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ISSN 2050-0572 29th May - 29th June 2024 - Issue 195 FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare RESCUE and ANIMAL CARE Cover Image Cat born with missing digits needs a peaceful home of his own Over third of people put off from adopting a pet over worries about potential medical costs Reducing the Causes of Asthma and Allergy in the Home S w e e t N a t u r e d F l u m p S e e k s a S c o t t i s h S w e e t h e a r t Holding out for a Nero! Italian Corso Cross seeks forever home How D O G F E N D E R s ave d my d o g ’ s l i f e … . . Common dog myths and stereotypes: why you shouldn’t believe them

Dear Readers

We are in June already

Where have the months gone!

As usual I’ve looked up the meaning of each month

And for your information …. June is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of youth and protection. Her name comes from the root word for “young” (Iuuen) and goes back to the idea of vital energy and fertility! Welcome to our latest free to read issue of Rescue and Animal Care Magazine with lots of interesting features, articles and news

A sneaky peep of what’s in this issue!

l Sweet Natured Flump Seeks a Scottish Sweetheart. A sweet natured Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has spent nearly two years in Dog Trust care is seeking his Scottish sweetheart. Staff at Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre are completely flummoxed as to why fabulous Flump is still to meet his special someone.

l AI reveals dog breeds perfect looking owner. According to the UK parliament, an estimated 250,000 animals go to rescue centres every year for various reasons. In light of this and in partnership with WSPCA, Irish Pet Shop Dec’s Pets have used AI to design the perfect looking owner for some of the top UK dog breeds.

l Pet lovers needed to take part in the Big Pet Census by Blue Cross. National pet charity, Blue Cross, is reaching out to the nation’s pet lovers to find out just how obsessed we really are with our furry friends, after the charity’s last Pet Census revealed that 95% of owners see their pet as part of their family.

l Cat born with missing digits needs a peaceful home of his own. Two-year-old Elijah and many of his housemates were given up for adoption by an owner who had become overwhelmed by the 15 cats in their home. Volunteers at Cats Protection noticed he was smaller than the average cat and on closer inspection it was revealed he had missing digits on his paws. He has two missing toes on his left paw and one on his right.

Love Jennifer x
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Dear Furry, Feathered and Hairy friends

It’s nearly Happy-paw Birthday to me.

This June I turn 14 yrs old!

And as you’ve previously read my little legs go one way and I go the other causing me to trip a lot but apart from that I’m feeling pretty OK.

I wee a lot more - another age thing and when I get over excited or sneeze I may have the odd accident!

But getting older hasn’t taken the puppy out of this ageing dog in-fact if anything it’s made me more childish.

I do all the same things as I used to but unlike the hare I’m the tortoise.

I’ll still hide my ball under the settee so mistress has to reach under it to retrieve it for me and then I do it all over again and again!

Mistress doesn’t mind too much even if she’s engrossed in a movie or talking on her mobile at the time. I know she wants to make the most of our time together and make more memories.

It’s my birthday soon!

We have so many photos of me starting from being a weeny pup coming home to my new family after being with The Border Collie GB Trust (lovely charity) and then me growing up over the years.

I may look a tad scruffier now but Mistress says I’m still so beautiful!

I will let you know what presents I received for my birthday.

However my needs are little. Just more hugs and love are perfect with me wrapped up in Mistress’s arms §

4 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2024 RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE Follow us on facebook Rescue and Animal Care Follow us on twitter Troublesome Treacle Please contact us or visit our website for more information. Heathway, Colton, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 3LY Tel: 01889 577058 Reg Charity No1053585
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Pet lovers needed to take part in the Big Pet Census by Blue Cross

National pet charity, Blue Cross, is reaching out to the nation’s pet lovers to find out just how obsessed we really are with our furry friends, after the charity’s last Pet Census revealed that 95% of owners see their pet as part of their family.

Launching a nationwide survey –

The Big Pet Census - people will be asked to reveal how they celebrate their pet’s Birthday, what they wish their dog would say to them if they could talk, and even if they share with a bed with their favourite companion, as well as much more. The survey will be open between 29 May – 7 July 2024 and can be accessed via

The Big Pet Census will help the charity better understand the UK’s 36 millionstrong pet population[i] and the role pets play in their owners’ lives, shaping the support that the charity offers to pets and their families.

The online survey asks everything from views on the pressing animal welfare issues of our time to questions about how owners show their pets that they love them and how their pets demonstrate that reciprocal love. Blue Cross is also keen to find out how having a pet improves lives. Participants of the survey will also be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of three Amazon vouchers worth £50.[ii]

Chris Burghes CEO at Blue Cross said: “We are really proud to have changed millions of lives in our 125-year history but the need for our help is growing all the time.

“No one knows your pet quite like you do and now you can share your knowledge to help make this an even better world for pets and the people who love them by taking part in our Big Pet Census. Your responses to the census will help us learn as much as possible about pet ownership to inform our work to improve pet welfare and support people.”

Every month, Blue Cross helps thousands of pets and people by providing veterinary care, expert behaviour advice and finds homeless cats, dogs, small animals and horses happy homes. Set up in 1897, it is

estimated that Blue Cross has helped over 38 million pets and people.

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work. We are striving to be able to help even more pets in the future live healthy lives in happy homes. Blue Cross relies on the support and donations of pet lovers to continue our vital work, to find out more and make a donation visit RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2024 5

Reducing the Causes of Asthma and Allergy in the Home

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Allergy sufferers are prone to one or more of the following:

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Around 62% of patients suffer from multiple allergies and not just one. Total allergen avoidance is impossible but fortunately, over 97% of allergy sufferers are Allergen Hypersensitive and not Atopic. Allergen hypersensitive patients respond positively to reductions in the allergen levels in the home. In trials in the UK and Israel, over 97% of patients

have reduced their requirements for medication by at least two-thirds within 2 weeks and to zero within a month with the regular use of the Bio-Life HomeCare range (1,2).

The most common causes of allergic reactions in the home are dustmites, pollen and pets. Dustmites are less than 0.5 mm in length and indiscernible to the eye. The allergenic particles, Der p 1, Der p 3, Der p 6 and Der p 9 emanate from dead mite bodies and are found in their faeces. These particles are large compared to pet allergens with a particle size ranging from 10 to 150 microns and therefore are surface bound rather than airborne. The residue of the dustmite is

found principally in high use areas in the home such as beds, sofas, carpets and other upholstery and to a lesser extent clothes.

In comparison, pet allergens are tiny particles typically 3 microns or less. Only around 18% of pet allergens adhere to furnishings or settle as dust. Over 80% become airborne for inhalation and ingestion. In this instance removal at source and reductions in the airborne load are desirable for control as well as fabric and furnishing cleansers.

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Holding out for a Nero!

Italian Corso Cross seeks forever home after a whole year at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Three-year-old Italian Corso Cross Nero is seeking his forever home after spending over 365 in the care of Dogs Trust Ilfracombe. Nero arrived at the Ilfracombe Rehoming Centre in May 2023 and is on the lookout for a loving adult only family. He has great manners, is housetrained, and settles well in a home environment. He has had many sleepovers with members of the team in the on-site bungalow and makes the perfect house guest. He also sleeps all through the night and can travel in a car. Nero loves to show off his many tricks and enjoys learning new things through positive reward training, he is a big lover of his food!

Nero would prefer quieter walks, where he can explore without too many distractions, as he can be a bit fearful of the unknown. Nero can make doggy pals

if introduced in the right way and has a few canine friends that he enjoys the company of. He dislikes the rain and would rather retreat to his sofa than get wet. He is not a fan of thunder and lightning or fireworks and loves reassurance from his trusted humans.

Nero is searching for a home where he can receive a low level of exercise due to a heart murmur, which is managed by lifestyle choice and medication. He enjoys a quieter home environment and lifestyle. He loves your company, so any time left is best built up gradually.

Nero’s Rehabilitation Trainer at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe Jody White joined Dogs Trust at the same time as Nero, and can’t believe he hasn’t yet found a new home.

She said: “Nero is a big lad with an even bigger heart, watching him grow

and show off his personality over the last year has been lovely to see, he is well overdue his forever home and his forever spot on the sofa. Nero is just one of the many dogs I have had the pleasure of working with, putting together training plans, and building the confidence of the more worried residence of the centre, and getting them ready for their forever homes. I love coming to work every morning and seeing their waggy tails but like Nero I would love to see them in their forever homes too.”

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Common dog myths and stereotypes: why you shouldn’t believe them


are existing stereotypes surrounding certain dog breeds

that most of us will have heard of; Pitbulls are dangerous, Jack Russells are loud and Border Collies need more attention, but how many of these are true?

We explored AlsoAsked search query data which highlights a big difference in the common questions and queries regarding different dog breeds, and points to some familiar stereotypes. For example, questions related to Rottweilers included “Are Rottweilers aggressive?” and “What is the bite force of a Rottweiler?”, whereas questions for Labradors include “Are Labradors friendly with strangers?” and “Is a Lab a good first dog?”

