Will You Be Caught Short by New Poo Bag Rules?

Dog waste bin.

Dog mess is the bane of an owner’s life, whether you’re pooper scooping your own garden or picking up on a walk. Every responsible dog owner will naturally make sure they’re carrying plenty of bags to clean up after their pet, which is why it’s always galling when you come across mess left behind by someone who just couldn’t be bothered. Not only is it socially unacceptable, it’s unhygienic, especially in parks and green spaces where people regularly walk or play. Many parasites and illnesses can be spread in this Read More »

Are Dogs Like Their Owners?

Girl with dog

A question that is often discussed throughout the canine world is ‘are dogs like their owners?’ You’ll often hear people say that dogs take after their owners. It’s difficult to disagree with this in my house; you’ll often find my dad asleep on the sofa of an evening with Buffy the Labrador lying upside-down on the floor next to him, both snoring like a pair of chainsaws. The debate really lies in whether dogs simply mimic their human family or if it’s a little more complex than that.

Six Things to Consider When Rescuing a Cat or Dog


Adopting a pet is a great thing to do, but it’s also a decision that should not be taken lightly. If you rush into adopting a cat or dog without considering all the important aspects, you could run into some serious problems. So what should you think about before rescuing a new pet? Here are the top six things to consider. Will the charity allow you to adopt? There are many different cat and dog rehoming charities in the UK, and each has its own requirements that adopters must meet. Read More »

Pets Being Abandoned for the Holidays


It’s been a decidedly rainy August so far, and many of us are making use of the last month of the summer holidays to go abroad and soak up some sunshine. While the majority of owners will have made provisions for their pets well in advance, new figures released by Battersea suggest that this isn’t always the case. The dogs and cats home have announced that they have seen a 300% increase in abandonment figures since May. Almost 400 pets are being abandoned or relinquished every week. They link the Read More »

What Does The Hunting Vote Mean?

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On Wednesday 15th July there will be a Commons vote to decide whether the laws surrounding hunting should be relaxed. We take a look at how this vote came about, what the current laws are, and what the result could be. The Hunting Act 2004 was enacted by the last Labour government. The act explicitly prohibits hare coursing and the hunting of wild mammals with dogs (with some exceptions). It changed traditional mounted hunts, as the act meant that it was no longer legal to chase live foxes with packs Read More »

Most Trusted Pet Insurance Provider 2015

moneywise award

We’re delighted to announce that we were named Most Trusted Pet Insurance Provider 2015 by Moneywise! The Moneywise awards were judged based on the feedback from a survey taken by thousands of consumers. Following the survey results all eligible financial services companies were assigned a star rating, and Animal Friends scored 4.7 out of a possible five, which we’re really proud of! This is not the first award Animal Friends has won this year. We also won Moneynet’s Pet Insurance Provider of the Year 2015 and not one, not two, Read More »

Best Friends Day 2015

best friends day 2015

Dogs have been known as “man’s best friend” for around 150 years, but it seems that, of late, we’ve been treating our pets more like our children than our companions. How much truth is in this idea, and how does it affect the way we treat our four-legged pals? An article published at the end of last year declared that young women in the US are “replacing” babies with dogs. They jumped to this conclusion by citing separate studies; one showed that fewer women between the ages of 16 and Read More »

Why Are Vet Bills So High?

why are vet bills so high

It has been revealed by LDF that vet bills last year totalled a whopping £1.36 billion, more than double the sum paid in 2010. This is despite the fact that the number of pets has remained steady at 65 million. So, if we have the same number of pets, how come we’re paying more than twice as much to vets?

Pets and Phobias

Crossbreed dog sitting, looking intimidated, isolated

If you’ve ever seen your pet act strangely or shy away from a non-threatening object you may have just passed it off as a funny five minutes. However, if you see them repeat this behaviour, or they seem fearful in the same situation, they may have a phobia.

The Perfect Pet for Children

Boy hugging his dog

For those of us with both pets and children in the same household, it can be utterly joyful to watch their interactions. Many people wonder what pet is most compatible with a family with children, and there are a number of factors to consider.