Victoria announces first pet census for data on health, costs and social benefits

Victoria announces first pet census for data on health, costs and social benefits

The Victorian government has announced the state’s first pet census to gather crucial information about owners and their furry, feathered and scaly friends.

Ukrainian service dog who ‘found 150 explosives during war’ is a very good boy

Ukrainian service dog who ‘found 150 explosives during war’ is a very good boy

Fearless Patron is rewarded with blocks of fresh cheese at the end of his working day (Picture: Instagram/patron_dsns) The two-year-old Jack Russel has been praised by the Ukrainian government for his tireless work (Picture: Instagram/patron_dsns) Unexploded ordinance doesn’t scare this hard working dog (Picture: Instagram/patron_dsns) Patron’s name means ‘bullet’ in Ukrainian (Picture: Instagram/patron_dsns)‘Be aware, look under your feet, and do not upset Patron’, the civil defence and rescue agency said in a post.

Hundreds of pets have made Ireland their home with Ukrainian refugees

Hundreds of pets have made Ireland their home with Ukrainian refugees

The Government confirmed the figures on Wednesday, with Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue promising Ireland will continue to operate an open-door policy for Ukrainians and their pets.

Levelling up with our ferrets in the north

Levelling up with our ferrets in the north

The inclusion of ferrets in this list really does show that the government takes the interests of northerners into account in its policies, don’t you think?

Catnapping soars by 40% as pet lovers demand more protection from Government

Catnapping soars by 40% as pet lovers demand more protection from Government

It comes as campaigners are calling for cats to be included in a new criminal offence aimed at cracking down on dog thefts in the Kept Animals Bill.Cats are family too and we will continue to campaign to have them included in this new Pet Abduction offence.

Ukrainian pets: Government ‘talking to vets to work out how to let refugees bring animals to UK’

Ukrainian pets: Government ‘talking to vets to work out how to let refugees bring animals to UK’

Another campaigner, Dominic Dyer, wrote to Lord Goldsmith: “This terrible conflict is ripping so many families apart, yet we are seeing an incredibly strong bond between people and companion animals that will not be broken by the evil brutality of Putin’s invasion forces...“If UK policy remains that no companion animals can enter the UK with refugees, we could see tens of thousands of dogs and cats having to be euthanised in Poland, Hungary and Romania in the weeks ahead.

Indian govt allows students to carry pets from Ukraine

Indian govt allows students to carry pets from Ukraine

Thanks to the appeal of the people and MP and animal activist Maneka Gandhi, the Indian Government has allowed the students to carry their pet back home to India from Ukraine.

Craving peace in a lifetime of conflict

Craving peace in a lifetime of conflict

I must thank Paul Evans (Country Diary , 24 February) for summing up so well my feelings about life under our government: “a perpetual autumn in the realm of rot”.Maybe it’s time to dig out your old CDs, 23 February ).

Boris Johnson authorised evacuation of dogs from Afghanistan, email shows

Boris Johnson authorised evacuation of dogs from Afghanistan, email shows

Pen Farthing’s rescue mission gained a lot of public support, but was also accused of taking up valuable resources (Picture: REX/PA)Boris Johnson personally authorised the evacuation of 173 dogs and cats from Afghanistan during the Taliban ’s takeover, a government email reveals.

Heartbreaking photos of dog waiting patiently on doorstep for murdered owner

Heartbreaking photos of dog waiting patiently on doorstep for murdered owner

Mexican journalist Lourdes Maldonado Lopez was shot in her car on Sunday (Picture: Mexico Government) She was believed to often look after stray cats and dogs such as Chato (Picture: @moralesyo / Twitter).

Hongkongers launch hamster rescue mission after Covid cull declared

Hongkongers launch hamster rescue mission after Covid cull declared

Authorities and pet lovers in Hong Kong are locked in a game of cat and mouse, with citizens mounting a clandestine rescue operation for hamsters condemned to be euthanised over fears they could transmit Covid-19.On Tuesday, government and health officials announced traces of the virus had been found on 11 hamsters , all in a pet shop where a 23-year-old staff member had fallen ill.

‘Insensitive’: pet owners react to pope’s remarks on animals and children

‘Insensitive’: pet owners react to pope’s remarks on animals and children

Instead, the pope’s comments likely reflect the fact that birth rates have been declining in Europe over the past seven decades, especially in traditionally Catholic countries in the south, where there is a lack of government childcare support, gender roles are more entrenched and youth unemployment is high.

Hunting trophy ban to protect world's threatened animals

Hunting trophy ban to protect world's threatened animals

A BAN on imports of hunting trophies could save thousands of endangered animals, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said.Humane Society International UK, said: "We welcome the Government's commitment today to a UK hunting trophy import ban that will protect thousands of species including lions, elephants and giraffes, ruthlessly targeted by trophy hunters.".

Cat owners to be obliged by law to have pets microchipped

Cat owners to be obliged by law to have pets microchipped

The government says it is already reviewing the dog microchipping rules and database systems to consider improvements, and that the new cat rules – which were welcomed by the RSPCA - will take effect once the review has been done.

Pen Farthing’s ‘tears of relief’ as Afghan animal shelter workers resettle in UK

Pen Farthing’s ‘tears of relief’ as Afghan animal shelter workers resettle in UK

Mr Farthing said he was ‘so bloody happy’ when his staff managed to get to Pakistan last month (Picture: PA)He added: ‘Definitely the American government and the British government could have planned this withdrawal a lot better and in a different way, without a shadow of a doubt.

What our treatment of Afghan people tells the world about us

What our treatment of Afghan people tells the world about us

The emotive language of Gaby Hinsliff’s article (What a story to tell the world: Britain values dogs more than Afghan people, 30 August ) not only risks deflecting attention from the consequences of the reactive, rather than proactive, response of the British government, but also suggests that one cannot care equally about the victims of humanitarian crises and the plight of other innocent species in manmade conflicts.

Andrew Cuomo responds to report he left his dog behind at governor’s mansion

Andrew Cuomo responds to report he left his dog behind at governor’s mansion

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is speaking out following a report that he left his dog, Captain, behind at the executive mansion after he moved out and asked if any of his staffers wanted to keep the pup.

UK dog owners warned about thieves staking out parks and luring puppies

UK dog owners warned about thieves staking out parks and luring puppies

Stalking parks in affluent areas and luring puppies out of gardens with treats are among the methods dog thieves are using, campaigners have said, amid suggestions the government is preparing to clamp down on pet abductions.

PHOTOS: They rescue the dogs Spay and Spike, who fell in the sinkhole of Puebla

PHOTOS: They rescue the dogs Spay and Spike, who fell in the sinkhole of Puebla

The bottom of the sinkhole is filled with water that appears to have strong currents, and the National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Government of Mexico has indicated that experts believe it was caused by a kind of underground river.

Cat owners may be forced to microchip pets as UK thefts soar

Cat owners may be forced to microchip pets as UK thefts soar

Millions of cat owners could be expected to get their cats microchipped or face fines under new government plans as the number of felines being stolen has risen sharply during the pandemic.

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