Rescue & Animal Care - February/March - Issue 192

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ISSN 2050-0572 29th February - 29th March 2024 - Issue 192 FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare RESCUE and ANIMAL CARE A devilishly handsome young hound born on Valentine’s Day has only one wish –to meet his one true love Redwings Horse Sanctuary celebrates 40th Anniversary
Image Why you shouldn’t bathe your cat Jerry Green Dog Rescue Launches Community Support Dog Walking Scheme Anxious Dogs Finding Their Confidence: The Impact of #DogsInYellow day 20th March Yorkshires Finest Pet Food Come see us at Crufts Hall 5, Stand 36 WINNER of The Lux Magazine- North East Grain Free Dog Food of the Year 2023!

Dear Readers

Welcome to your latest free to read copy of Rescue and Animal Care Magazine. Spring arrives this month and a time for new beginnings! Perhaps a perfect time to give a rescued pet a fresh start too.

We feature some animals looking for kind new owners in this issue. But please do also look at our Rescue and Animal Facebook page where we share rescue centres rehoming posts.

And of course there are so many animal charities out there with a list as long as your arm of Cats Dogs Horses and smaller pets waiting to be picked to be taken to their new home.

Here are just a few of the subjects covered in our latest Magazine:-

l Anxious Dogs Finding Their Confidence: The Impact of #DogsInYellow. In a world where man's best friend often faces challenges such as anxiety and fear, one woman's mission is making a significant difference. Sarah Jones, inspired by her own Cocker Spaniel Bella, has created a community that empowers anxious dog owners and a national awareness day, #DogsInYellow, now approaching its third birthday on 20th March

l While cats may be easier to care for than dogs in some ways, they are certainly not “low maintenance” and arguably take just as much care and attention as dogs—albeit in their own unique ways in-house veterinarian Dr. KarynKanowski, BVSc MRCVS, explains.

l With dog owners in every corner of the UK, it’s not surprising that each city has its favourites when it comes to dog breeds. So, is it true what they say – do dogs and their owners resemble each other? And what does your city’s most desirable breed say about you?

l Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs? Woodgreen’s behaviour and training specialist, Lindsay Arliss, explains why dogs become reactive and shares some top training tips.

l Alabama Rot - 10 Confirmed Cases In 2024 - Dog Expert Explains Cause, Symptoms, and Treatment.

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I’ve just realised I will be 14yrs old in June!

Dear Friends

I’ve just realised I will be 14yrs old in June!

But I’m still happy and playful even tho I’m now an Oldie. I think my bones will feel better when we get warmer weather.

Mistress said her knees will be less likely to ache with a bit of sunshine We are both slowly falling apart!

I had fleas recently but I am clear of those little critters at the moment. However, Mistress has been bitten by something and the attacks happen over

night! She’s now sprayed carpets and rugs with something just in case fleas are hatching. Makes me itch just thinking about them.

I had a runny bum early this morning so I’m on nil by mouth for a little while which I think is so unfair! But later I’m hoping for a bit of chicken and rice.

I’m sharing this with you because I’m feeling extremely hungry and a bit grumpy.

By the time you get your latest magazine it will be the beginning of March and Spring starts on the 20th!

Why is the month March named March?

Curious as ever I looked up the answer to this in my dogpawdictionary. ‘The name March is ultimately derived from the Latin word Martius (named after Mars, the Roman god of war). Martius was the name of the first month in the original Roman calendar.’

I need to go put my paws up now because sitting at my computer typing has made me a bit sleepy. Not helped May I add by my food deprivation!

Until next month big hugs

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Fostering nearly 100 rescue dogs reignites Wiltshire woman’s passion for painting

A woman from Wiltshire is approaching an impressive milestone, having fostered almost 100 dogs from the UK’s largest dog welfare charity Dogs Trust.

Jo Heather, a mother-of-two from Salisbury, has taken care of dogslarge, small, young and old - as part of Dogs Trust’s Home from Home foster scheme.

Jo is one of over 500 foster carers across the country who care for a dog temporarily in their own home, whilst Dogs Trust looks for their forever home.

As a result of volunteering with Dogs Trust, Jo has also reignited her passion for art – and has taken up painting and sketching the dogs in her care.

The 56-year-old fostered her first pup in 2017, after becoming involved with the charity because of her daughters love of dogs, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Jo said:

“When my daughters Emeline and Chloe were younger, they were always talking about dogs. Our local Dogs Trust rehoming centre is about a 15-minute drive from us, so we used to pop in with little donations, blankets, dog biscuitsthings like that.

“And then one day we were in, I noticed a poster looking for fosterers and that’s where it started. I never imagined we’d end up fostering as many as we have.”

Aside from freeing up much needed kennel space at Dogs Trust centres, and providing a loving temporary home for dogs, becoming a fosterer had another positive outcome for Jo – it reignited her love of painting.

Jo added:

“I started thinking: I’ve got a little bit of time here – the dogs are happily sleeping so I can sketch them and paint away and that’s how it happened really.

“I don’t know how many [dogs] I have now painted. Dozens anyway. I’ve gifted many of them to the new owners as a good luck present.”

This year, the need for foster carers like Jo has never been greater, with Dogs Trust receiving over 45,000 handover calls last year from owners. Home from Home is one of two foster schemes run by the charity, with volunteers caring for a dog for as little as a few days, to several weeks. The charity also runs a very unique fostering scheme for dog owners escaping domestic abuse. As many refuges do not accept dogs, Freedom will foster dogs so their owner can find freedom from abuse, before being reunited with their pet.

All costs for fosterers on the Home from Home scheme are covered by Dogs Trust, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who to date have raised more than £20.6million for the charity. Funds are awarded by the Postcode Animal Trust.

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“The incredible dedication of foster carers like Jo and the work of the Dogs Trust team in such difficult times is so inspiring. Without them many dogs would have nowhere else to go. Unfortunately, the current challenges of rehoming dogs are unlikely to ease any

time soon - and that’s why our players’ funding has never been more vital.”

Abbi Moon, Dogs Trust Head of Rehoming Central Operations, said: “This year, foster carers have been more important than ever before. We had over 45,000 handover calls last year because dog owners are facing so many struggles, including the cost of living.

“We have 21 rehoming centres, but our kennel space is stretched, and we don’t see that easing any time soon.

“Thanks to volunteers like Jo, and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we can have kennels ready for the next dog who has nowhere else to go. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

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Pet care Company Receives Rave Reviews From Anonymous Survey

Full-service pet care company, We Love Pets, has revealed the results of their first anonymous franchisee survey.

We Love Pets has 112 individually selected franchisees who own and run branches of the brand in 187 locations across the UK, caring for all pets from cats and dogs to guinea pigs, rabbits and gerbils fish, birds, horses and reptiles. The company is owned and run by former lawyer Jo, who founded the business in 2008 and her husband, animal expert Ryan, who she married in 2017.

The highly successful franchise, a member of the BFA (British Franchise Association), awards on average 20 new franchisees a year with none (who adhere to the operational model) failing. We Love Pets counts a veterinary surgeon amongst their 10 members of staff, who advises on policies, guidelines and runs in-house workshops for franchisees. Before opening, all franchisees must complete a CPD training course in pet care, through the company’s own training company, Novabright.

The franchise has just revealed the results of their first anonymous franchisee survey which 84 (75%) of their 112 franchisees responded to, comparing favourably to an approximate industry standard response rate of 30%.

Alongside questions such as ‘what areas of the business do you think we could improve upon’ which required a ‘free text’ response, franchisees also answered three benchmarking questions, which received the following responses:

l 91% said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I love being part of the We Love Pets Family.’

l 90% said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘The We Love Pets culture is supportive, and I feel like part of a family.’

l 88% said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘If I need help, I know where to get it.’

Action points taken from feedback included: enhanced engagement for year one franchisees, more educational

webinars, increased updates on technology issues, new monthly insight updates and ceasing the production of the monthly newsletter.

Matt Davey, director of strategy and operations said: “We are very pleased with the results of this anonymous survey, which has given our network a voice and created a space for total honesty. Surveys are not just about identifying what we do brilliantly but also hearing about the things we need to pay more attention to and not shying away from fixing them. We take a ‘cocreational’ approach, a ‘you said, we did’ stance, bringing the network into the equation on what we need to do. The survey also provides an important internal satisfaction benchmark that allows us to pull on a powerful data set and steer the ship in an ever-improving direction. We have shared the results with the network so there's total transparency about what we're going to improve, which in turn generates trust and honesty and encourages improved engagement as we move forward.”

Tracey Alexander, franchise owner of We Love Pets Reading East who has owned her franchise for 10 years said: “I think the response and actions they have taken since the survey have been brilliant; they’ve clearly taken into account everything that people said. We Love Pets has always been a very

supportive company where I’ve always felt able to raise any issues, I wouldn’t still be here 10 years later if I didn’t, but it’s good to have the option for the network to give anonymous feedback.”

Founder and co-owner Jo White said: “As the largest and most successful fullservice pet care franchise in the UK, it is important that we monitor our network and the support we give them closely. Naturally, we want to continually improve, which requires honest feedback to keep us on track. We decided to make this survey anonymous to encourage franchisees to be brutally honest, to get the feedback we need to help us make the right decisions based on data and facts.”

She continued: “We’re delighted to hear how happy our franchisees are to be part of the We Love Pets family and we’ve already begun addressing issues brought to our attention. 2024 is going to be a big year for us, with some exciting announcements due in the next few months and we look forward to taking We Love Pets to new heights with a fully engaged network in the very near future.”

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Unleashing Character: What Your City’s Most Popular Dog Breed Says About You

With dog owners in every corner of the UK, it’s not surprising that each city has its favourites when it comes to dog breeds. So, is it true what they say – do dogs and their owners resemble each other? And what does your city’s most desirable breed say about you?

Gathering intriguing insights from its policy members, one of the world’s leading animal insurers, Agria Pet Insurance, has released new data uncovering the most popular breeds across a range of cities in the UK, and what this might reveal about the vibe in each place.

Midlands’ Need for Speed. Greyhounds Reign Supreme in Birmingham & Nottingham. Birmingham and Nottingham have been found to be the only cities where Greyhounds take centre stage as one of the most popular dog breeds. Greyhounds are known for their even-tempered nature and friendliness and perfectly represent the

atmosphere of these two cities. Populated with a range of universities, these cities prove to be very welcomingjust like the Greyhound!

Leicester’s Lab Love. The Ultimate Family Companion Takes the Lead. Next up is Leicester, which is revealed as the only city to have a Labrador Retriever as one of its top dog breeds! With the Retriever’s reputation for being both kind and outgoing, this perfectly encapsulates the positive vibes of Leicester. Many on social media would agree this can only be a good thing –with ‘Retriever Energy’ becoming a viral phenomenon on TikTok to describe positive and happy people.

Southern Sensation, English Springer Spaniel.

Pocket-sized Pals. Liverpool’s Love Affair with Chihuahuas. Known for its exhilarating nightlife, glitz and glamour, it’s no surprise that one of Liverpool’s most popular dog breeds is a Chihuahua. The upbeat and excitable Chihuahua is the perfect representation of Liverpool’s lively and charming atmosphere.

Pup of the North, The Loyal Shih Tzu. The North of England is known for its friendly and playful atmosphere, and what better companion than the loyal and affectionate Shih Tzu. This lovely breed of pup is among the most popular breeds in not just one, but four Northern cities: Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield!

Southern Sensation, English Springer Spaniel. The English Springer Spaniel is known for its even-tempered and gentle

nature, making it a popular companion for Southerners by the sea: Southampton and Portsmouth. Classically English, they are a popular and paw-fect match for those in Oxford, too!

Karen Green, a spokesperson for Agria Pet Insurance, says “It’s fascinating to see trends appear on how different areas of the UK can have an affinity with specific dog breeds. We often hear how the breed we choose can reflect our own personalities, and our data goes to show that this can be true of the area that we live in, as well. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to adding a canine companion to our family, and it’s fantastic to see that a vast range of breeds are appreciated and desired depending on different lifestyles. At Agria, we’re committed to animal welfare, and are here to support each dog’s differing needs and personalities.”

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Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year 2024

The Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, exclusively supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition. This year, both the semifinal and the final will be taking place at the NEC in Birmingham at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The 2023 heats attracted dogs from all over the country, across six locations, with 24 dogs and their owners making it through to the semi-finals at Crufts 2023, and will compete in each of the four classes: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Goldie Oldie Crossbreed and Good Citizen Dog Training scheme, before four lucky crossbreeds will go through to the final.

Last year’s final saw Delila, a Spaniel mix, and owner Francesca Cairns from Kent crowned winners, earning Delila the title of Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year. Delila is an assistance dog for Francesca when her heart rate peaks, or she has high anxiety. Delila also carries out day-to-day tasks, including taking clothes out of the

washing machine and operating small drawers.

This year, the winner will be crowned in the main arena at Crufts on Saturday 9th March, and here are some of the rescue dogs who have made it all the way to the semi-finals of Scruffts!

Toto, owned by Jaylee Prince from Kent, competing in the Golden Oldie class in the Scruffts semi-final

Toto turned up in Jaylee’s back garden, over seven years ago, having been seen over several nights wandering around the local neighbourhood. Jaylee and her mum had noticed that this dog had been getting into their shed and making use of the old beds and toys that belonged to

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Ask the experts: A training guide for reactive dog owners

Woodgreen’s behaviour and training specialist, Lindsay Arliss, explains why dogs become reactive and shares some top training tips

Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs? Woodgreen’s behaviour and training specialist, Lindsay Arliss, explains why dogs become reactive and shares some top training tips.

In an ideal world, we all hope for our dogs to be friendly, easy-going and comfortable in different environments. In reality, this just isn’t the case for all dogs, especially those who have quite an extreme response to everyday situations like seeing other dogs and people. This is what we call a ‘reactive’ dog and it’s very common, so you’re not alone! As one of Woodgreen’s qualified dog behaviourists, here are some questions Lindsay is regularly asked about reactive dogs:

Why do dogs become reactive?

Dogs are usually reactive if they don’t have very good social skills and feel worried by other dogs and people, or if they’ve had a bad experience in the past which frightened them. Another thing we see is excited dogs that love people and other dogs a bit too much. They often get frustrated when they can’t go bounding over to say hello and play. These triggers cause a reaction which can differ for each dog.

For worried or frightened dogs, they trigger a ‘fight or flight’ response. If they’re on a lead, they can’t run away, so they defend themselves the only way they know how, by growling and barking. They’re telling the other dog or person to stay well away! Frustrated dogs respond by pulling on the lead, spinning or turning around and grabbing their owner to get rid of some of their energy.

In both cases, it’s a highly emotional state so you may find that your dog can’t listen to you or take treats while they’re trying to cope with the situation.

How to train a reactive dog

At Woodgreen, we recommend three things:

1. Practice basic training

All dogs benefit from having a good recall and knowing simple cues like ‘sit’. This builds trust between you and your dog, and will make the bigger issues easier to tackle. Marker words like ‘good’, ‘yes’ or a clicker are powerful training tools. This will let your dog know instantly that they’re being praised and a treat is on the way. You can also work on calm behaviours throughout your day –teach them to wait for their food, settle down on cue and solve problems through enrichment (like Kongs and puzzle feeders).

2. Keep your dog away from triggers

Inevitably, we can’t control the outside world and don’t know who will come around the corner. The good news is, there are steps we can take to remove our dogs from stressful situations –especially during the training period. Try taking them for walks at quieter times of the day, like early in the morning, or take them out into the countryside or enclosed dog fields away from the hustle and bustle. Alternatively, walk your dog less and replace the activity with games or training in the garden.

If you reduce the opportunity for your dog to be reactive and increase their practice of alternative behaviours, it will be become second nature.

3. Teach them alternative behaviours

For times when your dog is confronted by a stressful situation, teach them to sit down (“sit!”), sniff out some treats on the floor (“find it!”) or turn away and walk in a different direction (“this way!”). All of these should be rewarded with something your dog finds motivating, like their favourite treats or a toy.

First, you should teach these cues while you’re at home before trying them out on a quiet and calm walk. Then gradually increase how close you can get to your dog’s triggers – but make sure you go at your dog’s pace. The more practice your dog has, the more they will

associate their triggers with positive outcomes rather than stressful ones. Have an open mind and be realistic about what your dog will be capable of. Fearful and long-term reactive dogs may never happily mix with groups of dogs –but you should be able to feel confident walking your dog calmly, without regular incidents. This would be a big win!

What if something goes wrong?

It can be embarrassing when your dog causes a scene out in public, but it’s important to consider how your dog is feeling. They’re probably scared and need you to stick up for them. If you can see another person approaching you with a dog, it’s okay to keep your distance and ask them to stay away if you need to. Training is not a straightforward process, your dog will need time and patience to develop these new skills and habits.

If you have a bad day, take a deep breath and head home, but don’t let it put you off. Take a break and go back to the basics with gusto. Any progress you’ve already made, you will be able to pick up again, so don’t give up! If you need help, Woodgreen’s team of behaviourists are on hand to provide free support – just get in touch.

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some of their other dogs, and soon discovered a small, fluffy dog curled up in one of these beds.

Toto was in a bad way when they found him, terrified, and urgently needing surgery to his leg, as well as not being microchipped or castrated. Jaylee’s family planned to just foster him until a home was found, but during this time they realised he loved being around their other dogs and his trust issues were starting to fade and, as Jaylee says, they “couldn’t bear the thought of his life moving and restarting again.”

Toto proved himself to be very clever and enjoyed learning new tricks. Jaylee adds, “he absolutely loved being at my side at all times and built such a strong connection with me. I couldn’t be without him. I’m beyond proud of Toto and can’t believe how resilient he is after everything he went through.”

Tully, owned by Florence and Sarah Searby, from Wiltshire, also competing in the Golden Oldie class in the Scruffts semi-final.

The family rehomed Tully from a dog pound in Northern Ireland in 2012, and admits it was a challenge from the start, with Tully escaping often, and eating anything he could get his paws on!

It has therefore been a long process of training and educating Tully since then, but last year his good behaviour wowed the judge in the Scruffts regional heat!

Sarah says, “Tully is adored by us all. He’s most happy when he’s with the

whole family and that is his unique, precious quality – it would be impossible for us to find another dog that just loves us all so much.”

Mimi, owned by Kim Everson, from Powys, who is competing in the Prettiest Bitch class in the Scruffts semi-final

Mimi is a rescue from Cyprus who was found abandoned and in a very poorly state. As such, she can be a very nervous dogs, but thanks to Kim’s love and dedication, Mimi took her time in the Scruffts regional heat in her stride, earning her a place in the Scruffts semi-final.

Kim says: “I really worried that she may never be able to go into certain situations, let alone a dog show, but she did so well! She is the sweetest, friendliest dog you could meet.”

Marnie, owned by Lyn Freeman, from Essex, who is competing in the Good Citizen Dog Training scheme in the Scruffts semi-final

Marnie, who is now six years old, arrived in Lyn’s home aged 2 years old, after a traumatic start in life in Romania, where she had been at a kill shelter, with no food or water, and enduring temperatures as low as -20 degrees. It is also believed that she had been beaten by humans, and attacked by other dogs during her time there, and so she was

understandably frightened, exhausted and hungry.

Lyn says, “She was placed into my arms, terrified and shut down, and I’ve not let her go since. Now she loves to be cuddled and fussed, she’s cheeky and mischievous and gaining confidence on every walk.”

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Mimi and Kim Everson. Scruffts winners at All About Dogs Newark, with judge Charlotte McNamara. Photo Credit: Alan Doyle and The Kennel Marnie and Lyn

Yellow dogs can be happy dogs, too!

What do these dogs all have in common? Cheeky? Wet noses? Happy faces? Actually, it’s because they all wear yellow on walks because they need a little help to navigate the world.

If you spot a dog sporting yellow, they are very likely a reactive dog. A dog that will display heightened levels of fear, frustration, or aggression when feeling anxious or afraid. They might bark, lunge or growl, or they might cower and hide. They wear yellow to signal for some space and understanding.

