DAP and DogsBlog.com in Dog Rescue Partnership

CEVA Animal Health, manufacturers of the innovative D.A.P.® range of pheromone products, are to sponsor Dogsblog.com, the simple, easy to use, centralised location for people interested in adopting a rescue dog.

The site contains details of thousands of dogs currently living in rescue centres across the UK, and allows potential new owners to search relevant criteria for a suitable dog. On the site experts from CEVA will also offer advice on behaviour and taking on a rescue dog, as well as answering questions from worried owners considering giving their dog up for adoption.

Fabienne Maçon-Slater, Small Animal Marketing Manager at CEVA Animal Health elaborates, “Due to their often difficult start in life and their very different life in kennels, anxiety related behaviour problems are common amongst recently re-homed dogs. We hope to help address this problem and, using our expertise and innovative portfolio of pheromone products, help reduce the number of dogs returning to centres time and time again.”

“We are delighted to have CEVA on board as our principle sponsor,’ announced Ryan O’Meara, Managing Director of K9 Media Ltd who operate the Dogsblog.com website, ‘We hope to benefit from their experience and look forward to working with them on future campaigns.

Our first year was an enormous success. Over a thousand dogs found new homes via the website – this year, as well as increasing the number of dogs we help to find new homes we’re also hoping our relationship with CEVA can enable us to offer practical advice and assistance to people who may be struggling with their dogs and might be considering giving them up. We believe it is as important to try and do something to reduce the volume of dogs going into rescue system in the first place as much it is to find new, permanent homes for those dogs who are already seeking new homes”.

Thanks to the work undertaken by charitable organisations there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of stray/unwanted dogs in the UK over the last ten years. However, progress has now stagnated. Despite a year on year increase in the number of dogs re-homed, the population of rescue dogs has remained consistent for the last four years. In 2007, 7,892 of these dogs were destroyed1.

To combat these figures CEVA and Dogsblog.com are delighted to be able to announce Dog Adoption Month in July 2008, to raise awareness of dogs looking for new homes. A series of educational activities and awareness initiatives are planned to help reduce the number of new dogs ending up in rescue centres each year and to promote the concept of adopting a dog to the UK public.

D.A.P.® is a synthetic canine appeasing pheromone, a substance produced naturally by a lactating bitch to reassure and calm puppies, also proven to have a positive relaxing and comforting influence on adult dogs. The convenient new D.A.P.® Collar formulation is particularly suitable to help comfort and reassure rescue dogs while they adapt to a new home.

For more information on dogsblog.com, National Dog Adoption Month and using D.A.P.® to help rescue dogs call the CEVA Customer Support Line on 01494 781510

References:

Dogs Trust (2007), Stray Dogs Survey, accessed online at www.dogstrust.org.uk/press_office/stray-dog-survey-2007/

Animal Rescue Centre Celebrates Award

It’s a bonanza for Ponderosa Rescue Kennels and Cattery as it wins November’s Petplan Charity Prize Draw

Castleford’s Ponderosa dog and cat rescue centre has won a valuable £500 donation from the UK’s leading pet insurance provider Petplan.  The rescue centre, which operates as a charity, will use the money to contribute towards the veterinary costs it faces on the animals it takes in.

Petplan works with more re-homing charities than any other insurer to help fund the care of thousands of homeless cats and dogs.  The company offers a cover note for six weeks free insurance to every owner adopting pets through the shelters it supports and also donates vouchers for insurance to visitors and supporters of the charities.  Each month a prize draw is held from all the vouchers and cover notes issued and one charity benefits from the prize fund.

Michael Banks has been running Ponderosa, which can take up to 40 dogs and 20 cats at a time, for 22 years.  He said:  “Many of the animals we take in need building up.  When they come in they are not covered by insurance and veterinary fees are one of our biggest costs so the £500 will be put to very good use.  We have an excellent relationship with Petplan and their support enables us to ensure that the pets we re-home are getting off to a good start with proper insurance cover during the busy period of settling in to their new homes.”

Petplan is committed to supporting the valuable work carried out by animal shelters all over the country, ranging from locally-based charities like Ponderosa to leading national organisations such at Battersea, Cats Protection, Blue Cross and Dogs Trust.

