Rescue Organisations to Benefit from New Pet Welfare Fund Starting in January

The Naturewatch Foundation is launching a new Pet Rescue Grant for 2024 to help support the rescue and rehabilitation of animals who have been exploited by the illicit pet trade.

The grant, worth at least £5,000 a year, will be awarded to UK charities and community interest companies (CICs) who provide rescue services for cats, dogs and rabbits.

The illicit pet trade is thought to be behind the supply of as many as 50% of the puppies bought in the UK, and is an area of increasing concern as it has been linked to organised crime.

Natalie Harney from the charity said, “It’s a tragedy that so many of our beloved pets are the product of the illicit pet trade. We’ve been campaigning and investigating to end illegal breeding for years, but without the rescue sector, many abused and exploited pets simply wouldn’t get the loving care and specialist support they deserve. Our new Pet Rescue Grant is our small way of helping those selfless organisations that pick up the pieces.”

The Naturewatch Foundation is offering animal-lovers the chance to nominate deserving rescue organisations that could benefit from the grant at action.naturewatch.org/your-favourite-rescue. Rescue organisations that are interested in applying can visit naturewatch.org/petrescuegrant or email petrescuegrant@naturewatch.org to find out more. Applications open on 24th January 2024 and close on 21st February 2024.

The Pet Rescue Grant comes at a crucial time, as the animal rescue sector is facing unprecedented challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis and rising abandonments following the pet ownership boom during the Covid pandemic.

The Naturewatch Foundation is a charity dedicated to animal welfare and campaigns for better pet welfare protections.

On Thursday 30 November, 2023, the Naturewatch Foundation announced the launch of a new Pet Rescue Grant for 2024. The grant, worth at least £5,000 a year, will be awarded to UK charities and community interest companies (CICs) to help support the rescue and rehabilitation of animals who have been exploited by the illicit pet trade.

In a statement, Natalie Harney from the charity said, “It’s a tragedy that so many of our beloved pets are the product of the illicit pet trade. Our new Pet Rescue Grant is our small way of helping those selfless organisations that pick up the pieces.”

The grant comes at a crucial time, as the animal rescue sector is facing unprecedented challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis and rising abandonments following the pet ownership boom during the Covid pandemic.

The Naturewatch Foundation is inviting animal-lovers to get involved by nominating deserving rescue organisations that could benefit from the grant at action.naturewatch.org/your-favourite-rescue. Rescue organisations that are interested in applying can visit naturewatch.org/petrescuegrant or email petrescuegrant@naturewatch.org for more information. Applications open on 24th January 2024 and close on 21st February 2024.

The Naturewatch Foundation is a leading charity dedicated to animal welfare and campaigns for better pet welfare protections.

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