In August 2015 Ember picked up a tick on her stomach whilst we were on holiday in the New Forest. Ironically, the same year in April 2015, the Big Tick Project was launched in the New Forest. The Campaign was started to raise awareness about ticks and tick-bourne diseases in the UK, to help pet owners protect their pets and themselves. Each year, veterinary practices collect data and complete a questionnaire to contribute to The Big Tick Project’s Campaign. The information helps to make up a UK threat map, which shows the risk of ticks in local areas. Find the map here, is your local area a high risk? Mine is! You can find out more about The Big Tick Project here. The Big Tick Project are also sponsoring Dog Fest this year which will be taking place in June in Chesire and Hertfordshire, you can get your tickets here!
Join Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with their latest campaign #notfunny and help to be a voice for the voiceless.
The aim is the Campaign is to help to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years. Battersea, along with a number of other campaigners, are in talks with key MPs to encourage the Government to make a change. This is to have animal cruelty seen as serious as it really is and have the consequences reflect this.
This Wednesday, 1 February, is ‘World Galgo Day’ celebrating the end of hunting season in Spain. As part of the hunting season, thousands of beautiful Galgo’s are breed, for the pure purpose of hunting. During this period, an estimated 50,000 – 100,000 Galgo’s are treated in the most horrific way possible and left abandoned. To find out more check out National Geographic’s eye-opening article here.
Following their successful A dog is for life campaign last Christmas, Dogs Trust have created another memorable campaign this year. Give Socks Not Dogs has been created to raise awareness for the high number of dogs which have been given as Christmas presents, to unprepared owners. Dogs Trusts are therefore encouraging people to give socks this Christmas, rather than a dog. As part of the campaign, Dogs Trusts have completely rebranded and become Socks Trusts for the festive period!
As part of their campaign, horrifying statistics have been released which reveal 3,400 calls were made to the Dogs Trust alone in a 30 day period following Christmas. That’s 113 calls a day about unwanted, defenseless dogs.
Next weekend, on 3 September, Pup Aid are hosting their annual free dog show in Primrose Hill, London. The aim of this event and Pup Aid as an organisation, is to simply put a stop to the demand for puppies, which leads to puppy farming. They do this by setting their event up to raise awareness for responsible breeding practices and promoting the amazing dogs available for rescue. Puppy farms are unfortunately still running all around the world where both the breeding dogs and their puppies are kept in horrible conditions, the puppies are then sold in mass and the mumma dogs will go on to have more litters than the maximum frequency they should. It’s tough knowing that this is still going on, but with organisations like Pup Aid and events like the one they are hosting, we can put an end to this horrible industry. For more information about Pup Aid and their event click HERE.
Summer’s treated us with some hot weather these past few months and while most people have been enjoying sensibly it with their four legged friends, the same sad stories involving dogs suffering in the heat have been hitting the news. Despite warnings from Dogs Trust and The RSPCA, to name just two, that Dogs Die in Hot Cars, many dogs have been rescued from overheating after being left in hot cars by owners. It’s hard to imagine any dog lover leaving their dog in a car on a hot day but it unfortunately happens all too often. The matter of the fact is, it’s never okay to leave your dog in a car – even if it’s only for a minute. So to try to really drive this message home, one of the UK’s top online auto essentials brands, Ignitionline, have created a hard hitting infographic with some outstanding stats.