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Guide dog puppies celebrate first birthday
The puppies will go on to help nine people with sight loss in the UK

Charity Guide Dogs treats puppies before formal training begins

A group of puppies from the first ever fully funded guide dog group celebrated their first birthday at a special event, held in Edinburgh on Thursday 28 November.

Seven puppies from the group of nine attended, and were treated to a special dog-friendly birthday cake and some well-deserved play time with People’s Postcode Lottery staff.

The group was funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who raised over £2,200 for the Guide Dogs charity. The funds raised go towards the care and training of these puppies, who are currently being cared for by Guide Dogs volunteers known as puppy walkers.

Craig Stewart, corporate partnerships development manager at Guide Dogs, commented: “We cannot thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery enough for their support in funding this group of guide dog puppies. They will go on to change the lives of nine people with sight loss in the UK, giving them the independence and confidence to live their life the way they want to.”

The pups are already taken out on daily walks to help them get used to the various sights, sounds, smells and environments that they will encounter when working with people who with sight loss. Now that they are turning one, they will soon be attending a Guide Dogs training school, where they will receive formal training before graduating as fully qualified guide dogs.

“We were delighted to welcome the guide dog puppies to the People’s Postcode Lottery office today and celebrate their first birthday.” Hazel Johnstone of People’s Postcode Lottery said, “I am proud that our players are able to support these pups through their training and can’t wait to follow their journey as it continues.”

Image (c) Guide Dogs

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.