Common dog misconceptions l Mastiffs are not friendly X False! They might look intimidating, but in fact, Mastiffs are very mellow

breeds and are very content simply snoozing.

l Do Pitbulls’ jaws lock if they bite X False again. There is a common misconception that pitbulls’ jacks lock, but this is not true. Their strength can lead to a powerful bite, but their jaws do not lock and are the same as other dogs.

l All small dogs are yappy X Another bit of fake news. Small dog breeds of ten get a bad rap for being loud, with many assuming they need to be loud to make up for their small size, but this is very much dependent on the breed. Not all small dogs are loud, with breeds such as Cavalier King Charles and Italian Greyhound often very quiet.

l Breeds like Rottweilers and Dobermans might turn on their owners X You guessed it - this one is false too. Breeds like the above are often stereotyped as being aggressive and vicious, with the potential to turn on their families. However, they are not conditioned to do so, and with the right training and socialisation, they will be quite the opposite.

“Just because the breed itself is strong, it doesn’t mean it has to be aggressive, it all comes down to the owner and how they have trained the dog.” Anna Nowrotek, owner of Bow Wow Dog Care.


The tables below show you a few examples of the commonly-searched questions people are asking online in relation to these specific dog breeds. With these questions highlighting preconceived assumptions and misconceptions about certain dog breeds, we set out to explore the issue of dog stereotypes and shed some light on the truth.


Can a human overpower a Rottweiler?

Is a Rottweiler stronger than a tiger?

Do Rottweiler’s jaws lock?

Are Chihuahuas clingy?

Do Chihuahuas like to cuddle?

Do Chihuahuas like to be kissed?

Why don’t Pitbulls let go?

What percentage of dog attacks are Pitbulls?

Are Pitbulls safe around babies?

Debunking the myths

Misinformed traits attributed to certain dog breeds can be detrimental and damaging, and can unfairly punish responsible dog owners.

The media play a big part in this by reporting on dog bites/attacks involving certain breeds. According to organisations like the American Veterinary Medical Association, the vast majority of these incidents can happen with any dog breed that has not been properly trained or socialised.

Grahame Greene, from the Norwich Dog Training School, believes that owners need to take some responsibility and focus on adequate dog training, regardless of breed.

“People really need to research what the breed was bred for, then they will have a better understanding of the dog’s needs and characteristics.”

He also agrees that the media is not helping when it comes to building untrue stereotypes, “It is the media, YouTube and films. Rin Tin Tin ruined the German Shepherd; The Omen films ruined the Rottweiler; The Doberman Gang films ruined the Dobermann and so on.”

This study by Scientific American surveyed the owners of over 18,000 dogs to learn their behaviours. It found that some of these behaviours weren’t specific to one breed, and when looking

Are Dachshunds lap dogs?

Do Dachshunds like kisses?

What are the best traits of a Dachshund?

Why are Golden Retrievers so snuggly?

What is the safest family dog?

What is the happiest dog breed?

Can Staffies get aggressive?

Why do Staffies have a bad reputation? Are Staffies unpredictable?

specifically at how readily a dog responds to commands, this varied among individual dogs of the same breed.

Anna Nowrotek, owner of Bow Wow dog care, says: “People confuse the breeds of dogs and their particular upbringing. Just because the breed itself is strong, it doesn’t mean it has to be aggressive, it all comes down to the owner and how they have trained the dog.

“From my experience, the most aggressive dogs are the ones that have been treated by the owners softly and with no boundaries, and these have all been Chihuahuas, Sausage Dogs and Cockapoos so far.”

John Skinner, Topdog co-owner, says: “It’s always a shame to hear people talking negatively about certain breeds, when sometimes those things are very far from the truth. The biggest indication of a dog's personality and traits is not its breed, but its owner.”

Dog owners weigh in

Elliot Leachman, Topdog digital marketing executive and owner of two rescue dogs, believes that a lot of responsibility is on the owners: “I think owners should brush up on the knowledge of their breed or the breed they’re looking to acquire, or even potentially take a course on best practices etc. I think the biggest issue

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that the average dog owner faces is other owners who allow their dogs to run free in the park. This has recently become a meme “Don’t worry he’s friendly” because of how comically misguided these people are. This type of owner, while their dog may be “ harmless”, doesn't understand that not all dogs want a dog running up to them, and that is where the danger lies!”

“I would love to own a big squishyfaced pitbull because they are adorable, although I know that they are very strong and I wouldn’t want to walk something that I could not control. Point being, owning a dog requires a strong sense of responsibility!”

There are 13.5 million dogs in the UK, which sees them in 36% of households across the country and the most popular pet. This has also increased by 1.5 million from last year, and so it is more important than ever to properly understand your dog's breed and its characteristics.

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Standing at an impressive 16.3 hands high, stunning Adoption Star Shire cross Fox is a true gentle giant who loves to bend his head over the fence for a cuddle with his visitors.

While Fox now enjoys a peaceful life in his paddock at the charity’s Caldecott Visitor Centre, in Norfolk, his future was not always so certain. This handsome gent arrived at Redwings in 2010 as part of a large group of horses when he was just a few months old. Their owner had sadly passed away and no one was able to look after them.

Fox has a condition which means he experiences stiffness in his legs so his chances of finding a new home to suit his needs were slim. However, he now has a permanent home at the Sanctuary under the watchful eye of Redwings’ vet team.

From just £2 per month, you can sponsor Fox for yourself or a loved one and ensure he and his four-legged

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary issues urgent appeal for donations

Somerset animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming charity, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, announces an urgent appeal for life-saving donations.

Amidst an unprecedented and severe financial downturn, Ferne Animal Sanctuary is urgently appealing for vital donations to continue carrying out its life-changing animal care and welfare work.

In a statement issued to Ferne Animal Sanctuary members on 3 May 2024, the charity which homes over 300 animals and employs over 170 staff and volunteers, highlights the impact of recent financial pressures caused by ongoing rising operational costs.

In the past two years, the charities' hard costs have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, with vet and medical bills rising by over 46%, feed and bedding rising by over 30%, utilities and compulsory professional fees rising by over 50%, and the cost of labour increasing by circa 20%. In recent years, Ferne Animal Sanctuary has taken action to grow its income streams and reduce operational costs to offset the relentless rise in prices, however, the situation now sees the charity face an ultimate crisis. Without immediate support, funds could run out for the

long-standing Somerset animal charity, within a few short months.

Kevan Hodges, Chief Executive Officer at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, expresses his distress about the situation, commenting, "In our 85-year history we have never faced such challenging times. We urge animal lovers across the UK and internationally that can afford to support us, no matter how big or small the donation, to do so. We urgently need your help. We are caring for over 300 vulnerable animals currently, who are at risk of losing their home. Due to such difficult pasts, many of our animal residents are not suitable for rehoming, which puts their lives at risk if we are unable to keep afloat as a charity. Please help if you can, no donation is too small. Thank you - from all of us here at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.”

In a further plea to raise funds, the charities’ urgent statement to its members goes on to appeal for a “benefactor with a big heart for animals, and a desire to own a beautiful patch of the Somerset countryside.” The 72-acre sanctuary would consider the sale of a 20-acre plot of farmland along with a three-bedroom cottage in exchange for a nominal rent-back agreement, thereby allowing the charity to continue its use of the land, for its vital animal care activities.

The closure of Ferne Animal Sanctuary could leave over 50 employees

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary is one of the oldest animal charities in the UK. Founded by Lady Nina, Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon, The Ferne Estate located on the Wiltshire Dorset border started taking in animals in 1939 at the outbreak of World War 2. Ferne became a registered charity in 1965 and relocated from Wiltshire to form Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Somerset in 1975. Throughout the past eighty-five years, Ferne has rescued, rehabilitated, or rehomed circa 40,000 animals. There are always approximately 300 animals on the 72-acre sanctuary, and another 200-250 animals are successfully rehomed each year.

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Discover the thrill of Canicross: A new adventure for runners and their dogs

Canicross is a sport that is relatively new to the UK, which involves cross-country running with dogs. It is described as being 'dogpowered', as a dog is attached to the owner via a harness. The idea being that they run together as a team with the owner as the driver, calling out directions from behind, while the dog leads the way

Canicross is a great way for both owners and their dog to embark on a fun-filled fitness regime. It also offers a chance to improve communication skills with the dog.

“If you are the outdoorsy, sporty type and own a dog with similar tastes, Canicross could be a dream come true for both of you” says James Whitten, Marketing Manager at petGuard.

Not every dog breed is suitable to participate in Canicross. Leading pet insurer petGuard reveals which dog breeds excel at Canicross and which ones are less suitable.

What are the best dog breeds for Canicross?