But although all these dogs can find life challenging at times, they have more than that in common. They are all learning to love life with their owners as part of the first (and best!) community for reactive dogs in the UK - RDuk Gold from Reactive Dogs UK

RDuk changes lives

Take Deb and Sabre. When Deb adopted Sabre, he was a stinky, lost, anxious and growly dog. She remembers the ‘sheer desperation, frustration and horror’ of their first years

together. In 2015, she found RDuk and their journey became easier, with a safe place to turn to for emotional support and professional advice from qualified trainers who really understood what she and Sabre were going through.

Not only was Sabre highly reactive to dogs, but he was also reactive to touch, which made essential grooming almost impossible. Debs learned how to support Sabre, help him feel safe, and give him choices. With these key ‘ninja’ skills finely tuned, Debs helped Sabre blossom into a gorgeous (beautifully groomed) floof living his best life, with terrific doggy communication and wonderful (reactive!) doggy playmates.

Today, after following the unique RDUKCARES system and 121 advice from RDuk trainers, his rehabilitation journey is virtually at an end, and along the way, Debs has made life-long friends in the RDuk community.

We never know why a dog may be wearing yellow - they might be anxious or an elderly dog like Sabre, but whatever the reason, they just need a little understanding and space. And if our dog is anxious, we can give them no better gift than learning how to love life with them.

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Anxious Dogs Finding Their Confidence: The Impact of #DogsInYellow day 20th March

In a world where man’s best friend often faces challenges such as anxiety and fear, one woman’s mission is making a significant difference. Sarah Jones, inspired by her own Cocker Spaniel Bella, has created a community that empowers anxious dog owners and a national awareness day, #DogsInYellow, now approaching its third birthday on 20th March

Sarah's journey began when she realised that many dogs, like Bella, were suffering from anxiety and needed a way to communicate their need for space. To address this issue, she designed yellow harnesses and leads with phrases like “anxious” and “keep away.” Alongside the products, Sarah established a community for anxious dog owners, now boasting 14,000 followers.

The impact of #DogsInYellow has been nothing short of remarkable. In a recent survey of 1,000 anxious dog owners, over 90% reported that wearing yellow made their walks more enjoyable. Furthermore, 32% felt confident enough to visit dog-friendly pubs and cafes again, showcasing the positive transformation in the lives of both dogs and their owners.

Sarah’s motivation for the awareness

campaign stemmed from frustration –people acknowledged the idea of yellow as a signal for anxious dogs, but the meaning remained unclear. The campaign aimed to educate the public about the significance of the colour, fostering consideration among fellow dog walkers.

The survey revealed that 78% of anxious dog owners using yellow accessories felt more confident, calmer,


and enjoyed their walks more. Sarah, now 57 from Berkshire, has not only improved the lives of countless dogs but also united a community of supportive owners.

The success of #DogsInYellow prompted Sarah to embark on a nationwide tour, bringing her and Bella to every corner of the UK. The tour consisted of impactful talks, seminars, and events, where Sarah shared her personal journey and Bella's story. From bustling city centres to serene countryside retreats, the duo connected with dog owners, trainers, veterinarians, and the media, bridging the gap between understanding and misconception.

In an exciting development, the “Dogs in Yellow” movement has joined forces with numerous dog festivals and events as partners, All About Dogs, Dogstival, North East Dog Festival and Edition Dog Live. This collaboration aims to raise awareness so that anxious dog owners can confidently bring their dogs to these events, overcoming challenges that may have previously hindered their participation. The festival teams are welltrained to recognise and respect the yellow indicators worn by #DogsInYellow. They understand the importance of providing the necessary support and space that these dogs may require, ensuring they feel comfortable and secure throughout the festival.

Their story serves as a powerful reminder that compassion and innovation can transform adversity into inspiration. From Bella's trembling paws to a nationwide movement, their journey showcases the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring strength of the human-canine bond. Sarah's legacy is not just her role as Bella's owner but as an ambassador for empathy, unity, and positive change within the dog-loving community.

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Dogmatic is the pioneering, dog-kind solution to pets pulling on the lead

Dogmatic succeeds where other training collars fail by offering an expertly designed fit that doesn’t ride up under or into your dog’s eyes and cause them distress and discomfort. Instead, unique padded strapping under and at the sides of the chin ensures that the Dogmatic always stays in place. By gently but firmly turning the dog’s head so that the body has to follow, it stops dogs pulling and lunging yet is comfortable to wear 100% reliable for dogs of any size or breed.

A truly one-of-its-kind headcollar, Dogmatic is widely endorsed by dog trainers and behaviourists, its global popularity and appeal bolstered by an ever-increasing bank of success stories and a very loyal customer base.

It’s the kind, cost-effective way for dog owners to get their pets under control and as dog lovers, this has always been the most important thing for the brand’s founders. The team behind this British brand are themselves experienced dog owners who have been owning and showing dogs for over 30 years.

The Dogmatic concept was born from Susan and Zoe Lewsley’s desire to better

control their own dogs on the lead. This became a necessity after Susan suffered serious disc and nerve problems. Increasing bouts of arthritis and eleven major operations later, she had found walking her own dogs a major challenge and needed a solution.

Susan and Zoe’s Dobermanns were the canine guinea pigs for the very first Dogmatic headcollar. The mother and daughter team sourced the best quality materials and tweaked their design meticulously until it worked perfectly. It wasn’t long before dog owners at shows and on the street started approaching them to ask where they’d bought their impressive kit. A demand was born, and the rest is history.

Today, Dogmatic continues to make even the most overpowering, excitable pet instantly ‘walkable’. Susan is particularly happy to be helping other physically impaired owners walk their dogs confidently and safely. “In some cases, being able to control their dog on the lead has meant some owners can keep their pet and not have to give them up,” she says. “We’ve also helped a lot of elderly owners rediscover the

joy of being able to walk their dog, which is so rewarding.”

While the Dogmatic offers a solution for any breed, shape, or size dog* that’s out on the lead, it’s also offering a life-saving solution to the growing number of dogs in rescue centres who may be deemed untrainable and therefore unsuitable for rehoming.

“Our genuine love of dogs and a desire to make walk time a much safer, more enjoyable experience for everyone is what drives us with Dogmatic,” says Zoe. “We love what we do and one of the biggest joys is meeting the owners and dogs that our headcollar has helped.”

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Alabama Rot - 10 Confirmed Cases In 2024 - Dog Expert Explains Cause, Symptoms, and Treatment

2024 has already seen 10 confirmed cases of Alabama rot in the UK, which can cause ulcers, kidney failure and even fatal if left untreated.

Dog experts Kennel Store have explained what causes Alabama rot, what the signs and symptoms are and the dangers if dogs are affected. Please see below for more:

“Alabama rot, also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy), is a very rare but potentially life-threatening disease that blocks and damages the blood vessels in a dog's skin and kidneys.

Dogs affected by Alabama rot often develop ulcers or sores (typically on the bottom part of the leg) and generally go on to develop kidney failure, which is often fatal.

What causes Alabama rot?

The exact cause of Alabama rot is unknown, although research is ongoing. Most reports come from dog owners who walk their dogs in the countryside,

and most cases are reported during winter and spring.

Cases are generally less common in the summer months compared to the winter months. The first case was reported in America, in the 1980s and at first it was thought to only affect Greyhounds.

It is now understood to affect all breeds, ages and sizes of dog.

What are the symptoms of Alabama rot?

l Skin ulcers that can appear on the legs or paws (these marks may appear as an area of redness, but could also present as a bruise, sting or an open sore)

l Ulcers may also develop on the muzzle, tongue, head, flank and belly

l Changes in appetite such as reduced appetite, excessive drinking, vomiting

and lethargy are signs of acute kidney injury

How can you protect your dog?

Wash all mud off following wet and muddy walks, especially if you’ve gone through woodland areas.

What is the treatment for Alabama rot?

Due to the underlying cause of Alabama rot still being unknown, there is no specific treatment. If your dog is showing symptoms of Alabama rot, it’s vital your dog is taken to the vets promptly, so a plan can be decided and treatment can begin. “

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A Stroke of Genius: Rescue Dogs Create Masterpieces in ‘The Paw-Trait Gallery’ Initiative

Jerry Green Dog Rescue is thrilled to announce the launch of the Paw-Trait Gallery, an innovative fundraising campaign that sees the Jerry Green Dog Rescue team collaborating with their rescue dogs to create unique paintings. This creative initiative aims to raise vital funds for the rescue dogs’ food, shelter, and care,

as well as offering fun and enrichment for the animals, staff, and community.

With dog welfare as a top priority for the charity, every step of the creative process is animal friendly, ensuring the safety and well-being of the dogs. The painting method will be done using paints on canvas, with a zip lock back acting as a barrier between the dog and the paints. Soft treats, such as peanut butter, are strategically placed on the opposite side of the zip-lock bag, allowing the dogs to create a variety of patterns on the canvas as they engage with the materials.

The Paw-Trait Gallery presents an opportunity for supporters of art, and advocates for animal welfare to engage in an inspiring auction featuring original artworks created by the talented rescue dogs themselves. From 10 am on March 2nd to 5 pm on March 3rd, the public can join the online showcase of dogfriendly paintings hosted on Jerry Green Dog Rescue's official Facebook page.

In the weeks running up to the event, you can expect to see behind the scenes footage on the Jerry Green social media channels, including videos of the dogs creating their masterpieces. Not only will the Jerry Green dogs experience fun

through this activity, but dog owners within the community can seek inspiration and create their very own enrichment activity for their furry companions.

Bethan Killelay, Community Fundraiser at Jerry Green Dog Rescue says “We are proud to launch the Paw-Trait Gallery, a campaign that not only supports our rescue dogs but celebrates their creativity and spirit. Each painting will tell a unique story and gives bidders an insight into the lives of our rescue dogs”.

Bidding for the Paw-trait Gallery artwork will be conducted on Facebook, where participants have the opportunity

to engage by commenting under the painting they are interested in, with the highest bidder winning the artwork. Each artwork will be accompanied by a glimpse into the artist's story, offering the community an opportunity to delve deeper into the rich history of Jerry Green Dog Rescue.

