The animal welfare charity Naturewatch Foundation is launching a new grant to support the rescue and rehabilitation of cats, dogs, and rabbits affected by the illegal pet trade.
Available from 2024, the annual Pet Rescue Grant will award at least £5,000 to charities and community interest companies in the UK. The grant can be used to help rescued animals by funding things such as veterinary care, behavioural support, facilities, equipment and training.
The grant has been made available at a time when many animal rescue organisations have reported that they are struggling to offer accommodation to the high number of animals needing care while facing higher costs owing to inflation.
Animals bred and sold in the illegal pet trade have often experienced low welfare standards and are more likely to develop problems with their health and behaviour.
Natalie Harney, campaign manager at Naturewatch Foundation, said, “As an animal-loving nation, it’s a tragedy that so many of our beloved pets are the product of the illicit pet trade.
“We’ve been campaigning and investigating to end illegal breeding for years, but we know that without the rescue sector, many abused and exploited pets simply wouldn’t get the loving care and specialist support they deserve.
“Our new Pet Rescue Grant is our small way of helping those selfless organisations that pick up the pieces.”
Applications open on 24 January 2024 and close on 21 February 2024.
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