Some of the best dog breeds for Canicross include the Border Collie, Labrador Retriever, Weimaraner, and German Shepherd. Border Collies are highly intelligent and incredibly athletic, excelling in tasks and sprints. Labradors are easy to train and bred to chase, making them great for Canicross, though their muscular build can be powerful. Weimaraners, known as ‘Silver Ghosts,’ are energetic and have a great stamina, enjoying plenty of exercise. German Shepherds are smart and quick learners, but potential hip dysplasia issues should be checked by a vet before long runs.

What dog breeds may not be suitable for Canicross?

Some breeds may find extreme distances unmanageable. Dogs with short noses or flat-faced breeds can find running long-distances difficult and dangerous. Dogs with long or heavy coats may not cool down quickly, so running in hot weather isn’t advisable. In all cases, good physical fitness and

the absence of issues like breathing difficulties or obesity are necessary for participating in Canicross, so getting a vet's consent is vital. It is important to keep in mind that even if the owner is not being pulled along by the dog, they are still leading the way whilst attached to the owner and therefore some muscular strain is inevitable. Any dog taking part in Canicross should be over 18 months old.

“As this is a sport that requires both

agility and endurance, it is worth consulting your vet before taking to the open trails that you plan to tackle” warns Whitten.

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According to the UK parliament, an estimated 250,000 animals go to rescue centres every year for various reasons.

In light of this and in partnership with WSPCA, Irish Pet Shop Dec’s Pets have used AI to design the perfect looking owner for some of the top UK dog breeds.


94% of people know what an Alsation is according to YouGov data, with 100% of Boomers knowing this breed. Perhaps that is due to their popularity as working dogs. Do you fit the Alsatians perfect owner?

Basset Hound:

In the famous Disney movie, The Aristocats character Lafayette is a Basset Hound which may be why it ranks 6th in the most famous dog breeds with a huge 95% of people knowing this breed. Do you think you could be the Basset Hounds perfect owner?


Surprisingly Beagles are the most well known with millennials ranking 12th, with 84% knowing this breed. Unfortunately this breed is on the decrease when it comes to fame. Do you think you look similar to the Beagles perfect owner?

Border Collie:

This breed is the third most popular breed from 2024 so far with 93% of people knowing this breed and 72% favouring this breed, surprisingly this has declined since the last quarter! Do you fit the Border Collies perfect owner?


Unfortunately for Boxers they are the decline of how well known they are as a breed, ranking 19th on the list, still with 93% knowing who they are but only 47%


favouring them. Do you see yourself in the Boxers perfect owner?

Declan O’Keefe, Digital Director at the Irish Pet Shop explains why you should take the leap to adopt a rescue dog: “Animal rescues have seen a 44% increase in dogs being put up for adoption in the last year. Still battling the impact of COVID and now hit with the cost of living crisis’, pet owners and rescues are struggling nationwide.

This is why we’ve teamed up with our partners at the WSPCA to get as many of their shelter dogs rehomed as possible whilst raising awareness for all the fantastic animal shelters across Ireland.

Each adoption not only saves a life but also opens up space for another deserving soul to find their forever family. It's about compassion, second chances, and the pure joy of knowing you've made a difference in a furry friend's life."

Using YouGov data on the most popular and most famous dog breeds of 2024 so far we then used AI to produce images of what the perfect owner would look like for that breed.

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My Name is Peter Antonio and I’ve been a dog loving owner for 35 years, and I for one understand the fear owners live with in regards to the possible threat dealing with dog-on-dog attacks on a daily basis.

Seven years ago, my Border Terrier Murphy was brutally attacked, fortunately, I managed to save his life that day, but we both needed immediate and serious medical attention. Murphy’s wounds were so horrific we all feared he would pass away.

I promised Murphy this would never happen to him again and so I made a homemade defence system. 6 months later my homemade collar, “made from an electrical fly swatter, my grandson’s remote-control car, drawing pins, Samsung earbud case and some rubber”, would be put to the test. Murphy was attacked again, this time my homemade collar saved Murphy’s life, preventing me from having to intervene, keeping me safe. I realised at this point my effective homemade collar could help pets and their owners all around the world, DogFender was born in July 2018.

DogFender is a safe and practical, user-friendly device to assist in the defence of our pets from dog-on-dog attacks, sadly, a problem in the UK, USA and Europe that’s increasing year on year and has sadly escalated out of control.

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DogFender swiftly and safely repels the attacking dog, helping to save and prevent severe injuries to both dog and owner, helping to minimise expensive veterinary bills, psychological distress and trauma. The DogFender collar will be in an inert state for the vast majority of its life, but will always be ready to defend, when needed.

Over 64,000 dog deaths are caused by dog-on-dog attacks and an additional 44,000 severe injuries are reported

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Microchipping cats: What you need to know

From 10 June 2024, it will be a legal requirement in England to microchip your cat.

Following our 2024 PAW Report findings, 54% of cat owners are not aware that cats must be microchipped in England by 10 June 2024. The UK Government has made it compulsory to microchip your cat by this date or you may be fined. This new legal requirement follows a Government call for evidence and consultation, which found 99% of respondents expressed support for microchipping cats.

This new law will make it easier for lost or stray cats to be reunited with their owners and be returned home safely. Many are also hoping that this new law will help tackle common welfare issues for cats such as abandonment. Microchipping is a onetime expense – but your cat will be covered for the rest of their life.

From the cost of microchipping cats to how microchipping works, everything you’ll need to know is explained below.

Is microchipping compulsory?

Yes, all cat owners must ensure their cat is microchipped from the 10 June 2024. This means that you should have your cat microchipped before this deadline.

Our 2024 PAW Report findings

showing a whopping 22% of the cat population, nearly 2.4 million cats, are without a microchip.

The new rules mean that cats must be microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks – with the only exception being feral cats. Their contact details must be stored and kept up to date in a Government approved pet microchipping database.

If you miss the deadline, then you’ll have 21 days to have one implanted or you may face a fine of up to £500. This law is only applicable to England at the current time, but we recommend that you get your cat microchipped regardless of your location.

Who can microchip my cat?

Only a trained professional can fit your cat’s microchip. Ask your vet, local council or local rescue and rehoming centre if they can microchip your pet –but they might charge a small fee.

When should I microchip my cat?

If you haven’t already, you should microchip your cat as soon as possible. As it will be a legal requirement by 10 June 2024, many cat owners will be trying to book an appointment for their

pet to be microchipped. This could mean that there is a waiting list for your pet’s microchipping appointment. That’s why we recommend speaking to your vet as soon as possible to find out all your options.

Why should I microchip my cat?

Microchipping your cat will help to ensure that if they are lost, stolen, or injured, you have the best chance of being reunited as quickly as possible. The best time to microchip your cat is when they are being neutered – but don’t worry if you’ve missed this window, you will be able to book a microchip appointment with your vet. It’s important to remember that indoor cats will be included in the new law, they must also be microchipped. Even with the new law, it’s a good idea to get them microchipped as it’s easy for them to slip out through a window or a door.

How does microchipping work?

A microchip is a tiny identification device the size of a grain of rice, which links a pet to their owner once it has been registered. Each chip contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner. Once the microchip has been


implanted the unique number will need to be registered at a government recognised database where the owner’s contact details will be linked to the pet’s new Identification number. If your cat gets lost, anyone with a scanner can scan them, call the microchip company and reunite you with your four-legged friend.

What is a microchip cat flap?

A microchip cat flap is a very useful tool, especially if you live in a highly populated cat area. You programme the cat flap so it only recognises your cat’s microchip allowing them access to your home, while keeping other cats out. If you have multiple cats, you can register them all to the cat flap. As long as you’ve programmed their microchip number in, your cats will be allowed access.

What is a microchip food bowl?

Similar to a microchip cat flap, a microchip food bowl uses your pet’s microchip to control access to their food. This is ideal if other cats are eating your pet’s food, if you need to restrict your own cat’s diet or if your cat is on a special diet.

How much does it cost to microchip my cat?

The cost of microchipping is usually between £10 – 30. You’ll also find that some vets include a microchip in their health plans and some charities offer them for free or a reduced cost.

Will microchipping hurt my cat?

No, the procedure of microchipping cats

is quick and fairly painless, a bit like an injection. The microchip is put under the skin between the shoulder blades and placement takes just a few seconds. Cats very rarely react to having a microchip placed.

How long do microchips last?

Microchips should last for your pet’s lifetime – once in place it shouldn’t hurt or cause your cat any problems. It’s extremely rare for them to become faulty and can’t be read – but the chip manufacturer will usually provide a replacement if it does. Your vet will simply place the new chip alongside it.

What if I move address or change my contact information?

It’s important to keep your details up to date ensuring that you can be contacted if your pet goes missing. with their owners due to them forgetting to update details. So be sure to get in touch with your microchip company to check your information is up to date.

Can I transfer ownership of a pet with a microchip?

If you are rehoming your cat, you’ll need to contact your microchip database. You must complete the transfer of ownership document so that the new owners’ details will be on the list instead.

What database is my cat’s microchip registered to?

