proud of them both.” Jasper and Willow first won the Outstanding Rescue Cat category – which celebrates cats adopted from animal charities – before being selected as overall joint National Cat of the Year by a panel of celebrity judges which included Manchester City footballer and England Lioness Ellen White, actress Gaynor Faye, TV and radio broadcaster Riyadh Khalaf, BBC weather presenter Elizabeth Rizzini and drag artist Ginny Lemon. As the first ever joint winners of the title, the feline pair will share a trophy and a prize package which includes a £200 pet store voucher. They follow in the paw prints of last year’s winner Minty, a three-legged cat from Holywell, Wales, who helped six-year-old Connor Raven cope with severe learning difficulties and medical conditions. Celebrity judge and Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden had sent Jasper and Willow on their way to victory after she chose them as winners of the Outstanding Rescue Cat Category. She


Winners Jasper and Willow said: “It’s amazing to see how two rescue cats are now so happy and comfortable in their role of comforting others who are going through very difficult times. If ever cats can show empathy, these two do.” Actress Gaynor Faye, who was on the panel to select the overall winner, said: “I chose Jasper and Willow because of how much comfort and support they bring to people at the end of their life when it may be all they’ve got, and because there’s two of them. I have a brother and sister cat and know how much comfort they bring to me and also to each other.” Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards organiser Cat Jarvis said: “No-one can fail to be moved by how much solace Jasper and Willow bring to patients, family and staff at the hospice. They are fantastic ambassadors for rescue cats, perfectly highlighting how friendly, caring and gentle they can be when they are given a second chance in life.”


Other category winners were: • Misty – Winner of the Most Caring Cat category, who helped a teenager cope after an illness left her unable to walk for two years. • Marley – Winner of the Cat Colleagues category, who is part of the team at a day centre for adults with learning disabilities. • Chicken – Winner of the Furr-ever Friends category, who shares an incredible bond with an 11-year-old autistic boy who suffers with anxiety. n Cats Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity, has helped an average of 166,000 cats and kittens a year over the last five years through its national network which includes around 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres

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Freddie’s leg was caught between the hinge and the gate

RSPCA Cymru rescue elderly and lethargic cat trapped in gate in Wrexham Animal welfare charity issues appeal for information to track down his owner


cat who had trapped his back leg in a gate in Wrexham has been rescued by RSPCA Cymru. The eldery tabby and white cat was found in a lethargic state on Oxford Street, with a member of the public contacting the RSPCA after they were unable to release his leg - which was caught between the hinge and the gate. (see above picture) RSPCA animal rescue officer Melanie Froude attended and was able to safely wriggle his leg out and took him to a vet for a check up. “He was very lethargic and was laying down when I first saw him,” said Melanie. “Luckily it was confirmed at the vets his leg was not broken but he does have an injury there as he is not standing on it properly. “He is very skinny and his teeth are in bad shape which may explain his skinniness, and his front left leg is swollen.” This rescue comes as the RSPCA have launched a fund-raising campaign called Cancel Out Cruelty which calls on the public to support the charity so frontline staff can save more animals in distress. 28

Unfortunately the cat - who has been nicknamed Freddie - isn’t microchipped so an owner has not been so far located despite initial enquiries. “Poor Freddie is very old,” said Melanie. “The vet thinks he could be around 14 to 15 years old and isn't in the best shape so may be a stray. “But he is also so friendly and handleable so that makes me think he may have an owner. Hopefully if there is an owner out there looking for him we can find them soon.” RSPCA Cymru is now appealing for the owner to get in touch or for anyone with any information about this cat to call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their lost pets the chance of returning home. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update your contact details if you move or change phone number. More information can be found at s/general/microchipping Our frontline teams are working hard to rescue animals in need this summer but


we can't do it alone - we need your help to Cancel Out Cruelty. To help support the RSPCA, visit: • £2 could help to provide a meal for a cat or dog in our care • £6 could help pay to feed a dog for a day in our care • £10 could help pay towards bandages for a cat or dog • £15 could help pay for a cat or dog’s clinical exam • £20 could help pay towards a bird catching kit • £30 could help pay for a life jacket for an inspector • £100 could help pay towards water rescue equipment • £500 could kit out a 4x4 inspector n If you cannot donate, there are other ways you can help Cancel Out Cruelty, from volunteering with the RSPCA, holding a bake sale or fundraiser, or taking part in the #50MilesForAnimals challenge undraise/50 miles

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Homeless Boris is searching for a new pad (the feline version that is) The black cat has had a chequered past living on the streets


black cat called Boris, who has been left with the battlescars of a life spent living rough, is hoping his luck is about to change. The somewhat raggedy-looking feline, who is named after an RSPCA inspector called Boris, was found in Dudley at the end of last month after a concerned member of the public noticed he had a nasty injury to his leg. After receiving initial veterinary care at the charity’s Newbrook Farm animal centre and hospital near Birmingham, Boris was transferred to The Holdings Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Kempsey on 8 July. Described at first as scared, bewildered and wounded - most likely caused by fighting with other male cats in the area - staff and volunteers have been working patiently to win him round. The Holdings, which is run by the RSPCA’s Worcester and MidWorcestershire branch, has reported a 35 percent increase in the number of unneutered felines they are seeing, with 85 cats coming in during the first six months of this year, compared to 63 in the same period in 2021. Claire Wood who is a volunteer at the centre said: “Boris has clearly had a rough time trying to get by on the streets, but sadly it’s an all too familiar tale. This year we’ve seen a marked increase in unneutered cats coming into our care. Females of course produce litters of unwanted kittens, leaving 30

already-stretched rescue organisations having to pick up the pieces. “While he is now physically in much better shape, Boris’ mental scars are going to take a lot longer to heal, so our staff and volunteers are working hard to try and build up his confidence and trust. “He's making good progress; he's much more friendly but understandably still a little wary and unsure at times. He’s allowed us to handle him and is starting to enjoy some head rubs. He also has the most adorable miaow which he will greet us with when we go into his pen to feed or fuss him. “Boris may still look a little rough around the edges from his past escapades, but really all he needs is a family who will be patient and understanding and offer him TLC, regular meals and a warm bed - just the basic things that he’s most likely never experienced before.” Boris is thought to be aged between three and five years old. He ideally needs an adult-only home, or one with calm, older children and he could possibly live with a friendly, neutered cat. It’s not known how he would react with dogs, so staff think that a canine-free household would be the best option. To find out more about Boris and the many other rescue cats at The Holdings, please visit the centre’s website where you can fill in an application form, or call 01905 821272. The RSPCA urges owners to have their


cats neutered from four months old to avoid unwanted litters ending up in rescue centres. Neutering prevents the risk of testicular cancer in males and reduces their instinct to urine spray, and fight other cats. It also lessens their chances of contracting diseases resulting from mating and fighting, such as FIV, and can help to prevent roaming and the risk of being run over. For female cats, neutering reduces the risk of uterus infections, cervical, ovarian and mammary cancers as well as feline leukaemia and FIV. Boris’ plight is typical of some of the jobs dealt with by the RSPCA’s frontline officers, particularly during the summer months. Reports of beatings, shootings, abandonments and poisonings rise during this time - prompting the charity to launch their Cancel out Cruelty campaign. The RSPCA’s frontline teams are working hard to rescue animals in need this summer but they can't do it alone they need your help to Cancel Out Cruelty. To help support the RSPCA, visit: n If you cannot donate, there are other ways you can help Cancel Out Cruelty, from volunteering with the RSPCA, holding a bake sale or fundraiser, or taking part in the #50MilesForAnimals challenge.

