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Burnt dog’s scars are healing, thanks to Battersea

Badly burnt and terrified, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Justine was in a horrific state when she arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The four-year-old was found wandering London’s streets, and brought into Battersea on 20 November 2017 with a nasty wound on her back. Even the charity’s most-seasoned staff were shocked by the gaping raw burn.

But, after weeks of care by Battersea’s vets and dog behaviourists, four-year-old Justine’s life is looking up and she has found her happy ending – with Tanya Martin and her family in London.

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Battersea helping owners to help their pets in Hounslow

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is working in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow to answer pet owner’s needs at a free community event on Tuesday 13 February.

The pet drop-in event is available to all local pet owners to ask for any advice about their dog or cat. It will also give a chance for owners to get their dog microchipped for free. There’ll also be a free dog tag engraving service available.

Date: Tuesday 13 February

Time: 11am – 3pm

Address: Southville Community and Children’s Centre, Southville Road, Feltham, TW14 8AP

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RSPCA welcomes Defra’s announcement that it is considering ban on third party sales of puppies

Animal welfare charity to work with Government as they consider new laws.

The RSPCA has welcomed the announcement that Defra is considering a ban on the third party selling of puppies.

The animal welfare charity - the largest and oldest in the UK - has long been calling for changes in legislation to better protect dogs and puppies.

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Battersea welcomes Government’s new crackdown on cruel and irresponsible puppy trade

Leading animal welfare charity Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has today welcomed the Government’s new proposals to crack down on cruel and irresponsible pet breeding practices.

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Peoples Postcode Lottery players support Battersea

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home attended the annual People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala last week to celebrate the award of an incredible £800,000 to Battersea in 2017 – all thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery meant that the world-famous animal rescue centre was able to expand its Volunteering and Fostering Department and help even more abandoned and unwanted animals.

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Could you 'Dig' a dog lover?

So here's something new - a dating app for dog lovers. Well, it is easier to get along with someone who loves your dog too, isn't it? So if you're a dog lover who's looking for love of a two legged kind, but with someone who can appreciate your four legged friend, Dig might be just what you need.

Here's a press release from Dig:

NEW YORK, NY - Forget “shake”, it’s time to teach your dog to find you a date. Dig, the best mobile dating app specifically for fans of man’s (and woman’s) best friend, officially launches February 10. Created by two sisters, Casey and Leigh Isaacson, Dig’s goal is to connect people through the one thing that’s already crucial to them – their love for dogs.

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Appeal for information about poorly abandoned pups

German shepherd cross lurchers had lice and worms.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after six puppies were dumped near the canal in Rishton, Lancashire.

The three boys and three girls - thought to be German shepherd cross lurchers - were found last Tuesday (23 January) in a compound used for storing cars on Harwood Road.

RSPCA inspector Nina Small said: “The owner of the compound confined the puppies in a car until I could get there.

“When I opened the car door they were all huddled together on the back seat.

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Vet advice on whether and when to neuter your dog

Here are the top myths that Debs and her colleagues at Scarsdale Vets deal with on a regular basis that you might find surprising:

Scarsdale Vets busts common myths about neutering your pets.

We all think we know about when it is and isn’t right to neuter our pets and the impact it will have, don’t we? Well perhaps not, as Scarsdale Vets launches a campaign this February which allows pet owners to access the correct information surrounding neutering surgery.

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The RSPCA urges Westminster to restrict the private use of fireworks to keep dogs safe

RSPCA urges restrictions on private firework use to traditional celebration dates

The RSPCA has renewed calls to restrict the private use of fireworks to particular dates in a bid to reduce the fear and distress caused to many animals throughout the year.

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Could you give these Staffies something to smile about?

Sadly Staffies are the most likely breed of dog to be found in a rescue centre - and these four at RSPCA Coventry and Nuneaton branch are hoping someone can give them a home to make them smile again.

There are many rescue staffies desperately looking for their fur-ever homes. Figures show that 15% of the 14,707 dogs cared for by staff and volunteers at the 17 national RSPCA animal centres in 2016 were Staffordshire bull terriers while a further 7% were Staffie-crosses. This means the breed is much more likely to end up in a rescue centre.

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202 - New Years Resolutions and Dare the dog who danced to happiness

In this episode of the DogCast Radio podcast, you can hear Andrea Servadio's top tips to make 2019 fantastic for your dog. Listen to Heather Smith's tale of her rescue dog Dare who went from shut down to dazzling doggy dancer. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News with all the dog news stories you want. Must listen podcasting!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.