Man’s Best Friend: An Introduction to ‘Dog Month’

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It seems that not a day goes by without a story concerning dogs appearing in the news, they are a constant thought in the media’s mind and it is no wonder, after all they are man’s best friend, and you’d be hard pushed to find an animal that is more loyal to us humans.

Just this week there have been some canine stories of note from around the world. In India a local animal rescue centre went to great lengths to save a dog covered in tar and frozen in place after he fell into a hot tar pit. The team had to remove the tar very slowly using vegetable oil, which took up to 3 hours over the space of two days as the dog was clearly in pain. (more…)

‘Animal Welfare Month’ Recap and Resource Hub

Over September we were looking at issues that concern the animals across the world for our Animal Welfare Month. We’ve explored our oceans, jungles, islands and ice caps as well as examining welfare issues affecting animals closer to home.

There were a lot of animal welfare stories in the news over the course of the month. The Badger Cull’s second phase started, despite fierce opposition and the abject failure of the first attempt. Last month also saw the tragic fire at the Manchester Dogs’ Home. Animal Friends Pet Insurance (along with thousands of others) donated to help get the shelter back on its feet, though it is little consolation for the volunteers and employees who know the canine victims of this senseless crime.

Though September was our official Animal Welfare Month, animal welfare is at the heart of what we do. To read more about some of the news stories and issues mentioned above click some of the links below!

Are laws regarding animal abuse tough enough?

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We have been having an ongoing debate here at Animal Friends Pet Insurance headquarters over the past few days regarding animal abuse and the punishment that awaits anyone who commits such an offence.

A member of our staff is looking into adopting a dog and through his research he has seen and met some poor dogs that have suffered abuse at the hands of their previous owner; one unlucky dog had taken an axe to the head but thankfully survived and is now looking for a new home. We started to talk about the fact that many psychologists and criminal profilers believe that harming or abusing an animal (particularly at a young age) is a sign that an individual could, in theory, inflict hurt, abuse or worse on another human being. With this in mind, I thought I would take a look into the current laws and punishments for abusing an animal. (more…)

The Cost of Owning a Pet

Animal Rights Awareness Week Article Part 1

Throughout September we are running ‘Animal Welfare Month’ and placing our focus upon topics such as endangered species, animal welfare charities and environmental issues that affect billions of animals around the world. Owning and raising an animal is something that falls under the label of animal welfare and we thought we’d take a look at the cost of owning a pet. (more…)

The Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire: And the Two Sides to Human Nature


Upon hearing the news that Manchester Dogs’ Home was set alight last night (Thursday 11th September) killing 60 dogs (at the time of writing), everyone here at Animal Friends Pet Insurance is in a state of shock. When you think that literally millions of people in the UK alone dedicate their everyday lives to helping animals in need, this just intensifies the sadness around the destruction of a charity that carries out vital work in helping the dogs of Manchester. (more…)

Taking a Look at Animal Heroes


Today marks thirteen years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Almost 3,000 people were killed and more were injured. The shockwaves affected all of us, politically and personally, and the repercussions are still visible today. While soldiers and law enforcement work hard to keep us safe they do have a little help from our animal friends. Dogs and horses have been involved in combat for hundreds of years. We only need to look to tapestries and paintings to see depictions of horses riding into battle, and William Wallace had a Spaniel who aided him in conflict. Having grown up as part of a military family, with my dad and uncle still serving, I thought I’d take a look at some of the animal heroes who have saved lives and the dogs who work every day to help their families live more freely. (more…)

The Badger Cull: What Do We know?


Today the badger cull was reinstated in areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire despite vociferous opposition by celebrities, the RSPCA, scientists, charities and members of the public. The government has set a target to shoot at least 316 badgers in Somerset and 615 in Gloucestershire. Marksmen involved have said that they are confident that they will meet these expectations despite failing to make their goal of 70% last year, even after up to five weeks of extensions. 1,861 badgers were killed at an approximate cost of £4,100 per badger. (more…)

Introducing ‘Animal Welfare Month’

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Welcome to our ‘Animal Welfare Month’. This September we are shifting our focus to a subject that is close to any animal lover’s heart, animal welfare. This topic is something that we are very passionate about, Animal Friends Pet Insurance was actually set up to raise substantial amounts for animal welfare charities and helping animals in need is at the very core of our business.

Throughout the month we’ll be featuring four brilliant animal welfare projects that are Lothian Cat Rescue, Mane Chance Sanctuary, Pup Aid and SPANA. In addition to running features on the projects, taking a look at what kind of work they do and how they dedicate their lives to helping animals, we have also included them in September’s ‘Vote for a Charity’. (more…)

‘Cat Month’ Recap and Resource Hub

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Throughout August we have been running ‘Cat Month’, placing all of our focus upon the delightfully mischievous animal that is the feline. We’d like to thank you all for your enthusiasm on this subject and are over the moon that you responded to the topics so well. The amount of comments received and discussions created concerning cats on our Feel Good Park Facebook page has been wonderful.

Here we have a contents table of sorts that recaps the subjects we looked at; please do feel free to take a further look, comment, and share because although ‘Cat Month’ is coming to end, these little animals are too purrfect to stop talking about. (more…)

How to Care For for an Old Cat

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As cats start to get older they begin to exhibit signs of their age that you’ll need to look out for. A decrease in activity mixed with a tendency to sleep more is usually the very first sign that a cat is beginning to age. Older cats may start to suffer from more serious conditions, many lose the use of senses such as sight and/or hearing, while others can suffer from senile dementia and can experience a loss of memory, accidents involving urination/defecation, increased vocalisation or a reduced ability to cope with changes in their routine. (more…)