Category Archive: News

Dog Rescue Federation opposes licensing changes for dog breeding

A proposal announced by Defra to change one of England’s most important dog breeding licensing laws has been criticised by the Dog Rescue Federation, an animal welfare organisation representing voluntary dog rescuers across the UK. The proposal forms part of a wider series of changes that Defra wants to make following a review of animal …

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Dog owners warned about new tick disease

Dog owners in the UK are being warned about an outbreak of an animal disease that is carried by ticks. It is the first time that experts have established an outbreak of babesiosis in the country. In Essex, two dogs have died and three others needed blood transfusions after contracting the disease. Experts say that …

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Changes to Microchip Registration

From April ALL dogs HAVE to be microchipped and the details of their current owners registered on the microchip database, Obviously this, although sensible, is an administrative nightmare for rescues which normally keep the dogs’ details registered to the rescue. For some rescues it will be hundreds of dogs that have been rehomed and are …

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Firework Abatement

Fireworks are a major source of distress and suffering to animals in the UK. In October 2015, we launched a petition on the official UK Government petition website calling for reform of the Fireworks Act (2004) and asking for increased restrictions on the times of the year when the general public can use fireworks https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109702/. So …

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A Statement re Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

The Mail on Sunday ran a story on 3 January implying that Battersea Dogs and Cats Home were needlessly euthanising hundreds of healthy dogs instead of finding caring new owners for them. The story was based on allegations from a ‘well placed source’ at Battersea saying that nearly a third of dogs brought into the home …

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DEFRA Reviewing its Licensing

New news in – DEFRA reviewing its licensing by modernising the current animal licensing system in England Please see the consultation on the link – consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/consultation-on-the-review-of-animal-licensing/supporting_documents/Consultation Document Review of Animal Establishments Licensing in England.pdf

RSPCA Petition on Licensing Breeders

News from the RSPCA about a petition on licensing breeders called Puppy dealers act please see the petition here (link)…………. DRF is very pleased to hear about this development because over breeding is something we feel  very passionate about and should be controlled. We have long been advocating that this is the key to reducing …

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Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council are looking for ways to save money and what better than to ditch front line Animal Welfare non statutory services. The largest Local Authority in the UK and the Second City has prided itself in offering an all round service and now the management want to make savings. They want to stop …

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