In the UK, there are many different microchip database companies. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that your cat is registered with one that

is approved by the UK Government. You can ask your vet which database your cat is registered to as they can scan and check. It should be on your original registration paperwork as well or you can find out yourself by entering your cat’s number here.

What if I lose my cat?

If your cat is lost or stolen, contact your microchip company to let them know ASAP. They will then check your details are up to date and flag your cat as lost or stolen. This way, they can contact you straight away if your pet is found.

What happens to a microchip when a cat dies?

Firstly, you should report this news to your microchip database so that the files can be updated. As for the microchip – because it doesn’t have batteries or moving parts, there is no danger in cremating the microchip along with your pet’s remains.

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Cats of the country unite – pet charity launches manifesto to put cats on political agenda

Dogs and their owners may be looking forward to an election day walkies to the polling station, but cats are also vying to take political ground with the launch of The Cat Manifesto from Cats Protection.

The UK’s biggest cat charity is urging voters to call on candidates from all parties to back its five-point plan to improve animal welfare legislation for one of the nation’s favourite pets.

The Cat Manifesto – launched on 3 June – outlines the steps needed to improve the lives of the UK’s 11 million cats, including a ban on breeds with painful extreme characteristics like Scottish Folds, licencing of air guns, banning electric shock collars and encouraging pet-friendly renting.

Head of Advocacy, Campaigns & Government Relations for Cats Protection Madison Rogers said: “Millions of voters own a pet cat and consider them part of the family, so animal welfare will be an issue close to their hearts. Despite being a nation of

animal lovers, there are still too many gaps and loopholes in law which leave cats vulnerable to neglect, cruelty and poor welfare.

“Cats Protection helps 157,000 cats every year and our volunteers and employees see first-hand the issues facing cats and their owners. It is this on-the-ground experience that identifies

the key areas we need to tackle to improve cat welfare and informs our campaigning work.

“The Cat Manifesto sets out what is needed to protect one of the UK’s most popular animals, and the people who own them. This includes bringing an end to animal cruelty, ensuring pets are properly recognised as an important part of family life, and preventing cats being exploited or mistreated online.

“We already work with politicians and decision makers on animal welfare issues and over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting the ways in which the next government can help pet owners.”

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Cat born with missing digits needs a peaceful home of his own


Two-year-old Elijah and many of his housemates were given up for adoption by an owner who had become overwhelmed by the 15 cats in their home.

Volunteers at Cats Protection Peterborough & District noticed he was smaller than the average cat and on closer inspection it was revealed he had missing digits on his paws. He has two missing toes on his left paw and one on his right.

Cats Protection Field Veterinary Officer Helen Dowson said: “The technical term for Elijah’s condition is oligodactyly, meaning less digits than normal. Anecdotally, this is rare as it’s not something we see very often. He was given X-rays to investigate if there were any other issues but these came back clear. He has been closely monitored and does not appear to be in any pain and his abnormalities do not hold him back.”

Cats Protection Regional Welfare Advisor Alice Warner said: “Elijah had a tough start to life struggling to carve out his own space with so many other cats around. He may look quirky but he hasn’t let this affect him, and he loves to play and explore. He’ll need time to settle in but a treat of Dreamies is a sure way to his heart. Once he learns to trust you, he is open to a stroke and chin scratch.

”Elijah has been in care for longer than we’d like so we really hope an understanding cat-lover can see past his differences and invite him into their home.”

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Protection care, he is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped and up to date with his flea and worm treatments. Four weeks pet insurance is provided, as well as access to six months free behaviour support.

who took in a young cat were in for a surprise when they discovered he had missing toes due to a rare birth defect. 26 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2024 RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE n To enquire about adopting Elijah or to find out more about Cats Protection Peterborough & District visit or call 0345 371 2750. Call to join the ever growing number of people changing to Dogmatic 01952 245330 or visit us at REVOLUTIONARY HEADCOLLAR 11 TIMES WINNER OF ‘Product I can’t live without’ NO MORE PULLING l NO MORE RIDING UP l NO MORE RUBBING l NO MORE COMING OFF l NO MORE DISCOMFORT Elijah
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Renters Reform Bill needs to end

the ‘pet privilege’ which bans renters from owning animals

The Renters Reform Bill could end the ‘pet privilege’ where only those who own their home have the right to own a pet, according to a leading pet charity.

Cats Protection says blanket ‘no pet’ policies are unfair and deny millions of animal lovers the chance to own a companion pet.

The UK’s largest cat charity currently takes in the equivalent of at least three cats a day due to landlords not allowing them in their properties.

Senior Advocacy & Government Relations Officer for Cats Protection

Annabel Berdy said: “We have an incredibly outdated and unfair approach when it comes to pets and renting the UK, where blanket ‘no pets’ policies are the norm. There doesn’t appear to be

any sound basis for this, given the evidence that shows pet owners stay longer in their homes, and that the vast majority of pets cause no damage.

“Refusing pets creates a ‘pet privilege’, where people who own their homes can benefit from the companionship of a pet but people in rented housing are either banned from pet ownership or will find it very difficult. Even if people do find rented housing that allows pets, they live in fear of a change in circumstances as they are fully aware of how difficult it will be to find another pet-friendly property.

Renters pay a huge proportion of their

income on fees and rent, so they should be able to treat that property as a home.

“Pet ownership is important to millions of people, helping us feel settled and providing companionship to all sorts of people. Many of us can recall our first childhood pet with great fondness – but the reality is that we are denying that special experience to a generation of children.”

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Northern asks customers to help name ‘The Cat’ who has become part of the team

Northern staff are asking customers to choose a name for a stray cat which has become part of their team in Barrow-in-Furness.

The skinny kitty wandered into the operator’s TrainCare Centre two years ago and decided to stay after being treated to a meal.

The team quickly became fond of the friendly feline and they have made sure she has everything she needs. They have bought two beds for her and routinely chip in for cat food and vet bills.

Affectionately referred to as “The Cat”, she spends her days chasing mice and sleeping at the TrainCare Centre, which is open 24 hours a day.

After producing a shortlist of four names – Mooch, Birdie, Sassy and Debbie – staff are asking customers to pick one during a vote on Northern's Instagram

Neil Cornforth, a senior team leader for Northern, said: “Everyone looks after her, even the drivers come down and

bring her food. She’s a cracking little cat and she’s really friendly.

“She catches mice around the place and there are a few other cats who try and infiltrate the depot, but she keeps them away because she knows she’s got a good thing here.

“We were thinking about giving her a name and we came up with a dozen

looking forward to finding out which one people prefer.”

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.


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Collies waiting for a Fresh Start! – Could this be with you?

Ray Male 1 year

Ray has just turned a year old, he is an entire tri coloured short coated collie. He came into our care as he chased and nipped at the owners 4 cats. He was then in another home for 6 weeks but was returned as his owners couldn't cope with a young dog as he would constantly seek attention and didn't like being shut away in a separate room. He is a friendly boy and has happily lived with a 6yr old child. He is house trained, knows basic commands travels well and is ok meeting other dogs out on a walk but won't live with others.

He isn't really used to being left alone and can open doors. Lunges at traffic.

Roxy Female 2 years

Roxy is a 2 year old neutered tri coloured short coated collie. She originally came into our care from another rescue after being found as a stray. She then went into a home but was returned after 3 days as she wasn't getting along with other dog in the home so she will need to be an only dog.

Roxy did struggle living alongside another dog which had an impact on her overall behaviour and although fine with the female owner she did snap at the man when he reached out to handle her.

Roxy can be worried being handled so requires time and patience to learn to trust people. She would benefit from a calm home without children or other pets. Once she trusts someone she is very affectionate . Although she wouldn't live with other dogs she is good meeting others out on a walk.

Java Female 1 year

Java is an 18 month old red and white short coated collie. She came into our care from another rescue after being found as a stray so we don't have any history on her. She is a confident friendly girl and should be suitable to live with children over 8 years old. She can be snappy with other dogs in close contact and the previous rescue said when running loose with others she would chase and stalk them so she will need to be an only dog.


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.

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Sweet Natured Flump Seeks a Scottish Sweetheart

A sweet natured Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has spent nearly two years in Dog Trust care is seeking his Scottish sweetheart. Staff at Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre are completely flummoxed as to why fabulous Flump is still to meet his special someone.

Eight-year-old Flump, who is as sweet as his name suggests, is the blue-eyed boy with the team at Dogs Trust Glasgow who describe him as a delightful dog with an affectionate nature.

Sandra Downie, Manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre said: “Flump is a special boy whose life to date has been full of challenges, yet no matter the challenge he faces, he overcomes them all with great gusto. Flump came into our care in August 2022. He had been neglected and had a damaged leg. Earlier this year, Flump had his right hind leg amputated due to this historic injury which had sadly deteriorated but this doesn’t hold him back and he has adapted brilliantly to life on three legs.

“As well as being a very loving, happy, lad, Flump is also very clever and loves to learn new things. The training team have spent lots of time with Flump which has paid off. He is an expert at responding to voice cues including going to bed, standing behind a gate and settling on command. Flump learns quickly and we are keen that his training continues in his new home.