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It’s a miaow-stery! Kitten found 85 miles from Yorkshire home is reunited with her owners Loki was microchipped allowing the RSPCA to track down her family


mischievous kitten who took a long-distance trip from her home on the Yorkshire coast is back with her family thanks to the RSPCA - and the help of an up-to-date microchip. Loki went missing from her home in Filey, but a week later she mysteriously reappeared in Bradford, a journey of around 85 miles (see map). The feline slipped through the door of a householder in the city on July 8 and when the RSPCA was contacted her owner was tracked down using the details on her up-to-date microchip. RSPCA inspector Adam Dickinson, who transported Loki to the RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch, admits everyone is baffled how the kitten made her way to West Yorkshire, but says the happy ending demonstrates the 32


importance of microchipping cats and keeping those details up to date. Loki’s heart-warming story comes as the RSPCA has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty fund-raising campaign to help more animals in need during the summer - when it sees a rise of animal cruelty with 245 reports every day. Loki’s name derives from the God of Mischief in Nordic mythology and the four-month-old kitten certainly lived up to her name. One possible explanation for her long-distance journey is that she may have been snatched and then slipped away from her captors. She certainly wasn’t in Bradford visiting relatives. Her owner, Claire Harrison, says they have no connections with the city.

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Ben and George with Loki

Her story shows the importance of microchipping your cat. Most cats we find aren’t and finding updated chips can be rare too.

Fortunately, Claire recently had Loki neutered and microchipped and she placed a missing notification on the chip. She and her children, Ben 10, and George, six (pictured), were overjoyed to hear the news she’d been found and made their way to York Animal Home, where Loki was waiting for a happy reunion. “We don’t know whether Loki got into someone’s car or not. But she’s travelled quite a distance from Filey to York she’s certainly not walked that,” said Adam. “A lady was opening her back door in Bradford and Loki ran inside. When I examined her there was a shaved patch of fur on her side, so I assumed she had been recently neutered, which is when cats are usually microchipped.” In another twist to the tale, Loki was reunited with her family on National Kitten Day on July 10. They may never know just quite how she made her Bradford journey. But just in case she takes another wander, the Harrisons have bought an airtag collar so they can track their kitten’s location.

“I don’t think we’ll ever find out how Loki managed to get to Bradford to be honest,” added Adam. “We just don’t know whether someone has taken her and then let her out in the city. But the main thing is she is back with her owners, unharmed and doing well. “Her story shows the importance of microchipping your cat. Most cats we find aren’t and finding updated chips can be rare too as you often discover they still have the breeders’ names still on them or phone numbers ring out. “Responsible owners ensure their animals are neutered and microchipped. Loki’s owner did just that and as a result we were able to reunite the family with their pet.” RSPCA frontline teams are working hard to rescue animals in need this summer but they can't do it alone - they need your help to Cancel Out Cruelty. To adopt a rescue animal, visit:

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Over 1800 visitors enjoy charity Open Day

Twiglet meeting supporters

Visitors flocked to a farm in Whitchurch on Saturday to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of a local horse rescue charity. HorseWorld’s Open Day welcomed over 1800 horse lovers who enjoyed a day of demonstrations, tours and were able to meet many of the rescued horses that live there. They were able to learn about the troubled past and promising future of the now rehabilitated equines.


orseWorld Trust was founded in Bristol in 1952 by a lady who worked for Temple Meads Railway Station in Bristol called Mabel Cocksedge. She was worried what would happen to the railway horses when the stables closed. All over the country, working horses were being replaced by vehicles and machinery at a rapid pace and the future for these hardworking and loyal animals was looking bleak. Mabel and a small group of friends, formed The Friends of Bristol Horses Society (later to become HorseWorld) to save working horses from slaughter. Now, 70 years on, HorseWorld continue to rescue horses but for different reasons. Record numbers of horses are being abandoned, cruelly treated and neglected. The need for the charity’s work has never been greater. “Our supporters are so incredibly important to us” said HorseWorld’s Fundraising and Engagement Coordinator, Amy Williams. “We couldn’t do any of this without them, they literally

enable all of this rescue work to happen. To be able to open up the farm and show people these beautiful, fit and healthy horses with their whole lives ahead of them alongside the heart-wrenching images of their horrendous condition on arrival is so rewarding. Among the horses that visitors were able to meet was Twiglet, a horse rescued with a fractured back and neck. The young horse was found collapsed in the road in the middle of the night on a busy industrial estate in Avonmouth. He was emaciated and barely alive. Now fully rehabilitated and a picture of health, he has proved to be one of the most popular of HorseWorld’s residents. n To find out more about HorseWorld, visit

The Pit Pony Sanctuary STAMP APPEAL- Please help us! We would like to appeal for “used postage stamps” Cut/torn off the envelope with ¼” or 1cm of paper showing all around. Also any old stamp albums/ collections. Also used jewellery! Please send to us at the Centre: Fforest Uchaf Horse & Pony Centre & The Pit Pony Sanctuary Penycoedcae, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales CF37 1PS Thank you Visit



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Aylsham - Visit Us

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Birthday weekends are in full swing at Redwings! Redwings Horse Sanctuary, who have visitor centres in Aylsham and near Great Yarmouth, are delighted to announce that their Redwings Adoption Stars are celebrating their birthdays across an entire weekend this year, and you're invited! The centres will be open for four full days over each weekend to give everyone a chance to attend while avoiding overcrowding too. Dates as follows: Redwings Aylsham • The Gangsters’ birthday weekend: Friday 29th July – Monday 1st August • Gulliver’s birthday weekend: Friday 26th August – Monday 29th August Redwings Caldecott • Fox’s birthday weekend: Friday 5th August – Monday 9th August • Noah’s birthday weekend: Friday 19th August – Monday 22nd August • Lily’s birthday weekend: Friday 2nd September Monday 5th September • Esther’s birthday weekend: Friday 28th October - Monday 31st October n Trot across to their website for more information and to book your tickets!

