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Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding

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The following organisations have very generously committed to become Patrons of the Advisory Council. Their support is greatly appreciated. Click the logos for more information.

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Dogs Trust, formally known as the National Canine Defence League (NCDL), is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Established in 1891 to protect dogs from torture, cruelty or ill usage of any kind, we have long campaigned to improve the welfare of man’s best friend.
Dogs Trust has a network of eighteen Rehoming Centres across the UK and Ireland, which care for over 16,000 dogs every year. We believe that no healthy dog should ever be destroyed and that all dogs should be protected, wanted, suitably homed for life and cared for by responsible owners.
Dogs Trust’s mission statement is “Working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction”. The charity has a no kill policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. Dogs that cannot be rehomed will always have a home at our Rehoming Centres.
Dogs Trust also invests significant resources in education and the promotion of responsible dog ownership, through free or reduced price offers to those owners on means tested benefits. Since 1999 we have issued over 240,000 microchips and neutered over 436,000 dogs in the UK and Ireland. Our regional Education Officers visit schools and youth groups across the UK and Ireland teaching the dog owners of tomorrow about caring for dog.
The charity works internationally to promote dog welfare issues through the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) and projects in Malta, India and Romania.
Dogs Trust provides a vital link between MPs and responsible dog owners, representing the interests of all dogs. We run political campaigns to influence legislation in the interest of animal welfare such as Compulsory Microchipping and Greyhound Welfare.
The charity is secretariat of the Greyhound Forum, Vice Chair of the Pet Advisory Committee, a member of the Dangerous Dog Forum and the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare.
Dogs Trust receives no Government funding and is governed by a board of Trustees, chaired by Mr Philip Daubeny. Dogs Trust Chief Executive is Clarissa Baldwin OBE.
The charity is well known for its slogan “A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas®“.
Our website is and we can be contacted on: 020 7837 0006.
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Every single day, whatever the weather, the RSPCA and its unique team of inspectors are creating a better place for all of us – people and animals – year in, year out.

At the welfare front line
The RSPCA’s inspectors and animal welfare officers are our frontline men and women who work around the clock, whatever the weather in England and Wales championing animal welfare. They are our backbone – without them tens of thousands of animals would suffer each and every year.
Based on sound science
We base our animal welfare stance on care and compassion, but we rely on sound science to inform our decision making, formulate our policies, define our strategies, and promote change for the improvement of animal welfare. Our science group is made up of four specialist departments: companion animals, farm animals, research animals and wild animals.
Your local RSPCA at work
There are about 170 branches of the RSPCA across England and Wales run by volunteers who are unstinting in their work for animal welfare. Each branch operates at a local level by offering advice, microchipping, neutering and subsidised treatments, as well as rehoming animals taken in through their clinics, animal centres and boarding and fostering facilities.
Campaigning and parliamentary
As well as running dedicated animal welfare campaigns each year, we work closely with decision makers and representatives from local authorities, Westminster, the National Assembly for Wales and the European Parliament to keep animal welfare on the political agenda.
Hands-on work behind the scenes
A huge part of our work is the hands-on care of animals. Our animal hospitals, clinics and branches treat more than 200,000 animals every year, providing care for pets belonging to people who cannot afford private veterinary treatment. Our animal centres and branches give 70,000 animals a second chance of a new home and life.
Our Freedom Food scheme
Freedom Food is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme. It is the only scheme of its kind dedicated to improving welfare standards for the 900 million plus farm animals reared for food each year in the UK. All farm hauliers and abattoirs in the scheme are inspected to strict RSPCA welfare standards, which cover each stage of an animal’s life, including handling the animals and their transportation.
Helping animals worldwide
Our international team promotes the humane treatment of animals overseas. It advises on animal welfare legislation, helps following natural disasters by sending trained people, equipment and drugs, and offers training and aid to improve animal welfare standards where funds and resources are minimal.
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Leading veterinary charity, PDSA, provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership.  The charity operates through a UK-wide network of 43 PetAid hospitals, 5 PetAid branches and over 350 PetAid practices (contracted private practices).

This year PDSA PetAid hospitals and branches will provide more than 2 million free veterinary treatments and more than 360,000 preventive treatments, such as vaccinations, neutering and microchipping.  In addition, more than 40,000 pets are registered for PDSA-funded veterinary care through PetAid practices.

Promoting preventive health through a variety of channels is key to achieving PDSA’s vision of ‘a healthy life for all our pets’. PDSA works collaboratively with a number of animal welfare charities, veterinary schools and other related organisations to promote pet health and wellbeing. PDSA’s educational and PetCheck programmes aim to raise awareness and educate on a range of topics. For further information please visit


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The Blue Cross was established in 1897 and provides a number of services:-
Veterinary services
Treating an unwell or injured pet can be very expensive.  Our
veterinary services help pets whose owners can’t afford private fees.  Our clients are on means-tested benefit or state retirement pension and we also help people on a low income at our discretion.  We have four animal hospitals, three in London (Victoria, Merton and Hammersmith) and one in Grimsby.  Our mobile and animal welfare clinics are helping us to care for more animals across the country.
Animal adoption
Our network of adoption centres and pet fosterers take in unwanted horses, cats, dogs and small pets (such as rabbits and guinea pigs).  We care for the animals and rehabilitate them where needed, before finding them new, loving homes.  
Adopting an animal from the Blue Cross is a great way to find a companion matched to you and your lifestyle, while giving an animal another chance in life.
Promoting good pet care
We aim to help as many animals as we can by promoting responsible pet ownership.  We’ve got an extensive range of free
pet care advice factsheets and videos dedicated to keeping your pet happy and healthy.  Our education team also visits schools and youth groups to teach them about good animal care.
Animal behaviour
Our experienced team of behaviourists give ongoing support to anyone who adopts an animal from us and they help address behavioural issues that some of the animals arrive with.  We’re a leading charity in the animal behaviour field and the team regularly give training courses and lectures and work alongside other organisations to improve the welfare of animals.
Pet Bereavement Support Service
Pet Bereavement Support Service offers support and understanding to people who have lost a pet, whether it’s through death, rehoming, or maybe enforced separation, such as going into residential care, a hostel, or hospital.
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The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

We are very grateful to all those who, out of their commitment to improving the welfare of dogs, have supported the woprk of the Council. Details of what is involved in becoming a patron or sponsor of the Council are set out in this document. patrons and sponsors

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For anyone wishing to make a donation: either send a cheque to the address below made out to “WFCA Canine Advisory Account; or (preferred) make the payment by deposit to a Barclays bank or by BACS to WFCA Canine Advisory account, Barclays Bank, Exeter, Sort code 20-30-47, A/c No 90782173.

Address: Secretary of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding
Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8AU.