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  Animals in Need Magazine

Animals in Need will be releasing a one of a kind glossy magazine in the Channel Islands featuring the latest information and unmissable articles on our/your animals. The first issue will be distributed to Guernsey residents in July 2012 and then quarterly there after.

We hope to publish a second magazine for Jersey and UK friends in the early part of 2013.

We have limited space in our animal magazine for business advertisement. If you would like to support us by placing an advert in our magazine please contact us at your earliest convenience by telephoning Charleen 07781116677 or email

Please note: that Animals in Need are only selling enough spaces to cover our printing costs and to help raise money for Dogs in Need. The publishing of the magazine is being kindly produced by Living Coast Media.

  'Dogs - A Healthy Future'

The Kennel Club has released a film, narrated by Clare Balding, which looks at the issues affecting dog health and wellbeing in this country and what is being done in 2012 to help ensure that dog welfare stays at the top of the agenda.

The film, "Dogs - A Healthy Future", focuses on the main issues that affect dog health and welfare, including hereditary diseases, issues created by breeding dogs for the way that they look and the problem of cruel puppy farms that breed dogs for profit without regard for their health and welfare.

The film explores the steps that have already been taken to address these issues and the need for united action in order to ensure that the progress continues in 2012.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The New Year is a good time for reflection, looking back at what has been done and what more can still be done to safeguard the health of dogs. "Huge strides have been made to improve dog health, particularly with the knowledge that has been gained in recent years thanks to the advancement of genetic science, but there is still more to do. We particularly need to address the issue of people breeding dogs for money at the expense of health and for looks, whether these be pedigree or crossbreeds."

"The Kennel Club would like to see tighter regulations governing the way people breed their dogs in order to help clamp down on cruel puppy farms, and we ask people to sign our petition asking the government to act."

"As we look towards Crufts 2012 we look forward to introducing even tighter measures to ensure that dog shows play their part in driving change by rewarding, and so encouraging, the breeding of healthy dogs."

Sheila Crispin, Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding, said: "We are supposedly a nation of dog lovers and the issue of what we can do to improve dog health is close to the hearts of those that really do care. This film looks at the progress that has been made by the Kennel Club as well as other organisations and committed individuals to help address the complicated issues surrounding dog health and welfare, in addition to looking at what more needs to be done, through collaboration and united effort, to create an even better future for dogs."

The film is available on the Kennel Club's website or click the link below.

Dogs - A Healthy Future

What is being done in 2012:

Dog welfare

The Kennel Club will continue to campaign for an end to the cruel puppy farming trade. It is urging people to sign a petition that asks that principles and standards similar to those followed by members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme are made mandatory for all breeders, as most breeders are currently effectively unregulated.

From 2012, the Kennel Club will not register more than four litters from a single bitch in its lifetime. The legal limit is currently six litters per bitch but the Kennel Club is concerned that this number could be detrimental to a bitch's welfare.

The Kennel Club will refuse to register any further puppies born to a bitch that has previously had two caesarean sections, as this could indicate an underlying health problem that means they should not be having more puppies.

Breeding for looks and fashion

Although the Kennel Club breed standards, which are a description of the appearance, characteristics and temperament of pedigree dogs, make clear that health must come before looks, some breeders continue to breed for looks and fashion. Dog shows can be a powerful lever for change, by rewarding and encouraging the breeding of healthy dogs. The Kennel Club is introducing further changes to dog shows in 2012 to ensure that unhealthy dogs are not rewarded in the show ring. This includes introducing vet checks for each of the 15 high profile breeds so that Best of Breed awards are not given to any dogs that show signs of health problems.

The Kennel Club has asked the British Veterinary Association to nominate a vet to carry out the inspections on the high profile breeds at Crufts in 2012.

The Kennel Club Breed Watch programme continues, allowing breeders and judges to report back to the Kennel Club any changes which occur within breeds which may affect their health.

The new craze for fashionable 'designer' dogs, such as crossbreeds like Labradoodles and micropets, means that some breeders are cashing in on demand and breeding for looks at the expense of health. The Kennel Club urges people to ensure that the parents of their new purebred or crossbreed puppy have had all of the health tests relevant to their breed or breeds, before they buy. Health test results for all Kennel Club registered dogs can be found online at:@

Inherited Diseases

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has invested £1.2 million into a five year project for research into a number of inherited diseases, at its Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust. Where possible, DNA tests are being developed for each disease so that breeders can identify carriers of conditions and make responsible decisions to help ensure that future generations are not affected. Over the last three years, five different mutations associated with diseases in 21 different breeds have been identified. This has resulted in the development of five DNA tests and more than 14,000 dogs being tested. Work currently being undertaken involves idiopathic epilepsy in Border Collies and hereditary cataract and progressive retinal atrophy in many breeds, including Siberian Huskies, Miniature Schnauzers and Tibetan Spaniels.