Winning bidders will not only receive a one-of-a-kind piece of art but will also receive a heartfelt thank you letter from the dog artists themselves, making this auction a unique and personal initiative for all involved.

The quirky and unique nature of the fundraising activity, along with the community involvement makes the organisation hopeful that this initiative will be highly successful, and become a regular appearance in their annual calendar of fundraising activities.

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Security Expert Issues Warning For Homeowners With ‘Beware of the Dog’ Sign

Home burglaries in the UK are on the rise, with over 525 reported every day. In response to this trend, many homeowners are resorting to old-school tactics like the “Beware of the Dog” sign. But, a new warning from a leading security expert suggests this popular approach

might be counterproductive.

Crime Guard provides security solutions ranging from smart home alarm systems to K9 teams. Here, General Manager Sue Titley, explains why the sign may do more harm than good.

“The image of a ferocious canine guarding your property might seem like a deterrent to potential intruders, but homeowners should reconsider the “Beware of the Dog” sign. While it may discourage some burglars, it can attract others who are experienced with dogs or view it as a challenge.”

False Sense of Security: “The "Beware of the Dog" sign can create a false sense of security for homeowners, leading them to believe their property is adequately protected when it isn’t. This misconception can make them complacent, less likely to invest in more effective security measures, and ultimately leave their homes vulnerable to burglaries.”

Experienced Criminals: “The “Beware of the Dog” sign alerts passers-by that there's a protective animal on the premises – which could mean you have valuables in your home worthy of stealing. This could attract seasoned thieves who are experienced in handling or neutralising dogs, or who are willing to take risks to break into the property. Relying on a dog for security might also indicate that there's no alarm system in place, as pets often trigger alarms, thus making the property an easier target.”

Desensitisation: “Over time, the effectiveness of "Beware of the Dog" signs may diminish. If these signs become commonplace in a neighbourhood, burglars may start ignoring them

altogether, assuming they're merely a precaution without an actual threat behind them.”

Five Security Tips, Approved By Experts

Lock Up: “It may seem obvious, but nearly a third of UK homeowners forget to lock their doors or windows when going out, making it easy for thieves to enter your home.”

Lighting is Key: "Motion-sensor lights are a great way to catch intruders off guard, leaving them feeling exposed. Solarpowered pathway lights can also deter thieves before they even reach your door.”

Fake It: "Fake security cameras are surprisingly effective in deterring thieves. Though they don’t physically prevent break-ins, realistic-looking cameras create the illusion of monitored property.

According to the Home Office, 95% of burglars actively avoid homes with visible security systems.”

Social Media Savvy: "Avoid sharing holiday updates or geo-tagged photos while you're away as this signals your home is unoccupied. A 2023 study by Aviva found that 1 in 5 people had been burgled after posting holiday details online. Research also indicates that 43% of burglars know their victims, so be wary of who you share your posts with.”

Secure Your Garage: "Garages are overlooked entry points, with a worrying 27% of UK burglars gaining entry through garages or sheds. Secure garage doors with strong locks, and consider adding motion sensors or an alarm system within the garage itself.”

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Leading cat charity appoints new director

Cats Protection has appointed a new Advocacy and Influence Director as the charity continues to grow its ambitions and increase its impact on cat welfare.

Jeff Knott is currently Director of Policy and Advocacy at RSPB and will move to his new role on 1 May.

He will lead the charity’s newly formed Advocacy and Influence directorate and will be part of the Senior Leadership team, reporting to Chief Executive John May.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Jeff to lead our new directorate,” said John. “We’re looking to create change that will have a long-term impact on cat welfare and society and Jeff brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which will help build on our reach and influence with governments, influencers and the general public across the UK.”

Previous roles Jeff has held at RSPB include Operations Director for Central and Eastern England and Head of Nature Policy.

Having spent the last 16 years working in nature conservation, he says he’s excited to make this move to help give cats a voice.

“One of the best things about working for a charity is how dedicated everyone is to the cause,” said Jeff. “There's nothing more energising than spending time with passionate people and I'm really looking forward to supporting Cats Protection in delivering our mission. I’ve admired the organisation for a long time and I’m hugely excited to join the team.”

Jeff currently lives in Huntingdon with

his family, which includes their 14-yearold tortoiseshell cat called Pumpkin. Jeff with his cat Pumpkin
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RSPCA Lancashire East branch seeks new cat and kitten foster carers

Volunteers will play a vital role helping felines find permanent homes

The RSPCA Lancashire East Branch has launched a recruitment drive for dedicated foster carers who can help give cats and kittens a new start to their lives.

Staff at the animal centre at Altham, near Accrington, care for animals that need help and foster carers will be able to provide temporary accommodation until new homes can be found for the felines.

As well as being animal lovers, the fosterers will need to demonstrate they have skills of empathy and patience to deal with animals who have experienced difficult times.

The RSPCA rehomes thousands of animals, but many need help to make the transition to a new home while many have to wait some time to find forever homes, which is where foster carers play such an important role.

Sue Abraham, fostering co-ordinator at RSPCA Lancashire East Branch, said: “Foster carers play an invaluable role in the work we do and are vital members of the RSPCA Lancashire East Branch. We regularly need new people to take on the role of fostering.

“Currently, we don't have a cattery at the centre so we use foster carers to support the care we provide to as many cats as we can. Our foster carers often save the day by looking after adult cats, mother cats and kittens. They all need warmth and attention, especially in those first few important weeks of new life.”

The branch’s foster carers play an important role by offering their experience of previously caring for animals, while they will need to have enough time to devote to the animals who will be staying with them for short periods of time.

Typically the onset of ‘kitten season’ during the first two months of the year is a busy time for the animal centre’s staff who need to find homes for rising numbers of felines. Unneutered females are in season in January and cats typically give birth to two litters a year with numbers ranging from two to even eight or nine kittens.

With mother cats usually coming back into season again when their kittens are six weeks old and kittens able to breed from six months old, there can be a huge problem of cat overpopulation.

Sue added: “During kitten season we receive calls daily requesting that we

help mother cats with their kittens or orphaned kittens that have been discovered. Without a cattery it is impossible for us to help without the support of our dedicated cat foster carers who are willing to share their homes and give up their time to help.

“Each week we receive numerous calls and that is why we need help to accommodate and care for these needy young families until they can be found permanent new homes.”

There will be no costs incurred by any of the branch’s foster carers and they will be supplied with all equipment, food, toys and litter trays while vet bills are also covered by the centre.

If you can help the RSPCA Lancs East branch as a cat foster carer you can visit their website to download an application form at or call 01254 231118 or email for more information.

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Why you shouldn’t bathe your cat – despite what you see on social media

An animal charity is warning owners not to wash their cats unnecessarily after noticing an uplift in cat bathing videos on social media sites.

Cats Protection is concerned that inexperienced cat lovers are being encouraged to bathe their cats which, it says, is rarely needed and often distressing.

The welfare charity warns that washing a cat can strip their coat of essential oils which are needed for their skin to add a layer of waterproofing and can also remove flea control treatments.

To raise awareness, Cats Protection has released a video on Instagram Reels and TikTok, which can be found or

“It’s no myth that cats don’t like water and, as long as they are grooming

themselves, they should stay clean,” said Elin Williams, Cats Protection’s Regional Behaviour Officer. “If really necessary, using a soft cloth soaked in warm water will be enough to remove most dirt.”

Elin points out that domestic cats are evolved from the African wildcat, whose natural habitats were deserts, so being immersed in water is unnatural to them.

“It can also affect your cat’s pheromones which they use to scent mark their territory,” says Elin.”

The charity advises only bathing a cat if recommended by a vet and, in these cases, it should only be with water or a small amount of fragrance-free cat shampoo.

“Cats have a different skin PH to us so even a mild shampoo often too harsh for cats,” says Elin. Long-haired cats usually need extra help grooming, with daily brushing, to keep their fur in tip top shape.

“If your cat stops grooming themselves for whatever reason then we’d always suggest speaking to your vet first as any changes in behaviour may indicate there’s something wrong.”

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When compared to most dogs, cats are often touted as lowmaintenance pets. After all, they don’t necessarily need to go for walks and don’t need the almost constant attention that some dogs require. Plus, they eat comparatively smaller amounts of food.

While cats may be easier to care for than dogs in some ways, they are certainly not “low maintenance” and arguably take just as much care and attention as dogs—albeit in their own unique ways.

Here's why cats are not considered low-maintenance pets. in-house veterinarian Dr. Karyn Kanowski, BVSc MRCVS, explains, “The idea of cats being low maintenance is certainly one that applies if you compare them to the more hands-on daily requirements of a dog. Speaking generally, dogs need regular daily input from their human caretakers.”

Dr. Kanowski continues, “However, when speaking to their emotional and psychological needs, the opposite could be inferred. The independent nature of cats means that, although they bond very closely to their humans, they are more likely to detach—either physically by escaping the home or by distancing themselves within it—if they feel stressed or discontent. While dogs are more forgiving and eager to please, it is not uncommon to feel that you need to really

earn the affection and trust of a cat; their pride and sensibilities are easily offended.”

While cats don’t have the intensive exercise needs of most dogs, they have their own needs that can, for the most part, be almost just as demanding. Firstly, cats thrive on routine and need a regular feeding schedule to keep them feeling secure and safe, and most vets recommend splitting their meals into two per day. Cats are also obligate carnivores, requiring a somewhat more specialized diet than dogs.

Cats also, for the most part, need daily grooming. This is especially true of long and medium-coated breeds. Many people think that since cats are such fastidious groomers, they’ll take care of their own coats just fine, but for longhaired varieties, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some cats may even need their nails trimmed fairly regularly. Most experts recommend that cats spend most—if not all—of their time indoors, and this means they need toys, climbing trees, and scratching posts to keep them properly stimulated and

exercised. Letting a cat spend time outdoors can lead to diseases, injury, and a threat to local native wildlife.