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s head of marketing said:  “We understand what a difficult time it can be re-homing a cat or dog and are happy to provide the extra peace of mind that insurance cover gives during the first few weeks of an animal’s life in a new environment.  Having your pet insured is an important part of taking care of its future health and making sure that you can manage any unforeseen veterinary costs.”

DogsBlog Announces New Dog Adoption Video Channel

DogsBlog.com, the UK dog adoption website operated by K9 Media Ltd, is delighted to announce a brand new feature designed to help more dogs find new, loving homes from within the UK dog welfare network.

In collaboration with a number of online video service providers including YouTube, PetCrash.com and Revver, DogsBlog.com is now able to offer video ‘showcases’ for dogs looking for new homes.

Speaking about the video launch, DogsBlog co-founder Kim Bruce had this to say:

Since our launch, DogsBlog has always been proud of the simplicity of the concept. Our goal was to make it easy for people to find the perfect dog for their lifestyle from within the UK dog welfare network. The idea was for the site to be simple to use, fun and easy to get around – as well as providing a level playing field for all charities listed on the site to be able to publicise their dogs to a wide audience. Each charity on the site is listed as an equal, nobody has a higher profile than anyone else. We’re delighted that we achieved our initial DogsBlog goals very quickly and now it’s time to take things to the next level.

We’re also delighted that an incredible 51% of all dogs listed on DogsBlog have found new homes. Our aim now is to grow that even further and we feel that offering video footage of the dogs seeking new owners will help get even more dogs into new, caring homes.

We are very excited and confident that enabling people to actually see the dogs they are considering giving a new home to will greatly increase the number of dogs adopted via the site. Enabling people to watch ‘their’ dog online interacting with people, playing, walking and doing all of the things that dogs do will add an extra dimension to the entire adoption process.

Harnessing the power and reach of the web in order to get dogs into new homes is the very ethos of DogsBlog.com and we’re delighted that it is now so easy to work with video thanks to services such as YouTube and the widespread use of video recording devices on mobile phones. Let’s hope modern technology can assist those dogs who need it most.

An example of a DogsBlog video showcase on behalf of ‘Oreo‘ can be seen at the start of this post or you can view his footage on YouTube here.

Pet Adoption Week: 9,000 Animals Need New Homes

RSPCA Pet Adoption Week: 9,000 Lonely Hearts Need Loving Homes
– New survey reveals we look for similar characteristics in pets and partners –

A shocking 9,000 animals1 in the RSPCA’s care are in need of good new homes as the Society’s first Pet Adoption Week begins (Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October 2007). This coincides with new research showing people look for the same qualities in both pets and partners2.

According to the light-hearted poll, most people consider personality to be the most important characteristic in both pets and partners3. Sadly the RSPCA can’t help people find a partner – but it could match them with their ideal pet!

Andy Foxcroft, chief officer for the RSPCA inspectorate and the man in charge of the team who rescue and collect so many of these animals, said: “We have thousands of animals looking for new homes through no fault of their own. Adopting an animal from the RSPCA will give one of these lonely hearts a much-needed second chance – and you will be able to enjoy the wonderful feeling of knowing you’ve given a special home to an animal that really needs it.”

During RSPCA Pet Adoption Week (PAW), anyone thinking of getting a pet is encouraged to go to their nearest RSPCA animal centre or branch where they will be advised on which pet could be best for them. The Society will take into account everything that both you and the animal need to give you the best chance of a perfect partnership.

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Time to Take Care of The Lost Dogs

At the start of National Pet Month1, Advocates for Animals is asking members of the public to consider giving homes to the ‘lost dogs’ – the thousands of unwanted animals in Scotland that face being destroyed because homes cannot be found for them.

A particularly sad phenomenon this year is the arrival in shelters around the country of hundreds of Staffordshire Bull Terriers (Staffies). These dogs appear to have been dumped by owners following the tragic death of Ellie Lawrenson on New Year’s Day. Five-year-old Ellie was mauled to death by a Pit Bull Terrier ‘type’ – a dog similar in appearance to a Staffie but currently banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

The Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue (Staffie Rescue) now needs to find homes for over 70 rejected dogs in its care2. The Duchess of Hamilton, who runs the charity in Scotland, says: “One of the consequences of this terrible incident is that Staffie Rescue is now overflowing with unwanted dogs. In all my years of rescuing dogs the situation has not been worse. Something must be done to stop people treating dogs as disposable items that they can discard on a whim.