Mate Select, the Kennel Club's new program that helps breeders to assess the impact that their proposed mating will have on genetic diversity within different breeds, will be extended. Currently, breeders can undertake a virtual mating online so that they can see if that mating will have a detrimental impact on genetic diversity, and increase the risk of inherited diseases. The Kennel Club is working with the Animal Health Trust to include Estimated Breeding Values into the system and optimum contribution ratings, which give information about how many times a sire has been used at stud and whether it is advisable to use him again. It is hoped that these will be demonstrated at Crufts in 2012, with EBVs launching later in 2012, and optimum contributions following in 2013.

The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust should open its doors in summer 2012. The facility will be a leading centre for caring for dogs with cancer and researching the disease, looking particularly at genetic causes. Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs and The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT will bring together the study of cancers, their causes, and hopefully aid earlier diagnosis, treatment, and the prevention of some forms of the disease.

  Number of Stray Dogs Reaches Eleven Year High

Dogs Trust survey reveals shocking trend in owners refusing to reclaim their dogs.

The 2011 annual Stray Dog Survey released by Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, reveals the UK's stray and abandoned dog numbers are at an 11 year high with over 126,176 dogs being picked up by Local Authorities over the last 12 months, an increase of 4% on the previous year which equates to 345 stray dogs being found every day.

Sadly over 6% (7,121) of these strays were put to sleep in the last year by Local Authorities for want of a home which represents an 11% increase on the previous year. These results indicate that 20 dogs are put to sleep somewhere in the UK each day, nearly one dog an hour.

The 15th annual Stray Dog Survey, conducted by GfK NOP on behalf of Dogs Trust, also revealed a large number of dogs were rejected by their owners who refused to claim them once found and identified by local dog wardens. This new trend is worrying as it appears some dog owners no longer view their pet as a valued family member or have not considered the true cost and responsibility involved with owning a dog.

Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, comments: "This year's Stray Dog Survey is not good news for the nation's dogs. Not only has there been an increase in the number of strays but the sheer volume of dogs being destroyed - 20 a day - is horrendous.

A combination of factors has led to this increase such as a high number of unwanted bull breeds, the economic climate meaning some people can no longer afford to have a dog, and a worrying increase in owners "disposing" of their dogs when they no longer want them.

We work very closely with the Local Authorities who do their best in a very difficult economic climate. They do not want to put dogs to sleep but they are struggling to cope with such huge numbers of strays and a changing attitude to dog ownership."

The number of stray dogs reunited with their owner due to a microchip has fallen by 4% to 31%, whilst collar and tag based reunites are at their lowest level ever with just 6% being reunited this way. This highlights the importance of compulsory microchipping, which Dogs Trust continues to campaign for and most dog wardens regard as an essential step to ensure stray figures do not continue to rise.

Dogs Trust research reveals that if Government were to introduce compulsory microchipping it could save the public purse between £20.5 and £22.8 million per year. To incentivise the Government, Dogs Trust will be offering free microchipping at all 17 UK Rehoming Centres.

Despite this year's shocking Stray Dog Survey results, the general public seem unaware of the real state of the nation's dogs with a recent YouGov survey revealing that nearly all - over 94% - of the public either underestimated or had no idea how many stray dogs there are in the UK. Over 56% of those questioned also did not know how many dogs are put to sleep each year because they cannot be rehomed.

  The Importance of Neutering

Castration: The removal of the male testicles.

Spaying: The removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female dog.

Unless a dog is neutered he/she may be responsible for the birth of many unwanted pups. There are already thousands of stray and abandoned dogs in the UK, and organisations like ours are left to pick up the pieces. Tragically, many of these dogs are destroyed needlessly each year.

Neutering can also prevent some illnesses in later life. Testicular and mammary cancers are common, and If owners had spayed/neutered their dog, it is possible they could be avoided. It also reduces the stress experienced by many un-neutered dogs living in modern society, where they are expected to be nice family pets without expressing their natural urges.

Castration will cost from £60-£200 and spaying slightly more, depending on the size of your dog and the area/Island you live in.

Owners on means tested benefits or low incomes may be entitled to have their dogs neutered for a reduced price via one of several neutering schemes across the UK so please check with your local Rescue.

Why to Neuter males?

May reduce unwanted sexual behaviours
Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
Greatly reduces the risk of problems with the prostrate gland
Reduces the risk of some anal and perennial tumors

Why to neuter females?

Eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy
Eliminates the risk of mammary cancer if spayed before or after the first season
Prevents the advances of male dogs when out on walks or in your garden
Eliminates the mess and inconvenience of the season

In general, neutering should make your dog or bitch calmer, but their personality will stay the same. When taking into account the arguments surrounding neutering, the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages.

