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Five Charities Supporting Animal Welfare in the UK

This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

1. Buglife

The only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, Buglife’s aim is to halt extinctions and achieve sustainable populations. Invertebrates are vital to a healthy planet – we and other life forms couldn’t survive without them, they underpin life on Earth, and they’re essential to the world’s ecosystems. By promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates, assisting with legislation and policy to conserve them, and carrying out practical conservation projects, Buglife works towards reversing the global decline in our insects.

2. Cats Protection

Helping around 200,000 cats and kittens each year through its network of around 230 branches and 37 centres, Cats Protection is the leading cat welfare charity in the UK. It cares for abandoned, unwanted and neglected cats and kittens, providing them with the food, shelter and veterinary treatment they need until they’re adopted into loving new homes. The charity also works to tackle the challenging issue of controlling the population of unwanted cats in the UK through its neutering work.

3. Dogs Trust

The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, cares for over 14,000 dogs across its network of 21 rehoming centres. Focusing on three main areas, Dogs Trust helps dogs in distress, dogs who need a new home, and owners who need a helping hand, by providing training, advice and outreach projects. The charity also works to improve the understanding of dogs, and shares that knowledge with the wider public to help prevent problem behaviours that can lead to relinquishment or abandonment.

4. Naturewatch Foundation

Aiming to end animal cruelty and advance welfare standards in the UK and around the world, Naturewatch Foundation launched World Animal Day in 2003 to unite the animal welfare movement around the globe. In addition, the charity has been publishing its Compassionate Shopping Guide for more than 25 years, which gives consumers peace of mind in their purchasing decisions, and coordinates education, police training, and public awareness campaigns to make the world a fairer place for all living creatures.

5. Together for Animals

Together for Animals works to help save animals from disease, neglect, and abuse by raising much-needed funds for its member charities. Animals contribute so much to our mental and physical wellbeing and, by working collectively, Together for Animals provides an easy and effective way of helping cats, dogs, donkeys, and horses in need, and ensuring they are treated with the respect and kindness they deserve.