Why Neuter

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No healthy dog should be put to sleep just because its surplus to requirements.

Every year thousands of dogs are dumped and need homes new homes – only a few are lucky.

Unwanted puppies being born means adding to the 9500+ healthy dogs needlessly euthanised in our Country ever year. ( Thats the equivalent of one dog put to sleep every hour of every day at least ).

Think how many dogs you could be responsible for over just 3 years if your dog had 6 puppies. You might think you have found good homes for them but what if those 6 went on to be responsible for their own litter of 6 ? – Within 3 years ( at 2 x litters a year) you could then be responsible for more than 46 thousand dogs (46,656.000 to be precise). Can you guarantee they all have a good home? Read the rest of this entry »

Hull Pilot scheme


We are delighted to announce that Hull is our first Council that we will be working with as part of our pilot scheme

HHH Volunteer poster

New campaign to help Hulls abandoned dogs

Hull City Council, local dog rescues and the Dog Rescue Federation are joining together to mount a campaign to bring awareness to Hull residents of the plight of abandoned dogs in Hull and the rest of the UK.

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Recent changes in dog legislation

I fully appreciate that the government and DEFRA need to do something about the volume of incidents of dog bites and ‘attacks’ but the new laws are really a case of too little to gain too much. They are ‘closing the stable door after the horse has bolted’. I firmly believe that the problem lies in a lack of education on behalf of the owners. It is no good using huge fines as a deterrent to stop the problem when there are people out there who would not even be in a position to pay that fine, which could be up to £20,000. The incident has still occurred.
What I would love to see is for the government to introduce a system of compulsory registration, whereby the owner of every dog MUST register themselves as the rightful owner at a cost ( this will create revenue to enforce the law) If that person should then give up the dog to someone else be it to a rescue or other person. Then they have a legal responsibility to send in the slip to register the dogs new owners onto the database, just as we do with our vehicles.
I believe prevention is the key and for me education is the key to successful prevention. Make it compulsory that every owner must register with a proven successful trainer or behaviourist BEFORE they get their dog. Educating owners is the only way to create fully responsible dog ownership. I am at a total loss as to why the government refuse to go this route and to seek the advice of those who actually know the reasons these incidents occur and thus can help to prevent them, rather than wait until the incident has happened….and then act when it is too late. It does not make sense to me. Yes of course have a deterrent, have fines but the most important thing firstly is prevention.
‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’  Mahatma Gandhi
Pam Shaw – Canine Consultant

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It seems that barely a week goes by without a dog attack being reported by the press – so who is really to blame?
Without a doubt some of it has to be shouldered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for not grasping the nature or extent of the problem but calling for them to “do something” is dangerous. The last time they acted in haste we ended up with the most inept piece of legislation ever in the form of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 which resulted in making banned breeds more popular than ever as well as causing the death of hundreds of innocent family pets simply for looking “type”.  Do we really want the Government to make more additions and amendments to something that has never and will never work?
The sad fact is that there are too many dogs being bred, there are too many dogs going to unsuitable homes – some destined to continue the cycle of backyard breeding and others to people who simply have no intention of keeping the dog for life. There are also those who aren’t prepared to put in the time and effort needed to train their dog and even those who don’t actually realise that dogs don’t come ready trained – the “I wish my dog would do that” brigade who often just need a bit of guidance from the dog owning community.
Instead of playing around with the DDA and making things worse how about turning our attention to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999?  Take the focus away from the dogs and put it back on the people involved.  Dogs do not ask to be born, dogs do not ask to be used as breeding machines, dogs do not ask to be made “dangerous” – these are all the actions of people.
Commenting on a recent tragedy Jack Straw MP said “What will it take to convince people not to keep dogs like this….” Perhaps he should have said  “people like this shouldn’t be allowed to keep dogs….”

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