Of course, cats also need a litter box, especially indoor cats. This means that owners need to scoop litter daily and add to or change the litter in the litter box often. This is both time-consuming and expensive and something that most dog owners do not need to deal with.

Lastly, cats typically live much longer than dogs, with an average of 15–20 years, 5–10 years longer than most dogs, especially the larger dog breeds. With this longer lifespan comes more responsibility, more food and entertainment costs, and with an aging feline, added vet and care expenses.

Dr. Kanowski reiterates, “In many ways, cats could be thought of as lower maintenance pets when compared to dogs, but this is more a reflection on their independence rather than their need for care, attention, and dedication from their humans.”

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Could Flash find a Forever Friend in you?

A loyal Lurcher cross who has been in Dogs Trust care for over a year is longing to find someone to love in 2024.

Eight-year-old Flash is adored by the entire team at Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre, with staff describing him as a clever lad, with a playful personality who never fails to make you smile.

Staff are puzzled as to why this handsome and friendly lad has not been snapped up by now and fear it could be his breed which has led to him being overlooked. Despite their loving natures, Lurchers can often spend longer in Dogs Trust care than other breeds.

Lurchers are sighthounds (such as a Greyhound, Whippet or Saluki) crossed with another breed and therefore differ in size, with variable hair lengths, and are found in a wide variety of colours. They are known for their long,

graceful frames, deep chests and loyalty as a companion. In 2023, 562 Lurchers/Lurcher crosses were adopted from Dogs Trust.

Alex Hennessey, Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington said: “Flash is a super dog that should really have been adopted in a flash so why he is still with us is a bit of a mystery. He is very playful having both brains and beauty meaning he learns very quickly. He puts his heart and soul into any time he spends with the training team, relishing the challenge. He has learnt lots of tricks since he has been with us, which he will happily show off to anyone he meets.

“He is always excited to greet his canine carers when he goes for walks

and grasps every opportunity for a fuss. To anyone looking for a friend who loves going on fun adventures while is equally happy to chill on the sofa, then Flash could be the boy for you.”

Flash prefers human company to that of other dogs so requires to be the only pet in his new home. He would love a secure garden to call his own, where he can zoom around with toys or have a snooze in the sun.

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Here’s why you SHOULD sleep with your pet (and maybe why you shouldn’t!)

In 2023, 53% of UK adults owned a pet, a 2% rise compared to 2020. And while it’s natural to want to share most of our lives with our furry friends, how far is too far?

According to a YouGov sleep survey, almost half of Britons admit to letting their pets sleep in the same bed as them – Sleep expert Ashley Hainsworth from Bed Kingdom has looked at the pros and cons of doing this and whether it’s right for you.

What are the benefits?

Helps with Insomnia

Falling asleep with your pet beside you can increase endorphin levels, thus reducing stress and anxiety. In turn, this can help you fall asleep quicker, which is ideal if you’re someone who has difficulty getting some well-needed shuteye.

Security and comfort

If you live alone, sleeping with a pet can increase your sense of security and heighten comfort levels. Feeling safe and relaxed is extremely important and can drastically improve your sleep quality.


A key factor in determining whether you have a good night's sleep is body temperature. If you feel the cold more than the average person, cuddling up to a warm pet at night may be precisely what you need to drift off.


Sleeping with your pet can significantly increase your bond and strengthen your relationship. You might find that you can read their body language better, and simply be more in tune with one another, which can improve their behaviour and overall happiness as a result.

Are there any risks involved?

Like most things, letting your pet sleep in the same bed has some potential risks.

Sleep disruption

Our pets are living beings and therefore, move around a lot; you may find that your pet is finding it difficult to settle and won’t stay still, so their constant movement and rearranging may disrupt your sleep. One way to combat this is to invest in a bed large enough to accommodate you and your pets – this allows for any movement that does occur to go unnoticed.


Our pets can carry dirt and other unwanted guests in their fur. Fleas, ticks, and lice are all common problems, and the last thing you want is for those to end up in your bed. Dirt may also cause allergies, as well as getting all over your sheets. To tackle this, keep up to date with your pet's vaccinations and make

sure they are clean after being outside. You should also wash your bedding more frequently if you decide to let your pets sleep with you, specifically every three to four days.

Behavioural issues

There are varying arguments as to whether letting your pet sleep with you causes them separation anxiety. Either way, it is important to stay vigilant, and if you notice any problem behaviours begin, consult a trainer or an animal behaviourist. Some signs to look out for include an increase in destructive behaviour, extreme vocalising like howling, barking or whining when you leave, and toileting inside the house, even if they are trained.

Should you let your pets sleep in the same bed?

Sleeping with your pets can be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from loneliness or sleep disorders such as insomnia. However, if you’re someone who likes your personal space at night or cannot commit to the upkeep needed for your bed to remain clean, perhaps letting your pet spend the night with you isn’t the best option.

Ashley Hainsworth from Bed Kingdom has commented: “No one knows our pets like we do. When deciding whether to let your pets share the bed, you should consider several different factors, such as your lifestyle, sleeping habits and your pet's temperament. It has clear benefits, but the risks shouldn’t be disregarded either. Keep an eye on how things progress, but if sleeping with your pet works for you, that is the most important thing.”

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Could you be devoted to Desmond?

A devilishly handsome young hound who was born on Valentine’s Day has only one birthday wish – to meet his one true love.

Border Collie Desmond, who is being cared for by the team at Dogs Trust Ballymena, will celebrated his first birthday on the 14th of February. Staff say it is of no surprise he was born on the most romantic day of the year, as he is an intelligent and affectionate lad with a huge heart. It is hoped it won’t be long before someone falls drooly, madly, deeply in love with Desmond.

Conor O’Kane, Manager at Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre said: “All dogs want to love and be loved, and Desmond is loveable in every way. He is handsome, fun, energetic and extremely loving. Typical of the border collie breed, he is very bright so anyone hoping to dote over Desmond will need to keep him both physically and mentally stimulated.

“Desmond’s one true love at present is playing – balls, toys, puzzles you name it, he is there giving it his all. Give him a ball and he will play all day, give him a teddy and that will be hurled in the air at speed. He is a fantastic boy for interactive play and has already mastered some tricks with the training team including sit, lie down and touch.

“As such a young lad he still has plenty to learn so requires owners that are dedicated to giving him the time he needs. He can be a goofy boy so makes you laugh with his antics and due to this

and his loving nature, he has stolen our hearts. We will make sure he has a day to remember on his birthday, but we hope it is the only one he spends in our care as it’s time for him to find his love

Desmond is handsome, fun, energetic and extremely loving.

nest with someone who is devoted to Desmond.”

Desmond requires an adult only home, with a secure garden in a quiet location where he can play to his heart’s content. Desmond could potentially live with another settled dog pending successful meets.

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What a Difference a Collie Makes!

Loving homes sought by these lovely boys!

Skyler is around 3 years old (we are told he is 2 years old but he is possible slightly older)

He is an entire, black and white long coated collie. He came into our care from another rescue so we don't have any history on him as he was found as a stray.

He is a friendly boy but can get a little worried meeting new people and being over handled especially by men so he may be better suited to a quiet home without young children. He has been ok meeting other dogs but is a little over the top so may be too much for some. He has come from a rural location so isn't used to built-up areas so will only require short walks in quiet areas until he gets used to new environments.

Skyler is 3 years old

Echo is a 3 year old neutered white and black medium coated Border Collie cross

Echo is a 3 year old neutered white and black medium coated Border Collie cross

He came into our care from another rescue after being found as a stray. When rescued he did have a break to his tail which has now been amputated.

He is a gentle boy although can be a little shy on first meeting people but given a little time he soon overcomes his fear and is very affectionate. He may be better suited to a calm home without young children.

Although overall ok meeting other dogs out on a walk he can sometimes be a little worried and then can become defensive so would be best as an only dog. He does chase cats.

Brin is an 11 year old entire tri coloured short coated collie

He came into our care as his owner retired from farming and moved in to a small flat.

He is a friendly boy and has been good around his previous owners young grandchildren. He travels well and mixes well with other dogs but can sometimes be very OTT with most dogs he meets. He has spent his life living outdoors but has settled well into kennels and is quiet and clean even though left long hours overnight. He happily greets everyone he meets and seems to enjoy human interaction.



Still ready to adopt?

Then please complete the Online Application To Adopt Form. This is the first step in the process

The Application Forms are reviewed regularly by our Adoptions Team who will contact anyone they wish to discuss further with but please understand that we can't contact everyone who completes the form. That doesn't mean we don't want you to adopt but there can only be one new owner for each dog.

Do keep an eye on the website, and if you see another dog, at any time, that you would be interested in adopting then simply email with your name, post code and the dogs name you are interested in. We will then consider you for that dog.

Unfortunately we cannot make an appointment until The Adoptions Team contact you.

n If you still have some questions do take a look at the FAQ section or feel free to contact us on 01889 577058 (Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm) or of course email us. Tel: 01889 577058

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary celebrates 40th Anniversary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the UK’s largest horse welfare charityfounded in 1984 - is celebrating its Ruby Anniversary this year.

Since the formation of the charity, over 5,500 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys have found safety in the Sanctuary, as well as countless others who have been helped in their homes through the outreach work of Redwings’ Field Officers and welfare team. Currently the charity is responsible for over 2,000 horses and donkeys, including more than 700 rehomed to loving Guardian homes. Redwings’ headquarters remains in Norfolk, with nationwide sanctuary sites in Essex, Warwickshire, Monmouthshire and Forfar in Scotland.

Redwings is planning a year of events to mark the milestone, kicking off celebrations by inviting supporters to take part in The Great Big Ruby Tea Party on Wednesday 24th April.

Taking place at three of the charity’s

visitor centres - Redwings Caldecott and Redwings Aylsham, both in Norfolk, and Redwings Oxhill in Warwickshire - there will be an exclusive opportunity for supporters to enjoy a delicious selection of treats.

There will be three sittings throughout the day, each with their own unique menus; brunch at 10am – 11.30am, lunch at 12pm – 1.30pm and afternoon tea at 2pm – 3.30pm. All dietary requirements can be catered for upon request. Tickets cost £20 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 01508 505246.