“Flump has had a skin allergy which may involve short term treatment, and this is something which we will discuss with anyone interested in adopting him. Flump is such a beautiful boy both inside and out and we encourage anyone looking to share their life with a loving

and loyal dog to come and meet our fabulous Flump.”

Although super friendly with people, Flump feels overwhelmed around other dogs so requires an adult only home where he is the only pet and with no neighbouring dogs. He would also enjoy being exercised in dog free areas where he can relish relaxing walks. A secure garden space would ensure Flump is one very happy boy.

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Flump is an ‘Underdog’ which is the term given to any dog that has spent more than six months in Dogs Trust Care.

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Owners celebrate as obese cat who could barely stand now enjoys outdoor runs

An obese cat who could barely stand because she tipped the scales at 12.7kg has lost more than half her body weight in two years and now enjoys running in the garden thanks to her owners’ dedication.

White-and-tortoiseshell Rainbow first made headlines when she arrived at Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre in March 2022 weighing slightly more than an average two-year-old child. Having just marked her first anniversary in her new home, she now weighs 6kg as a result of a strict diet and exercise.

Rainbow initially spent a year in charity care where it was uncertain whether she would survive because of the strain being put on her organs and bones by the excess weight. She needed to be treated for an eye infection, urine burns and inflamed skin because her size prevented her from toileting or grooming properly and she had fleas because a single parasite treatment did not contain enough medication to treat her.

However, once she was in better health and had reached 8kg she could safely be rehomed with a clear diet plan to Matthew and Sarah Rogers in Merthyr Tydfil.

Matthew says: “In the year Rainbow’s been with us she’s lost 2kg which is amazing and it’s made a big difference to her day-to-day life. She can now groom herself properly and she’s much more agile and gets about the house and garden, which we have made secure for her, without any problems.”

Sarah adds: “Rainbow now also loves to play a lot more and she’s much more energetic. She has lots of toys around the house and her current favourite is her little round robin ball which she bunny kicks and rolls around with on the floor! Rainbow loves exploring the house and cuddling up in her favourite spots She particularly loves to find the sunspots and have a little sunbathe when she can, and she loves cuddles on our laps and being fussed.”

Now just turned six years old, Rainbow is blind as a result of a condition Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which can either be inherited or caused by a lack of taurine, an amino acid essential for cats.

Matthew explains: “When Rainbow first arrived, she immediately wanted to explore the house. She’s very adventurous and brave, and her blindness didn’t stop her exploring. It was amazing to see how she cleverly worked out her surroundings by walking around the rooms, rubbing herself against surfaces and putting her paws on the walls. She’s very intelligent and soon mapped out the whole house in her mind. She was even running up and down the stairs within days!

Sarah says: “Despite being unable to see, Rainbow loves to do this really cute thing where if you hold your hand above her head, she’ll do a little leap into the air to rub your hand and then she trots around to do it again, like an elegant little show pony doing dressage!”

Matthew and Sarah have stuck faithfully to Rainbow’s prescribed diet of 58g of food per day. They split her meals and combine interactive puzzle feeders with an auto-feeder which provides her early morning and mid-day feeds. Their top tip for helping a cat lose weight is to find a feeding routine that works for you and your cat.

Matthew adds: “Managing her diet is fine, but we have to be strict and not give in to her cries for more food which can be tough because she’s brilliant at begging. Around feeding times Rainbow can cry a lot for more food, but she soon settles down when she knows we won’t give in. If we gave in every time

Rainbow cried for more food she’d be back to 13kg!”

Sarah says: “It’s been amazing to see her journey. We’re so lucky to be a part of it and Rainbow brings so much love and joy to our lives every day.”

The team at Cats Protection were delighted to hear the latest update on Rainbow’s health. Adoption Centre Manager Sue Ben-Saud remembered Rainbow from when she left the centre as a tiny kitten, had been shocked at her state when she returned three years later and was thrilled to hear she’d reached her 6kg milestone.

Sue says: “Rainbow has a special place in the hearts of everyone here. No cat should ever get in such a terrible state but thankfully her original owner reached out to us when she realised she simply could not keep Rainbow’s weight in check. Matthew and Sarah have done an amazing job with Rainbow's weight and she now has the perfect home. I have been managing the centre for 26 years and I can honestly say that Rainbow has made a huge impact not just on me but team members and supporters too. Hers has been a truly remarkable journey from close to death to happily homed.”

Anybody with concerns about their cat’s health or weight should speak to their vet who will be able to advise owners about their cat’s ideal weight. This tends to be between 3.6 and 4.5kg. Cats who are considered overweight are usually more than 10% over their ideal weight, while obese cats are usually more than 20% over their ideal weight. Further information about helping overweight or obese cats can be found at where there is also an infographic to help owners assess their own cat’s weight.

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Dog Starter pack

Our cat and dog starter packs offer relief for those suffering from a range of indoor allergies, with the four most common being; pet, pollen, dust mite and mould spores. So, if you are struggling to figure out what is causing you to wheeze, sneeze or itch, these packs are perfect for you! HomeCleanse and FabriCleanse will get rid of dust mite, pet, pollen and mould present in your bed, sofas, rugs, carpets and laundry. PetalCleanse Cat/Dog will remove the allergens from the coat of your cat or dog and AirCleanse cleans the air that you breathe! By purchasing either of these packs, you will be creating an allergen-free haven and making your home a safe environment for you and your family to enjoy!

Duxenhall Dog Bedz

Proudly made in Manchester this Dog bed contained in a handy bag, can now be posted directly to your door it does not have a hard base but lets the dog rest hammock style on the fabric which makes it a great orthopaedic choice for pets with joint or age- related issues. Raising the bed from the floor also allows for air circulation, keeping your pet cool and preventing the dreaded ‘Soggy Bottom’.It comes in three sizes and four colour choices. Visit

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Colloidal Silver Petcare products

Nature's Greatest Secret has the widest range of Colloidal Silver Petcare products and is one of the UK's longest established Colloidal Silver Brands. All new products are developed in partnership with a leading holistic veterinarian. Colloidal Silver Eyedrops for Pets, Colloidal Silver Tick and Flea Repellent, Colloidal Silver Petcare Ear Drops For Dogs With Essential Oils, Colloidal Silver Petcare 20ppm Trigger Spray, Visit

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We have used the PetalCleanse range of products for over 10 years. Our family have had a diverse range of allergies and asthma over the years. I started using FabriCleanse when washing duvets and also the children's dressing up clothes (the clothes used to get so dusty in the dressing up box!) when both children had asthma. About 6 years ago, we rehomed a retired racing greyhound. I used the whole PetalCleanse range for Dogs and washed our dog's bedding with FabriCleanse. I continue to use the products with our current dog, a whippet cross. We thought our allergies meant that we'd never be able to have a dog, but the Bio-Life product range has been a huge part in making it possible. Jackie King-Turner

Collapsible Dog Bowl

Very handy for anytime you travel with your hound. The collapsible design makes it easy to carry and the carabiner fitment means it can be clipped onto any bag or lead. £5.00 Loki the Guide Dog

Dogmatic Padded Cushioned Webbing Headcollar

Luxurious, soft, padded, lined comfort with the strength of the Tensile tested materials, rings and clasp fastening to ensure your dog’s safety and comfort Wipeable, washable if your dog gets muddy.£28.99. Attractive design is available in the following vibrant colourways: Red/Silver, Purple/Silver, Blue/Silver, Gold/Silver. Visit

Personalised cushions

Sarah Cee is now making wonderful personalised cushions. These are raw edge applique style. All colours of Labrador are available and the cushion measures 20″ square. Choice of feather or man-made fibre available. Choice of background also available. These make lovely presents and are individually made to order. £35.00

Flashing Star Ball

This ball will keep your dog entertained it bounces and floats. 8 cm. £6.99

Pet Tags

The Elegance range are 925 silver plated brass. Small Bone 28 x 18mm, Small Disc 22 x 22mm, Small Heart 26 x 24mm Large Bone 39 x 26mm, Large Disc 32 x 32mm, Large Heart 38 x 32mm. Colours come in Pink, Navy, Black and Red. Engraving is available but at an extra cost. From £6.25

Catmostphere Dispenser Ball

Stimulate your cat's curiosity with this unique treat dispenser. Filled with your cat's favourite treats. £6.99

This toy is perfect for cuddling and gentle play, and features a squeak for interest. Cuddly toys are great for holding scents to give comfort to your pet. £7.49

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We Love P ets gains ‘ethical’ status in the Good Shopping Guide

The largest full-service pet care franchise in the UK, We Love Pets, has been awarded ‘ethical’ status by the world-famous, Good Shopping Guide.