Redwings office dog Django is looking very happy with these brand new Beco dog toys that are available in their online Gift Shop! Made from recycled materials, these durable and vibrant toys are the perfect pressie for your fourlegged friend and they have the Django seal of approval too! You can browse the range by visiting the Redwings website, and don't forget all sale proceeds go towards the care of their rescued residents too!

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Fulham dog owner shines light on desperate pet owners in crisis as charity launches new awareness campaign When 72-year-old Robert Ely from Fulham was told by doctors in December 2021 that he could finally have a date for hip replacement surgery, his main concern wasn’t so much the procedure he had long awaited, but rather who would look after his beloved companion and best friend, West Highland White Terrier, Tiger. After having endured over three years of considerable pain and discomfort and an increased reliance on a cane to walk, Robert was concerned about losing Tiger his trusted companion.


s Robert had no family members or close friends nearby to call upon for help, it was only when a local pet shop in Fulham suggested he contact Mayhew to see if they could help, that the tide turned, and his things changed for the better. As Robert explains, “My first call with Mayhew was like a ton of bricks being lifted off my shoulders. I would have felt very alone, and even a little scared, if I wasn’t aware of Pet Refuge and the help it provides for pet owners in crisis. Mayhew’s new campaign to drive awareness for Pet Refuge will really highlight the how vital this service is for so many pet owners, just like me, across London.” On 9th December 2021, Tiger was collected from Robert’s home by staff from Mayhew and after initially spending 11 days here, was then placed with one of the charity’s carefully assessed and trusted volunteer foster carers, who gave him a loving, temporary home-from-home experience at their house in North West London. Tiger returned home to Robert following his operation and recuperation, on 18th February 2022. New Pet Refuge campaign looks at care from the pets’ perspective Now, a new digital marketing campaign with the strapline ‘There When Owners Need Care,’ and targeted at London pet owners who desperately need help in a crisis, aims to improve public awareness for the urgent need for temporary care and shelter for the pets of people facing a crisis, whether that be an ongoing issue or an unexpected emergency. The campaign is scheduled for launch by Mayhew on 12 July, and can be seen at 36

Robert Ely and Tiger

Mayhew understands the powerful connection between animals and people, and our focus is about keeping pets and owners together. The new campaign concept illustrates the intimate and reciprocal bond between pets and their owners and demonstrates exactly why it is so important that Mayhew is there to prevent any unnecessary separation and avoid this bond being broken. Acclaimed actors, including Ben Miles, a familiar face on stage and screen and himself a Mayhew supporter, Emily Raymond, and Jos Vantyler, feature as voiceovers of pets rating their experience of Pet Refuge in his original new campaign. As Howard Bridges, Interim CEO, Mayhew, explains, “Robert and Tiger’s story really shines a light on the worrying lack of pet boarding programmes or


support for pet owners in crisis and when they most need help. If people don’t know about services like Pet Refuge, there is no knowing what steps they might take that could potentially put their own health, and that of their pet, at risk.” He continues, “It is especially important, particularly in this challenging economic climate, that older pet owners with limited financial resources know there is help available for them. Services like our Pet Refuge programme really can be life changing, as pet owners like Robert, can attest. We hope our new campaign will help to shine a light on the service and ensure desperate owners know they have somewhere to turn.” n Please click here u1jlNA8m8 to see Tiger’s Pet Refuge story on YouTube.

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Well what am I supposed to do with the Dog? Currently the most frequently asked question as more and more rescues become inundated with the lock down dogs. Years ago, we were able to predict the busy times of year and they were in March when we got the influx of the Christmas puppies. Again, in July when the school holidays started and no provision had been made for the dog.


e have now moved on to a far more serious situation where rescue centres, helpers, volunteers are all facing melt down. I have to include veterinary staff in this as well. Nobody who works in animal rescue signed up to have to make decisions on a daily basis as to which one is more homeable or which one has to have the final needle. The stress now levied on these people is worse than has ever been seen in this country. The suicide rate amongst veterinary professionals is at an all time high, this is not what they signed up for either. Every day brings even more calls wanting us to take dogs in and some of the reasons are quite unbelievable to quote but a few: I have booked my holiday and can’t get the dog into kennels so I need to rehome him. 38


My dog has bitten my child, neighbour, another dog, my husband, my wife. My landlord has suddenly informed me that dogs are no longer acceptable. The children’s granny is coming to look after the children during the holidays and does not like dogs. He is getting too old now and I can’t afford to keep him/pay the vet fees/ pay for medication. If you can’t take him what am I supposed to do with him? All the above are actual conversations I have had in the past two weeks. Some I am unable to print as they are truly horrifying. Sadly, I have to predict that the future is bleak and this country will end up with a situation faced by many other

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countries where packs of dogs roam the streets. With the influx of illegal dogs being smuggled into the country it puts us all at risk including our dogs. Rabies was predicted to be on the UK mainland within ten years and that was twelve years ago! We have diseases being brought in that years ago would never have even been heard of in this country, Babesiosis, Heart worm, Lung worm, Leishmania. Some of these present a serious risk to owner’s health as well as their dog. Another major cause of relinquishment is marriage break-up and these are heart rending in many cases as children are also involved. Imagine going to a home where the husband has left, two children and their dog, their best friend, that can no longer be accommodated. Mother is at the end of her tether, the children are crying, the dog does not understand and does not want to leave them and this stranger goes off with the family dog. Heart-breaking for all concerned. It is interesting to note that with over 30 years’ experience of rescue I have found so many times a puppy has been bought for the family and six months later the marriage has broken down. It almost begs the question was the dog bought to keep the family interested in other things to hide an affair. Rescues re becoming more and more reliant on the older age group who have had dogs all their lives and know and understand what they are dealing with. They are prepared to take on a ‘second hand’ dog that is a bit older and wiser. Obviously rescues have to be careful in their matching procedure and be realistic in what people can cope with. The supporters of these rescues are the salt of the earth as they will always squeeze another one in to help out. Rescue back-up is available in most cases and a good rescue will always be there to help out if needed and provided they

Bramley the Labrador Lifeline Trust office dog and Henry have adequate funds. Finally. Ozzie, a stray was picked up by a dog warden who cared and did not want to see him end his days in kennels and an early entry to the rainbow bridge, brought him to us. His chip revealed he was 12 years old and had just been left to his fate on the streets. His bones were sore with arthritis but his time had not come and one of our supporters recognised his plight and took him in for end of life care. He is now on medication to ease his pain, lives with two other dogs, has access to a private lake and his own armchair and has taken on a new lease of life. What a happy ending for this dog and how I wish so many others could have the same. Anne Carter Labrador Lifeline Trust. Reg charity 1076061



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Dog with Special Needs Looking for a Foster Home Animal welfare charity, Miracle’s Mission is looking for a foster home, a paid foster home or a paid home boarding space for one of their special needs rescue dogs called Maya. Unfortunately, Maya would not cope in a normal kennel setting and so the charity is looking for more of a home environment for her.


aya has been in foster care with Miracle’s Mission since September 2021 however at the end of August 2022 she will need to leave her current foster placement due to a change in her fosterer’s circumstances. Maya's issue is that she is a self mutilator. She mutilated one of her back legs prior to coming to Miracle’s Mission to the point of it needing amputation. She currently wears a cone to stop her mutilating her remaining back leg. Maya is on various medication trials which have helped her hugely. Maya is also currently seeing a behaviourist who has worked wonders with her. Maya needs a place where she will be given the additional care and time that she needs. She needs somebody with experience of aggression in dogs as, while Maya is an extremely loving dog, she can still be reactive to her remaining back leg. With the current re-homing crisis in the UK Miracle’s Mission is really struggling to find Maya anywhere to stay as it is hard enough to place a dog with no issues let alone a special dog with additional needs like Maya hence why they are looking into boarding options. Miracle's Mission is a non-profit animal welfare organisation that works with sick, injured and difficult animals. Its mission is to provide a place of safety for animals in danger, to educate on the need for neutering both pets and strays and to neuter stray dogs and cats to prevent the birth of more dogs and cats onto the streets.

Maya looking for a loving home Miracle’s Mission is named after a dog called Miracle who was rescued from the streets of Borneo at one week old, before her tiny eyes were even open. She had several injuries and was very weak, but she made a miraculous recovery and is now strong, happy and healthy living with her adopted brother Ben, and sisters Star and Tess. Miracle’s Mission

is now working towards saving many more stray dogs and other stray animals all around the world, starting in Borneo where Miracle was rescued, and the UK. n If you would like to foster Maya please get in contact with Miracle’s Mission at

We are delighted to support the Animal Charities featured in this Magazine Tel: 01952 245330 40


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The Labrador Lifeline Trust is a charity dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and helping Labradors They are now in their Twenty seventh year of helping Labradors in need of new homes and their main priority is placing the right dog in the right home. They cover the areas of Berkshire, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex and Surrey

Registered charity number 1076061

Tel: 01256 884027 / 07860 691251 / Email:



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Great products for you and your pet


Atomic Ball Varied bounce for interest. Huge squeak. Floats. £7.39

Challenge your dog with the Ancol Strap Tennis Ball! This camouflage ball has a strong nylon strap to help you throw it further! £1.85

Gor flex squeaky ball Super bouncy squeaky flexible ball 9cm (approx). £5.79 Available in blue or red.

Oshi the Whale 27cm with squeak 100% recycled outer fabrics and stuffing made from plastic bottles. £6.99

Border Collie Glass Clock Diameter 20cm. £14.99

Fusion Hybrid dog toy Green Tugger 20 cm, Blue ball frame 12 cm, Pink Tri Star. Light but hardy, and can float and bounce for fun retrieval games. With grooves to help gently cleanse your dog's teeth, £4.49

Border Collie Wooden Plaque

5" square Border Collie wooden plaque. Can be hung or free standing. (£8.95)

Shopping Bag Border Collies Are Great Jute Shopping Bag. 31cm X 31cm X 23cm. £6.49

Love Border Collies Border Collies Heart Shaped Fridge Magnet. £2.99

Jumbo Jaws Coil Tugger The perfect toy for dogs who love tug of war. £8.99

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Creating the sensory garden Following a suggestion from colleagues we are in the process of turning a currently unused, and rather overgrown area of the site into a sensory garden. Although our paddock is a fun place with paths through long grass, trees and dog equipment to climb and walk over. Plain patches of grass aren’t the most exciting places for dogs, they benefit greatly from enriching and stimulating natural environments, just like we do.


o a bit of dog-friendly landscaping can help decrease boredom and encourage natural behaviours, so there are a few simple things we can do to set off their senses. Over the next few months we are planning to renovate the area into a wonderful dog safe sensory garden for our lovely guests to get plenty of stimulation and a range of smells. But we need your help! We are looking for donations of - a variation of dog safe plants/herbs (lavender, spearmint, basil, rosemary, thyme, camomile, burdock, pansies, sunflowers and many more) along with sand, bark, stones (small or large), compost, planters, plant pots, garden ornaments, gardening equipment (anything to help us make it/maintain it), and anything else you think we could incorporate!

We've already had donations of seeds, plants, plant pots, decking and a number of old car tyres but we'd be grateful for any donations. All donations can be dropped off at our Border Collie Trust GB site in Colton any day between 9am and 5pm. There are also some ideas on our Amazon Wishlist hlist/39OQXLV1K67MX We are really looking forward to hearing from you and appreciate all the help we get! Photos show the work so far by our volunteers Emily, Megan and Robert Ben Wilkes Border Collie Trust GB

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Choodles Made from 100% Buffalo intestines & absolutely nothing else! soft, chewy fun for puppies & small dogs. Visit

Tickety Boo Dog Food (Angus Beef, Sweet Potato & Carrot) Perfect for sensitive dogs & great for older dogs too. Visit

TO SUIT ALL YOUR DOGS’ NEEDS Customisable Whelping boxes. Any colour, Lightweight, Robust, Come pre-assembled, Easy to clean and maintain. Visit

Great products for you and your pets ... Vivid PVC Waterproof Dog Collar

CystArk+ Complete solution for urinary health. Supports lower urinary tract wellbeing in dogs and cats. Triple action formula one complete solution for urinary health. Easy to administer. Palatable powder and tablets.

These all weather, all adventure dog collars are waterproof, stink proof and dirt proof. Perfect for country dogs, dogs who love to swim, run about in all weathers or generally get good and dirty. Simply wipe clean and you are ready for your next adventure. Woof!

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BRAND NEW PRODUCTS Colloidal Silver Eyedrops for Pets. A natural hydrating and antibacterial eyedrop for your pet. Colloidal Silver Tick and Flea Repellent. A powerful natural repellent to fleas and ticks. Colloidal Silver toothpaste appropriate for dogs of all sizes. Visit

Catit PIXI Spinner A paw-activated cat toy and treat dispenser in one! This fun cat toy is part of our ever-growing Catit PIXI range and provides your feline friend with some whimsical fun even when you aren’t at home. Available in a choice of two colours; silver and blue. £20.00 Visit

Kiwi Flyer Will hydrate your dog whilst they are playing in the hot weather. The fun kiwi round shaped frisbee dog toy is a soft toy that you are able to soak in water then give to your dog. The toy also has a squeaker for added entertainment for your dog. £6.00 Visit

Dog Water Fountain - Outdoor Keep your dog cool, hydrated and entertained on warm summer days with this fun dog water fountain for outdoor use. The Chill Out Garden Dog Water Fountain by All For Paws provides fresh drinking water for your dog at the push of a paw as well as cooling fun and games in the summer sun. £24.99 Visit

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The ultimate dog toy for shakers and movers!

