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First guide dog puppy of 2020 is born
At 12-16 months old, the puppies will begin their official guide dog training and go on to become fully qualified guide dogs.

New pup will go on to help people living with sight loss

The charity Guide Dogs has announced that its first guide dog puppy of 2020 has been born. The male puppy remains unnamed as of yet, and is one of more than 1,200 new guide dog puppies expected to be born this year.

The yellow labradoodle puppy was born at 15.08pm on 2 January and is part of a litter of eight , all safely delivered at the home of a Guide Dogs volunteer in Hanbury, Warwickshire.

In roughly eight weeks, the puppies will be sent to the homes of other Guide Dogs volunteers, where they will grow and gain exposure to a variety of sights, sounds and environments in preparation for their future roles.

At 12-16 months old, the puppies will begin their official guide dog training and continue their journey to becoming fully qualified guide dogs.

Guide Dogs Brood supervisor, Tim Bloomfield, said: “Being a part of the journey of a guide dog is so rewarding. Knowing that these pups are coming into the world to make such a huge difference to the lives of people living with sight loss makes it an incredible experience to be a part of.

“There are many stages to ensuring a guide dog pup becomes a fully qualified, working guide dog and our supporters and volunteers are essential in making this happen.”

Image (c) Guide Dogs

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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."