Founded over 20 years ago to give consumers an independently researched ethical comparison of companies and brands, ensuring they were run along sustainable lines and didn’t in any way support global warming, human trafficking, animal abuse, overfishing, the fur trade, habitat loss, or the poverty cycle, The Good Shopping Guide has now published 11 bookshop editions. We Love Pets is honoured to have recently been accredited with their ‘ethical’ status in the coveted publication.

Good Shopping Guide said: “Ethical Accreditation certifies that the Company, Brand or Product in question has reached our benchmark standard in our overall analysis of its corporate social responsibility record – a highly respected mark of independent endorsement, which can benefit consumer sales, trade sales, employee relations, public relations as well as company and brand value.”

On completion of the We Love Pets screening, the Good Shopping Guide research team made the following comments: “We are pleased to verify We Love Pets as an ethical brand that places respect for the Environment, Animals, and People at the heart of its values. The brand has therefore been approved as one of The Good Shopping Guide’s leading ethical companies. We Love Pets is commended for its rigorous animal welfare standards, such as its ‘No Pack Walking’ policy, and its

commitment to minimising its environmental impact.”

Jo White, who founded We Love Pets in 2008 and who, with her husband Ryan has grown the business into the most successful full-service pet care franchise in the UK, with 116 franchisees covering 187 territories, said: “We could not be more delighted to have received this accreditation from this highly respected and internationally recognised guide and will be flying the logo with pride across our website and marketing collateral. From the very start, it was important to us to run the business ethically, not only in terms of the franchise but also surrounding the standards we uphold for

the care of the pets we are entrusted with every day. No pack walking was something we adopted early on, even though it doesn’t make financial sense, but we stuck to our guns because we knew it was the right thing to do for the dogs. Being recognised for our ethical stance is great and underlines our commitment to always doing things the right way.”

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Even early summer temperatures can cause heat stroke, Dogs Trust Shoreham warns owners

With sunshine finally arriving in Sussex, Dogs Trust, the nation’s largest dog welfare charity, is warning dog owners that too much exercise in warm weather – even as mild as those forecast for this weekend - can cause severe health problems for our canine companions.

While most dog lovers will be aware that extreme weather and heatwaves can be dangerous for dogs - sometimes even deadly - many will be unaware that exercising dogs in early summer temperatures can cause heatstroke in dogs. In some cases, heatstroke can prove fatal.

A recent studyshowed that nearly 75% of cases of heat-related illness in UK dogs were because of exertion, and over two thirds were just from walking only. Brachycephalic, or “flat-faced”, breeds such as English Bulldogs, Pugs and French Bulldogs, are especially vulnerable in hot weather. Recent research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University found that English Bulldogs are fourteen times more likely to suffer heat-related illness compared to Labrador Retrievers. Over a third of owners of flat-faced dogs reported that heat regulation is a problem for their pet.

The symptoms of heatstroke can include panting heavily, drooling excessively, appearing lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, vomiting, diarrhoea, and collapsing.

Dogs Trust has shared the following advice to owners if they suspect their dog is experiencing heatstroke:

• Act immediately to prevent your dog’s condition getting worse.

• Cool first, transport second.

• Stop them from playing, walking or whatever activity they’re doing and move the dog to a shaded and cool area

• Start cooling them down urgently. For young, conscious, healthy dogs, this means immersing them in cold water, for example in a paddling pool if possible, keeping their head above water. Use any water available, provided it is cooler than your dog. If immersion is not possible, continuous

Loki the Lab cooling down in a paddling pool

dousing with cold water is an alternative.

• For older dogs or dogs with health conditions, spray them with room temperature water, avoiding their face, and combine with air movement from a breeze, fan or air conditioning. Place ice, wrapped in a tea towel to prevent ice burns, in their groin and armpits.

• Always closely monitor cooling and stop if you notice signs of shivering

• Don’t place a wet towel over them as this can raise their temperature.

• Call your vet urgently for further advice and transport them there as quickly as is safely possible. Keep the air conditioning on in the car or the windows open.

• If your dog has collapsed or is struggling to breathe, call your nearest vet immediately.

Dogs Trust also advises that dogs should never be left alone in cars as even just a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal. As dogs can’t cool down the same way as humans, the heat can quickly become dangerous for them.

If you see a dog in a car in distress, the charity advises that members of the public call 999 immediately.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust, says:

“After weeks of rain, it’s great to see the sun shining, and many of us will be taking advantage of it to enjoy the great outdoors. And with over a third of households now shared with a dog, we have no doubt that people will be keen to take their dogs along to join in the fun.

“But, while most of us know not to walk or exercise dogs in extreme weathers, even these lovely early summer temperatures can cause problems, especially for those dogs with flat-faces or underlying health conditions.

“As owners, we need to know the signs that our dogs are getting too hot and help them take a rest and cool down when they need to. Some dogs aren’t good at self-regulating and may continue to run and play even though they’re hot and tired, which increases their risk of heatstroke.

“If you do spot the signs of heatstroke in your dog, take steps to cool them down and contact your vet immediately.”

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Charity ready to rescue honey bee swarms

Members of the British Beekeepers’ Association across the country are starting to collect swarms of honey bees as the beekeeping season gets underway

Thousands of beekeepers become volunteer swarm collectors from now until about the end of July to rescue honey bees in search of a new home.

The charity, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, runs an online, interactive swarm collection service to connect the public with local swarm collectors.

Beekeepers work hard during the season to manage the natural impulse of their honey bee colonies to swarm but sometimes they are unsuccessful.

“Conditions have to be just right for a colony of honey bees to swarm,” said Diane Drinkwater, BBKA chair. “They build up their colonies in the spring and wait for a window of sunshine and warmth, which often follows a period of poor weather, before heading off with their queen.”

Armed with rescue-essentials including

a straw skep or cardboard box, a smoker, sheet and secateurs, swarm collectors are able to safely remove thousands of bees at a time and rehome them in more suitable locations.

Diane added: “There is something magical about a swarm. It is the colony’s means of reproduction and is triggered by a group of bees who not only slim down the queen to a flying weight, but also scope out new home possibilities and take a collective vote on it!”

A honey bee swarm can be extremely dramatic involving many thousands of bees in a large, noisy cloud. However, they normally settle into a cluster within 15 minutes before regrouping and moving to a new nest site. The public is advised to keep at a safe distance and to not disturb or destroy the swarm.

If the swarm moves into a building, it is very difficult normally, if not impossible, for a beekeeper who does not have professional building skills or insurance to remove the bees. Pest controllers are

required to undertake this type of removal either solely or in conjunction with a beekeeper.

Beekeepers are unable to help with the removal of the nests of any of the other more than 250 species of bees found in the UK which include wasps and hornets. Honey bees are the only bees to swarm.

n “On the BBKA website there are descriptions of insects which are of ten mistaken for honey bees, “ said Diane. “But always send a photo to a swarm collector who will be able to check.”

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Animal Charities highlight importance of watering horses during Fair

Staff from nine animal welfare charities* who make up Appleby Horse Project are highlighting the importance of watering horses during the Fair next week.

The annual gathering of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, which is the biggest in the UK, begins next Thursday (6th June) and runs until Monday (10th June) in the Cumbrian town of Appleby-inWestmorland.

Vet Nicola Berryman, who works at Redwings Horse Sanctuary and has been going to the Fair since 2012, said: “There is a hard-to-bust myth within the horse community that watering horses straight after exercise can lead to colic.

“The science says that the risk of this is negligible compared to the risk of not watering a horse that needs it.

“Dehydration poses a huge danger to

horses, and we have seen changes, recognising this, in other environments where horses are worked – for example in sport.

“The issue was the biggest to arise at last year’s Fair, along with horses being worked too young or too hard for the conditions.

“We know that there are so many amazing horsemen and women within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and are looking to them to lead the way for others who are less knowledgeable or experienced.”

The project will be promoting the watering message through beer mats at local pubs, posters, and on their Best at

Appleby Awards social media accounts, where you can watch Nicola’s video**. The awards – which are in their 9th year - recognise the very best horse health, happiness and horsemanship at the Fair and are sponsored by the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association. There are 50 rosettes available to be awarded during the event - including Rising Star rosettes for young people, Returning Winners and special rosettes for Best Trotter, Best Hoof Health, Best in Harness and a Welfare Advocate Award for a social influencer who promotes animal welfare at the Fair. Best Hoof Health is awarded by leading farrier and educator Dean Bland

Appleby Horse Project team 2023

and Best in Harness is awarded by Master saddler and harness makers Chris Taylor and Laurence Pearman. Chris will also be doing harness demonstrations at the Appleby Horse Project tent on Salt Tip Corner on Friday and Saturday at 3pm.

Vet Nicola will be judging the awards and said: “The awards are all about celebrating horse owners at the Fair who are putting the welfare of their horse first.

“We’ll choose a Vet’s Champion from our winners on Sunday and will be asking people to vote for their favourite winner to be awarded People’s Choice Champion on our social media.

“To find out more and get involved just search for Best at Appleby on TikTok, Instagram or Facebook.”