The charity has also developed a free online resource pack, including bunting and posters, for supporters to host their own fundraising Great Big Ruby Tea Party at home, available to download at

Those celebrating at home can also purchase special Tea & Treats boxes, priced at £20 for one person or £40 for two, to be delivered by post, full of local tasty produce including Norfolk Tea, Redwings’ exclusive Ruby Anniversary jam, marmalade and chutney, and shortbread.

Redwings CEO, Lynn Cutress, said: “We are delighted to mark 40 years of Redwings helping horses and donkeys. We’ve grown a lot in that time, but something that hasn’t changed is our supporters’ kindness and dedication. As a charity, 100% funded by public donations, it is therefore only right that we invite everyone to join us for a year of celebrations!

“Whether you can join us in person, or take part from home, all proceeds from


Sanctuary’s headquarters at Hapton in Norfolk. Not usually open to the public, the site is home to the charity’s Horse Hospital and its largest Rehoming Centre. Taking place on Saturday 21st September, the tours will showcase the care the Sanctuary offers, and places will be available to book in advance.

n Information for each event, updated throughout the year, can be found at

Redwings will be holding more events throughout the anniversary year including their first ever Book Festival at Redwings Caldecott on Saturday 18th

May. The day will feature a host of talks and panels from authors, including TV personality and Master Saddle Maker Suzie Fletcher, author of the Ruth Galloway novels Elly Griffiths, renowned children’s author Joyce Dunbar and more.

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The Great Big Ruby Tea Party, and all our anniversary events, will go towards the care of our rescued residents, helping raise funds for the next 40 years of Redwings too!” The Redwings Book Festival will feature Suzie Fletcher (right)

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From boring to brilliant: transforming daily dog walks with these top training tips

I’m an animal wellbeing expert, here are 4 tips to improve your dog walks. Animal Friends Insurance delivers new dog training series to help new owners tackle all the basics. From boring to brilliant: transforming daily dog walks with these top training tips. You can always teach an old dog new tricks

The love for animals in the UK remains as strong as ever, with over half of households (57%) now owning a pet1, and Google trends continuing to spike in ‘puppy for sale’, throughout 20232. But bringing a new furry friend into the family, especially a dog, is not all about sofa snuggles and playtime, it requires lots of continuous training and exercise to truly build a strong bond and happy life together.

With spring officially arriving on 19th March and lighter evenings returning, more frequent or longer dog walks will become the daily norm once again.

Whether you’re new to owning a dog, or just looking to brush up on your skills, Catrin George, Animal Wellbeing Specialist at Animal Friends Pet Insurance, shares how their latest dog training series can help make for a more enjoyable dog walk.

A tasty treat

Food can be a great motivator for dogs and a significant help when trying to keep their focus. Catrin says:

“It is easy for our dogs to get distracted when out on a walk. Spend some time figuring out what your dog's favourite tasty treat or toy is and use this to your advantage. Make it fun by having them chase the treat or even scattering a few in the grass for them to sniff out.

“Letting them have some fun with a tasty reward when on a walk can help keep their attention on you3, whilst also adding variety and enrichment to your time together.”

Can you smell that?

Dogs have a profound sense of smell that is 10,000 to 100,000 times more accurate than a human’s4, which can mean a lot of waiting time to allow them to have a good sniff. Catrin adds:

“We can often find ourselves feeling frustrated when we only have 15 minutes to squeeze in a dog walk, but our furry friend seems more interested in a good smell. However, having a ‘sniffy walk’ can be very beneficial for our dogs.

“Sniffing gives our pups lots of mental stimulation. Keeping their nose busy on a walk can also help your dog to feel a little more relaxed, as the scent work keeps them ‘in the moment’ throughout their stroll5.”

Walk your way to great behaviours

Our day-to-day routines can often begin to feel tiresome and it's important to ensure both the human (and canine) brain, is getting enough stimulation. Catrin says:

“Adding fun games into your usual route can make it more exciting for your pet and allows for some training time too. Once or twice a week, why not take a longline and some tasty rewards to a local, quiet area and get some recall practice in?

“Not only is this fun for our dogs, but

as with sniffing, training can be a great form of mental stimulation5. You can find more in-depth guidance on how you can start implementing recall into your daily routines in Animal Friends’ new dog training series.”

Don’t be tight

Like with recall, any form of training can be mentally stimulating for a dog6 and learning new tricks is not just for those young pups. Catrin explains:

“Google trends didn’t just show a spike in ‘puppy for sale’ in December 2023, it also saw people actively searching for a ‘dog rescue’ that same month7. Rescue dogs can equally benefit from some one-on-one training time with their new owners, not only to help build trust and that new bond, but some may have never even experienced walking on a lead before.

“Additionally, having a dog that pulls can be challenging and disheartening as an owner, especially when training them to walk nicely can be a lengthy process. The Animal Friends dog training series includes enhancing your skills with your dog, such as implementing loose lead walking into your routine; a great way to turn your everyday mundane walks, into a learning process for both owner and dog, at the same time.”

Wherever you decide to wander this spring, whether it’s with a new pup or a golden oldie, remember that there are always new tricks to learn that can help make your time together that little bit more special.

n For more information, help, blogs and videos on the current Animal Friends dog training series, visit: Dog Training 2024 | Animal Friends


Alley Cat Rescue’s Global Feral Fix Challenge 2024 Uniting Veterinarians and Rescuers to Fight Community Cat Overpopulation

The goal of the Feral Fix is to save feral cats and kittens from suffering and shelter euthanasia by humanely controlling their numbers through TNR.

Alley Cat Rescue’s Feral Fix Challenge begins in March. The Feral Fix Challenge is an annual, global campaign that brings veterinarians and communities together to save cats’ lives. The Challenge invites veterinarians to get involved by providing low-cost or free spay/neuter for community cats. Now in its thirteenth year, the Feral Fix has resulted in the sterilization of over 320,000 cats. Vets across all 50 U.S. states, Antigua, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Nicaragua, South Africa, and the U.K. have taken part in the Challenge.

Over 400,000 cats died in U.S. shelters in 2023. Many were newborn kittens or unsocialized free-roaming cats. 80% of kittens entering shelters each year are born outdoors. Unwanted and discarded animals are a huge concern globally as impounding and killing the cats costs taxpayers millions of dollars. The influx of kittens during the spring and summer months, also known as Kitten Season, stretches shelters to the breaking point, leading to euthanasia of healthy cats and kittens

simply to make room for each day’s new arrivals. Yet still many kittens do not even make it to the shelter and die on the streets from treatable diseases and trauma.

The goal of the Feral Fix is to save feral cats and kittens from suffering and shelter euthanasia by humanely controlling their numbers through TNR.

“The participation of veterinarians around the globe is very important to achieving our ultimate goal, which is the sterilization of all community cats,” said Louise Holton, Alley Cat Rescue

president and founder. “This process is the only way to reduce the population of outdoor cats; killing them, bedsides being inhumane, simply does not work as studies show new cats will enter vacated areas and breed until the number of cats there is back to the same level as before or even higher.”

Vets can sign up to participate at and pledge to provide free or low-cost spay/neuter services to as many freeroaming cats as is feasible for their individual practices.

Individuals are also encouraged to visit this page or send an Email to to request Alley Cat Rescue send their vet an invitation to participate, or for a sample invitation if they prefer to invite their vet personally.

n Alley Cat Rescue is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned, and feral. ACR advocates for humane nonlethal control of feral cats. For more information, visit their website

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Dogs Can Stay With Owners In Need

Jerry Green Dog Rescue is excited to announce the official launch of its Community Support Scheme in East Yorkshire, a unique initiative aimed at providing essential dog walking services to individuals facing challenges in meeting the exercise needs of their furry companions.

This free community support service is designed to prevent the need for dog surrender, particularly among those who may be elderly, coping with mental health issues, dealing with health concerns, undergoing treatment, and more.

The scheme’s success was initially piloted in Gilberdyke, where Boston Terrier Molly and her owner Phil were among the first to benefit, after Phil found himself struggling to provide Molly with the exercise she needed due to his own poor health. Molly’s owner Phil shared, “It’s a nice feeling to see Molly get so excited when she sees the van pull up, and knowing Molly is getting more exercise that I can give her gives me peace of mind. It means that we can stay together, and I don’t have to consider needing to rehome her.”

Building on this positive impact, Jerry Green Dog Rescue is now officially launching the scheme to surrounding areas, beginning with the postcodes HU3, HU16, YO43 and HU15. Volunteers dedicated to those regions are trained and ready to reach out and offer their services to individuals and families in need. Availability will be limited, but the organisation hope to quickly grow the service in additional areas, with the help of new volunteers which the charity are actively seeking in the Hull and East Yorkshire areas.

“Our Community Support Scheme reflects our commitment to keeping dogs and their owners together, even during challenging times. We understand the vital role pets play in our lives, and we want to ensure that no one has to face the heart-wrenching decision of surrendering their beloved companion. If what we can offer in dog walking support even slightly minimises that risk, then we’ve helped, which is all we want to do,” says Lauren Barker, Community Support Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue.

Jerry Green Dog Rescue is honoured to support those that need a helping hand, whether it be a temporary situational measure or longer term assistance that’s required. The service is not means tested and by removing this boundary, the charity hope to be able to offer aid to individuals and families who may not ordinarily benefit from relief resources, but who would be unable to afford a private dog walker.

Jerry Green Dog Rescue’s Legacy, Grants and Trusts Officer, Beverley Hasler has secured partial funding for the new Community Support Scheme, with any surplus cost implications currently being met by the charity. The organisation will continue to try and secure further funding for the initiative as it grows.

So, whilst the service is offered free of charge, Jerry Green Dog Rescue welcomes donations from those who wish to support the organisation’s work both inside and outside its rescue centres. Every contribution helps sustain the vital mission of supporting both

dogs, and dog owners in need.