Leather Dogmatic Headcollar

Squeaks and rattles to satisfy natural instincts Durable centre panel for vigorous thrashing Ideal plush toy for indoor play. £10.00 Visit

White Fish Jerky Minis "Made from 100% natural ingredients, these low fat, low calorie tasty treats will help to promote the health and well being of your dog. The rough texture of the fish scales helps to remove tartar from your dog’s teeth." Visit

Leather Dogmatic Headcollar Dried Sprats "An ideal Pure Fish treat that can be fed whole. Dried Sprats can also be broken easily into smaller pieces as training treats. Rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids, which helps promote a healthy skin and coat." Visit

Paw and Bone Bowl This super cute design bowl is pawfect for any dog. Visit

The New Luxurious Soft and Lined Leather Dogmatic Headcollar. Our unique Registered Design means it will not ride up, under or into the eyes which causes distress to your pet and as it is much more comfortably and securely fitted, it avoids any potential dangers for you or your dog. £39.99 Visit

Foldable Water Bottle Foldable transparent plastic water bottle with a belt clip and detachable cap. 420 ml capacity. Convenient and perfect for those on the go. Available in Green or Pink. £4.00. Visit

Classic Leather Buckle Collar Vibrant orange classic leather buckle collar – simple but so chic. Visit

Furr Boost A tasty complementary drink to our dog’s daily water intake, designed specifically to aid our well- being. Furr Boost is a hydrating drink, but it can be used as a topper over food, frozen to make ice lollies, poured into Lick Mats and Kongs and frozen for enrichment or a fun iced treat. There are lots of flavours to choose! Go to

Height Adjustable Double Feeding Dog Bowl This double feeder has a quick-release mechanism to easily adjust the level of the bowls to suit your dog. Each of the 1400ml capacity bowls is fitted with a silicone bead around the rim to eliminate sliding and noise during feeding. £39.99. Visit

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Collars & Leads All these products are available from

Leather Dogmatic Headcollar

From £28.99 Cushioned webbing Headcollar

Padded, Cushioned, Webbing Dogmatic Headcollar The padded, cushioned webbing eliminates pulling and lunging with complete but gentle control. New clasp fastening, fully adjustable, easy to fit, safe & secure. Available in 5 colours: Silver, Black/Silver, Gold/Silver, Purple/Silver, Blue/Silver.

Padded Cushioned Webbing Sizes Size: Nose/Neck ½ Nose 1 Nose 2 Nose 3 Nose 3L Nose 4 Nose 4L Nose 5 Nose 5L Nose 6 Nose 7 Nose 8 Nose

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Leather Dogmatic Headcollar The New Luxurious Soft and Lined Leather Dogmatic Headcollar. Our unique Registered Design means it will not ride up, under or into the eyes which causes distress to your pet and as it is much more comfortably and securely fitted, it avoids any potential dangers for you or your dog. £39.99.


Leather Gripper Collars

Padded, Cushioned Webbing Matching range of adjustable Collar

Now available top quality, buckle collars in a combination of rein web with rubber insert and quality leather. These collars are beautifully made and also have the bonus of matching our Gripper Training Leads. Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass.

The soft padded lined webbing is fully wipe-able, therefore, easy to clean. Adjustable with strong clasp fastening. Small: 15 mm x 260-400 mm £15.99 Medium: 20 mm x 350-500 mm £16.99 Large: 25 mm x 480-700 mm £17.99

Padded, Cushioned Webbing Matching range of Training Leads Ideal for training, obedience and general walking. The Training Leads can be used at different lengths, for general walking, lengthened for use in Training (practising recalls etc...), for giving your dog more room to stretch out on a walk, for tethering your dog to a bench etc... or for walking two dogs together. A quality Lead offering multiple uses. Can be wiped clean and very comfortable to hold. Medium: 20 mm x 2000 mm £27.99 Large: 25 mm x 2000 mm £29.99

Soft Leather Show slip Lead Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass. Size: ¼ ” x 66” £22.99

Leather Gripper Training Leads Our design gives added security and confidence, offering multiple uses - ideal for walking/training or wet weather conditions. Can also be used with gloves. Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass. £31.99

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Odor-Kill This product is safe to use with: Sofas, Patio and stone areas, Artificial lawns, Beds, Carpets (Either in a steam cleaner or carpet cleaner) and Washing machines. Even a small amount in the hoover bag will do away with stale dusty vacuum smells! From £6.00

Safe to use in Kennels, Catteries and on litter trays

Probiotic Universal Cleaner SupaClean The importance of keeping everywhere clean has been a top priority for everyone this year. Use this steriliser to clean all areas indoors and out, floors, surfaces, patios, door handles and even wild bird feeders. Makes light work of even ground in dirt. Dilutes up to 1;400 so a little goes a very long way. From £12.46

Parvo-Virucide It can be used to safely and effectively disinfect animal cages, veterinary surgeries, table tops, floors, utensils, equipment etc. From £12.67

Probiotic Universal Cleaner is the easy and economical way to reduce your cleaning chemical use. This general-purpose all-rounder is suitable for cleaning most hard surfaces. Use instead of chemical cleaners for kennels, whelping boxes, hutches, cages etc. £19.08

Dirty Dog Shampoo Bar

Prozyme Powder One of our top canine sellers. Every dog owners essential product for the cupboard. Puts good bacteria back into the gut flora. Available in 100g, 500g and 3kg resealable buckets. From £6.85

Probiotic Pet Ear Care Probiotic Pet Allergy Free The spray is easy to use for pets with itchy, flaky skin, excessive scratching, hot spots, and rashes. It helps your pet to feel happier and more comfortable. £16.92

A dog and cat skin allergy prevention spray that significantly reduces itching.

An easy-to-use pet ear cleaner spray that safely and thoroughly cleans the inner ear. The spray has added beneficial bacteria (probiotics), naturally sourced from plants. £16.92

Citronella And Neem Shampoo Bar The Citronella & Neem bar is pH balanced to your pet’s skin, to ensure as gentle and effective a wash as possible. £8.95

The Dirty Dog bar contains tomato extract which makes this bar ideal for neutralising odours and helping clean stinky pets. Great for dogs who like to roll in fox or badger poop! £8.95

Lavender Shampoo Bar Lavender is known for its relaxing properties and its distinctive scent, and Hibiscus flower petals help the fur to be naturally soft, and shiny. £8.95

Sensitive Shampoo Bar Rub the bar directly onto wet fur, the shampoo bar will quickly lather and easily rinse out, leaving your dog fresh and clean, no more spending hours rinsing out endless bubbles! £8.95

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Foods To Avoid When Feeding Wild Birds A quick overview of foods to avoid when feeding wild birds.


eeding the birds that visit your garden is a great way to support wildlife and spot wild birds. You may even be tempted to share some leftovers from your own meals with your garden birds, however, while some human food is safe for birds, other things we eat can be potentially hazardous or even fatal to wild birds. That’s why you need to know what foods are safe and what foods to avoid. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what food you shouldn’t feed birds to keep your feathered friends safe and healthy.

