How far will your volunteering reach?

Where do you want your volunteering to have an impact?  At home? In your area? Nationally? Overseas?  Here are a few ideas...

UK Politics

Thursday 8th June 2017 was the UK General Election.  So what do animal charities have to say?

Sign the petition started on asking for Gove to be removed as Minister for the Environment - will tell you why.

List of Animal Charities
Koalas need your help

Koalas are being left homeless, thanks to excessive tree clearing. 

Click here to find out how you can help

SUCCESS: Elephant Corridor Appeal

Give elephants a wildlife corridor in India

The World Land Trust has reached its target to help Indian elephants.  Find out more here

Organic Beauty Gifts

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Help Butterfly Conservation with organic beauty gifts from Green People. Find out more here

Wildlife News

Please help animals in disasters.  World Animal Protection (previously the WSPA) help animals around the world in times of disaster e.g. flooding, earthquakes etc.  Click here for more info

Planning for disasters for your pets, livestock & zoos.  More...

Pets & charities to help pets

There are many pets chariites here are just a few. Depending on the size of the pets animals charities, they may be local set-ups, or have a large national or regional spread. Cats Protection for instance has just under 30 adoption centres in the UK, plus branches run by volunteers who fund-raise, rescue cats, foster cats, raise awareness of Cats Protection etc; plus they have a network of charity shops. On the other hand, another cat charity may simply help rescuing cats in their town or even village, taking strays & lost cats in, trying to find their owners and then a new home 

To help with pet rescue 

  • Rescue or foster, please don't breed or buy
  • Discuss neutering your pet with your vet. Some 75% of the cats & dogs in this world are strays.
  • Microchip your pet - this makes an owner easy to identify & saves a lot of people time and animals stress
  • Insure your pet - it is amazing how many animals are put down or given over to animals charities due to vets' costs. Animal Friends give all their net profits to animals charities (pets & wildlife) worldwide - so by insuring your pet with them, you can help animals too. (Plus they cover pets all ages) I insured our dog through them - they have a great range of options to suit your budget
  • Do your research before you go for pet ownership - costs, commitments, holiday cover, longevity of your pet's life, potential allergies you have, whether you have suitable living accommodation for your pet, reasons for having him or her. And consult with everyone in your home - they will all be involved in pet care
  • Be willing to consider an older pet - every pet deserves a loving, caring home, however old they are
  • Run through "what would happen if...." scenarios e.g. you were made redundant, lost your home, went into hospital, died...
  • PLEASE... don't give pets as presents. Animal charities are overwhelmed after Christmas and Easter with animals families no longer want...
  • Train your dog & pick up his poop - both actions will endear your dog to the public
  • Tell people about organisations such as the Cinnamon Trust who have a database of care homes that take pets in the UK plus a national base of volunteers who help with pet care for elderly people & the terminally ill

If you have moved from the UK to another country, please make sure your pet has an up to date pet passport or have a contingency plan that would mean you know what you'd do with your pet if you ever had to move back.

Circumstances can change, and animal charities have received a lot of pets whose owners have had to return to the UK thanks to this current economic crisis or for other reasons, but lack the six months' plus time scale needed to put their pet through the Pet Travel Scheme or the financial resources to do it  
If you have allergies to pet fur, you may be interested in trying Petal Cleanse which you put on your pet. Voted amongst 5 of the best allergy busters by the Daily Mail a few years ago, you put this on your pet once a week. 90% of the people who suffered only from pet allergies benefited from the use of the product, which removes the pet allergens that can cause allergic reaction


Give wildlife a pond

Wildlife need water as well.  Give the wildlife in your garden a pond - it doesn't have to be a big one!  More info

Dogs DIE in hot cars

Would you know what to do if you saw a dog in a car on a hot day? Find out more here

Give the gift of water

Give working animals the gift of water - here's how you can do it. 

Cat Care in Hot Weather

Cats Protection have advice for cat owners and carers in hot weather.  Click here to pounce on it!

Art World Conservation

Art World Conservation are having an amazing charity event in August to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. More Info

Ways to help
Avoid plastic

Plastic and litter can really damage wildlife and the world around us.  Find out more here

Insure your pet & help animals

Animal Friends have policies for pets & horses. A good whack of any profits they make goes to help registered animal charities around the world. Like them on Facebook, & they will give £1 for every "Like" they get to animal charities. Get a quote from Animal Friends.