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Dog Assistance in Disability achieves re-accreditation
Dog A.I.D provides assistance dog training to people over 15 years old with physical disabilities.
Organisation will remain a member of Assistance Dogs International for a further five years. 

Assistance dog charity, Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D) has achieved re-accreditation by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) for maintaining high standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership.

A review conducted by a trained ADI assessor over two to four days found that the charity, which relies solely on voluntary income, met ADI's Standards of Practice. It means that Dog A.I.D will remain a member programme of the ADI - the leading authority in the dog assistance industry - for a further five years.

Dog A.I.D. chair Sandra Fraser comments: “We are delighted to receive re-accreditation for a further five years from ADI. We have been evaluated on program management, administration, facilities and community activities with gold seal achievement. Full credit goes to our staff, volunteers, clients and dogs for maintaining the highest of standards and dedication to make this possible”.

Based in Shropshire, Dog A.I.D provides assistance dog training to people over 15 years old with physical disabilities up to Assistance Dog standard where suitable. Where Dog A.I.D. differs from most assistance dog charities, is that the dogs they work with belong to the clients.

The organisation operates throughout the UK and currently has 117 fully qualified assistance dogs, with a further 121 in training. Once trained, the new assistance dogs provide vital, life-changing support to their owners, from emptying the washing machine and finding the telephone, to turning on the lights.

ADI is a worldwide coalition of non-profit organisations that raise, train and place assistance dogs. There are currently 133 ADI accredited service dog programmes throughout the world. 

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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk