The Dog Rescue Federation is very grateful and pleased to receive the support and endorsements from the following people
Martin Clunes star of TV’s “Doc Martin” says :
“Something has got to give – dogs are being bred in their thousands in this country when there is no demand for them. Sadly, the people that are buying pups often abandon them when the novelty has worn off, with many of these dogs becoming the latest victims of our throwaway society.”
Official spokesperson and trustee, Peter Egan says“The launch of this group adds pressure on the Government to make changes to the law to limit unlicensed dog breeding, particularly of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and bull breeds – many of which have been acquired as so called status dogs or as breeding machines and then dumped when they are no longer wanted.”
Joanna Lumley supports The Dog Rescue Federation.
Pen Farthing & RPG chilling in the sun at breakfast
‘Sadly we cannot all change the world to be the better place that most of us wish it could be – but we can all make a difference, even if it is just for one dog at a time. Dog Rescue Federation is another step in achieving the dream to end the cruelty and suffering too many dogs face every day. Make your voice their voice and be a part of something special! Thank you – Pen Farthing – founder Nowzad Dogs www.nowzad.com and author of ‘One Dog at a Time’.
Virginia McKenna asks “Are we really a nation of animal lovers? I’m afraid I can’t believe that when I hear that last year 127,000 dogs were rounded up and over 11,000 put to sleep. Unwanted. Why do we go on breeding when there are so many alive now that need a loving home? I admire everyone who is trying to make a dog’s life a better life and I beg people to think twice before they buy a ‘new’ dog instead of finding one in a rescue centre. There will be one there for you. There was for me.”
Philip Franks the English actor and theatre director, pictured with his Staffie cross also supports the aims of the Dog Rescue Federation.
Anthony Head and Sarah Fisher
The Dog Rescue Federation offers much needed guidance and support to numerous smaller rescue and rehoming groups, whilst giving them a bigger voice. We are actively involved in many aspects of dog welfare and have owned rescue dogs for many, many years. We are increasingly sickened by the ever increasing number of dogs in need of assistance whilst many uneducated people continue to breed their dogs; many of which are being bred, purely for financial gain.
Some of the UK’s unwanted dogs will find their way into rescue organisations if they are lucky but even then, a high proportion of those dogs will be put to sleep due to behavioural problems that could have been so easily avoided through appropriate training and understanding, or because there are simply not enough homes or resources available to give them the chance of living a happy, healthy life. Many others will be abandoned or offered for free on the internet when ‘owners’ lose interest or can no longer cope. Knowing what will happen to those dogs keeps many people awake at night. Bull breeds are currently the most abused dogs in the UK, and the most over bred. They are also the most misunderstood. Over breeding and ignorance kills. Fact.
We wholeheartedly agree with the aims and objectives of the Dog Rescue Federation and are proud to be involved with this organisation. Education and welfare walk hand in hand. Please join us and other like-minded people by supporting the DRF. Together we can make a difference.
Rob Flello is MP for Stoke South. “I am delighted to support the Dog Rescue Federation. Too often the voices of smaller groups and charities do not get heard but this fantastic federation brings together organisations to speak loudly with one clear voice.
The over-breeding crisis we are seeing grow every day has to end and it is thanks to groups such as the Dog Rescue Federation that we might finally make positive progress”
Caroline Allen is the Spokesperson for the Green Party on Animal Issues. “I am delighted to support the Dog Rescue Federation. As a vet I understand the impact of irresponsible pet breeding and ownership and I know that the problem would be so much worse without the presence of a network of rescue centres across the country. Many of these centres are overwhelmed with animals in desperate need and rely on the absolute dedication and commitment of an amazing group of animal lovers. It is vital that these people and their organisations have a voice.
We need proper recognition that we have a stray dog crisis in this country and real action from all levels of Government to tackle the underlying problems that have led to this situation.”
Adrian Sanders is the Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay and is a member of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare.
“It is devastating that so many dogs are put down each year, while more are bred by unregulated breeders. I have been particularly concerned about the breeding of dogs for fights and have been arguing in Parliament for tougher sentencing to deter people from abusing animals in this and other ways. There is much that needs to be done and I applaud the Dog Rescue Federation for their work with animals and as advocates for improvements.”
Angela Smith is Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge. “I have always taken a great interest in issues relating to the welfare of animals. As Gandhi once said ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’ If ever truer words were spoken, it was these.
As an individual I have been concerned for some time about poor welfare standards dogs have to endure, especially by back street breeders churning out puppies for profit. I therefore welcome any initiative that will improve care for dogs of all breeds and wish the Dog Rescue Federation all the success in the world in helping to bring to the attention of the public poor treatment of what is supposed to be Man’s best friend.”
Jim Fitzpatrick is Labour MP for Poplar and Limestone and Vice Chairman of APGAW – The Associate Parlimentary Group for Animal Welfare. “Animal welfare is one of my top priorities in Parliament. I’m delighted to support the Dog Rescue Federation, an organisation on the front line which is making a difference. The voices of small independent dog rescuers are just as important as the big organisations and I hope this great organisation continues to grow.”
“A vegetarian for 30 years, CJ de Mooi is a passionate supporter of animal welfare.
Although best known from the BBC quiz show Eggheads, CJ is an actor with many movie, play and musical performances to his credit. He also began his own production company in 2014 to introduce more unusual pieces to the west end and around London.
He laments “I get heartbroken when I see the needless suffering of animals. Why breed or buy a dog if you have no interest in its well being? Man’s best friend apparently is only worthy of the title when it’s convenient. That is tragic and wholly unacceptable in an affluent and liberal country like the UK. Love shouldn’t end if the going gets tough so look after your dogs – they love unconditionally so why don’t we?” @cjdemooi”
Caroline Lucas, is Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and Member of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare. “The work done by the Dog Rescue Federation is of enormous value. I am proud to support them and all they do to protect stray and abandoned dogs. It’s especially important to me that the Federation is actively campaigning to prevent dogs being neglected, abandoned and mistreated, including working with dog owners to encourage responsible behaviour.”
Luciana Berger is Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree. In 2009 one of her constituents, a four year old boy was mauled to death by a pitbull type dog owned by his uncle who was believed to be breeding dogs in the house where the incident occurred. Luciana has since campaigned for the Government to focus on prevention to ensure that tragedies such as this do not continue to happen. She says “The Dog Rescue Federation is doing great work to tackle the problem of dangerous dogs, and I am proud to support it.”