Avoid feeding salty foods to wild birds

Birds need some salt in their diet, but as with us humans, too much salt can be harmful and since birds are so much smaller than us, the quantity they need is minuscule in comparison to the amounts found in some of the foods we enjoy. Even foods that are only lightly salted to you or I can contain far too much salt for a small bird. This means that you shouldn’t feed birds salty processed foods like bacon, pizza or crisps, for example, or home-cooked foods that have had salt added to them during cooking or at the table.

Avoid feeding bread to wild birds

While bread isn’t actively harmful to birds, it isn’t particularly good for them either, especially in large quantities. Big chunks of bread can also present a choking hazard to smaller birds, particularly if it’s already begun to go stale and hard. There are plenty of other inexpensive foods that taste delicious to birds and offer the right balance of nutrients, such as sunflower hearts for birds or our own economy wild bird seed.

Avoid feeding avocado to wild birds

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because avocados contain a fungicide called persin. This isn’t harmful to people (and in fact, may even be good for us) but it can cause problems with birds’ hearts and lungs that can even prove fatal. Some species of wild birds can eat avocado safely, but when you put food out in your garden, there’s no telling who might fly by and eat it, so it’s best to be safe and avoid putting avocado out altogether.

chocolate can make a wild bird very poorly, with digestive issues and heart and breathing difficulties, and may even kill smaller birds. Meanwhile, sweets like jelly beans, for example, make a great treat for us humans but unfortunately, they can present a choking hazard to wild birds of all sizes.

Avoid foods that are a choking hazard

Birds are lactose intolerant, so milk and other types of dairy are totally off the menu! Whilst some birds may be able to handle a very small amount of milk, it’s far more likely they’ll end up with an upset stomach. Birds do need to drink though, so always offer a supply of fresh water alongside good quality bird food to the wild birds visiting your garden. A bird bath is a great way to do this and allows birds to drink the water and quench their thirst as well as using it to clean their feathers too.

As well as sweets, there are lots of other foods that can present a choking hazard to birds, such as loose, whole peanuts, uncooked beans, chunks of bread, desiccated coconut, breakfast cereals and many more. Smaller species of birds are particularly at risk of choking on small, hard foodstuffs. If you want to feed birds nuts, always ensure you buy peanuts for birds and use a good-quality peanut bird feeder. A proper bird nut feeder is the safest way to feed nuts to birds without the risk of choking and it also keeps the peanuts safe from any pesky squirrels trying to steal your bird food!

Avoid feeding fruit pits and seeds

Avoid feeding spoiled or mouldy foods to wild birds

Avoid feeding milk to wild birds

You may be surprised to hear it, but many fruit pits and seeds actually contain cyanide! Don’t worry, this doesn’t make them dangerous to humans as the amounts are so small, however, for wild birds, who are much smaller than us, the dosage can be harmful or even lethal. You shouldn’t feed wild birds the pits from cherries, peaches, plums, apricots or nectarines. You should also avoid feeding them the seeds from pears or apples for the same reason.

Avoid feeding chocolate and sweets to wild birds

Many of us love chocolate and sweet treats but birds don’t! You shouldn’t feed birds chocolate or sweeties. Chocolate contains both dairy and caffeine and even very tiny amounts of


We hope it goes without saying but any food that is going bad or may be spoiled or contaminated in any way, shouldn’t be left out for the birds visiting your garden. This even applies to specially formulated bird food that is no longer fresh or is showing signs of infestation. Good quality bird feed can keep for a long time if stored in the right conditions but if your bird food shows any signs of spoiling, such as having a musty smell, for example, then you shouldn’t feed it to birds. For tips on keeping your bird feed fresh, see our recent blog What Is The Best Bird Food Storage Container? k/news/foods-to-avoid-when-feedingwild-birds/

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Supplying the UK with high-quality wild bird food and bird seed We are a family run wild bird food and wild bird seed supplier based in rural Lincolnshire. We supply only the finest quality products. SUITABLE FOR ALL YEAR ROUN D FEEDING FROM BIRD TABLES

Ground feed mix Our orginal ground feed mixture that's so adored by Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and all other ground feeding birds. Suitable for all year round feeding. Either scattetered on the floor or placed on a table or ground feeder. Contains no wheat. £39.90/25kg


Split Peanuts

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Small blanched, split peanuts (skins removed). Extra rich in both protein and oils, thus making an excellent and essential food for all year feeding. Peanuts are suitable and liked by most species of birds, and have long been the most popular of wild bird feeds. All our peanuts are certified as nil detectable signs of aflatoxin. £46.50/25kg


With our specialised blending of a number of nutritional seeds, this mix is suitable for a large variety of birds. High in black sunflower thus providing oil and protein and meeting all essential feeding requirements. Suitable for all year round feeding. £29.50/25kg

Superior high energy mix An extremely high energy mixture blended with the highest quality seeds. Suitable for all small birds and ideal for all year round feeding. Best fed from a seedfeeder or scattered on a bird table. Contains nowheat. £41.25/25kg


Dried mealworms Dried mealworms are a tasty treat for garden birds with all the nutrition of live mealworms without the 'worm factor'. Attractive to robins, blackbirds, thrushes and all other insect eating birds. Available in sizes ranging from 250g to 10kg. £33.50/3kg


Sunflower hearts Bakery grade premium sunflower hearts. No unsightly husk. A food that is loved by most species of birds being high in both protein and oils. Makes a most desirable all year round food. £49.75/25kg


Suet special blend mix

Small fatballs The best, fattiest fat balls on the internet. Small Fat balls (no nets) offer a wide range of wild birds a nutritious and important source of energy specifically during winter and nesting season. Each fatball at approx 95g available in a box of 150. £27.90

This blended suet mixture is packed full of highIy calorific ingredients, it is ideal for all year round feeding and will attract a great variety of both small and medium sized birds to your garden. No re-growth under feeding station. Contains no wheat. £52.70/25kg

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Won’t grow mix Blended with 60% bakery grade sunflowerhearts, this energy rich mixture has been blended to ensure no re-growth under your feeding station. Suitable for all year round feeding. Best fed from seed feeder, scattered on bird table or from ground feeder. Contains no wheat. £46.75/25kg

Superior finch mix This classic mixture was blended specifically with finches in mind. Contains a wonderful selection of the finest seeds and is suitable for all year round feeding. Best fed from seedfeeder or scattered on a bird table. Contains no wheat. £44.75/25kg