Please Neuter Your Dog!

  Puppy Farming Alert

A puppy farm is a means of making money - pure and simple.

People who run puppy farms do it for the money, not for the love of dogs.

This is a cruel trade that involves keeping breeding bitches in small pens, often in complete darkness and without any contact with other dogs. These dogs are bred from continuously as soon as they can be (ab)used in this way - but when they are too old, they are either killed or just discarded. They have no contact with the outside world, have very little contact with people and are not allowed to exercise or play. This has been likened to battery farming of dogs - yet it is still legal in this country!

Dogs kept in such appalling conditions often suffer from eye, ear and skin infections, stress and malnutrition - to name but a few!

Puppies born in these conditions often have genetic or other health problems and may also have behavioural problems as a result of being taken from their mothers too early.

Health problems are left untreated by the puppy farmer and commonly include Parvovirus; worms and severe diarrhoea; hip dysplasia; heart problems; eye conditions, including glaucoma and cherry eye; and severe skin complaints.

Puppy farms in England, Wales and Scotland are licensed by local councils and are not illegal. Puppy farms are most common in Wales and Ireland; it is estimated that as many as 50,000 puppies are imported from Ireland every year, most destined for pet shops in Southern England. The county of Carmarthenshire in Wales alone is thought to produce 28,000 puppies a year (source: Puppy Love). Puppies are sold in pet shops and via adverts on the Internet and in newspapers.

If you want to share your life with a dog and are ready to make such a significant commitment, please consider a rescue dog. Thousands of dogs are put to sleep each year through no fault of their own and rescue organisations across the UK are facing huge pressures with more and more dogs ending up in their care.

We at A.I.N have dogs needing homes, of all ages, shapes and sizes and never:

Buy a puppy from a pet shop, most are from puppy farms
Buy from anyone who advertises only a mobile telephone number - they may not want you to know what area they are in
Arrange to meet a 'breeder' anywhere but in their home where you can see the mother and the rest of the litter
Accept a breeder's offer to 'deliver' your puppy to you
Buy over the Internet as this can be risky - websites can be very deceptive!.
Buy from anyone who offers a variety of breeds or who has puppies for sale on a regular basis - they will be puppy farmers!

To see some of the horrors of puppy farming, please take the time to look at the following clips on Youtube:

There are many more clips on Youtube - all unpleasant - but totally avoidable if people stop supporting this evil trade.

  Pet Passports To Be Easier And Cheaper

Easier and cheaper rules on pet passports have been welcomed by owners keen to travel with their cats and dogs. Currently pets need an anti-rabies jab six months before they travel, plus a blood test to check the vaccination has worked.

From 1 January 2012 new regulations mean pets can be taken to the vet for their injection up until three weeks before a trip to the EU, America or Australia. Blood tests have been dropped and the Government estimates the change could save owners GBP7 million a year in vets' fees.

Animal lovers who fall foul of red tape and cannot produce the right paperwork will no longer have to see their cherished companion consigned to quarantine for six months. While owners welcomed the change, posting their approval in internet forums for cat and dog enthusiasts, some wished the new regime could have been in place in time for them to holiday with their pets this summer.

Meanwhile a tongue-in-cheek article in The Independent suggested Labradors might enjoy visiting Labrador in Canada, ferrets the French resort of Cap Ferret, cats could feel at home in Siam (or Thailand, as we now know it), while there were 101 reasons for spotted dogs to love the Croatian region of Dalmatia. Announcing the changes, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said:

"It's time we changed these outdated rules which have caused hardship to generations of pets and pet owners, and those who rely on assistance dogs, with too many animals cooped up unnecessarily." She mentioned Britain's 19th century quarantine system was far behind modern science.

  Canine Osteoarthritis A Growing Dog Owner Problem

Canine osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that reduces a dog's mobility. A new report has suggested the problem is a growing concern for dog owners.

Arthritis in dogs is on the rise according to a study published by K9 Magazine.

The condition, which affects the mobility and joints of dogs of any age, is said to be increasing inline with the growing pet obesity problem which has seen more dogs than ever gaining weight and being above the normal healthy BMI for their age and breed.

Experts have suggested that canine osteoarthritis will continue to rise unless pet owners can gain control of their dog's weight.

One of the key causes of arthritis in dogs is breed type and weight. It's been claimed that as many as 1 in 4 dogs are above their natural weight.

Canine osteoarthritis is a chronic condition, meaning there is no cure. However treatment and management of arthritis in dogs is readily available, meaning a diagnosis doesn't have to mean the end of a dog's ability to enjoy life, go for walks and suffer in pain.

  What is a Puppy Farm?

You may have already heard of the phrase 'Puppy Farming' but are probably unaware of just how big an issue this is in the UK.

