Animal Charities and Welfare Organisations
Basset Hound Welfare
An independent rescue and welfare charity for all Basset Hounds.
The Blue Cross are a UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and unwanted pets. They have great animal factsheets covering subjects such as health, behaviour and safety. They also offer a useful Pet Bereavement Support Service.
A web-based charity that aims to find homes for stray and unwanted cats through a network of UK rescue and rehoming centres.
The Preston branch of Cats Protection, a group of volunteers working to rescue and rehome stray and abandoned cats in our area. The group offer neutering vouchers to assist with the cost of the operation.
The largest dog welfare charity in the UK. A comprehensive website containing valuable information for dog owners. Their A-Z covers just about everything a dog owner needs to know - well worth a visit. Dogs Trust have thousands of stray and abandoned dogs in need of rehoming, and their website is a great resource for anyone considering offering a home to a rescue dog.
Feline Advisory Bureau
A fascinating and comprehensive website offering information relevant to cat owners, catteries, breeders and vets. In particular, their information on diseases is superb, and is a great resource for owners of cats that have been diagnosed with a health problem. Their behavioural information and general care articles are also very useful.
The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy
The feline equivalent of the Kennel Club. Their website contans excellent breed information and is a must for anyone considering owning a pedigree cat.
The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. Their website is an excellent tool for anyone considering owning a pedigree dog, and can help to select the right breed to match your lifestyle. Their website also features iformation on breed standards and pre-breeding health tests.
PDSA are funded entirely by public support, and they provide veterinary care for the sick and injured animals of people in need. Their website has downloadable pet care leaflets, a useful summary of breed-specific conditions for prospective pedigree dog owners, and an eligibility checker for PDSA PetAid.
A national charity working on behalf of birds and wildlife, their website contains a wealth of fascinating information, and answers questions such as what to do if you find a sick or injured bird.
Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals
The RSPCA is the UK's leading animal welfare charity, their website is full of information for pet owners and anyone interested in animal welfare.
The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund is Britiain's largest organisation for rabbit lovers. They exist to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the UK through education and communication. To this end, they publish an excellent range of leaflets and fact sheets.
British Chelonia Group
A charity dedicated to the careand conservation of tortoises, terrapins and turtles worldwide. Features useful tortoise care sheets.
British Ferret Club
Their aim is to encourage best practice in keeping ferrets, and their website provides expert advice on feeding, housing, beeding and working ferrets.
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
A fascinating website full of information about our native hedgehog. Also offers advice on what to do if you find an injured hedgehog, and how to encourage hedgehogs into your garden.
National Chinchilla Society
The NCS aims to promote the keeping, breeding and showing of quality chincillas.
National Fancy Rat Society
This website provides details of the latest in rat care in the UK, including a guide to keeping pet rats.
National Gerbil Society
This website contains lots of information on gerbil care.
National Hamster Council
A great place for advice on hamster care.
The Tortoise Trust campaign against illegal collecting and trade. Their site features a Turtle/Tortoise FAQ as well as care sheets and features on general husbandry nd individual species.
British Cattle Veterinary Association
The cattle specialist division of the BVA, offering advice to farmers and the industry on cattle health and welfare.
Embryonics Limited is a well established, highly experienced Bovine Embryo transfer and training company.The team has over 38 years' embryo transfer experience, carrying out hundreds of flushes together with thousands of transfers. They also run a variety of practical training courses and workshops with subjects such as cattle foot trimming, DIY AI, and others.
National Farmers' Union
The largest farming organisation in the UK, providing a voice for the industry.
National Mastitis Council
The NMC are a not-for-profit organisation devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality.
British Horse Society
The BHS offers guidance on everything you need to know about riding, caring for the horse and working in the industry. The site includes horse care advice and a useful section on Equine Passports.
The Donkey Breed Society
The British Donkey Society aims to educate people in the caring and welfare of the donkey. As well as advice on keeping donkeys, their site features an active forum allowing donkeys keepers to seek advice and exchange opinions with others.
Red Rose Farriers
Established for 20 years, Red Rose Farriers specialise in quality hot and cold horse shoeing and therapeutic and remedial shoeing and trimming.
Pet Health Advice
For owners of dogs and cats with diabetes.
A health guide for owners of cats with kidney issues.
Pet Health Information
Covering most types of pet, from dogs to degus and cats to chinchillas, Pet Health Information is a one-stop source featuring a wealth of animal health information and advice to help ownersand potential owners to make decisions about their pets' healthcare.
Information about worming to protect your pets and your family.
Information on the Pet Travel Scheme (pet passports)
Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
A network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors.
Informative website from the makers of DAP, designed to help manage stress throughout a dog's life.
Informative website from the makers of Feliway, with articles about cat behaviour and stress.
Pet Firework Fear
Hints and tips on how to look after your pets during the firework season and help them cope with their fear of loud noises.
General Links/Veterinary Organisations
British Veterinary Association
The BVA is the national representative body for the veterinary profession. Their website contains information about canine health schemes for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dyplasia.
Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs
NOAH - the National Office of Animal Health - represent the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.
Their website contains particularly useful and impartial advise regarding the issue of pet vaccination - http://www.noah.co.uk/issues/briefingdoc/10-vacci.htm
A social networking site to connect and share with other people and pets.
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The RCVS is the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the UK.