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Microchips – is the registered address correct?

Microchips – Today I had an unfortunate conversation with a new customer at my boarding kennels. We were manually filling out a booking form as she does not have internet and we got to the question – “Is your dog microchipped?” Yes they were and she casually mentioned that they were registered to her old address still. So, me being me, I did what I believe to be the right thing I said “oh it’s important that you get that changed, do the dogs have collars and tags on?” “No”, she said, “my dogs don’t wear collars” <sighs>. Any way I said (as politely as I could), “what would happen if your dogs got out, no one would know who you are to return them?” She said “they wont get out of my garden”. So, I said “what if they did?” …. her answer shocked me as she was bordering on getting mad with me, she replied (snapped) words to the effect of “Ive had plenty of other things to do”. So I tactfully left it at that.

Please register your dogs’ microchip correctly

So after she had left the kennels, I felt like I’d said all the right things without being rude and that I’d covered all the important bits about dog ID and lack thereof and its’ consequences. So why did I feel like I’d somehow done the wrong thing? What makes it worse is this lady has NO INTERNET, she isn’t interested in it. So she wont be privy to any social media that could help a lost dog. Don’t get me wrong Im not knocking her for having no internet, crikey sometimes I wish I didn’t, but all the odds are stacked against her success of finding a lost dog.

I’m glad I made her aware, she may even come back to me and say she’s changed the address and the dogs now have collars and tags on. Wonders do sometimes happen, I live in hope.

Please share this blog and even print it out and give it to someone you know who has dogs like the ones above whose owners also have no internet. Maybe you know someone who has dogs who has just moved house? Ask them if their registered address is correct? Give them some advice for theirs and their dogs sake.

~ Sarah

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The Animal Team

The Animal Team provides an essential link between Rescues, Rescue People and Volunteers. Our home check and transport groups not only provide Rescues with the ability to expand their rehoming areas, but our promptness in getting checks and runs covered also mean a quicker turnover of Rescue spaces, this, in turn, enables more animals to be saved.

In addition, we also help with assessments of animals waiting to come into Rescue and finding foster homes, again freeing up rescue and foster spaces. We also assist Pound Pullers with transport, these are the people who work tirelessly pulling dogs from death row & finding them Rescue spaces. It’s not just dogs… We have home checked & transported all kinds of furries, from cats, to horses, rabbits, rats and even a pigeon!

We cover the whole of the UK with a large group of amazing volunteers, really amazing. They will drop everything for an emergency & tirelessly give their time to the furries who need them. Our admin is a wonderful team of volunteers who also give their time, energy and commitment to come to the help of these animals. No human is too young to realise the wonderful world of rescue and volunteering, one of our admins on our Rescue Register is a young teen who helps when she’s not in school and at a weekend.

If you’re a rescue looking to give yourself a wider audience, then please feel free to join our groups, or speak to an admin about joining.  Likewise, if you’re a volunteer who wouldn’t mind giving your time to animals who can’t help themselves, then please, feel free to join or speak to the admins and they will advise you as to what you need to do to join us. Come and join one of the fastest growing and fastest paced groups. We look forward to having you on board. Rescue is a 24-hour job & The Animal Team never closes. We are always here to help in any way we can.

Animal Team Links page


New Hope Animal Rescue

New Hope is dedicated to helping animals on death row & animals with medical needs. We aim to help as many animals as we can, given their circumstances and in particular, animals that have been turned away elsewhere.

We often take in animals in immediate danger to save them from death & then place them into other rescues once space is available.

We occasionally rehome those that we consider rehomeable, but concentrate on being the middleman between immediate danger and rescue spaces. We care for animals in our own homes, foster homes or private boarding kennels, where we often have to keep many of the death row dogs.

New Hope is limited by space, fosterer’s availability & financial help. We rely on donations to help keep saving lives.

Our vet bills are very large, as we endeavour to help any animal that needs help whatever the costs might amount to, and have seen vet bills during the course of a year running into thousands of pounds.

