Picture the scene. A normal weekday morning. Everybody in the house is up, ready for school / ready for work / ready for the day. The family heads out and as they leave, release their beloved family dog out of the door, ready to roam the streets for the day with other like-minded pet pooches, returning for their dinner in the evening…..
For the past 50 years animal welfare and improving the lives of homeless animals that come into our care, have been a top priority at NAWT. COVID-19 has presented us all with many challenges but now that restrictions have been lifted and we are all returning to a new normal, the pandemic has left a very worrying problem in its wake – serious behavioural problems in dogs and other animals.
It’s that time again, the Autumn/ Winter 2021 edition of Animate is now available for your reading pleasure.
This exciting edition includes four heart-warming happy ending stories, an interesting article on the Government’s newly announced Action Plan for Animal Welfare and a chance for you to get to know Rob Mitchell and Andrew Gillon, our Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations.
Fifty years ago, pets were likely brought to the family home from a neighbour, work, or school friend, whose pet had had a litter of puppies or kittens, or alternatively they were bought from the local pet shop (many a school-child growing up in the 70s has spent time standing outside a pet shop, lovingly gazing in at the puppies/kittens/guinea pigs in the window.)
Did you know that an incredible 59% of UK households now own a pet of some sort or other? With levels of pet ownership rising by a whopping 18% over the last year.
Given the massive popularity of owning your very own pet, have you ever thought about how people’s attitudes to pet ownership have changed over the last 50 years?
The partnership follows a survey of 2,000 dog-owning drivers which revealed a fifth (22 per cent) got their most recent dog after the start of lockdown – leaving some with hefty costs.
More than a third (35 per cent) of new dog owners said they had to buy a larger or more practical car because of the dog.
During his initial assessment on arrival, Socks showed little to no interest in toys or food, and was shrinking away from human contact.
However, he showed a flicker of interest in Shelley, a Junior Animal Care Leader, and herself an experienced Spaniel owner. Shelley was allocated to work with Socks for his first few days to help him settle.