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Guide Dog pups enjoy Easter treat hunt
Puppy peeking through bunny ears
Six-week-old guide dog puppies have enjoyed an Easter treat hunt at the charity Guide Dogs’ National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa.
New experiences help puppies prepare for their futures

Easter arrived early this week for 10 adorable puppies who went on an Easter treat hunt organised by Guide Dogs.

The six-week-old puppies are from a litter of 10 labradors - Albie, Pippin, Spencer, Ceecee, Maddie, Hermia, Pickle, Pastel, Sasha and Cathie.

Staff hid bits of kibble around a specially-decorated area to encourage the young pups to forage.

“Guide Dogs encourages its puppies to have as many different experiences as possible, so they’ll grow up to be confident guide dogs,” said a Guide Dogs spokesperson.

“While the spring-themed search was great fun, it also helped to prepare the pups for their futures as life-changing guide dogs.”

The hunt took place at the charity’s National Breeding Centre, Leamington Spa, which has the capacity to breed 1,500 puppies a year.

Founded in 1934, Guide Dogs gives people with sight loss a new start in life through guide dogs and other services.

The charity enables people that are blind or partially sighted to take a new path to freedom and independence after losing their sight.

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Practices urged to support #vets4vultures

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 Veterinary professionals are being urged to take part in the #vets4vultures online fundraising campaign. Vultures are persecuted throughout the world and numbers of some species have fallen by 99.9 per cent in recent years. Wildlife Vets International rescue and rehabilitate the birds of prey, as well as training local vets. However, the charity needs to raise £18,000 for its conservation plans to go ahead next year.

It has been selected for The Big Christmas Give Challenge, which goes live on 28 November. To help practices encourage clients to get involved, there is an online promotional pack containing resources for websites and social media platforms.

For more information emailinfo@wildlifevetsinternational  

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Avian flu text alert service launched in Northern Ireland

A new text system to alert bird keepers to the threat of avian flu has been launched in Northern Ireland. The service will enable bird keepers to take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.

Keepers who have already provided NI's Department of Agriculture with a valid mobile number have automatically been subscribed to the service and notified by text. Bird keepers who have not yet received a text should text ‘BIRDS’ to 67300 to register.