Foster First

Foster First was launched just before Christmas last year and thanks to the exceptional dedication and compassion of Ana Cossart, our Foster First Co-Ordinator, and the overwhelmingly positive response from smaller rescues across the UK who are already involved in this initiative, there are dogs, cats, rabbits and other homeless animals beginning their journeys to happier new lives. Our spotlight on fostering as a lifeline for rescue pets initially came about in preparation for the greater numbers of puppy farm breeding dogs being surrendered as a result of Lucy’s Law. We know from personal experience that in order to start the rehabilitation process, these special dogs need to be in a home environment, normally with a calm resident dog, so that they can start learning how to be dogs and living the lives that should always have been theirs.

But of course, this is only one aspect of the vital work fostering animals fulfills. From companionship for the elderly who are increasingly isolated, to helping provide a safe haven for animals so that human victims of domestic abuse can flee to safety, to freeing up valuable kennel space for a pound dog that may otherwise be euthanised, fosterers are amazing people and the small rescue world would collapse without them. And there’s another key reason for Foster First. We want to encourage potential first-time puppy purchasers to stop and think before they leap into a purchase they may regret. To give first timers a taste of what having a dog in your life really means, how it affects your daily life, your routine, your environment and your finances – we are urging anyone who thinks they want to buy a puppy to foster a dog or puppy first – before making that huge, life-changing commitment. With one in ten pups being surrendered to rescues within a month of being purchased, we are committed to doing whatever we can to get people to stop and take a breath before taking home the ‘dream’ and then using local rescues as recycling depots when they decide their cute fluffball is a noisy, destructive, pooing, weeing nightmare – or whatever excuse they decide to come up with in order to ‘get rid’ of their costly mistake fast. Yes, there is still a great deal of work to do in order for Care And Respect to Include All Dogs. But this is our name and this remains our aim.

For nearly ten years we have been working tirelessly to bring about an end to the suffering caused by the exploitation of dogs and puppies through puppy farming. And we will continue to do so. But our work has always included a focus on adoption and supporting the work of small local rescues wherever we can as well. In creating Foster First our aim is to provide a resource for rescues to use to help them in their own vital work. With the majority of our work carried out behind the scenes it’s great to be able to share one of the highly visible ways your donations are helping us to make a tangible difference to our animal friends. We have other initiatives in the pipeline which will come to fruition if, or when we have enough funds. We’re so very grateful to the small number of supporters who have set up monthly direct debits, and to those groups and individuals who donate to us from their amazing fundraisers. This is what makes it possible for us to plan campaigns and make them a reality. We do all of our creative work and design in-house which means there are no costs involved there, but printing, packaging and postage for campaigns like Foster First are costly. So, if you’d like to support an organisation that always puts the real needs of dogs first, and you like what we’ve done over the years, please help us do even more by setting up a monthly direct debit now, or by making a one off donation. We promise that with your help we will continue to make a difference – https://cariadcampaign.co.uk/donate/

TURNING WALES PINK FOR LUCY’S LAW FILM

We live in an angry world; an often too sad world. But sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remember that every now and then, when we all come together with a common goal, regardless of our background, ethnicity, age, sex or political beliefs, we can make something good happen in the world.

We’re proud to be part of the Lucy’s Law team led by the force of nature that is the remarkable Marc Abraham. And we’re equally proud to be spearheading the campaign to bring Lucy’s Law to Wales. With your help we will do it! So we wanted to take a moment to share this film with you to say a huge ‘thank you’. Your spirit, your love, your passion for dogs and your belief in us to help us end puppy farming is what makes it possible for us to keep doing what we do every day. We hope you like our little film and will share it with your friends and family.

www.vimeo.com/341430328

As part of C.A.R.I.A.D.’s campaign for Lucy’s Law in Wales which included an official presentation at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, a drop-in session for Assembly Members to meet puppy farm survivors, rallies and marches with dogs wearing Welsh flag bandanas, Councils across Wales also made it clear that the cruelty and exploitation of puppy farming had to stop. They put forward motions of support for the introduction of Lucy’s Law in Wales at Council meetings and by writing to the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths urging the Welsh Government to do the right thing for the dogs. Lucy’s Law enjoys cross-party support in Wales, just as it has in England where Lucy’s Law is now officially on the statue books and comes into effect from April 2020. Lucy’s Law is a ban that applies to the selling of both puppies and kittens by third parties including pet shops and puppy dealers.

C.A.R.I.A.D. loves Hownd

C.A.R.I.A.D. LOVES …

C.A.R.I.A.D. are thrilled to have launched our new website page C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves … where wonderful companies have agreed to donate a percentage of your purchase to our campaign when you shop with them.

Please visit our C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves … page where you can shop with HOWND, Dicky Bag and Molle Collection.

www.cariadcampaign.co.uk/c-a-r-i-a-d-loves

C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves HOWND!

C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves Dicky Bag!

C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves Molle Collection!

FOARCT Collage

NO ‘IFS’, NO ‘BUTS’, NO ‘HOWEVERS’ – CONSULTATION ON THIRD PARTY SALES OF PUPPIES AND KITTENS

C.A.R.I.A.D. welcomes the Welsh Government’s launch of the consultation into a third party ban on the selling of puppies and kittens. This is something that we have been eagerly awaiting since Lesley Griffiths spoke at our Lucy’s Law For Wales launch event at The Senedd last summer. We are delighted to have secured this consultation alongside the tireless efforts of our Lucy’s Law campaigning colleagues and with the support and assistance of cross party AMs, MPs and Councils across Wales.

We want to stress the purpose of this consultation because as tempting as it may be to try and piggy back other issues relating to dogs onto this consultation, as important as they are, this consultation is specific to the implementation of Lucy’s Law in Wales, following England’s decision to do so. Thus the consultation is called “Third party sales of puppies and kittens”. There is space provided on the consultation document for additional suggestions on other improvements/changes and naturally we will be making recommendations that are pertinent to this consultation in our response. We would urge those who have concerns relating to other issues to do as we have done and secure a specific consultation on those issues so that these can be considered thoroughly in their own right.

Compelling evidence of why Lucy’s Law is so desperately needed in Wales now is staring back at you in this montage. And you could multiply that by thousands to get a true picture of the extent of suffering caused by puppy farming and third party puppy selling over the years. Dogs hidden away from public scrutiny, whose suffering has lined the pockets of puppy dealers and brought untold heartache to members of the public. It’s important to understand that just because there aren’t huge numbers of puppy dealers in Wales, the volume of litters collected by these dealers in vans every week from puppy farms and then transported and sold on to other parts of the UK is vast. Puppy dealing enables puppy farmers both licensed and unlicensed to profit from misery. No ‘ifs’, no ‘buts’, no ‘howevers’.

We will shortly be providing guidance for those members of the public who wish to submit a response to this consultation – something we urge all dog lovers to do. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make historic changes to the way puppies are purchased in Wales. Let’s stop them being sold on as commodities via third parties and in doing so, stop the exploitation of dogs like the hugely loved and greatly missed Lucy the Rescue Cavalier. #LucysLaw4Wales

Consultation link below:

https://beta.gov.wales/third-party-sales-puppies-and-kittens

The Rainbow Dogs by Nicky Jevon

THE RAINBOW DOGS BY NICKY JEVON

The Rainbow Dogs – written during Year of the Dog 2018 by Nicky Jevon.

Our dear friend and supporter Nicky Jevon has so very kindly shared with us The Rainbow Dogs, which she wrote during Year of the Dog 2018.

We are thrilled to be sharing this with our friends and supporters, we hope it too brings you love and light.

To view and download The Rainbow Dogs, click the following link: The Rainbow Dogs

 

 

 

 

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C.A.R.I.A.D. LAUNCHES FOSTER FIRST

C.A.R.I.A.D. announces the launch of its latest initiative which is called Foster First.

Foster First puts the vital role of fostering pets in the spotlight and the website is a resource for rescues and the public.

