If you adore dogs, then why not get involved with a canine charity. There’s tons and tons of doggy related charities doing amazing work, and plenty off the chance to lend a helping hand. Here are five dog charities all dog lovers should support.
- The Blue Cross for Pets
The Blue Cross for Pets has been around for a number of years. They rely on donations and support to care for sick or injured animals and at this time provide care for 40,000 animals a year.
They are a fantastic charity as they not only do the above but notably provide educational talks to pet owners of the future, educating them on the importance of responsible ownership and care. They also run an accredited course to teach you how to become a volunteer and support bereaved pet owners.
They are currently encouraging people to get involved with their ‘Paws for Tea’ fundraising event. All’s you need to do is sign up for one of their fundraising packs which gives you ideas on how to hold a tea party which raises funds for the charity. By 2020 they hope to help 70,000 animals a year and events such as the tea parties help them to reach their goals.
- Wood Green Animals Charity
Wood Green Animals Charity is one of the most well known charities. Their core mission is to provide the most secure and loving homes for all of their dogs and other pets. They encourage you to support one of their nine charity shops by donating items or buying from them or to carry out your own fundraising activity.
Interestingly, they have also launched an initiative designed to enhance your relationship with your dog and this includes behavioural management, one-to-one workshops and even puppy socialisation classes.
These are available for a small fee. It is also worth noting that their website features dogs available to rehome now. Each dog has had the necessary vaccinations and treatments and comes with four weeks free pet insurance.
- Battersea Dogs Home
Now for one of the UK’s oldest charities; the Battersea Dogs Home. The work of the organisation is inspiring as their ultimate aim is to never turn away any dog or cat they take in. Their campaigns include lobbying for the end of backstreet breeding and a number of other issues.
Their important manifesto raises important issues at an important time in the political calendar (the general election and our impending departure from the European Union).
Other issues focused on in the manifesto include a campaign for the animal cruelty sentence to be raised to a maximum of five years as currently this is only six months in the UK and lags behind many other European countries.
They are also calling for tighter control on reselling of puppies in pet shops and via private sellers and they would like to continue to improve the work they have already done with the new government’s support.
Their website also provides resources and advice for dog owners including care and what to do if you lose or find a dog. In the gift shop you can also choose to purchase small gift for the dogs housed at Battersea.
Finally, Battersea Dogs Home are engaged in a number of business partnerships with retailers such as Notonthehighstreet.co, Tatty Devine and Vitabiotics. A range of projects and collaborations are undertaken to help raise awareness of the work Battersea do and a range of collaborative products are also available for purchase.
- The Dogs Trust
The largest dog welfare charity in the UK is the Dogs Trust. They seek to educate people and contributors through their online publication WAG. Money is also raised through the purchase of your everyday goods!
This is an easy and free service which allows you to buy from retailers such as Argos online but by clicking on a link through the Easy Fundraising site first! It’s a fantastic way to make a difference by contributing in a way which requires very little input or effort as you are already purchasing from such retailers.
It is particularly lovely to note that they do not put down any healthy dogs too! Check out their EBay page also for items to purchase where 10% of the funds raised by each purchase are again sent to the charity. Their website again features dogs available for rehoming and there are also dogs featured for you to choose to sponsor which is slightly less of a commitment.
- Animal Health Trust
Slightly different is the Animal Health Trust who pioneer research in to animal diseases and for animal health care in general. As a not-for-profit organisation they invest all money made from their diagnostic service back into research and care which makes it an invaluable tool and charity for dog lovers alike.
Their work and publications work to educate us about animal illness and disease and provide a wide reaching resource for all and animal health care providers to find new and better ways to eradicate disease. They also accept referrals from vets in respect of dogs suffering from a variety of illnesses and complaints. They also offer a guardianship scheme where