It’s been delightful to read the comments and interest from so many people over the past week as we’ve unveiled the different elements of NAWT’s P.A.W. Manifesto. We know animal welfare is a subject close to so many people’s hearts, which is why we wanted to round up the current thinking on the welfare of our pets.
Much of this thinking comes from our day-to-day experiences of running rescue centres and in the second part of our blog, we are looking at some of the inconsistencies around the welfare of the UK’s three most popular pets after fish – dogs, cats and rabbits.
We were honoured to have been invited by the League Against Cruel Sports to form part of a coalition of 21 animal welfare charities - the coalition sent co-authored letters to all party leaders this month, urging them to defend and strengthen animal protection laws in the run up to the General Election.
The wide ranging topics – for all to see at www.animalprotection2017.org.uk - cover everything from hunting and shooting to animal experimentation, puppy farming and the trade in endangered species.
In January 2017 Open Paw for Cats launched at NAWT in our Watford Centre. The programme has already been a roaring success and meeting the feline residents at NAWT is becoming a very exciting experience.
Visitors are encouraged to feed the cats and, as a result, many of our residents are becoming more confident and welcoming to people entering the cattery. Two of our five centres have successfully introduced Open Paw for Cats, with our other centres to follow soon. Here are a couple of success stories from our pilot centre.
This past winter, two pregnant dogs found themselves in our care. 3-year-old Crossbreed Dora came to our Watford centre via the Dog Warden who had picked her up as a stray.