Working with Councils

The Dog Rescue Federation recognises that it will be extremely difficult to persuade a reluctant government to change its policies and laws relating to dog welfare.  Despite this we will continue to push for urgently needed new legislation to put an end to the suffering caused by irresponsible breeding and ownership.

Until new laws are introduced, the Federation will be campaigning for tighter controls on the licensing of dog breeding establishments by local authorities and encouraging councils to introduce more proactive measures aimed at reducing the numbers of stray dogs that ultimately they become responsible for.


There are already encouraging examples where local authorities are developing new strategies for reducing the numbers of unwanted dogs by, for example, controlling the breeding of dogs in social housing by implementing strict neutering rules.  Local authorities are also beginning to recognise the advantages of working in partnership with animal welfare organisations, vets, etc.

Our aim is to work with these councils and to help share their good practice with other local authorities in the hope that they will also recognise the benefits of more proactive working.  In particular, we want to explain the potential financial savings of doing things differently.

Also we will be using this section of our website to publicise the achievements of local authorities who are demonstrating that they care about their community and its pets, and who are doing what they can to relieve the burden on the taxpayer in a proactive way.  We encourage our readers to use the information we publish to persuade their own councils to adopt similar measures – that way, we hope to speed-up the process of change and make substantial improvements in the way local authorities deal with dog-related issues up and down the country.



Best Practice for Pet Shops

Model Conditions for Pet Shops wishing to sell Dogs (puppies) in Swindon Swindon have created a document setting out their guidelines for pet shops : Pet Shop licence but an individual can make an application to the Licensing Committee. This may be granted but the following are additional standards that Pet Shops selling dogs (i.e. puppies) …

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Blue Ribbon Councils & Good Practice

A  MODEL OF EXCELLENCE EXAMPLE- (Our Wishlist) A Local Authority actively partnership working with local rescues to ensure they can help the unclaimed dogs in their pounds on day 8 Working with the Dogs Trust or other organisations to access  affordable neutering Working in partnership with local vets to access affordable neutering Chipping all unchipped …

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CARIAD publishes essential guides

C.A.R.I.A.D. are pleased to announce the publication of two essential guides to improving the welfare of dogs involved in breeding. These are intended to support licensing officials in understanding welfare needs of dogs and puppies, encourage breeders to improve practice and raise expectations of welfare standards across the board. One Guide focuses on improving the …

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CARIAD’s County Dog Guardians

C.A.R.I.A.D. Campaign have launched County Dog Guardian Groups around the UK to help communities keep their county dog friendly. We promote local animal rescues, lost and found dogs, dog friendly activities and we help communities stop unscrupulous dog breeders. We also promote anti-dog fighting campaigns. Further Groups will be created over the coming months. Click …

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CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Dog Breeding Establishments 2014

The 1973 Breeding of Dogs Act (‘the 1973 Act’) requires proprietors of breeding establishments to be licensed. Under the authority of the 1973 Act, local authorities may issue licences to proprietors of breeding establishments stipulating conditions which must be complied with by the licensee. To assist them in doing this the British Veterinary Association in …

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