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Dogs Trust prepares festive gifts for homeless dog owners
The charity's Together Through Homelessness scheme has seen an 82 per cent rise in enquiries.
Almost 2,000 parcels will be sent out.

The charity Dogs Trust is getting ready to give out nearly 2,000 parcels to help homeless dog owners and their pets this Christmas.

Delivered through Dogs Trust’s Together Through Homelessness scheme, the parcels will include collars, leads, toys and treats. They will distributed through more than 200 partner organisations.

The charity has run Together Through Homelessness for more than 30 years.

As well as distributing gifts at Christmas, the scheme helps dog owners experiencing or at risk of homelessness all year round, providing free veterinary care and working with homelessness services to accept clients with dogs.

The project has seen a big increase in demand for its services in recent months. There was an 82 per cent rise in enquiries in August to October 2023, compared with August to October 2022.

Megan Evans, Together Through Homelessness team leader at Dogs Trust, said: “Everyone knows that the bond between a dog and its owner is a strong one but for people experiencing homelessness, the bond is often unbreakable.

“Christmas can be an especially difficult and lonely time for people in housing crisis, but the company of a canine friend can often help to ease some of this loneliness.

“However, thanks to the generosity of Dogs Trust supporters, this year we’ll spread a little bit of Christmas cheer and help almost 2,000 dogs celebrate Christmas with their best friends.

"Not only that, but we will be able to continue to support them into the New Year and beyond so that more dogs can stay with their owners, regardless of their housing situation.”

Image © Dogs Trust

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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, 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.