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New pet adoption website brings together animal rescue centres across UK
Animates hosts the adoption profiles of more than 1,200 cats and dogs, with more being added daily.

'Animates' aims to make pet adoption easier

A new platform has launched which connects prospective pet buyers with UK animal rescue centres, making the process of adopting a cat or dog more simple and straightforward.

Thousands of people in the UK bring a pet into their home every year, but a large majority choose to buy from breeders, dealers and online sellers, leaving many of the 250,000 animals in rescue centres each year without a home.

The new site 'Animates' aims to encourage adoption by “making it easier for people to put rescue first.”

'Animates' is free to sign up to and hosts more than 1,200 cats and dogs that are up for adoption from 323 shelters in one place, with more being added every day.

The site works with rescue centres of all sizes, including the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and hundreds of smaller, local shelters.

People can use the platform to search by species, breed and location. Then they can view a more detailed profile for each animal that meets their criteria, this will help them to learn more about the individual animal and decide if they will be well-suited to their home.

The platform also allows users to directly support rescue centres by making a donation, either to the centre as a whole or to an individual animal's care. 100 per cent of the donation amount goes directly to the rescue centre itself.

To find out more, please visit the Animates website.

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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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