FR Scott Ltd, Hull’s largest independent stockists of fixings, fasteners and ironmongery have kindly donated a generous £100 to the scheme at time of launch. Tony Rands, Head of Sales and Marketing at FR Scott Ltd says, “We’re passionate about giving back to our community, and support lots of local charities and initiatives in order to offer assistance where we can. Jerry Green Dog Rescue’s Community Support Scheme is a shining example of a charitable objective which supports local communities in Hull and East Yorkshire, and as a business full of animal lovers, we’re proud to help them to meet this goal.”

n For more information about the Community Suppor t Scheme, including how to sign up as a volunteer or how to request support, please visit Dog Walking Community Support | Jerry Green Dog Rescue (


Football’s first Hobsons’ Hedgehog Cup kicks off

Football fans across the UK are urged to support their clubs in the country’s first ever Hobsons’ Hedgehog Cup – run by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and sponsored by Hobsons Brewery.

The Hedgehog Cup will see the 47 clubs currently in the Hedgehog Friendly Football League drawn to ‘play’ each other – not to score goals, but to score points by carrying out hedgehog-friendly actions.

The first draw takes place today (27 February) and will be broadcast across BHPS’ social media platforms, featuring special guest announcer and BHPS patron, Megan McCubbin. Clubs will then have six weeks to score points before the next round begins. There will be six rounds in total, with the Hedgehog Cup final scheduled for Autumn 2024!

Find more information on point scoring activities and Cup Rules here.

The Cup is an opportunity for smaller clubs to take on Premier League giants in the battle to win a piece of silverware to show they care for wildlife and the environment – and could see the likes of Cheltenham Town vs Chelsea, or Morecambe vs Manchester City!

Fay Vass, Chief Executive at BHPS said:

“Whilst there may not be many hedgehogs at the stadiums, there certainly will be in fans gardens and maybe at training grounds too, so it’s vital we get the message out there about being mindful of wildlife when we do maintenance or gardening.

“This is the first ever Hobsons’ Hedgehog Cup, and we’re really excited

to see all 47 clubs get stuck in and encourage their Men’s, Women’s and Academy teams to all get involved in scoring points.

“Hedgehog numbers are in serious decline and it’s more important than ever that we stand together to help protect their welfare and habitats – supporting the Cup and the Hedgehog Friendly Football League is a brilliant way to do just that.”

Charlie Farman, Marketing Manager at Hobsons, said: “We’re so pleased to be sponsoring the inaugural Hedgehog Cup – it’s a fantastic way for football clubs and fans to do something positive for hedgehog welfare and to help protect our native wildlife.

gardens and green spaces with hedgehogs in mind.

“We’ve long been supporters of BHPS and its important conservation work around the UK and can’t wait to see football clubs across the country doing their bit to help hedgehogs!”

The Hedgehog Friendly Football League (HFFL) is designed to spread the word about hedgehog-safe groundskeeping, getting clubs to place ‘check for hedgehogs before using’ warning stickers on all their grounds maintenance machines, and encouraging fans to look after their own

The clubs in the League have all pledged to do their bit for wildlife, climbing the league table as they hand out leaflets, feature the campaign in matchday programmes and spread the word amongst fans.

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Bambi F1

Bambi is such a sweet little girl who is trying to be brave and will thrive in a calm loving environment.

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Rupert M5

Iris F6

She has never walked on a lead so she will need help from her forever family to learn this skill.

and is looking for a quiet home without the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle.

The epitome of puppy energy! This little dynamo is bursting with life and is always ready for some fun. Lots of zoomies.

Every new person Rupert meets is a new friend and he’s more than happy to lap up all their attention.

Being a working breed, she has very high exercise requirements and would enjoy lots of physical exercise and mental games.

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Zero M8

I am a super sweet boy who enjoys a little fuss once I have got to know you. I can be a little shy when I first meet you.

Baxter M4 mths

I’m a super clever boy and I love to learn new things so it shouldn’t take me too long! I’m still working on my toilet training.

Mango F5

I could be left for around 4 hours at a time once settled but would love a garden to call my own so I can sun bathe and play with my toys.

Sadie F7

it would be great if I could have my own secure garden to play and relax in, I could also help you with the gardening!

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Skye F8

Skye loves tennis ball/football and will play with them for ages, she likes most toys really!

Princess F11

Princess is friendly with dogs she meets on her walks and will happily walk alongside her doggy pals.

Cindy F10

Because she is older, she will need to live in a property with a ground floor as she may struggle with stairs.

Diva F1

Diva is looking at being the only dog in the home, but will need socialisation with other dogs.

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Blue M1

Blue is a lovely boy with a unique set of needs. He has captured our hearts with his intelligence, playfulness, and loyalty.

Churchill M5 Churchill likes to do his own thing but also likes to have a little play.

Casey F1

Casey is a smart girl who already knows commands like Sit and Give Paw.

Chain F7

She will need to learn all about home skills such as house training and how to walk on a lead.

Heaven F3

She is shy with people and much more relaxed when she is around other dogs.

Libby F5

I think she’s the most amazing girl who has overcome SO much in her life, and she deserves the happiest ever after.

Teddy M3 mths

go outside in the rain!

Fudge F3-4

I will need to be the only pet in the home as I'm not used to living with other animals but don't worry I will give you the love and cuddles.

Jaxon M3

he loves nothing more than to be pampered whilst he lays on his back having belly rubs!

August F2

August is a sweet and affectionate girl who loves nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa with you and playing with her toys.

Teddy is partially sighted, he doesn’t let his sight affect him when he’s in his familiar environment and is very much a typical playful puppy!

Bruce M8 mths

I am looking for a rural home in a quiet area. I would like a super active home that will take me out on long walks in the quiet countryside.

Rocky M5

He will need housetraining, someone based at home with a gradual build up to being left, needs car travel training.

Ellie F2

She’s incredibly sweet, affectionate, and playful, which will make her a perfect companion.

Fudge M2

With a lot of time and patience he will begin to relax and then he will find his feet and begin to shine.

This older gentleman is looking for a home where he can spend his days being close to the family and lounging on the sofa with you.

Delilah F4-5

I would love to have my own garden to run and play in. I really enjoy my walks but can find new places a bit overwhelming.

Brandy F1

She LOVES other dogs and loves to play so would love to live with a another dog in her new home.

Dougie M9 mths

I am quite clever and can sit, give paw and lie down and would love to learn more.

She is looking to be the only pet. Teenagers would be the best fit for her as she enjoys her quiet time and an easy life.

Bowie F11 mths

I’m a happy and excitable bundle of curly fluff and I love to play games of tug and fetch, would love a garden to enjoy our play times together.

Cooper M3

He will need a home that can provide him with the excercise he needs as he is still a young dog with lots of energy!

Narla F6

If you’re looking for a friendly, energetic, and loving pet, Narla might be the one for you!

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Phil M2 Phil is an independent soul who enjoys his own space but also loves companionship. Rosie F3 Rosie thrives in a serene environment Ruthie F2 Stuart M3 Stuart enjoys short walks where he can have lots of sniffs but is very reluctant to Leo M14 Tab Tab F14 wks Keiko M6 mths

Mayhew unveils new wing in honour of late dog trainer Oli Juste, with support of Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex

In an event hosted at animal welfare charity Mayhew in North West London, family and friends of the late dog behaviourist and trainer, Oli Juste, as well as celebrities and Mayhew supporters gathered to unveil the Oli Juste Wing; refurbished kennels providing warmth, safety and shelter for the dogs that come into Mayhew’s care.

The wing was made possible by a generous donation from Mayhew’s former Patron and Oli’s dear friend, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. Oli first introduced The Duchess to Mayhew in 2019. They shared many things throughout their friendship, among which was a deep commitment to animal welfare and a love of rescue dogs. When he tragically passed in January 2022, The Duchess, through The Archewell Foundation, made a contribution to Mayhew in Oli’s honour to continue his legacy. The donation has also enabled the charity to make significant improvements to their dog run and garden which provide an enriching experience for rescued dogs while they are waiting to be rehomed.

The opening was attended by actors Nigel Harman, Rula Lenska, Beatie Edney and Laura Aikman, and key figures from the animal welfare sector including the Chair of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, as well as the Mayor of Brent. Guests had the chance to see the difference the donation has made to the premises, and to hear firsthand from pet owners of dogs and cats who have benefitted from Mayhew’s vital work to keep pets and people together.

The Duchess delivered a personal video message in Oli’s memory, and in support of Mayhew, which was shown at the event.

“A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful team at Mayhew who have worked tirelessly to bring this dream to life. It was so important to find a way to celebrate Oli’s memory in a manner that he would have loved,” said Meghan, The

Duchess of Sussex. “Mayhew is a beacon of hope for those in need and a shining example of what can be achieved when we work together.”

Sherine Wheeler, Chief Executive said; “We are so delighted to celebrate and honour Oli’s life in this way, we are so grateful for his friendship and contribution to Mayhew. He combined his expertise as a renowned dog trainer with a passion for animal welfare to make a huge difference for rescue dogs.

Thanks to the generosity of the Duchess of Sussex, our former Royal Patron, we have been able to make key improvements to our spaces for dogs in our care and create a comfortable and stimulating environment for them; a fitting legacy for Oli’s dedication to improving the lives of dogs.

We are also pleased to launch our new

fundraising campaign, Lasting Love: keeping pets and people together to raise vital funds for our London clinic, which every day works to keep pets and people together by providing preventative veterinary care to the companions of pet owners who could not otherwise afford it, free of charge and without judgment – but which is struggling to meet surging demand.

This campaign feels a special way to remember Oli, whose commitment to the human-animal bond was an inspiration to us all. Through our campaign, we hope to reach even more pets whose owners cannot afford essential preventative veterinary treatment.”

n For more information about the Lasting Love Campaign please visit: RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 FEBRUARY – 29 MARCH 2024 51
Actress Rula Lenska with Mayhew Chief Executive, Sherine Wheeler (photographer: Ben Stevens) Actor Nigel Harman at Mayhew, Oli Juste Wing opening (Photographer: Ben Stevens) Duchess of Sussex video message

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Squash F6 mths

She is a mixed breed, and we feel she may have Presa Canario with a bull breed, so we feel she will grow to be a large dog.

Finbar M4

Will need all training in a home including housetraining, being left alone and household boundaries. He may be able to live with teenagers.


