Dog Welfare Campaign

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity have teamed up with Bassetlaw District Council to launch a campaign aimed at supporting families looking to buy or adopt a puppy. The campaign, ‘It’s A Pup’s Life’ has been devised to help current and potential dog owners make responsible decisions when it comes to the welfare of their family pet.

A launch event for ‘It’s A Pup’s Life’ will take place on Tuesday 28th March at Kingston Close Community Centre in Manton, Worksop between 11.00am – 3.00pm and will promote all aspects of responsible dog ownership. Dog owners who attend the event will be able to obtain information and advice on all aspects of responsible dog ownership. Each dog will be offered a free health check including free nail clipping and free microchipping. Dog owners will also be given the opportunity to take part in activities and have fun with their dog.  A goodie pack including useful information, a dog training DVD and a toy will be given to each dog owner who attends.

Denise Kelly, Campaigns Manager for Dogs Trust North of England, said:

“We hope to see lots of people there on the day as we want to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership across the North of England. Each year Dogs Trust takes thousands of calls from dog owners who are looking to give their dog.”

“Very often we find that families will purchase a dog impulsively, without understanding the level of care their pet requires, especially if it is a puppy. We plan on holding a number of community events that offer informative advice to dog owners and potential dog owners alike on the fundamentals of owning a dog, including the importance of neutering your pet, the cost and time involved in owning a dog and resources on dog training and behaviour and the legal requirement to have your dog microchipped.”

“When thinking about getting a pet, it is important that families fully understand the commitment they are making, as we believe a dog should be treated like an extension of the family.”

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“We are proud to support this Dogs Trust’s initiative. Partnership working between our two organisations continues to provide real benefits to local residents and the welfare of their pets.”

“This new approach of providing advice before a new puppy comes into a home is a good example of the type of preventative work that can reap real benefits. In this case promoting more responsible dog ownership may hopefully mean less unwanted and stray dogs for the future.”

Dogs Trust will be holding regular community events across the North of England. For more information, please visit

Published: Wednesday 15 March 2017