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Warning to dog owners as Storm Dennis hits Britain

Authored by Mary

With up to four inches of snowfall due to hit Britain this weekend as a result of impending Storm Dennis, gritters are out in full force to make footpaths and roads safer.

Though rock salt may help keep pedestrians and motorists safe on slippery roads and pavements, 48 per cent of dog owners are unaware of the hidden dangers that grit poses to their beloved pet.

Dr. Karlien...

Have your say on East Devon’s Public Spaces Protection Orders for dogs, seagulls and anti-social behaviour

Authored by News Desk

East Devon District Council is proposing to extend its three existing Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which it made in May 2017. The PSPOs largely incorporated existing controls relating to dogs.

Each order has a life span of three years, which is due to expire shortly. So the council is proposing to extend the existing orders for a further three years and at the same time...

Plymouth charity’s plea to get greyhound rehoming back on track

Authored by Mary

They might be the world’s fastest dog but when it comes to finding a forever home, greyhounds are being left behind by other breeds at a Plymouth animal charity.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust at Elfordleigh is inundated with requests from greyhound rescue organisations asking if it can take in more ex-racers.

But with each greyhound typically spending months at the charity,...

A guide to enjoying The Festival of Winter Walks with your pooch

Authored by Sarah Parker

While walking is a hugely popular pastime for many Brits, Christmas and the festivities surrounding it can sometimes leave us all feeling a little exhausted and stressed out. This can be the best reason to get outside on a walk and enjoy the fresh, winter air.

From the 20th December to 5th January, The Ramblers are bringing back The Festival of Winter Walks to encourage people to...

Two emergency calls an hour about dogs in hot cars during recent heatwave

Authored by News Desk

The RSPCA received more than 300 calls - that’s two calls an hour - last week, during a mini heatwave which swept across England & Wales.

The animal welfare charity received 317 reports of animals in hot environments, the majority of which were dogs that had been left in hot cars, from Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June - when temperatures hit the mid 20s. Advice is that people should...

Plymouth animal charity warns against growing social media pet trade

Authored by News Desk

A growing trade in animals on social media is fuelling a worrying rise in the number of dogs being passed from home to home before being rescued by a Plymouth charity.

Woodside Animal Welfare Sanctuary is taking in an increasing number of animals, particularly dogs, who have been sold on social media and online selling sites to buyers who have no clear idea what they are taking....

Adopt don’t shop this Black Friday

Authored by Mary

Staff at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe are hoping Black Friday will inspire local dog lovers to swap shopping for adopting and give one of their three black dogs a new home.

The rehoming centre currently has three black ex-racing Greyhounds looking for their forever homes and they have all got their paws crossed in the hope that this Black Friday will prove lucky for them.

All of the...

RSPCA tips to keep your pet calm on fireworks night

Authored by Mary

With nearly half of all dogs in the UK (45%) showing signs of anxiety when they hear fireworks, the RSPCA has published some simple guidelines and a Pets & Fireworks video on how to help pets feel safe.

Whether it’s a dog, a cat or another little pet, planning ahead can pay dividends.

  • Make sure your dog or cat has somewhere to hide - perhaps under some furniture or
  • ...

Guy is ready to light up a new home this Bonfire Night

Authored by Mary

This Bonfire Night, staff at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe are hoping a new owner will see ‘fireworks’ when they set eyes on a sparky boy, Guy.

The six-year-old Beagle cross will certainly light up the life of a loving family and enjoys nothing more than a cuddle up in front of the fire.

Guy adores human company and spends his days as honorary office dog, sharing the office with the...

Mother and son duo seek ‘pawfect’ family

Authored by Mary

A six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is searching for a loving new home with her son.

Mother, Poppy and four-year-old son Casey, came into the care of the West Down-based rehoming centre after their owner became ill. Like typical Staffies, they are playful, friendly and affectionate and love nothing more than spending their time together.

They...

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