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Vet Diary - ADCH Promoting Animal Welfare

We have recently returned from a most interesting Congress down in Bornemouth. The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), which we recently became a member of, is an organisation set up to provide support and advice for smaller charities and not-for-profit organisations who care about animals. They provide us with a Code of Practice, to ensure best practice in animal welfare for those member charities. Their annual congress is an opportunity for us all to share our experiences, and to learn from the bigger charities.

The purposes of the Association are to:

  1. Develop good practice and influence others working in the rescue and/or rehoming of dogs and cats.
  2. Address common problems and issues.
  3. Explore and, where appropriate, negotiate price reductions through economies of scale.
  4. Exchange information and provide mutual support where practicable, which may include the movement of dogs and cats between organisations.
  5. Combine resources to encourage workable, welfare enhancing legislation.
  6. Exchange knowledge in construction and refurbishment of facilities.
  7. Where appropriate and agreed, represent the views of members to a wider audience.
We are very privileged to be part of this ever-growing association. Our charity is not perfect, but it was refreshing to find out that even the bigger players still have some way to go! One of the big things that set us apart was that most of the other charities were telling us to not take in quite as many dogs for now.......most of them take dogs handed in by their owners, and just put others on the waiting list until they have space, not a luxury that we have at Stray Aid. If a dog is straying in County Durham or Hartlepool, they will always be welcome with us. We have exciting plans for some extra kennels, currently in the hands of the Durham City Planning Office.
 
If you can't keep your dog any more, please ring round other local rescue centres and get it handed in, don't just kick it out onto the streets. Working together, we can really make a difference to the welfare of unwanted dogs.
 
If you would like to support our new kennel project, please visit the Support Us page on our website www.strayaid.org.uk for further details

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