The experienced and committed team of charity and private practice vets, logistics experts, enforcement and education officers have been supporting the protection and wellbeing of horses at the Fair for over 20 years.

The RSPCA are sending 32 people; Redwings Horse Sanctuary are sending eight; Blue Cross are sending seven; World Horse Welfare are sending six; Bransby Horses are sending five; The British Horse Society are sending two; Oak Tree Animals are sending two and The Donkey Sanctuary are sending one. All are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC).

There will be a vet station at Salt Tip Corner where assistance can be sought

for any animal that needs it. The vet station will be staffed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Anyone who is worried about an animal should approach an RSPCA or police officer or call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or police on 101.

*The nine animal welfare charities working in collaboration on the Appleby Horse Project are RSPCA; Redwings Horse Sanctuary; Blue Cross; World Horse Welfare; Bransby Horses; The British Horse Society; The Donkey Sanctuary; Oak Tree Animals and The Horse Trust.

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New Dogs Trust data reveals behaviour issues driving owners barking mad

Dogs Trust, the UK’s leading dog welfare charity, has unveiled new data that reveals some of the most common behaviour issues facing dog owners in the UK.

According to data released today from Dogs Trust’s free Behaviour Support Line, separation anxiety and reactivity to people and other dogs are the most common behaviour issues facing owners who contact the charity for support. Barking and guarding type behaviours are also in the top five problem behaviours1.

The new data also reveals the breed of dog most identified in calls to the Behaviour Support Line. Whilst most calls to the support line are about crossbreed dogs, which includes designer crossbreeds such as Cockapoos and Labradoodles, Cocker Spaniels, Border Collies and French Bulldogs are also high up the list.

The Behaviour Support Line was launched in 2022 in direct response to feedback gathered by the charity’s National Dog Survey which found that around 83% of dogs exhibited at least one “undesirable behaviour”2.

To help the charity continue to shape its services, Dogs Trust is once again calling on dog lovers to take part in the country’s largest dog census, the National Dog Survey. With more than a third of all UK homes now shared with at least one dog, the nation’s largest dog welfare charity wants to hear from owners on everything from the most common canine behaviour traits, day-today habits, your relationship with your four-legged friend, and much more.

Running until June 14th, Dogs Trust’s National Dog Survey can be completed online at

Worryingly, the results of the National Dog Survey over the last couple of years have also revealed some of the more alarming techniques some owners have used to improve their dog’s behaviour, many of which could be making their behaviour worse.

Some of the most startling methods

revealed in the survey include misguided attempts to mimic dog or wolf behaviour, stemming from the debunked “dominance theory” and incorrectly assuming that dogs are in competition with one another to become “pack leader” or “alpha”. These methods include:

- Pinning dogs to the floor on their back and growling or shouting.

- Squeezing dogs’ ears to imitate bites.

- Rolling dogs on to their backs.

Other physical punishments mentioned included lifting dogs off the ground or smacking them on the nose. Dogs Trust strongly advises against these techniques, and instead asks owners who are struggling with their dogs’ behaviour to instead seek expert advice.

Katy Errock, Behaviour Support Line Manager at Dogs Trust, says: “Problem behaviours such as reactivity and separation anxiety can affect the well-being of both dogs and their owners alike, and the results of our National

Dog Survey show that some owners could be making the situation worse by using in their bid to resolve the issues.

“It’s vital that owners seek expert advice as early as possible if they are struggling with any element of their dog’s behaviour.

“We want to hear from dog owners from across the UK so we can continue to provide the services that they need. The insights gained from this year’s National Dog Survey will ensure Dogs Trust can continue to adapt the way we support dogs and their owners, helping them to live the best lives possible together.”

1. Percentage of calls to Behaviour Support Line which mention the following issues (Total calls 8,485 between 1st April 2023 and 31st April 2024.)

Dog Reactivity – 30%, People Reactivity – 27%, Separation Related Behaviours – 23%, Barking –18%, Guarding – 17%

2. In the National Dog Survey 2021, we asked dog owners how often their dog exhibited a list of ten different behaviours. 83% of dogs in the NDS 2021 exhibited at least one “undesirable behaviour”. RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2024 47

Giddy-down! Equine rescue training begins at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

An unusual piece of lifesaving training kit purchased through an equine charity crowdfunder has been used for the first time to teach best practice in complex animal rescues.

Generous supporters of Southwest-based The Mare and Foal Sanctuary donated more than nine thousand pounds for a special horse mannequin which is designed to train emergency response teams.

‘Max’ is a life-size fully articulated equine mannequin which can be used to demonstrate the safest way to recover large animals from trenches, ditches and cliffs, and from water and mud entrapment. The mannequin was engineered by specialist UK company Resquip and is a life-like model with realistic joint articulation and muscle definition.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary worked in partnership with The British Animal Rescue & Trauma Care Association (BARTA) to offer the first in what is hoped will be a series of collaborative training days sharing best practice. Delegates from the Sanctuary, Tor Equine, and Kernow Farm & Equine Vets were able to take part in a series of

practical rescue scenarios outside, coached by trainers Nicky HousbySkeggs, Vet Director at the Horse Trust and Ady Knight a fireman experienced in large animal rescue.

Syra Bowden, The Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s Head of Equine Welfare says: ‘The first training session was an opportunity for members of the Sanctuary’s Welfare Outreach and Advice team and local vets to learn basic rescue techniques. We feel it was a big success because it gave us the chance to practice potentially life-saving manoeuvres in a safe environment. Rescues involving large animals like horses and ponies are dangerous and can result in the death of the equine and injury to rescue team members, so it’s important for us to rehearse practical, realistic scenarios and to share that knowledge. Max had a busy day, being used for sliding, pulling and rolling techniques after getting himself stuck in

the stocks and then the trailer.

‘We’re so grateful to our supporters for funding this kit and are certain their generosity will help to save equine lives in the future. We plan to work more with BARTA in coming months and to invite other emergency teams from right across the Southwest to benefit from this training. Many Category 1 responders have very little experience of working with equines, so we are keen to share our professional knowledge for the best outcome in critical rescue situations.’

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary wishes to thank all those who collaborated in the training and who are committed to sharing the highest standards of equine welfare and education.

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Pet charity thanks volunteer force which helps thousands of cats and owners

Cats Protection is celebrating Volunteers Week (3-9 June) by showcasing the work of its 9,000 volunteers who help thousands of cats and owners every year.

The pet charity says there’s a role for everyone who wants to make a difference to animal welfare, including hands-on cat care, helping in a shop, organising fundraising events and running social media accounts.

Cats Protection Head of Volunteering, Organisational Engagement and Inclusion, Julie Meredith: said: “We’re so proud of our volunteers who play a central role in helping 157,000 cats every year. People come from all walks of life and all ages to help Cats Protection, from teenagers looking for their first volunteer role to retired people looking to keep active and busy. We also have many people working in professional or demanding careers, who love to do something in their spare time which is more hands-on.

“By meeting new people, learning new skills and making a positive impact on a good cause, volunteering is a great way to build self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing.”

Among the charity’s volunteers are Lavezah Cheema, 23, who divides her time between volunteering for Cats Protection and competing at championship dressage events with the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Lavezah, who has learning difficulties, spends one day a week at the Cats Protection Harrow Homing Centre where she helps care for cats in need. For animal-lover Lavezah, volunteering is a big part of her life and helps her make new friends, learn life skills and become more independent.

She says: “I love all animals and have cats myself, so I know what brilliant pets they are. I really want to help more cats so coming into the centre is great for me. I love seeing them grow in confidence and it’s so great to see them going to happy new homes and know that you’ve been a part of caring for them.”

When Lavezah isn’t helping cats at the

centre, she competes in dressage events, most recently winning her classes at the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships and the British Dressage Championships.

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Lavezah at Harrow for Volunteer Week

Palatial new abode for stray cat Daisy

Picking her way through broken glass and construction debris to find scraps to eat was part of daily life for stray cat Daisy.

But after a remarkable rescue by Blue Cross, the striking tabby has a palatial new home.

The gorgeous cat has gone from rags to riches after she was given a helping hand by our team.

Two-year-old Daisy now has the run of woodland and gardens in the palatial surroundings of the centuries-old Blenheim Palace estate, where former prime minister Winston Churchill was born.

The young cat can explore to her heart’s content from her new home at the historic house’s luxurious Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat.

Watching Daisy parade through the beautiful gardens surrounding the palace estate’s luxury self-catering lodges, where she is cared for seven days a week by the on-site team, it’s a world away from the car park where she was found.

Poor Daisy was just managing to survive each day when Blue Cross stepped in.

Danger surrounded the young cat –

who also had kittens with her – as she dodged construction work, broken glass, and even rat poison to make it through the day.

Sadly, one of Daisy’s kittens had already been fatally hit by a car in the perilous conditions.

But with Daisy and three of her kittens – Tom, Oscar and Mary – miraculously surviving, Blue Cross was able to give the little family a fresh start.