We work alongside many people including fellow rescuers who offer placements on desperate animals, donations of money, animal food, bedding, animal housing, fostering, adopting, transporting or cross-posting etc.

Animals that are considered not to be suitable to be rehomed, or animals that have not been able to find a home, whether because of medical conditions or behavioural issues remain under the care of New Hope or are placed in other non-destruct organisations.

Animals with special requirements are not destroyed as these are the very animals New Hope strives to help. They live with Niall (New Hope’s founder) & other members of New Hope permanently, many are found sanctuary homes for a lifetime of happiness & understanding of the particular animal’s needs.

New Hope concentrates on death row animals from pounds, vets & those who have been injured including wildlife. We rarely take animals in from the public unless the circumstances are extreme. Please bear this in mind if contacting New Hope. We will strive to help place healthy unwanted animals into other rescues if the situation is urgent.


Many Tears

Many Tears Animal Rescue (MTAR) is based in Carmarthenshire, Wales but has dogs in foster homes throughout the UK. We take in and rehome primarily ex-breeding dogs who are no longer required; those on “death row” in the pounds and those whose owners are no longer able to keep them.

We are a unique rescue in that the majority of our dogs are ex-breeders and many have never seen the outside world before. With the help of our staff, fosterers and other volunteers we provide a special and loving environment to help all our dogs adapt and find permanent, loving new homes. All potential adopters are interviewed and homes vetted and we do our utmost best to find the right home for each dog. The rescue has grown considerably since it first opened and now homes in excess of 3,000 dogs a year.

All our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, inoculated and wormed but in addition to this, we get many dogs in need of specialist veterinary care. Some of the most frequent problems we encounter are dogs who arrive here with eye and heart problems, along with those with liver shunts and joint problems. Any treatment is required is financed by donations to the rescue which enable us to ensure each dog receives the specialist care it needs.


South Yorks English Springer Spaniel Rescue

We aim to care for and re-home as many unwanted, stray or neglected Spaniels as we can as well as proving advice and support to current owners. Despite our title, we will help other types of Spaniels plus cover a much larger geographical area and will not base decisions solely on the location of either a dog needing our assistance or a possible home for one of our current dogs.  As well as strays dogs come to us for reasons such as;

the “present” is too much trouble
a new baby arriving
their owners splitting up
they are too old to work
their owners working pattern changes
they have a behavioural problem
their owners move house or emigrate
or even a new puppy arrives (so the oldie has to go!)

There are many other reasons, too numerous to list but whatever the reason, we care for them and try and find them a suitable new home as soon as possible. Last year we helped 120 dogs.

We also provide support to a number of dogs on our foster scheme. Although this is a costly scheme we are very proud of it and it is something that not many rescues have. Dogs which are elderly or have a medical condition are often difficult to find homes for as people are worried about the financial commitment that may be needed. As part of our foster scheme, these dogs will be found a permanent home but we will continue to provide financial assistance towards veterinary costs. We currently have around 40 dogs which are part of this scheme, which as you can imagine is a large drain on our funds.

SYESSR believe that all Springers deserve to be given every chance to live their full life regardless of their age or disability. Only on veterinary advice and when the quality of life is poor is euthanasia considered. This ethos is a costly one and means extra income has to be found to support these dogs.



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Fancy Yourself as a Kennel Maid?

Fancy Yourself as a Kennel Maid? Don’t mind cleaning and love dogs? Well, look no further.

If you are looking for experience as a kennel maid and would one day like to own your own kennels, this might be the opportunity you have been looking for. Finding a job in kennels is not only difficult but notoriously underpaid, but the rewards come as satisfaction and the joy of working with animals and in the outdoors. The scope to run additional businesses is endless, I chose to run an online business making and selling dog leads.

Buying your own kennelsDog Training Lead in Cerise with Nala

Do you fancy the idea of buying kennels or are you lucky enough to have a builder in the family? Then I think you might just be the kennel maid I am looking for?

