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.

Animal rescues by London fire brigade rise 20% in pandemic year

Animal rescues by London fire brigade rise 20% in pandemic year

Firefighters called to 755 animal incidents in 2020, with cats most commonly in need of help.The number of incidents involving foxes attended by the LFB last year nearly doubled, from 32 rescues in 2019 to 61 in 2020.

My dog was stolen two years ago but I haven’t given up hope of finding her

My dog was stolen two years ago but I haven’t given up hope of finding her

We paid £450 for Willow in 2016 but I’ve seen numerous alerts for dogs like her going for up to £2,500 (Picture: Freya Woodhall)The weeks after Willow’s disappearance were heartbreaking.

Hundreds of dogs face death on streets after Eurotunnel travel ban

Hundreds of dogs face death on streets after Eurotunnel travel ban

Hundreds of dogs face death on the streets of Bulgaria like this puppy (Inset) while others are stuck in a shelter unable to go to confirmed homes (Picture: Street Hearts BG)Hundreds of dogs face a cruel death on Bulgaria’s streets after Eurotunnel imposed a ban on groups of animals being taken across the Channel from France.

Horror as number of abandoned dogs soars by 25 percent after coronavirus lockdown

Horror as number of abandoned dogs soars by 25 percent after coronavirus lockdown

The number of dogs being abandoned has soared in Spain since the coronavirus lockdown was lifted (Image: GETTY) There has been a 25 percent spike in pooches being dumped in Spain after restrictions were eased, according to research by the Royal Canine Society of Spain (Image: GETTY)Demand for puppies soared during the lockdown but the charity fears many pets could be given up due to the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Coronavirus crisis could result in 40,000 homeless dogs

Coronavirus crisis could result in 40,000 homeless dogs

In the 2008 economic crash euthanasia and abandonment rates for dogs rose 25% (Picture: Getty Images)The coronavirus crisis could result in up to 40,000 stray or homeless dogs , a charity has warned.

Postman’s hand ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’ after dog bite as calls for action grow

Postman’s hand ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’ after dog bite as calls for action grow

There were over 1,600 days of absence from Royal Mail because of dog attacks last year (Picture: Getty Images)In the last year, most dog attacks on postal workers happened at the front door, in the garden or in the street.

Dalmatian gives birth to litter of 18 puppies after 14-hour labour

Dalmatian gives birth to litter of 18 puppies after 14-hour labour

Proud mama Nellie (Picture: Caters News Agency) Look at the sleeping angels (Picture: Caters News Agency)The 46-year-old says she will keep just one puppy from the little and the rest will go to new homes.

#Coronacrisis: Cases of abandoned pets rise, activists urge people not to fall prey to misinformation

#Coronacrisis: Cases of abandoned pets rise, activists urge people not to fall prey to misinformation

But on the on the ground, animal activists across the country are facing the problem of abandonment of pets which has increased rapidly during the lockdown.It is illogical to abandon a dog especially at a time when animals can be great companions for people who are in quarantine," she adds.

Coronavirus UK: Vets reassure owners they can still take their pets despite lockdown

Coronavirus UK: Vets reassure owners they can still take their pets despite lockdown

If it’s an emergency, you can still go to the vet with your pet (Picture: Getty Images/Cultura RF)With the world in upheaval due to COVID-19, previously-important things like MOTs and dental checkups have gone out the window.

World’s first dog to have Covid-19 dies after beating virus

World’s first dog to have Covid-19 dies after beating virus

The Pomeranian, 17, was quarantined at a government facility in Hong Kong last month after being believed to have caught coronavirus from its owner, Yvonne Chow Hau Yee, 60.

New laws making it easier for Victorian renters to have pets come into force

New laws making it easier for Victorian renters to have pets come into force

“The changes have the potential to make a real difference to the number of dogs and cats surrendered to Victoria shelters, and keep more pets with their owners for life,” she said.

Your dog can figure out if you’re lying about how many treats you have

Your dog can figure out if you’re lying about how many treats you have

Gregory Berns, professor of psychology at Emory University in America, and senior author of the study, said: ‘Our work not only shows that dogs use a similar part of their brain to process numbers of objects as humans do – it shows that they don’t need to be trained to do it.’.

Even pets are having a ruff time coping with the #airpocalypse

Even pets are having a ruff time coping with the #airpocalypse

“The number of cases of pets suffering from respiratory diseases usually increases during this time of the year.He adds that he is currently handling at least 15 cases of air pollution-triggered diseases in pets every day, as opposed to 10 cases a day during the same time last year.

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

The rise in the number of obese pet cats and dogs in the UK is forcing vets to use heavy lifting equipment to avoid injury, figures show.

New cases of deadly Alabama Rot which eats flesh of dogs found in UK

New cases of deadly Alabama Rot which eats flesh of dogs found in UK

A poor dog which has been infected with the Alabama Rot skin disease (Picture: Wessex News)The latest cases were confirmed by Anderson Moores, a specialist veterinary referral centre in Winchester.

Brazilian priest brings in stray dogs to Sunday mass so families can adopt them

Brazilian priest brings in stray dogs to Sunday mass so families can adopt them

This sleeping doggy needs a forever home (Picture: Padre Joao Paulo Araujo Gomes)It’s heartbreaking to see homeless dogs wander the streets, unloved and underfed.Father João Paulo Araujo Gomes who is the head of the parish of Santana brings them to mass in hopes to convince families to adopt them.

Emotional support dogs in tutus delay flight after getting distressed

Emotional support dogs in tutus delay flight after getting distressed

A Norwegian Air spokesperson said the pilot decided to offload the dogs and their two owners, leaving them at the gate.

Thugs caught wild rabbits and filmed as they fed them to their dogs

Thugs caught wild rabbits and filmed as they fed them to their dogs

The wild rabbits were caught near playgrounds and fields in the Eastbourne area of East Sussex (Picture: RSPCA / SWNS)It was then discovered that his son Liam Smith, had been going out with Earwaker rabbiting and ferreting, and they were catching rabbits and ‘dropping’ them in front of their dogs for the dogs to chase.

Puppy dumped with chair, TV nearly starved waiting for owner

Puppy dumped with chair, TV nearly starved waiting for owner

Yesterday animal control officer Sharon Norton of Brookhaven, a small city in Mississippi located about 60 miles south of Jackson, responded to a tip about a dog abandoned on the side of a remote road with a recliner chair and tossed TV.