While attending gaming convention

Insomnia at the NEC Birmingham to encourage new supporters to join the annual Blue Cross Hallow-Stream fundraiser, our events team stepped in to help Daisy and her kittens.

“We felt compelled to do something,” explains Thomas Martin, Virtual Events Officer at Blue Cross.

“There was a skip, broken glass, and rat poison on the ground as there was

Former stray cat Daisy now has the grounds of Blenheim Palace estate to explore Daisy loves strolling through the woodland surrounding Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat luxury lodges

the team at Blue Cross Burford, all the kittens found loving new homes where they are thriving.

As for Daisy, the once-vulnerable stray is now mistress of a rather magnificent manor.

With around 2,000 acres of Blenheim Palace estate on her doorstep, it’s clear she’s in feline heaven.

Simon Oliver, Park Manager at Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat, says: “Daisy has settled in really well and everyone has taken to her.

building work going on.

“Daisy was very friendly and we had the impression she might’ve been a pet in the past. She wanted lots of fuss and attention.

“But the kittens had clearly never been near a human before and were very scared and basically feral.

“We didn’t know how we would catch an unknown number of kittens running around the car park, but we were so worried about them and needed to help.”

With available rescue spots in short supply, our rehoming centres pulled out all the stops to make space for Daisy and her family.

Blue Cross Bromsgrove was able to take the cats in overnight, before they could be moved to our Burford rehoming centre to be cared for in the longer term.

Tracking down traps and carriers from a local RSPCA centre, the Blue Cross events team initially caught Daisy and

young Tom, before later bringing Oscar and Mary to safety.

The team travelled hundreds of miles between the car park in the West Midlands, our Bromsgrove centre and finally Blue Cross Burford to make sure all the cats were safe.

Thomas continues: “It was all worth it to reunite mum and kittens. It was so nice to have made a difference because they really couldn’t have stayed in that situation.

“Going from a building site in a car park to Blenheim Palace is absolutely incredible.”

Once Daisy was back together with her two-month-old kittens, the whole family could be given the care they needed.

Routine vet care included vaccinations, neutering, microchipping, flea and worming treatments, while Daisy also needed dental work to remove two broken teeth.

After plenty of care and attention from

“Daisy was very thin when she first came, but she’s put on weight and she’s really healthy.

“She’ll just lay there for people to tickle her. She loves the attention.”

Roaming around the birch and oak trees that surround Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat – which recently appeared on BBC One’s Interior Design Masters with comedian Alan Carr –Daisy can indulge her independent side too.

“It’s brought everyone together having Daisy here,” adds Simon. “We’re a good team anyway, but it’s really compounded it.”

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Daisy gets plenty of attention from all the team at Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat

RWAF and RSPCA Share Action Plan to Improve Rabbit Welfare with 2024 Strategy

Leading UK animal welfare charities, RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and the RSPCA have led on a new Rabbit Welfare Strategy to highlight the needs of pet rabbits, who are currently the nation’s most misunderstood pets.

The strategy aims to identify common health and welfare problems, as well as offering advice and possible resolutions to navigate the issues raised. The document has a ten-point action plan to improve the welfare of one of the nation’s most popular pets.

The strategy has the support of many other organisations and is now calling for them to work together on the priorities identified in the action plan, to achieve the vision for rabbit welfare that not only meets all of their welfare needs,the many problems that many face, for example looking at how to balance demand with supply, resulting in a lesser strain on rescue facilities, which is a result of there being more rabbits bred each year than there are good homes for.

The call for this new strategy is due to the majority of rabbits being kept as family pets, with many still housed singly, and many kept in unsuitable housing or with unsuitable diets. In 2020, rabbits were the third most popular animal companion in the UK, but according to PDSA research undertaken in 2011 rabbit are

described as the most neglected species (in comparison to dogs and cats), suffering from a wide range of potential welfare problems.

Andrea Short, Senior scientific and policy officer at the RSPCA has said:

“Rabbits are popular family pets - with around 1 million being kept in the UKmost of whom are kept singly in hutches outside, which presents a range of potential welfare problems. We hope that this rabbit strategy will improve the welfare of rabbits so that they can all live happy, healthy lives.”

The strategy identifies the main priorities and actions needed to improve rabbit welfare overall, and much of this work will involve more research and then communication of the results to rabbit owners and breeders.

Richard Saunders BSc (Hons) BVSc MSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) MRCVS, job title, said:

“Rabbits are the third most commonly kept mammalian pet, and yet one of the most neglected companion animals in the UK. We hope that this rabbit strategy gives a clear roadmap for how their care and welfare can be improved over the short- and long-term future. We are extremely grateful to all the organisations and other stakeholders who have been involved in this document, and who have committed to taking positive action for rabbits.”

You can find the full strategy here:

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Sit, Stay, Survey: Dogs Trust is calling on dog lovers to have their say in the National Dog Survey

What is the nation’s favourite breed? Where do you like to walk your dog? What dog welfare issues matter most to you? And does your dog show any problem behaviours?

Dogs Trust is calling on dog lovers to take part in the country’s largest dog census, the National Dog Survey. With more than a third of all UK homes now shared with at least one dog, the nation’s largest dog welfare charity wants to hear from owners on everything from the most common canine behaviour traits, day to day habits, your family’s relationship with your four-legged friend, and much more.

Running until June 14th, Dogs Trust’s National Dog Survey can be completed online at

The results of the National Dogs Survey 2024 will be used by Dogs Trust to help shape the services and support offered by the charity to the nation’s dog owners. In 2023, in direct response to insight gained from the National Dog Survey, the charity launched its Behaviour Support Line, offering owners free expert advice and guidance. Meanwhile, Dogs Trust has also launched pet food banks in many of its 21 rehoming centres, and in some of its

charity shops, to support owners struggling with the cost of living.

Last year, 244,478 owners completed the survey, providing insights on 348,533 dogs. Some of the findings include:

–Almost 11% of all dogs owned in the UK are crossbreeds, with Labradors the number one pedigree in the UK, followed by Cocker Spaniels.

–Although still not in the top ten most popular breeds, Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds have seen a massive 85% rise in popularity in recent years.

–7% of the UK’s dogs now regularly go to work with their owners. Meanwhile, of those who would like to take their dogs to work, 81% told Dogs Trust that their workplace doesn’t allow dogs.

–Over two thirds of UK dog owners have taken their dog on a UK holiday with them.

–Poppy and Alfie are the number one choice when it comes to names of dogs, followed by Bella and Charlie.

The results of last year’s survey also confirmed the much-reported pandemic puppy boom, with a significant rise in the number of one and two year old dogs compared to the years prior to the Covid pandemic.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, says:

“The National Dog Survey is the largest dog census in the UK, and around a quarter of a million owners responded last year. But, with over a third of UK households now owning a dog, we want to hear from even more this year so we can gain as many insights as possible about dog ownership in the UK, helping us to shape our support for dog owners and improve dog welfare.

“Dogs Trust has been around for over 130 years and in that time so much has changed when it comes to dog ownership. The insights gained from this year’s survey will ensure Dogs Trust can continue to adapt the way we support dogs and their owners, helping them to live the best lives possible together.” RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2024 53

6ft 4.5 in Rescued Steer is the tallest in the World

He’s the definition of a gentle giant!

May 22, 2024 (New York, NY):

Romeo, a six-year-old Holstein steer from Oregon, stands above the rest at 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m). Now officially the tallest living steer, Romeo’s personality is as captivating as his height!

At 10 days old, Romeo was rescued from a dairy farm, calling Welcome Home Animal Sanctuary in Creswell, Oregon home ever since.

His owner, co-founder of the animal sanctuary, Misty Moore, shares that, “In the dairy industry, male calves like Romeo are often deemed as mere byproducts, their destinies predetermined by profit margins. But fate had a different plan for Romeo that day.”

She continues, “With open arms and boundless love, we welcomed him into our sanctuary. From the beginning, he was a survivor, and we could tell that he was longing for a fulfilled life. It became our mission to grant him that life – a life filled with safety, compassion and unwavering attention.”

“With every nuzzle and every playful skip, Romeo reminds us of the profound bond that exists between humans and animals – a bond built on trust, nurtured by love, and strengthened by solidarity. And as we look into Romeo’s eyes, we see not just a steer, but a symbol of resilience, a beacon of hope, and a gentle reminder that every act of kindness, no matter how small has the power to change the world.”

Now, Romeo is known as “the sanctuary’s biggest softie.” He has quite the personality and is truly a gentle

giant. He enjoys social interaction and participates in any activity that involves humans, adding “a touch of bovine excitement to routine tasks.”

Romeo is a foodie! He loves to eat, especially apples and bananas. He consumes a whopping 100 pounds of hay each day, along with extra grain and treats. His size also requires special transportation and taller shelters to

make sure he is comfortable. Romeo and the Welcome Home Animal Sanctuary celebrated the certification of his record-breaking height with extra hugs and treats and cannot wait to celebrate the record title with the public, so that they too can experience his gentle and kind presence.

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