‘Breeding faster than we can rescue’: responsible UK ferret owners wanted

‘Breeding faster than we can rescue’: responsible UK ferret owners wanted

Now the summer breeding season is here, animal welfare groups report a huge influx of lost, stray or abandoned ferrets, often pregnant jills (females) whose owners can’t cope with extra kits, or hobs (males) who have marshalled their notorious escapology skills to go in search of a mate.

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.

Pet owners may struggle to get care as vets threaten to quit amid pandemic crisis

Pet owners may struggle to get care as vets threaten to quit amid pandemic crisis

Dr Samantha Webster, a vet at Joii Pet Care, said: “The wider veterinary profession is under extreme pressure currently due to so many factors including staff shortages, rises in pet ownership and longer, unsociable working hours.

New Zealand’s cats are decimating native wildlife – should they be treated as pests?

New Zealand’s cats are decimating native wildlife – should they be treated as pests?

Like many New Zealand cat owners who believe feral rather than domestic cats are the problem however, Boyd insists her pets mainly hunt mice and rats rather than birds.

New dogs, new tricks: lockdown puppy boom changes face of Crufts

New dogs, new tricks: lockdown puppy boom changes face of Crufts

As well as best in show, competitions include agility, heelwork and flyball, with Crufts anticipating record UK interest – although international numbers are down.“Working from home has opened up dog ownership for a lot more people and there was obviously huge demand for dogs during lockdown, but I think that has extended now and people are looking at other activities to do with their dog, beyond normal pet ownership,” said Lambert.

Pets prove to be the pandemic’s cute, furry growth area

Pets prove to be the pandemic’s cute, furry growth area

But it turns out that most of the dogs and cats who found new homes during the pandemic are still there.

Rapper celebrates animal rescue while dispelling stereotypes about pet ownership

Rapper celebrates animal rescue while dispelling stereotypes about pet ownership

"Courtesy Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE)In the meantime, Evans hopes animal advocates, shelters and rescue organizations will share the video for “That’s My Dog” on social media to help promote animal adoption and change misconceptions about people who have pets.

These are the most popular dog and cat names from 2021

These are the most popular dog and cat names from 2021

For cats, Milo and Luna both kept their number one ranking, while Bella has also proven a popular name for female cats – staying in second place for another year.

Doggie spa days and advent calendars fuel festive sales boom for Pets at Home

Doggie spa days and advent calendars fuel festive sales boom for Pets at Home

Pets at Home is expecting its biggest ever Christmas, with a surge in sales of dog spa days and advent calendars, as it launches a Deliveroo-style quick delivery service to meet rising demand from new owners.

Pets at Home continues to benefit from booming ownership as profits hit £70m

Pets at Home continues to benefit from booming ownership as profits hit £70m

The boom in pet ownership continues to help Pets At Home hit new records in sales as dog and cat lovers turn to more premium food and products to pamper their pets, the company said.

Sniffing out a bargain: how dog-friendly are Britain’s shops?

Sniffing out a bargain: how dog-friendly are Britain’s shops?

It’s a Saturday morning and I’m crammed into a small changing room, attempting to try on a new pair of trousers.

Escaped dogs put down after mauling great-grandmother to death in her garden

Escaped dogs put down after mauling great-grandmother to death in her garden

Lucille Downer, 85, who had dementia, was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: West Midlands Police)Two dogs who killed a great-grandmother in a vicious attack in her own garden have been ‘humanely destroyed’.

From the archive: are we a nation of cat people?

From the archive: are we a nation of cat people?

For the Observer Magazine of 20 June 1982, Eva Kendall found out why cats in particular were on the verge of becoming Britain’s most popular pets (‘The Cult of the Cat’).‘Their stillness has a spiritual quality,’ one cat breeder told Kendall.

Going for gold: pet firm reports resurgence in fish-keeping

Going for gold: pet firm reports resurgence in fish-keeping

After a period of what looked like “terminal decline”, said Peter Pritchard, the company’s chief executive, fish-keeping was increasing for the first time since he joined a decade ago.

By owning a pet, you are doing more damage to the environment than you might realise

By owning a pet, you are doing more damage to the environment than you might realise

When pets can emit twice the carbon emissions of our homes’ electricity and kill up to 200 million wild prey in the UK every year, we cannot stay silent.

4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry

4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry

Add to this the growing availability of pet supplies online (the sector saw 11.3% percent growth for online sales in 2019 alone) plus the opportunity to connect with veterinarians and other professionals remotely via telehealth and other online options; the industry was well-positioned to take advantage of the COVID-19-induced circumstances.

Playing with dogs can help children be better socially and emotionally

Playing with dogs can help children be better socially and emotionally

Comedian-writer David Walliams' children's books, including the popular The World's Worst series, has been accused of "classism" and "fat-shaming" by food writer-activist Jack Monroe.

From dogs in jeans and sunglasses to eating bento... Japan is taking dog ownership to a whole new level

From dogs in jeans and sunglasses to eating bento... Japan is taking dog ownership to a whole new level

But Japan Airlines offers special charter flights to domestic tourist destinations once a year that let dog owners bring their pets inside the cabin. Ishiyama says that’s because it’s hard to overcome the hurdles associated with dog ownership in Japan, and only people who are really committed to owning dogs do so.

Pets help boost health of older people: Study

Pets help boost health of older people: Study

Helping older people find low-cost ways to support pet ownership, while not sacrificing other important relationships and priorities is an investment in overall mental and physical health," said Cathleen Connell, Professor at the varsity.

Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

First picture of man charged with stabbing dad to death on Surrey train ‘It can be quite harmful to a pet if their routine is upset and you shouldn’t assume you will divide the time in half.’ After coming across so many disputes between former partners and their pets, Vanessa teamed up with Blue Cross to come up with a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement, a specially created document to plan for pets’ futures and help avoid heartache if a relationship should end.