The situation here is urgent. I would urge anyone considering getting a dog to contact us and see what Staffies have to offer.”

People mistakenly associate Staffies with aggression, but any dog can bite and Staffies and Pit Bulls are not the same. A Staffie may look ‘butch’ but is a highly intelligent dog that makes a loving pet in the right home.  It is a dog which has a great love for children and is sometimes known as the ‘nanny dog’.

Advocates for Animals’ Political Director, Libby Anderson, adds: “This situation highlights the need for a comprehensive review of legislation concerning dogs. This should include the introduction of a dog registration scheme based on permanent identification by microchipping so that owners cannot simply dump their dogs without being traced. Advocates for Animals very much hopes that people will respond to the call for help from Staffie Rescue and offer no homes to these ‘lost dogs’.”

Celebrity Dog Rescuers: Kristanna Loken

Kristanna Loken

Kristanna Loken was born in New York, and has spent much of her private life in the company of animals.

She has spent much of her working life in the company of Hollywood’s most famous faces, having appeared in Terminator III, In The Name Of The King and with her latest film, the dark thriller BloodRayne. She spoke to K9 Magazine about her tumultuous life with dogs. In fact, she was so forthcoming with anecdotes and stories that we couldn’t physically fit the whole interview into the magazine, so this is the complete interview for you to enjoy.

Hello Kristanna, thank you for taking our 20 questions.

1) Tell us about your pets. Names, breeds and ages, I know you’re a huge animal lover.

Well I have a dog called Bobby, she’s around a year old. I found her when I was in Romania filming BloodRayne, I found her in the oldest medieval town in Europe. She was teeny, tiny, she could fit in the palm of your hand, she must have only been a couple of months old, and she was covered in fleas, maggots you know she really wasn’t looking like she was going to make it. She travels everywhere with me from South Africa, to Van Couver – everywhere, she’s a very well travelled dog! Its funny you know, a lot of the other people in the production office all came back with an extra animal, Michael Madison, Michelle Rodriguez, our director was a huge animal lover, he came back with a dog too!

2) When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner?

Well I grew up on in North New York state on my parents organic fruit farm and we had barn cats who were constantly mating and we had these cardboard boxes where they’d hide their kittens so we’d have to listen for the small meows to look after them and handle them to stop them becoming wild – tonnes of cats! We also had a petting zoo for kids with animals such as, llamas, baby sheep and goats. Growing up on the farm, animals were always around and we had wonderful horse rides.

3) What films and projects, are you currently working on?

Well I did a film, I mentioned it above, BloodRayne this is out at the beginning of January, it’s a vampire movie, we had a great cast, Michael Madison, Billy Zane, Michelle Rodriguez, a great cast. I’ve also just produced my first film and I also starred in it, its called Lime Salted Love, that’s just being edited and then that will probably go on the independent film circuit. And I have another film, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, with Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta. So its been busy!

4) International and domestic attitudes towards dog ownership vary greatly from place to place. Growing up on your parents farm in North New York, how is dog ownership different there compared to other places you have been?

Oh, that’s very tough, before I had Bobby, I had another dog, a Lab x Rottweiler called Buster, Bobby probably weighs 20 kilos and she’s medium sized, Buster was probably 35 kilos, travelling was a little tougher with Buster because he was a larger dog, sometimes it was like smaller dogs are okay – bigger dogs aren’t always welcome, but you know that’s a sacrifice, especially if you’re staying in a particular place for a certain amount of time filming. My animals coming with me is so important, its like a piece of home and I find its grounding, I always like to explore and recently in Van Couver, I was working with the same director from the film in Romania and he is a major dog lover, his two dogs, one from Romania, the other from Germany, both ran free on set and so Bobby joined them and we’d get the flashing collars for night-time. I have to say, I have been no where more pet friendly than Van Couver, they had room service for dogs where you could order treats, there were so many walks and trails. All the costs for travelling from Romania back through South Africa and then home, its all worth while for the time we spend, walking or trekking, whatever we do, what they give back – it outweighs it all.