Animals requiring fosterers will also be posted on the @FOSTERFIRST1 Twitter account and it is hoped that this initiative will help to make a difference to thousands of pets needing temporary accommodation. #FosterFirst

Watch this video to find out more …

 

Visit the Foster First website – www.fosterfirst.co.uk

Follow Foster First on Twitter – https://twitter.com/FOSTERFIRST1

If you would like to support C.A.R.I.A.D.’s vital work, please visit our Support Our Work page.

STOPTOBER 2018

STOPTOBER: STOP ALLOWING THIRD PARTY PUPPY SALES IN WALES

This October we’re calling on the Welsh Government to put a STOP to the third party selling of puppies in Wales. We’re calling on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law in Wales.

Following the announcement by Michael Gove that Lucy’s Law is to be introduced in England, we now need the Welsh Government to follow suit as a priority because a large number of puppy farms and some of the UK’s most prolific puppy dealers are based in Wales. Without Lucy’s Law in Wales puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies will continue to languish behind closed doors, suffering at the hands of people who put profit before welfare.

This October we’re calling for the abuse of puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies to STOP!

It was people power that secured Lucy’s Law in England, now we need people power to secure Lucy’s Law in Wales. Here’s how you can make a difference.

All UK residents, please sign and share our Lucy’s Law for Wales petition:

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1408

All Welsh residents, please write to your Assembly Member urging them to put pressure on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law. Find your Assembly Member here:

http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgFindMember.aspx

All Welsh residents, please write to your local Councillor requesting they urge their Council to support a motion for Lucy’s Law following in the footsteps of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Carmarthenshire County Council.

https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors

If you have media contacts interested in covering Lucy’s Law for Wales, please ask them to contact us at cariadcampaign@live.co.uk.

Further information on Lucy’s Law can be found on our website.

If you would like to help fund our work, please visit our Donate page, Sponsor page and Online Shop.

Lucy's Law Wales Petition

LUCY’S LAW FOR WALES – SIGN THE PETITION

LUCY’S LAW – ENGLAND DID IT AND NOW IT’S UP TO WALES!

Lucy’s Law is now desperately needed in Wales – the hub of puppy farming on mainland UK. You can help us ensure this happens quickly by signing and sharing our petition to the National Assembly for Wales. All UK residents can sign it so please, please, please let’s work together for the puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies suffering in Wales right now. Be their voice.

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1408

WHO CAN SIGN THE PETITION?

There is no geographical restriction on who can sign the petition. However, the process for signing is marginally different for people with addresses outside Wales:

When you have entered your postcode, please click on ‘Find my Constituency’. Your Assembly constituency will be populated automatically if you have entered a valid Welsh postcode.

If you are not a Welsh resident, you will be prompted to fill in the ‘Area of Residence’ field. Complete this field with a geographic descriptor of your choice (e.g. a town or region).

Complete the rest of the webpage and click ‘Sign this petition’.

Please note that your ‘Area of Residence’ (or ‘Constituency’ if you are a Welsh citizen) will be published underneath the petition so do not enter anything you would not wish to be seen (such as a postcode).

Lucys Law Explained Full Explanatory Document

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED

Following the announcement by Michael Gove on 21st August at Downing Street of the Government’s plan to implement Lucy’s Law (a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other commercial third party dealers), we have produced two documents to provide additional facts, answer questions and dispel the myths surrounding this historic animal welfare legislative change. Lucy’s Law is a strong message that selling puppies as a retail commodity – and concealing and condemning dogs to an existence as breeding machines in puppy farms to supply this trade – is no longer legally acceptable.

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – SUMMARY DOCUMENT

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – FULL EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT (click below)

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – FULL EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT

The Government have launched a Consultation on Lucy’s Law in England where they are calling for people to let them know what they think about plans to introduce a ban.

CONSULTATION DESCRIPTION: We want to know what you think about plans to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. This will prevent pet shops, pet dealers, and other outlets from selling these animals in England unless they themselves have bred them. We expect that this ban will improve welfare conditions for cats and dogs that are under six months old.

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 19th September 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-commercial-third-party-sales-of-puppies-and-kittens-in-england