Puppy Farms exists all over the UK (and in Eire) with higher concentrations in specific areas such as Wales and Northern Ireland.

A 'puppy farm' can involve a small to a large number of dogs breeding and producing puppies; the reason for existence being that of financial gain which takes priority over welfare.

Pictured above is 'Blondie' who was sold from a Pet Shop as a puppy just in time for Christmas.

Originally bred on a licensed breeding premises in Wales, Blondie was sold and later returned as he was sick and seemed to have deformed legs. Blondie then waited in the pet shop for another buyer, offered at a 'reduced price' as he was thin, described as the 'runt' and had been returned. He was sold on to someone who felt sorry for him and later ended up in rescue with EDDR arriving with behavioural problems all stemming from his puppy experiences as well as digestive issues.

Puppy Farms exist to make profit with little regard to welfare standards. Running/operating costs are reduced wherever possible, to maximize profits, what this can mean is that dogs and puppies are kept in appalling conditions with puppies produced dying before reaching the buyer or sold off with heredity diseases along with physical and psychological problems-resulting in further suffering, heartache and veterinary bills for their new owners.

Some breeding premises are unlicensed and other are licensed by the Local Authority, these breeding sites exist to supply puppies to the public, as demand is high in our throw away society and the trade is flourishing.

Puppies can have pedigrees, paperwork and be Kennel Club registered.

Dogs are kept in kennel premises for the sole purpose of the mass production of puppies, who are when a few weeks of age transported en masse across the country to be sold in pet shops and through dealers advertising in papers and on the internet.

Puppy farming is in our opinion a sickening trade which continues right under our noses, in our own country, a country which is known as a 'nation of dog lovers'. But, it's all about the money, the money made by the puppy farmers, the dealers, the pet shop outlets, it's big business to churn out litter after litter after litter of pups and the dogs used for breeding are no more than a commodity, to be exposed of once finished with.

It is well known that many puppy farm dogs live miserable lives, crammed into dismal kennel pens in large numbers, desperate for human company and affection, living in filthy stinking conditions where the highlight of the day is some dried food thrown in and the remainder of the day is spent pacing round in circles as the boredom breaks their spirits and the injuries and illness breaks their bodies.

Once born, many puppy farm pups will lose their fight for life due to sub standard conditions before the surviving ones are packed into vehicles and transported out across the country all ready to look cute and cuddly for the public.

Sadly, it's the public who through their purchases of puppy farm dogs:

keep commercial breeders who put money before welfare in business
keep puppies mum and dad and thousands like them confined solely for their next breeding
keep dealers and 3rd party traders in business

You may not have realised that your money is what fuels and maintains this practice.

Where could that puppy be from?

Puppies don't just appear in a pet shop, or with a dealer, they have been bred somewhere, they have a sire and a dam-their parents somewhere, litter brother and sisters somewhere, they have lived the past few weeks, those critical weeks for puppy development, somewhere before you met them.

Pictured here is a Shih-Tzu puppy brought from a Pet Shop; he originally came from a commercial breeding site in Wales.

Think about the adverts you read all over the internet, litters of puppies from multiple breeds of dogs, bred to demand, where and how do you really think they all have come about?

Council appointed kennels are full of unclaimed stray dogs and rescue dog shelters are bursting with unwanted dogs, yet the multi-breed dealers are full of puppies all "ready to go" once you've paid your money and taken your choice.

In the News

Many puppy farms are licensed premises, licensed by the Local Authority but despite this and the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act dogs continue to be kept in unsatisfactory conditions and the trade in puppies continues behind closed doors.

Please speak out for puppy farm dogs

Please don't turn away and leave it to someone else, everyone can do their bit to help puppy farms dogs, no matter how big or small your contribution is, every bit helps, you are their voice, please act and help.

Do you think it is acceptable for dogs to be:

Kept in the dark to save electricity
Left in faeces and urine soaked pens?Isolated from people and left in squalor?Wounded, lame, injured & not receive veterinary treatment
Desperate for a life, denied the right to express normal behaviour
Bred until their bodies collapse
Discarded when no longer of any use?Left in cold damp cages and pens Thirsty, hungry, in despair, pacing in circles to try alleviate the boredom
Not ever experience a walk in the park, games in a garden, cuddles on a sofa
Born and left dying on cold concrete floors
Bewildered, frightened, crammed and transported across the UK for sale
Sold as puppies with heredity defects, mental and physical traumas. And all for what? To meet public demand.

How You Can Help?

Please don't buy a puppy from a pet shop, a puppy farm, a dealer, puppy 'superstores' (multi- breeds all ready for sale). Be aware, do your research, find out the facts. Trading Standards receive many complaints from people who have brought puppies which have died or are ill.

Tell your family and friends, spread the word wherever you can. Write to your local news paper and highlight the issue.

Puppy Farms Must End