5) In which one way do you believe dogs to be a superior life form to humans?

There unconditional love. More often than not, they bring peace and clarity, you never had to make small talk with them, you’re not compelled to be anywhere other than where you are with them and there’s such a bond. They know your inner workings and you know theirs. No matter what kind of day you’ve had, you don’t have to explain anything to them, you can just pet them and they respond so well, they know how to give love. Pets bring such a good sense of grounding. I got Buster form a humane society in North New York, I’d decided to go there and donate some time volunteering, Buster leaned on me and it was like, oh no, I’m a goner, and that was it really. He died a little over a year ago, I ended up having to have him put to sleep, and I just wanted to mourn my loss, then three months later there I am in Romania! I think dogs pick their owners, Bobby picked me and there was no way I was leaving without her.

6) How proud were you when your action figure of the character you played in Terminator 3 hit the shops?

Well that was a little bizarre, you know, you don’t think when making a film, I’m going to be immortalised with an iconic view of a character at that moment, with magnets, key-rings, t-shirts – everything! The action figure was slightly Asian looking, but that was probably because of where it was made, it was pretty cool!

7) It was said some time ago on a well known British sit com that the perfect woman would have Kylie Minogue’s bum, Claudia Schiffer’s legs and Cindy Crawford’s face. Using this logic, can you please create your own perfect fantasy dog?

I think the word perfect if over-used, I think perfect, is in the eye of the beholder. I think flaws make you beautiful, you know you need to have flaws. Take little Bobby, she’s a pretty damn cute dog and she has these fantastic markings on her face, probably from a Collie or something, I think flaws build character and your past – it all helps to create who you are. She’s my Romanian street pavement dog!

8) Your motto in life is “Believe in, and follow your dreams”, what impact do you feel living by your motto has had on your life?

Well yes, my parents were pretty supportive and I thought, hey, if there are people out there doing it, why not me?! Not that there isn’t room for failure, you need to have a goal and surround yourself with good people. Be clear of your reasons and be positive. If you keep a clear mind – that’s the best advice I could give, and remain objective. Keep the bigger picture in mind. One of the best things I have ever done was a 10 day meditation in Cape Town, I fell in love there and even bought a house there, so I can spend time away from everyone! You know, never take yourself too seriously, in any job, any walk of life, especially this job, its easily to get inflated – one person can say one thing one time, the something else – so I’d say keep a clear perspective.

9) For this question, we ask our celebs to match up the following people’s personality to a breed of dog, for example, Winston Churchill = Bulldog or J.Lo = Afghan Hound, Frank Bruno = Boxer etc.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Well, the first thing which comes to mind is a Bulldog, because they’re tough, strong and playful. Yeah, a Bulldog.
Ozzy Osbourne – I once rode on a flight to London with his wife. Something like a Dobermann Pinscher x Pug.
George Bush – Oh jeez, lets see – a Dingo.
Pamela Anderson – Either a white Poodle or, yeah, a while Poodle, totally sculpted with pink bows!
Al Pacino – Oh I don’t know, more like a Lab, because he’d be quiet, but have such a deep roar. Buster, had such a deep bark.
Carmen Electra – Wasn’t Carmen on the cover of your magazine I saw? I’d say, maybe like a brown Chihuahua with big blue eyes.

10) Which do you prefer and why?

Big dogs or little dogs – It makes no difference really, maybe medium to large, because they have more stamina and you can play a little rougher and they’re nicer to curl up to.

Pedigree dogs or x breeds – Well I’ve always had mutts. I’ve never had a purebred.

Days off or days at work – Well you know I love to be invested in a project, just submerged in it, so it would probably be working, but I like a nice balance.

The quickest route or the scenic route – I usually find myself on the scenic route, I never plan but by default I normally find myself on the scenic route. I’ll get distracted by music, or leaves , or something, so yeah, normally the scenic route.

Lead and collar or dog running free – Oh definitely running free, running with the horses, I think if you have a good relationship and they come when called, I had to have Bobby trained, I’ve never had to send a dog for training before but she had no recall stability and she didn’t like to come when called but its been great and I’m just keeping up the training, I wouldn’t want to be an unruly mother.

