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We are proud to be supporting the following charity at Woofstock UK 2017 by helping to raise awareness about the work they do. You can read more about them below…………
Now many of you will associate Animals Asia with the magnificent Moon Bears and their plight. Animals Asia work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and mend Moon Bears in Chengdu and Vietnam. They also campaign to raise awareness through public education, reducing bile demand, lobbying politicians and governments and much much more. What you may not know is that it is not only Moon Bears that Animals Asia save. They also do the same in China for cats and dogs. Stray dogs and cats are snatched from the streets and pets are stolen and taken to horrific meat markets, where they are sold for human consumption and often suffer a slow, violent death. In China, Animals Asia’s field officers regularly visit and document the horrific facilities that drive the cruel, and often illegal, trade in cats and dogs for their meat. Animals Asia’s Dr Dog is an innovative animal-assisted therapy programme that provides people in need with what they need most – a best friend. The programme is also changing the way people feel about dogs. In China, where we focus our work, Dr Dog is challenging beliefs and changing lives for animals. As more people come to understand that dogs have feelings, both physical and emotional, more people are standing up against the cruel trade in dogs (and cats) for their meat.
You can learn more about their amazing work here www.animalsasia.org
This amazing charity was initially set up way back in 1907 by two sisters, Mrs E B Guard and Ms Agnes Grant. They cycled around Plymouth collecting stray cats and later moved on to helping dogs.
As the animal numbers grew they set up a shelter in the city centre run by volunteers, which was officially named as the Plymouth Devonport and Stonehouse Dogs’ and Cats’ home in 1908.
Eventually the number of animals being cared for outgrew the premises and a new plot of land was purchased in 1914. The charity was renamed the Plymouth Dogs’ and Cats’ Home. The site remained a safe haven for stray and unwanted dogs and cats until 1984. The home survived the first world war but was damaged in the second world war. Luckily no animals were injured and Mrs Guard worked tirelessly to protect the animals. She even built an air raid shelter in the basement of her flat so she could help families with pets who were unable to take their pets to communal shelters. After the second world war was over a great deal of rebuilding became necessary.
In 1984 the sanctuary’s third site was built in Cattedown to cope with the ever increasing number of unwanted and stray dogs and cats but by the late 1990’s was still lacking in space.
In 1999 a new 11 acre site was opened at Gables Farm. The charity was renamed Gables Farm Dogs’ & Cats’ Home in 2000 as it was found that many people thought that the local council funded the organisation due to reference of the city’s name. Since then the Home has grown into a state of the art animal Home with specialist staff and facilities. The charity was given a new charity number 1127194 in 2008 when the charity became incorporated.
With the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters this charity continues the good work of their founders and look after some 1000 cats and dogs every year. They shelter and rehome unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats. Providing constant veterinary care and attention to all of them during their stay with the charity.
Gables Farm enforce a strict non-euthanasia policy, which means no healthy animal in their care is put to sleep. The 11 acre site ensures that Gables Farm cats and dogs have the most modern accommodation facilities available which in turn helps reduce certain behavioural problems that can develop amongst animals in care.
You can find out more about this amazing charity here www.gablesfarm.org.uk