What you will learn –

  • Cleaning to high standards
  • Cleaning
  • More cleaning
  • … a bit more cleaning
  • Some dog walking
  • No cuddling of dogs, you won’t have time
  • Picking up poo
  • Getting poo under your fingernails
  • Getting wet and cold in the winter
  • Washing dog bowls
  • Running around after my dogs
  • Instantly becoming security for my most precious possession – MY DOGS and Customers Dogs when I’m not here
  • Tending to the dogs’ every need
  • Mopping up wee
  • Cleaning walls
  • Weeding

In return?


If you want to learn everything and can clean to your heart’s content while being a responsible guardian for the dogs in your charge, then you might be my next kennel maid.

What you can learn as well as the above (unpaid) –

  • Telephone enquiries
  • Booking procedures
  • Learn to read vaccination cards and recognises errors
  • Learn to read Pet Passports and recognise foreign vaccinations
  • Record keeping
  • How to talk to customers correctly and what not to do
  • and much, much more…

More Details


Hours currently available are:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11-3, some extra hours may occasionally be available.

Contact Sarah at email

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The Dangers of using a stair gate for Dogs

Stair gates for dogs – I would like to draw peoples attention to the dangers of using stair gates for dogs who are prone to jumping them. This has happened to me twice in 15 years though so it’s not something that has happened often, however something similar happened to me when a dog jumped my stock fencing that had a top wire, the dog managed to get the top wire wrapped once around his back leg and was hanging there. I ran over to him and Dog knows how but managed to free him.

Accidents do happen

The 2 incidents with the stair gate happened once with a clients dog (they know about it) and once with our Maisie yesterday.

For those who can’t imagine how a dog can get tangled on a stair gate, this is what happens – they jump the stair gate but somehow their leg gets trapped, they are still travelling forward obviously so their body carries on going forward and the leg gets left behind intertwined with the bars. On the 2 occasions this has happened to me, it required my intervention hoping to not get bitten (the dog is obviously in pain and may be thrashing out).

This got me thinking, how many people go out to work and leave their dogs and use stair gates to restrict access to certain rooms or the stairs? Granted the times this has happened to me, the dogs were trying to get to me, but if your dog wants to jump over a stair gate towards the door you left by to go out to the shops or to work, worse case scenario – if this happened – they would be hanging there all day and potentially with a broken leg, doesn’t bare thinking about does it?

My recommendation would be to chose wisely or have a stair gate made that doesn’t have gaps for little doggy legs to get trapped.



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Pets At Home withdraws rabbit sales over Easter 2017

The Independent along with lots of other bloggers and reporters are catching on to the publicity Pets At Home giant are drumming up over their announcement to withdraw sales of rabbits over easter 2017.

Pets at Home has pledged to stop selling customers rabbits from Good Friday and will continue to easter Monday. The firm will also run free rabbit workshops over the holidays to raise awareness of how to care for the mammals.

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A Positive Move

This is an incredibly positive move for the pet accessories giant who has grown to dominate the pet market in recent years, but Meg Heath Dog Leads owner says does this go far enough?

“I think this is purely a publicity stunt by Pets At Home. It is just another ploy to profit from animals. Yes, money makes the world go round but come on Pets At Home, let’s see pet sales banished altogether from stores. It’s morally wrong to sell animals to make money no matter how ‘responsible’ you think you are. There is no shortage of pets in the UK. Animal rescues centres are saturated with dogs with not enough homes to go around. With the popularity of the so-called designer breed aka the mongrel or crossbreed dog, there are even fewer homes out there to offer dogs who need a second chance a home.”

I was having a conversation with someone the other week who was a self-professed ‘responsible breeder’. She said and I quote –

“I don’t force people to buy my puppies.”

I had to sigh and try to end the conversation. The so-called responsible breeder claims this title as justification to breed more dogs.

I wasn’t aware we had a shortage of pets in Britain today!

Being an advocate for Adopt Don’t Shop, here is a list of useful resources if you truly DO want a rabbit. Please consider getting your bunny from a rescue centre where they deserve a second chance.

Does this move go far enough to protect animals?

Please consider rescuing an animal rather than buying from breeders or shops.

Credits: Independent Newspaper