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Ground-breaking dog welfare study conducted by Dogs Trust recruits 6,000th pup Nine-week-old Golden Retriever, Maddie joins Generation Pup


remarkable 6,000 tails are wagging at Dogs Trust, as the charity celebrates the 6,000th puppy enrolled onto its innovative research study, Generation Pup. It is the first ever study of its kind to follow dogs of all breeds throughout their lives. The latest recruit is a nine-week-old female Golden Retriever, Maddie, whose owner Jan Kiley found out about the Generation Pup study through Dogs Trust’s social media. The Generation Pup study, which launched in 2016, tracks puppies under 16 weeks of age through to adulthood, to learn how their early experiences, environment, diet and exercise affects their health and behaviour later in life. Generation Pup is a never-before-seen study, which will enable researchers to gain pioneering new insights into our canine companions to improve dog welfare for future generations. This study will also provide valuable insight on whether lockdown restrictions experienced during the pandemic have had an impact on our canine companions. The charity is hoping to recruit 10,000 puppies onto the study so is calling on owners to sign up at Jan, who lives in Hampshire said: “Working for Dogs for Autism, I wanted a pup with a good temperament who can be an ‘ambassadog’ for the charity. After reading about the Generation Pup study, I was very keen to sign up because I always like talking about my dogs and like to promote people’s understanding of dogs. “Maddie has settled in really well – it feels as though she has been here forever! She is very fond of her new fur-siblings, nine-year-old Labrador x Golden Retriever, Georgie, six-year-old Dalmatian, Alfie and Cally the cat! "She is very focused and keen to learn. As with many Goldies, she is a clown and makes me laugh every day!" 50

Maddie & her new siblings - Generation Pup Dr Jane Murray, Research Manager for Generation Pup, at Dogs Trust, said: “We are so pleased we have recruited 6,000 pups into the study so far and we are so grateful to all of the owners who give up their time to help with the study. “Our aim is to reach 10,000 puppy participants, so if you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The more puppies we have signed up to the study, the greater potential we have to understand more about our dogs and how to further help them in the future.” Generation Pup is open to all breeds and crossbreeds of puppies from anywhere


in the UK and Republic of Ireland. In order to participate, puppies will need to be registered onto the study before they reach 16 weeks old. Puppies that have gone through quarantine, can be registered up to 21 weeks of age. To find out more about Generation Pup or to sign up your new four-legged family member, visit n If you would like further information about training, head over to Dogs Trust’s Dog School:

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RSPCA top tips: How to help a stray dog Did you know your local authority must provide a dog warden service? Would you know what to do if you found a stray dog in your neighbourhood?


any people think to call the RSPCA for help but the charity, whose focus is on rescuing animals who are sick, injured or being badly treated, is urging people to contact their local dog warden. RSPCA chief inspectorate officer Dermot Murphy said: “We prioritise rescuing neglected and abused animals and we simply don’t have the resources to come out to help with healthy stray dogs. “As we enter our busiest season, we’re urging the public not to call us about healthy stray dogs as it could block our phone lines and prevent an emergency call from getting through. “Local authorities must provide a dog warden service and it’s paid for by your taxes so we’d urge you to contact them should you find a loose dog in your area.”

Here are our top tips on how to help a stray dog: 1. Can you catch the dog safely? If the dog appears calm and isn’t displaying any aggressive or nervous behaviour then you may be able to catch him using some treats and a collar or lead. l If he is showing his teeth, has his ears flat, his tail between his legs and is snarling then don’t approach him but instead call the dog warden. l

Never put yourself at risk to reach a stray dog; if the dog is on a busy highway then contact the police or

Highways Agency, and if they’re stuck somewhere dangerous then contact your local fire and rescue service for help. 2. Is the dog wearing a collar? If the dog is wearing a collar then he may have an ID tag which means you can contact his owner and reunite them quickly. 3. Take the dog to a local vet - A local vet will be able to scan the dog for a microchip and hopefully return them to their owner quickly.

Government website or here is a list of contact details for local dog wardens. l If you decide to take the dog home with you while you wait for the dog warden then remember they are likely to be scared and distressed. Keep a close eye on their body language and behaviour to keep them happy and your family safe. l

By law, you can’t keep a stray dog. If you want to rehome them then you can leave your details with the dog warden.

4. Put up posters - You could create a found poster to put up in the local area and you can register the dog as ‘found’ on Animal Search UK.

If you believe a dog is sick, injured, or in imminent danger, please contact the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999 (phone lines open 8am-8pm daily).

5. Contact the dog warden - Report the dog to your local authority dog warden. You can find out who to contact on the

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she came to us Helen was feral when a long time. After couldn’t be touched for d lots of over 2 years with us an nt on foster where rehabilitation work we to live in a home as she has been learning house clean and part of a family. She is e still remains doesn’t chew. Sadly sh people and has a long extremely nervous of ange in her way to go, and any ch her back for a while environment does set to learn to trust all and means she needs s a home with at over again. Helen need o is confident and least one other dog, wh joys of being part of can help show her the t cope as an only dog a family. Helen will no again. She is good as she will shut down oned will always be with cats but as menti we want to find her a nervous of people so where she can quiet, adult only home on in a patient and continue her rehabilitati ment. understanding environ



THE MOST DEPRESSING PLACE ON EARTH: Manchester Dogs Home PLEADS for people to foster – with all costs paid by the charity At full capacity, phone won’t stop ringing and staff in tears daily – but there is hope


wner invites Johnson, Truss and Sunak to come and take some of the gut-wrenching calls they take in order to spark action

● A dog home in Manchester has today described their venue as the most depressing on earth due to the amount of dogs being dumped there. ● The phone won’t stop ringing with people trying to leave their dogs due to worries about the cost of living following the puppy boom during COVID. ● Emma, the owner-manager, recalls ‘breaking’ after rejecting a 4-month year old puppy because they are at full capacity knowing that he would be put down. ● BUT there is hope if the people of Manchester can foster. The centre will pay all fees and it will allow staff to get in a new centre which will quickly open up 20 new spaces which will soon lead to 80. 52


● Charity says also that dogs find their forever home with fostering as neighbours and community see the temperament of the dog – they also come with “ADOPT ME” leads and info packs. ● Emma would like the PM and leadership candidates to come and take the “gut-wrenching” calls they get each day to hopefully spark action on CoL which is charging this. A dog rescue centre in Manchester has today described itself as “the most depressing place on Earth” because of the amount of dogs being dumped. Rescue 4 Dogs, in Sharston, says that its phone line is ringing all day every day with people trying to leave their dogs due to worries about the cost of living. Emma Billington, Owner and Manager of Dogs 4 Rescue said “In the last month, we have seen six dogs returned