Florence F11

Looking for a loving retirement home where she can spend her days pottering about, chasing the odd ball or stick or just relaxing.

Milo M2

This playful, leggy, boy will make a fun and loving companion. Needs patient owner/s to continue with his training and socialisation.

Teddy M2

Teddy needs an experienced adopter, he is good with other dogs however he would be best suited to being In a home as an only dog.

Missy F6 mths

She has also shown to be quite the noisy pickle! She has been vocal when on walks so will need to live in a quieter location out of the inner city.

Zena F10 mths

This is the ultimate dog trainer’s dog. This girl is super smart and will thrive in a home with experience of working breeds.

Leo M5

Would suit an active retired person/s, he really loves to be with you although he doesn’t suffer with separation anxiety.

Rocky M4

He loves his tennis balls and his owners need to play with him as well to provide this intelligent chap with outlets for his energy.

Kobe M2-3

An intelligent, playful and happy boy who is looking to join his forever family. He can take a little bit of time to warm up to people.

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Bella F11 mths

She’s a special soul. While she might be partially deaf and prefer a steady, chilled-out routine, her zest for life and love is inspiring.

She’s looking for a quiet adult-only home so she can have a doze. she is a loving and soppy pooch with a heart as big as her size.

Angus M3

If you're ready to dive into a life of loyalty, learning, and love - Angus is waiting. Let's give this handsome boy the home he deserves!

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Finlay M2-3

A playful young staffy mix looking for an active family home to call his own.

Finlay has a great nature and we feel he could live happily with older kids.

Chase M1

Chase is a big lovable boy with heaps of energy so would be best suited to an adult-only home with lots of time for him and his training.

Ziva F3-5

Ziva shows signs of her basic training, and has previously lived in a home, but may need a bit of a refresher course as she settles back into a new environment.

Super sweet and loving, she loves to receive affection and will sit straight on your lap for all the love! Would need a secure garden.

Alan M4

After his walks, Alan loves to lie upside down on his bed with his legs in all directions and take a well earned rest!

Mrs Tibbs F2-3

So, if Mrs Tibbs looks terribly good to you, keep reading to see if you could be her purr-fect match and give her the fur-ever home she deserves…

Mila F2

Mila is an energetic soul, a walking (or should I say, running) emblem of zest and vitality. She's not one for the couch potato life!

Popeye M1

Full of cuddles and love! But don't let his small size fool you, he is still full of energy. He loves human attention and loves to smother you with kisses!

Alfie M7 mths

Ssuper affectionate and loves a good cuddle on the sofa, he has some comical ways when playing and interacting with other dogs.

Jeff M2-3

He is a loving, happy and lively young dog who will make an irreplaceable addition for the right home and people.

This friendly girl will come over and perch on your lap and watch the world go by around her. She is curious and likes to get involved.

Oreo M2

Oreo would adore a quiet, calm environment and will thrive in a home where the hustle and bustle are kept to a minimum.

We feel that Pedro would thrive in a calm and quiet household with plenty of hiding spots where he can retreat if feeling anxious or uncertain.

She would need a good sized large garden, so she can enjoy the feeling of being free to mooch about safely, she loves a little explore.

Pancake M5

Every day is pancake day with this boy! once warmed up loves to purr and lean in his fluffy cheeks for a fuss and attention.

A swift little lady ready to shake it off and have some fun. You just knew this girl was trouble when she walked in but in the best kind of way.

Ninja M

As for space, he loves a bit of the Great Outdoors just as much as he loves lounging around indoors. He has lots of love to share.

Melon M7

An ideal owner for Melon would have previous experience with cat ownership and be willing to invest the time needed for him to settle in.


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Alfie M12

Alfie is a treats connoisseur! a quick way to his heart then meaty sticks and dreamies are the way forward!

He is a cracker of a cat no doubt and sparks fly when it’s play time but for all that he just wants a quiet life with people.

Holly F

Holly's past battles with cancer may have claimed her ears, but guess what? She hasn't missed a beat. A sweet, gentle soul.

Vivienne F9-10 mths

A lovely little girl who is looking for her forever home. We feel she will be best suited as an indoor cat. Can you give her a second chance?

Gladys F4

Gladys is an adventurer at heart, loves the outdoors as much as she enjoys lounging in her 'castle' or bird-watching from her shelf.

Brian does not have beautiful curls like his namesakelegendary Queen guitarist Sir Dr Brian May...but he does have a lovely, soft coat.

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Florence F3-4 Aurora F4-5 Taylor F5 mths
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Decoding common cat behaviours

From joint stiffness and frustration to feeling the love, what is your cat trying to tell you?

With their sophisticated body language and reputation for being more independent than dogs, cats may seem a bit harder for humans to read. But could it be that we’re just missing the cues?

‘Cats have different moods and emotions just like us, but there is usually a reason for a cat’s emotional state and a trigger for any change in behaviour. Behaviour can tell us a lot about how our cats are feeling’, says leading feline behaviourist Lucy Hoile.

‘A cat experiencing joint stiffness will show a reluctance to run and jump, they may also start hiding away more and being less social. Reduced grooming and uncharacteristic toilet accidents are other warning signs, as is them becoming irritable or less willing to be handled or stroked.’

TV vet Dr Scott Miller explains why cats are so good at concealing the signs: ‘Being solitary animals, cats don’t have the same social relationships that dogs do, so they hide any weakness which could expose them to predators in the wild. The trouble is, this makes changes to joint health harder to spot and some cats might spend over half their life experiencing undetected joint stiffness, as a result.’

‘From a veterinary perspective, about 60% of cats over the age of six have some level of joint change, including joint stiffness, and that's where I feel supplements are so important to help keep them healthy and happy.’

Other common cat behaviours and what they mean by Feline behaviourist, Lucy Hoile.

l Chattering teeth- Usually a sign of frustration. Commonly when they are looking at a prey animal out of reach, such as spotting a bird through the window.

l Rubbing against you - Positive, affectionate behaviour. Can also be attention-seeking.

l Feline ‘kneading’ - A comforting behaviour stemming from kittenhood, when they would knead the mother's tummy to stimulate milk flow.

l Staring at you - Look for a slow blink to indicate your cat is relaxed and happy. Maintaining eye contact can also be a

sign of threat.

l Won’t look at you - Eye contact can feel threatening, so looking away is avoiding conflict.

l Ear twitching - Ears up and facing forward usually shows they are relaxed or find something interesting. Turned down indicates frustration. Pinned right down indicates fear or anxiety.

As well as home environmental changes, such as providing wellpadded, easily accessible sleeping spaces, Dr Scott recommends high-quality joint care supplements

YuMOVE Joint Care for Cats and YuMOVE Joint Care PLUS for Cats, especially for more senior cats.

‘Pets in my practice have seen a difference after just a short time on YuMOVE, and clients are supremely happy with the results,’ he says. ‘Adding such a highquality supplement to your cat’s daily feeding regime can help support their mobility.’

YuMOVE Joint Care PLUS for Cats is a NEW highstrength joint supplement for older and stiffer cats that is designed to aid stiff joints, help mobility, and support joint structure.

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First-ever report of nesting of incredibly rare and endangered giant turtle

Biologists have discovered a breeding population of a Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle, as part of conservation efforts in the south of India

Knowledge from local communities has resulted in the first-ever nesting evidence and discovery of a breeding population of an incredibly rare turtle in India.

The Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) is native to the rivers of South and Southeast Asia. Known for its rarity and secretive nature, this species has long been a subject of fascination and concern among conservationists.

Habitat destruction has made it disappear from much of its environment. They are also heavily harvested by locals for meat and are often killed by fishermen when caught in fishing gear.

Currently, the freshwater turtle is classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, and its numbers today are decreasing.

To uncover the whereabouts of the species, a team of conservationists turned to those who live in and share their habitat, and this journey took them to the verdant banks of the Chandragiri River in Kerala.

By talking to local villagers, the group were able to systematically document sightings of the turtle and engaged communities in conservation efforts.

This work led to the first documentation of a female nesting, and the rescue of eggs from flooded nests. The hatchlings were later released into the river.

The study, published in the journal Oryx, was led by conservationists from the University of Portsmouth and Zoological Society of London in England, University of Miami, Museum of Zoology at the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research in Germany, Florida Museum of Natural History in the USA, and Wildlife Institute of India.

Corresponding author, Dr Francoise Cabada-Blanco from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of

Portsmouth, said: “For years, the Cantor turtle’s existence has barely been a murmur against the backdrop of India's bustling biodiversity, with sightings so scarce that the turtle's very presence seemed like a ghost from the past.

“Following several unsuccessful attempts at tracking one down using conventional ecological survey methods, we took a different approach by tapping into local knowledge.

“The team, led by Ayushi Jain were able to engage the community really effectively, so much so that they shared tales of historical sightings, provided leads on current occurrences, and even aided in the live release of individuals accidentally caught as by-catch.”

Ayushi’s team is now working on setting up a community hatchery and nursery.

Ayushi Jain, from the Zoological Society of London’s Edge of Existence Programme, added: “Through household interviews and the establishment of a local alert network, we did not just listen; we learned”.

“The community’s willingness to engage formed the backbone of our project, allowing us to record not just fleeting glimpses of the turtles but

evidence of a reproductive population—a discovery that rewrites the narrative of a species thought to be vanishing from India's waters.”

The paper says the implications of the findings underscore the invaluable role of local knowledge in conservation science—a tool as critical as any satellite tag or camera trap in the quest to understand and protect our planet's biodiversity.

The establishment of the alert network represents a pioneering approach in the area, where community involvement leads to real-time insights and immediate action, paving the way for a more responsive and inclusive model of wildlife conservation in Kerala.

“Uniting traditional wisdom with scientific inquiry can certainly illuminate the path forward for the conservation of the Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle,” added Dr Cabada-Blanco.

“Our study is a narrative of rediscovery, of finding hope in the stories told by the river and its people, and of laying the groundwork for a future where this magnificent species can thrive, not just survive.”

Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle. Photo credit: Ayushi Jain Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle hatchling.
Photo credit: Ayushi Jain
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