One of NAWT’s main roles is running a community rescue and rehoming service for domestic pets in six centres across the south of England.
In practice this involves taking in animals from a variety of places – sometimes strays from dog wardens or neighbours, other times beloved family pets who have been handed over due to a change in circumstances – and help them find a loving new home.
1. We place animal welfare at the heart of everything we do
Ahead of World Mental Health Day, we want to discuss how pets can all improve our daily mental health.
It has been revealed that pets can help us with a lot of mental illness including depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s and ADHD*.
According to research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation, 87 per cent of people who own a cat felt it had a positive impact on their wellbeing, while 76 per cent said they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their feline friends.
So what can our pets actually help us with?
Could you foster a rescue animal?
Here at the NAWT we have lots of pets struggling to cope in the kennel or cattery environment.
Initially if a dog or cat finds their new home with us too difficult, we will appeal internally to volunteers and staff to see if they can provide them a stable home for a few months, however this isn’t always possible.
Thankfully when two nine-week-old Collie pups came into the care of our Somerset centre, two dedicated volunteers took them into their homes and fostered them.
Answer: much more expensive than you might think…
This was certainly the case for animal-lover and experienced dog owner Sarah, when a friend called upon her for help.
The friend had just purchased a Teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppy - advertised on the internet - and unfortunately realised three days later that her family simply wasn’t prepared for the addition of a dog, so she asked Sarah to take the puppy in.
An owner’s heartache, a breeder’s profit, and a puppy’s fight to live.
One of the most frightening things about puppy farming is that it is an organised crime. The unscrupulous breeders running these farms are master manipulators and therefore it isn’t always easy to spot one.
By now, most of us know that it is important to visit the puppies at the breeder’s home, to ask to see the pup’s mum and littermates, and to check that both parents have been health screened for hereditary conditions relevant to their breed.