Police dogs receive a one off payment from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner when they retire, but as you can imagine this does not last long. This is where Pawsome Pensions step in. Their intention is to enhance this generous donation and raise money to ensure Police/Fire dogs receive the best healthcare possible, ensuring they have an excellent quality of life in their retirement years by helping towards their veterinary bills. a way of giving back to the dogs who have spent years working.
Pawsome Pensions is a not for profit unregistered charity and all monies raised will be used to help pay towards vets bills for the retired Police and Fire dogs. A working Police or Fire dog can serve many years, providing an invaluable service to the communities they work in and the officers they work with. When the dogs retire the handler or the new adopter take on the full responsibility for that dog and all the financial commitments of caring for a retired working dog. Most dogs will retire at the end of their service, however some retire early due to illness or injury. Seeking insurance for medical care of a retired Police/Fire dog is possible but it can be very difficult. Due to their jobs and their age at retirement it comes at a premium price. This insurance will also not cover any pre-existing injuries/illnesses that may have been sustained through the dogs working life.
So Pawsome Pensions want to help these four legged legends. Now they have retired and lost their license to work, they want to give them a
“Licence to Chill!”
Animals in Distress
When pets in Devon lose their home (or are rescued from an inadequate one), the lucky ones end up with Animals in Distress. Animals in Distress run a Rescue Centre in which dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are cared for prior to being rehomed.
Animals in Distress live by a six point Mission Statement where they commit to:
- Caring for and nurturing any unwanted pet brought to them (providing there is room for them in the Rescue Centre and they are suitable for rehoming).
- Providing shelter, food, exercise and veterinary care.
- Not putting an animal to sleep without veterinary advice.
- Checking homes for suitability.
- Examining the condition of pets prior to rehoming (via their contracted veterinary surgeon).
- Treating their user groups with respect, understanding and courtesy while demonstrating an inherent sense of duty and helpfulness.
Animals in Distress also run a number of shops in the Devon area.
Woofstock will be once again helping AnimalsAsia to raise awareness of the plight of moon bears which are cruelly caged in farms in China and Vietnam in order to supply bile for use in traditional medicine.
On top of the trauma of being caged and subjected to invasive bile extraction procedures, many moon bears are dehydrated and malnourished with old or unproductive bears sometimes left to starve to death.
AnimalsAsia rescue and rehabilitate moon bears while working to reduce demand for their bile.
The charity are also involved in visiting and documenting the cruel and often illegal trade in cats and dogs for human consumption.
They also created the innovative Dr Dog animal-assisted therapy programme as one of many ways to change the relationship between humans and dogs in the region. By demonstrating that dogs feel pain and experience emotions like us, more people will stand up and protect them.