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Battersea celebrates 20 years of Friends
Six German shepherd puppies in Central Perk
The eight-week old puppies are named Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe .

Charity names six German shepherd puppies after characters from the successful sitcom

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the hit TV series Friends, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have named six German shepherd puppies after the show's much-loved characters.

One of the most successful programmes ever produced, Friends first appeared on our screens back in September 1994. The eight-week old puppies, named Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe, have been spending time at their very own Central Bark.

On Sunday September 7, the six puppies will join thousands of Battersea dogs past and present in Battersea Park, London, for the charity's annual reunion and fun day.

The event, set to reunite both two legged and four legged companions, celebrates man's best friend. Thousands of owners and their dogs are expected to attend the free family fun day, which is open to all dogs - not just ex-Battersea residents. Organisers say that the event will provide an opportunity for Battersea supporters and their dogs to get together, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home aims never to turn aways a dog or cat in need of help. Since the charity was established in 1860, Battersea has rescued, reunited an rehoused over 3.1 million cats and dogs.

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Cats Protection launches Christmas animation

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 Leading feline charity Cats Protection has launched a heartwarming Christmas animation to raise awareness of the important work it does. The animation is based on a true story of a kitten that went missing earlier this year. Freezing cold and hungry, the kitten was dumped in a box on a roadside and somehow became separated from her brother and sisters.

Thankfully there is a happy end to this tail, and Libby - now named Misty - was eventually reunited with her littermates. Misty’s owner, Amy Smith, said: “Misty has settled amazingly well into our home, she has found a best friend in my daughter Lily and likes to follow her around the house. She also loves to chase bugs in the garden. We feel very lucky to have her.” 

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WSAVA launches certificate programme focusing on companion animals in One Health

The first certificate programme focusing specifically on the role of companion animals in One Health has been launched by the One Health Committee (OHC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

The online programme, which is free of charge for WSAVA members, has been developed in recognition of the growing impact of companion animals in human society. Pet ownership is becoming more popular globally, and this has increased the implications for One Health, regarding the human-companion animal bond. The WSAVA OHC hopes that this course will bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary surgeons and human physicians. New modules are being added weekly, with a total of 20 modules expected to be available by early 2020.