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.