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Naturewatch Foundation to launch Pet Rescue Grant
Applications open on 24 January 2024.
Funding will be available for the animal rescue sector.

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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Rabbit Awareness Week set to return this summer

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 Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is returning this summer, running from 24-28 June 2024. The theme for this year will be 'Healthy Diet, Happy Bunnies'.

The focus on rabbits' diet comes after the most recent PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report report revealed that 42 per cent of veterinary professionals identified inappropriate diet as one of the five most important rabbit welfare issues that need to be address.

The campaign will include veterinary blogs, videos, and digital waiting room resources. Practices can sign up to receive updates about RAW. 

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CVS Group hit by cyber attack

CVS Group, which owns more than 450 veterinary practices in the UK, has been hit by a cyber attack.

In a statement, the group said the incident involved unauthorised external access to a limited number of its IT systems. As soon as the attack was discovered, the group took its IT systems temporarily offline, causing 'considerable operational disruption'.

It has warned that the security steps taken and ongoing plans to move its operational systems and IT infrastructure to the Cloud are likely to have an ongoing impact over a number of weeks.

Due to the risk that personal information was accessed, CVS has informed the Information Commissioner's Office. The company is working with third party consultants to investigate the incident.