11) Here’s where we go for our scoop, tell us something no one, or very few people know about you.

Oh well, okay, let me think, there’s probably quite a lot, okay hmm, well, I really, really like my alone time, that’s a no 1 priority. Keep things as simple as possible. I’m not really a phone person, unless I have to be. No distractions.

12) What has been your favourite project you have worked on to date and who have you enjoyed working with most?

I really loved working with Sir Ben Kingsley, I think it’s a great testament to who you are, he’s not only a wonderful, wonderful man, but such an amazing actor, a great man. I would definitely love to work with him again.

My favourite project would probably have to be Terminator 3, it was probably the most pivotal, to be able to work with such a huge, world-wide scope – it opened so many doors. It was a wonderful experience!

13) Describe the last time you…

Had to shout at your pet – Well probably, I mean her training hasn’t meant I’ve had to shout a lot, but well she seems to be teething, she loves her rawhides, but she ran out and started chewing one of my rugs, so that would probably be it, but she knows when she’s done something wrong.

Had to go to the vet – Well, here’s a story. I was dating a very in South Africa, and last Christmas, I said all I wanted was for him to spay my dog and for me to watch, I thought it would be fascinating. That was definitely a turn on!

Embarrassed yourself – Every day! Well, one time, what’s the word – oh I can’t think of the word, but I once left the house in my bedroom slippers, that was one to get around at the dinner table!

Were nervous – Well for the most part, I’m fairly confident, but I do sometimes get apprehensive, the last time was in Van Couver, I was there for my first time screen of BloodRayne and I thought, okay it would just be me, the director and possibly another actor, I got there and there was room full of investors – I was definitely sweating – but it all turned out good!

Laughed out loud because of your pet – This morning, I live with my friend and her 13 month old daughter, who’s my god-daughter. She loves Bobby, you know he must be like a life size teddy bear to her and I was in the next room and I could hear her giggling so hard and I went in and Bobby was just running around the room constantly doing laps! So funny to watch!

Trained your pet to do something new – Well, let me think, I’m just really keeping up the training work from before but from the beginning, she learnt to shake her paw and that seems to have stuck, even if she does shake with the wrong paw.

14) Robert Benchley famously said “A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” What have you learned from your dog?

Let me see, I don’t know if its just one thing, do you mean through all of my dogs? The thing which comes to me doesn’t really answer your question, but it was when Bobby was 3 months old, I was camping in South Africa with a friend of mine and you know when you’re in another country when you’re left saying, will we be okay here with the baboons? Anyway, we were in the tent and Bobby ran in and started licking my face and we were right near the stream and we looked out and there were probably around 100 baboons and the big daddy baboon was there, it was a real territorial thing. But she knew, and she woke us, I mean baboons can do a lot of damage! She was definitely on the look out – I like to see her with other animals, the other day she was in my garden and barking like mad, I went out and I could see the big eyes of a possum I thought, that would not be a good fight, I know who’d win that one, so I brought her inside!

I learnt a lot from Buster too, he had a major impact and was a huge influence on my life, for months before he died, it was all leading up to it, he had a tumor and there was nothing which could be done about it. I remember this one day, he wasn’t well, he wasn’t eating properly and I was sick with the flu, I was cuddled up in my hammock and Buster was laying on his chair, and even though he was in so much pain, he heard someone at the gate and he got up and started barking and they left, so he could hardly move and yet, he’d gotten up to do this and scare away the intruder, his last protective act. His death was the biggest of my life.

15) Tell us a little about your recent trek to Namibia, Africa.

What incredible horse trek rides! My room mate and I did a trek, we stayed in a cabin, no water, no electricity. Three of my girlfriends for 10 days also went to Northern Ireland, we had no guide and when we went to Namibia we got a brochure from this company called Equitour, they have a catalogue of rides, all challenging. We decided we’d go to a place we’d never heard of so Namibia it was! 10 days, 300 miles we saw spring boxes, zebras – going from that and back to civilisation when we’d seen no people, no cars, no mirrors, we then got back and discovered 9/11 had happened.

16) What is your dog’s current favourite…?

Toy – Rawhide chews probably. She also loves Greenies, green tooth brushed shapes, do you have them? She has a pet-tab, a multivitamin every morning. Oh my god, we also have a fig tree in our garden and it wouldn’t stop and it was dropping these figs for 3 months, she absolutely loved it – she must have been the most regular dog on the block if you know what I mean! She also loves broccoli, must be the Romanian in her!
Bad habit – Probably the chewing because of her teething. She normally has something to chew on but if she runs out, she has started on the rug or she chair leg. She also play bites, not hard, but that’s something we’re trying to curb.
Activity / Game – Hikes, she loves other dogs, she’s very social.

17) Finish the following sentence: My dog is….a Romanian pavement special!

18) What is your current favourite…?

TV show – Well I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV, but I tell you what, I love The Sopranos, its timeless. Did you also get Band Of Brothers? I love that too.
CD – Well, I don’t know if you get it, but on digital cable up around the 900’s there’s some channels which play music constantly with no breaks – I call it spa music, its very relaxing, it chills me out, the dog, the baby every – so I have it on a lot but I do think they probably repeat a lot of it.
Book – Its not my normal kind of book, but my friend Candice Bushell, she wrote Sex And The City, she has a book out called Lipstick Jungle and I’m noticing a few similarities to myself! I really do like her style of writing. It’s a good one!
Restaurant – In London, and actually here too, I like Nobu, but I moved to LA few years back and I love this Italian restaurant La Loggia, its run by a Peruvian and a Columbian, so typical American, they’re not even Italian! But I love going there, its so friendly, it feels like you’re going home to see the family!

19) Each year we run a competition to find the UK’s Coolest Canine, last year’s winner was a Cocker Spaniel named Tangle who has been trained to detect bladder cancer in humans, if you were to nominate your dog, how would you sell her to us, what would you tell us that makes her unique?

Really, he can do that? Wow!

Okay well, I would say she’s a total people dog, on set people loved her, she has such smile, the twinkle in her eye – and I always knew I could find her near the food!

20) This is always a tough question and often requires a fair degree of thinking time but….
If your dog(s) had the ability to speak and answer one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?

Oh boy, this is a tough one, she has such an expressive face, I can normally tell what she’s think, I’d probably, oh I don’t know, I don’t even know if I’d need to, her face tells me if she likes the food, if she’s comfortable. Maybe if she likes her name?

Okay, how about, “Is she comfortable in her kennel while we’re travelling, because I know that’s a vulnerable time?” and I think she’d say “I’m getting used to it, and I’m alright!”.

Many Thanks Kristanna

This interview appeared in K9 Magazine issue no 15 – More information on how to purchase this edition at the link below
http://www.k9magazine.com/subscribe/backissues.html

Dog Rescue Shelter Profile: The Mayhew Animal Home

Mayhew Animal Home

The Mayhew Animal Home was established during Queen Victoria’s reign in 1886 “for the lost and starving dogs and cats of London so that they should have a sanctuary from the cold inhumanity they are being dealt outside”. Today it is one of the busiest animal sanctuaries in London, rescuing thousands of animals from cruelty and neglect. We believe that animals, as living creatures, are entitled to legal protection, moral and ethical consideration and have a value beyond economic measure.

The Mayhew states that its mission is to:

– take in and care for unwanted or abused animals and re-home them with responsible caring owners.
– ensure that no healthy animal in The Mayhew’s care is ever put to sleep.
– prevent unwanted animals through The Mayhew’s neutering and outreach programmes.
– promote respect and compassion for animals through The Mayhew’s activities, campaigns and education programmes.

No healthy animal in The Mayhew’s care is ever put to sleep.

The Mayhew is recognised nationally and internationally for the high standard of its care and facilities. Resident dogs at the Mayhew have heated and air-conditioned kennels with access to outside runs, while cats are housed in two separate catteries, purpose built to The Mayhew’s own design to provide maximum comfort and freedom; one for adult cats and the other for pregnant cats and kittens.

The Mayhew believes that education is the key to their vision of a world without abused or unwanted companion animals, and so they work with the animals and people to deal with the cause, as well as responding to the effects of animal cruelty and neglect.