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Sunny is a pointer cro ss who was adopted from us a co uple of years ago but sadly is now loo king for a new home due to her not getting on with another dog in the house anymore. Sunny is a loving, clever and funny dog who lov es everyone she meets. She loves her walks, sniffing, playing and go ing on adventures. She trave ls well in a car. Sunny is good with do gs when off of the lead and has good recall but can be reactive whilst on the lead, particularly towards tra ffic when it is close by. She does we ll with training and needs an owner wh o will carry on the training and he lp her to realise that cars are no t a threat. We would like to find Sunn y an adult only home where she is the only dog. She is house cle an and non destructive and quite happy to stay at home on her own wi th no separation issues.

after we have homed them as people are worrying more about the cost following the puppy boom during COVID. Previously this level of return would only have happened across two or three years. It has never been like this and we need urgent help of people coming forward to foster them – we’ll cover any fees – but we need to free up spaces.” Emma, who runs the site, is in tears most days because she is having to turn away dogs – knowing their fate when she puts down the phone. The centre currently has 50 places – which are all full. Following a fundraiser, the charity has access to a new site which will open up a further 20 places immediately and will be fast-tracked to an additional 80. However, because the centre is over capacity the staff cannot step away to set it up. “We have a new site which will allow us to get open up 20 new places – which we’ll fast track to 80 places – but because nobody is taking any of our current dogs we haven’t got the capacity to get in and make it ready. We are pleading with everyone in the area to consider fostering our dogs, where we will cover any costs needed to help us.” They are pleading with anyone who can FOSTER their dogs where Rescue 4 Dogs will pay for any costs including vet bills. Emma says that dogs are social creatures and are better off in twos or threes and will keep each other busy. When fostered the dogs come with leads which say “adopt me” and information packs that the charity says helps them to find their forever homes in communities more easily. Doing this will allow the staff to get into the new site to open up more spaces in order to help more dogs. “We believe that dogs are better in twos – they keep each other busy and entertained. If you have a dog already we have a matching service to make sure everyone gets on. We


PLEASE ADOPT ME Loki is a strong willed and independent boy. Loki is very clever and responds very well to training, particularly when there is food involved. He has lots of stamina and loves long walks in nature, although he isn’t great off lead as he can be distracted. He loves playing with toys and is great at fetch in enclosed areas. He does have some behavioural issues so we are looking for a home with someone who ideally has experience with difficult behaviours or someone understanding who is willing to take on a bit of a training project.

pay for any fees and also give you leads with ‘adopt me’ on which we know people see in their own communities – helping them find their forever homes.” The emotional toll on staff is huge – they know that if they can’t take the dog its fate is very often already sealed. Recently, they had to turn away a four-month-old puppy and the owner had already talked about putting it down on the call. The team is in tears most days and say they have never known anything like this before. They are simply hoping that the Manchester spirit will see people step in and help. Emma continues “I love my job but this is the most depressing place on earth at the moment. It is utterly soul-destroying because we know that we are having to turn away dogs that are going to be killed because there is nowhere for them to go.” “I have to be honest – I broke the other day. We had to turn away a four-month-old puppy who I know would ordinarily be picked up soon. The reality is that I know that little boys’ fate and I feel like I am failing them.” “People are worried – and I just wish the Government would act. The main worry people seem to have now is the cost of living – if there were measures to help then I imagine we’d see fewer dogs being dumped and our phones would hopefully stop ringing. I’d like Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, or Liz Truss to come and spend a day here and take some of the gut-wrenching calls we are to snap them into doing something” n Visit RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 6 AUGUST – 30 SEPTEMBER 2022


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Do we really understand our dogs? Fifth of people don’t believe dogs feel sadness RSPCA encourages owners to learn about dog behaviour as survey reveals a third of the public don’t believe dogs can feel worried


he RSPCA has raised concerns about how well we understand our dogs after a survey discovered that two in 10 people don’t believe dogs can experience sadness or boredom. The RSPCA’s Animal Kindness Index released in partnership with the Scottish SPCA - is a groundbreaking study looking at the nation’s attitude towards animals. The report, based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults*, found that animal welfare is one of the top most important social issues people were asked about, that over two-thirds (69%) of the public describe themselves as ‘animal-lovers’. What is concerning to the RSPCA who rescue and rehome more than 4,000 dogs every year - is that there’s still a number of people who don’t believe dogs can feel emotions such as worry, sadness and boredom. Esme Wheeler, dog behaviourist and RSPCA dog welfare expert, said: “Dogs are often labelled as man’s best friend and are widely understood to be sentient, social and highly intelligent and emotionally intuitive. “I’m really pleased that the Animal Kindness Index found that 92% of people agreed that dogs were sentient and that so many people believed dogs could feel a range of emotions, including happiness and fear (both 86%), as well as sadness (80%) and worry (69%). “However, what is concerning is that this means there are still large numbers of people who do not believe that dogs can feel basic negative emotions, and this may mean that many dogs could be suffering or struggling without recognition. “If approximately a fifth of people believe dogs don’t feel sadness or boredom and around a third do not believe dogs feel worry, then there could be millions of sad and worried dogs living in the UK, and that’s a really sad thought, particularly given the surge 54

in dog ownership** that we saw over the last few years.” The Animal Kindness Index found the following number of respondents believed dogs could feel certain emotions: l 86% believe dogs can feel fear; l 86% believe dogs can feel happiness; l 83% believe dogs can feel love towards people; l 80% believe dogs can feel sadness; l 80% believe dogs can feel boredom; l 73% believe dogs can feel jealousy; l 71% believe dogs can feel anger; l 71% believe dogs can feel love towards other dogs; l 69% believe dogs can feel worry.

Do we really understand our dogs?

The RSPCA wants to help people be better dog owners and is urging the public to be #DogKind ensure they understand dog behaviour and body language so they know that their beloved pets are living happy, fulfilled lives. Esme added: “We know most people understand the signs our dogs give us to indicate that they’re happy; such as waggy tails, relaxed body postures, and play-bows. But it can be easy for owners to miss the subtle signs that indicate that our dogs are worried or sad; especially if people don’t believe they’re capable of such emotions.


“If your dog holds their head low, tucks their tail, pushes their ears back, yawns, licks their lips or avoids eye contact then these can all be signs that they’re feeling worried. It’s really important to learn these signs so you can help your dog be as happy as possible, and so you can avoid difficult situations or unwanted behaviours such as aggression. “Sadly, everyday aspects of life can be difficult for some dogs - such as loud noises, unknown visitors to the house, or being left home alone - so understanding that our dogs can feel these emotions and knowing the signs to look out for can help us to help them. And let’s face it, we all love our dogs so much that we just want them to be happy!” Welfare experts were pleased that the Animal Kindness Index found that 92% of respondents said they believe dogs are sentient. This comes after the Sentience Bill completed its final stages in the Houses of Parliament earlier this year - ensuring that animal sentience (animals’ capacity to experience feelings and sensations) is finally recognised in UK law. n To help the RSPCA continue rescuing animals, investigating cruelty and working to improve animal welfare in England and Wales, please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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