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Pet And Animal Charities
There are many animal charities including the not-for-profit UK registered organisations, which pet owners have relied upon since 1824; Queen Victoria granted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Royal status 1840, now known as the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals.
Numerous feature in the yearly top 1,000 UK charitable earners where income is generated from legacies left in wills, income earned and increasingly donations provided by charitable trusts.
How Pet Charities Help The Public
Pet Shelters Numerous national and local charities run animal shelters up and down the country. They provide much-needed support to pets and wild animals in the UK. Your local shelter is easy to find by simple online searches, “pet shelter near me,” “animal shelter volunteer.” They rely heavily on the generosity of donated time in helping to keep these services running.
Gift Aid The government introduced the Gift Aid scheme, 1990, which can boost donations by up to 25% for the charity. It allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means donations made will be worth 25% more at no cost to you or the charity. Higher taxpayers effectively can gain more relief.
Charities require a simple form to be completed. Unfortunately, this applies to individuals and not through company accounts. Most charities will have details on their websites.
Pet Charity Lotteries
Lotteries are big income-earning businesses for pet charities, large and small, up and down the country. Jackpots are manageable, generally paid weekly, and the process easy to set-up under the Gambling Commission guidelines. Larger charities are licensed by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act 2005.
Sponsoring Animals Some charities such as the Cats Protection League offer the public opportunities to sponsor cats being a source of publicity and charitable income and provide the public with an alternative where they can feel part of the organisation by receiving dedicated newsletters, special photos and visit invitations.
Charity Shops Charity shops are an important part of the pet charity’s donation income. The public generously donates unwanted, good condition clothing, pet items and homewares which can be resold in their charity owned shops located all over the UK. Charities greatly rely upon volunteers to help man their shops. The PDSA has more than 120 shops nationwide. Most charities have store locator details on their websites.
Microchipping The government introduced compulsory microchipping of dogs during 2016 to help prevent the high number of strays and loss of pets in the UK. Whilst there are vets up and down the country and trained professionals that are trained to provide the service, pet owners are expected to pay. The service is explained on their Get Your Dog Microchipped page.
There are three charities currently that do provide a free microchipping service.
Larger cats and dogs leaving pet shelters are likely to have been chipped prior to be handed over to the pet’s new owners.
Puppy Farms Lucy’s Law, 6 April 2020, is new legislation cracking down on puppy farms requiring animals to be born and reared in a safe environment, kept by Licensed dog breeders, where puppies interact with their mother and to be sold from their place of birth came into force.
Businesses selling puppies and kittens without a licence, could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.
Breeds v Rescue Centre Strays When choosing a healthy pedigree puppy, it’s important to factor in the total costs involved caring for your pet over their expected lifetime of 10 -15 years. (The oldest dogs recorded living in the UK are currently 26 years old). Breeds cost considerably more to purchase and to insure. Animal shelters do receive pedigree pets from owners that can no longer care for their pet, and this can be a great alternative if that breed is the right choice for your lifestyle.
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