Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Over A Third Of Dogs Abandoned Last Year Still Looking For New Homes

Credit crunch, family break ups and increased volume of dogs in shelters cause dog re-homing concern.

A new research study of 300 rescue centres has raised alarming concerns about the prospects of abandoned dogs finding new, permanent homes. Over 35% of dogs abandoned in 2011 are still awaiting re-homing as economic conditions and the sheer volume of dogs in rescue shelters are taking their toll on Britain's over-burdened animal welfare sector.

Aside from financial reasons, relationship break-ups are the main reasons UK's dogs are being given up, but there is a glimmer of hope this year which has been sadly lacking in previous years.

Encouragingly, over half (56%) of 1,277 dog owners surveyed wouldn't consider a dog who's been in a rescue centre for six months or more a problem dog, according to the recent survey carried out on behalf of Churchill Pet Insurance by UK dog adoption site, DogsBlog.com. In the past dogs who've been in rescue homes for more than six months have remained there because would-be dog owners have had concerns about how they would fit into their home.

Pete Bishenden, spokeman for Churchill Pet Insurance, said: “It’s worrying that so many pets are being housed in rescue centres because owners are struggling to cope. However, it seems that more prospective dog owners are willing, and would even prefer, to take in a rescue dog. Over 90% of dog lovers know about the problems dogs in rescue centres face and are aware of how many dogs are currently waiting for new homes. As a result, more would-be dog owners than in previous years are investigating adopting a dog.”

DogsBlog.com co-founder Ryan O'Meara offered his thoughts on the findings:

“Sadly, the number of dogs seeking new, loving homes from Britain's rescue shelters is making it almost mission impossible for the UK's already over-stretched animal welfare organisations. Whilst donations and funding for the welfare sector are as important as ever, the only real, long-term solution to the problems are for more dog lovers to consider adopting a dog rather than buying from breeders. We are facing a tipping point. As more dogs are being bred every day, the consequences of Britain's dog population problem are being felt in rescue organisations and healthy, loving dogs are losing their chance at a happy life with a loving family.”

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Crowning Glory Of Any dog's Wardrobe

Pet pooches are also getting an opportunity to join in on the celebrations on 2nd to 5th June, when Her Royal Highness celebrates 60 years on the throne, thanks to the high fashion designs of specialist dog fashion retailer, UrbanPup, www.urbanpup.com.

The range includes eye catching t-shirts featuring not only the official emblem and also a range of bespoke designs including the date of Her Majesty’s reign and fun slogans like ‘Keep calm and reign on’ which are all available in a selection of colours and priced at only £12.95.

With the huge attention that last year’s Royal Wedding attracted this is sure to be another Royal knees up that the family canine can join in with a special limited edition UrbanPup t-shirt.

UrbanPup Managing Director Denis Kelly said, "The Queens Diamond Jubilee is a great celebration, particularly for fashion lovers. Over the years The Queen’s dresses and their makers have often been a hot topic. Make sure your dog looks the part too on the extended Bank Holiday weekend in Urban Pup’s own high fashion Jubilee range."

Monday, 2 April 2012