The Mayhew runs a community outreach programme which includes:

– Roadshows on inner city estates
– Pet Therapy sessions at Great Ormond St Hospital for sick children & other day care centres for the physically and mentally challenged.
– Collaboration with the homeless charities St. Mungo’s & CRISIS
– “Pet Refuge” – a fostering scheme for animals in need of temporary care & accommodation
– Low-cost neutering, vaccination and microchipping clinics for all
– Educational visits for schools, groups & societies
– Mayhew Emergency Welfare & Spaying Fund (MEWS)

The Mayhew is also involved in saving animals from all over the UK and Ireland and supports animal welfare projects as far afield as Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Algeria, South Africa, Estonia, Portugal and Turkey.

For students who are interested in a career within the animal welfare industry, the Mayhew provides hands-on training for the NVQ qualification in Animal Care levels I, II and III.

The Mayhew is not a Government funded organisation and does not receive funding from the Lottery, therefore they are sole reliant on income from donations, contributions and legacies from its supporters. As the daily costs at the Mayhew exceed ?3000, EVERY donation no matter how small, makes a difference to them.

People support the Mayhew in a variety of ways, including:

– becoming a Friend of The Mayhew
– sponsoring a dog, cat, kitten or rabbit unit
– joining The Mayhew’s ‘Committed Giving’ scheme via standard orders or direct debit
– making The Mayhew Animal Home one of the beneficiaries of The Mayhew’s will
– carrying The Mayhew Animal Home MasterCard

The Mayhew always welcomes volunteers who they see as an invaluable source of help to the functioning of the home. Volunteers are required for dog-walking, cat & rabbit cuddling, fostering, helping out with administrative work, shaking collection boxes at fundraising events, baking cakes for open days and delivering leaflets.

If you would like further information on The Mayhew Animal Home, you can get in touch by any of these methods:

By post at:
The Mayhew Animal Home
& Humane Education Centre
Trenmar Gardens, LONDON, NW10 6BJ
Open daily: 11 am – 4 pm

By telephone on
020 8969 0178

By fax on
020 8964 3221

By email or web at info@mayhewanimalhome.org or www.mayhewanimalhome.org

Or you could call their fundraising office direct on 020 8969 711.

Breed Rescue Societies

Looking For a Specific Dog Breed? Consider a Breed Rescue Society or Breed Specific Animal Shelter

Perhaps you’ve decided that you want to adopt a certain kind of dog that you can’t seem to find in a shelter. Or maybe you just don’t feel quite comfortable adopting from any of the shelters around you. That’s okay; there are other ways to give a good home to a needy dog, like breed rescue societies. It may take a little more innovation to find one of these, but they’re becoming more popular and easier to locate all the time, and they can help match you up with a great pup.

For practically every breed of dog, there is a national breed club with lots of local chapters. And in the last few years, many of those clubs have taken on the challenge of rescuing dogs of their chosen breed from shelters and pounds and placing them into secure adoptive homes. Now there are clubs devoted entirely to breed rescue, and if you’re interested in adopting a purebred, they’re a great resource.

Breed rescue societies rely on their volunteer members to rescue dogs from adoption facilities or from people who can’t or shouldn’t keep them. These volunteers, who are usually knowledgeable “dog people” who have experience with dog raising and training in general and the breed in particular, serve as foster parents to the dogs until permanent homes can be found. Ideally, they not only feed and groom and exercise the rescued dogs but also give them some socialization and basic education.

The foster-home system can translate into a big advantage for you when you adopt a dog through a breed rescue program, since your pup will have had at least some experience living in a household and learning rules by the time you get her. She’ll probably have begun to get used to other dogs, too, since most breed rescue volunteers already have dogs of their own. And her “foster parents” will be able to tell you a lot about her personality and her needs, since they’ll have lived with her day and night for some time. So it’s important to adopt from a rescue society whose members you trust and whose foster parents know what they’re doing.

You won’t find a breed rescue society for every single breed of dog in your area; sometimes there’s just not enough demand for one and sometimes there’s not enough interest or person-power. But most areas will at least have rescue clubs for the breeds that appear most frequently in animal shelters – that is, the most popular breeds at any given time. (Remember, if you want a dog of a very popular breed, be very patient and judicious in your selection, since popularity usually leads to overbreeding, and overbreeding usually leads to dogs with temperamental and physical problems.)