Month: August 2021

Pet Blood Bank launches PPCT-funded mobile app

pet blood bank new app announcement

A brand new pet blood donor app has been launched by UK charity Pet Blood Bank.

pet blood bank logoFunded by Petplan Charitable Trust, the pet blood donor app is currently for registered owners only. New owners will be added to the app as part of the donor registration process.

Just as with humans, healthy blood is in constant demand by practitioners in their efforts to save lives. The charity was set up in 2007 to support UK vets and help meet that demand. Since then, the number of donors has grown into the thousands and vets have saved countless lives using the charity’s blood products.

Welfare of the donor dogs is a top priority

The charity is keen to stress that the welfare of the donor dogs is a top priority. The charity is monitored and audited by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate; an executive government agency dedicated to promoting animal welfare. The charity selects donor dogs very carefully, looking for confident animals that are happy to be part of the donation process.

“Most of our donors come bounding through the doors with their tails wagging excited for all the fuss and attention they are going to get,” says the charity.  “Some dogs are so relaxed they fall asleep on the donation table while enjoying a lovely tummy rub.”

The pet blood donor app isn’t the first Pet Blood Bank project the Trust has been involved with. In 2019, we helped the charity launch the UK’s first canine blood mobile unit.

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PPCT donates £2500 towards Pen Farthing’s Nowzad appeal

female vet looks through microscope at nowzad animal charity afghanistan

PPCT has donated £2500 to Nowzad, the animal charity founded by ex-marine Pen Farthing in Afghanistan.

The donation was made in response to a desperate plea by Farthing on national television for funds to help him get his staff and the animals in their care to safety in the UK.

With the Taliban back in power, the staff are believed to be in very real danger owing to their association with a British charity and an ex-serviceman.

vet at nowzad holds dog

Nowzad was set up to reunite soldiers with the stray cats and dogs they befriended on the front line in Afghanistan. Since then, the charity has brought over 1600 soldiers and their pets back together. They have also opened a dog shelter, a cat shelter and Afghanistan’s first donkey shelter. These actions have not only changed the lives of the animals in their care but also brought opportunities for local people.

Nowzad trains Afghanistan’s first female vets

In 2018, PPCT donated funds to support Nowzad’s Veterinary Student Practical Training programme. This allowed them to train more than one hundred local veterinary students in practical, hands-on sessions at the Nowzad Conrad Lewis clinic in Kabul. The charity has been a pioneer in training the country’s first female vets.

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First residents at newly opened Dogs Trust Cardiff go to their forever homes

family with rescue dog outside dogs trust cardiff

Just two weeks after opening, Dogs Trust Cardiff has waved a fond farewell to four of its very first residents.

dogs trust logoThe lucky animals are now settling in with their new families. Appropriately, first out of the starting gate was 18-month-old ex-racing greyhound, Toby. Having retired from the track, he has begun a new life with adopter Julie Smith from Cwmbran.

“After the sad loss of my previous dog, I was looking to bring another four-legged friend into my life,” explains Julie. “I started looking on Dogs Trust’s website and out of all the dogs, Toby (shown below right with Julie and her father) stood out to me – he looked so charming!

“I filled in the application and was so happy to be invited to meet Toby at the brand new rehoming centre in Cardiff. I was so excited on the day and the staff let me walk him, spend time getting to know him and make sure he was right for me, as well as me being right for him.

Two adopters stand with greyhound outside Dogs Trust Cardiff“Since coming home, he has settled in so well. I live on my own so having him by my side makes the house feel a little less empty and he is the perfect match for me. He enjoys his walks and takes everything in his stride, it’s wonderful seeing him so relaxed and at ease in his new home.”

Three further dogs are also beginning a new chapter in their lives: one-year-old Chihuahua cross, Bertie (main photo), Bryn a two-year old Crossbreed and five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy.

We now have the very best facilities for our dogs in Cardiff

Dogs Trust Cardiff is the charity’s 22nd rehoming centre. PPCT awarded a £19,000 grant towards the ambitious project which provides state-of-the-art facilities for its four-legged-residents on an 8-acre site. These include comfortable, spacious and underfloor heated kennels, dedicated play areas and all-weather exercise paddocks.

“We’re so grateful to Petplan Charitable Trust for their generous support for our new rehoming centre in Cardiff,” says Bryony Mills, Trust and Foundation Teams Manager at Dogs Trust.

“After two years and unforeseen delays due to the events of the last 18 months, the centre is finally open for business and has welcomed its first doggy residents. Thanks to PPCT’s wonderful support we now have the very best of equipment and facilities for our dogs in Cardiff, including a hydrotherapy suite and state of the art rehoming kennels.”

Once Dogs Trust Cardiff is fully operational, the centre will care for and rehome around 1,000 rescue dogs a year.

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PPCT-sponsored puppy ‘a delight’ say Dogs For Good socialisers

Dogs for Good black labrador puppy

We’re excited to give you an update on sponsored puppy, Juno, who has settled in well with her Dogs For Good socialisers.

Dogs for Good logoPetplan Charitable Trust pledged £14,000 to support the lively (and very cute!) Labrador x Golden Retriever through her training to become an assistance dog. This was made possible by animal lovers like you who donate to the Trust.

Juno is a special sponsored puppy as her mum, Elsa, is one of Dogs For Good’s own brood stock. The charity currently has 12 broods that live in volunteers homes and are cared for according to the highest welfare and breeding standards. Each brood will have a maximum of four litters before retiring. Once they’ve retired they will continue to live with their volunteer family as a pet dog.

Juno is now living with puppy socialisers Mike and Penny in Oxfordshire who performed the same role for Elsa.

‘Within an hour she was investigating everything with complete confidence’

“Having previously socialised Juno’s mum, we waited with anticipation for Juno’s arrival, and she did not disappoint!” says Mike. “Within an hour, she was investigating everything with complete confidence and already showing the strong character that we are getting to know and love.

“Juno is clearly a very bright dog and she learnt her new name and some basic commands within a day or so. She is particularly fond of her collection of toys, which have been a huge help while we waited for the end of her ‘vaccine isolation’. Now twelve weeks old, she is already walking well on the lead, and she is a delight!”

Find out more about Juno, here

Juno is not the first Dogs For Good puppy that we have sponsored. Sailor, also a black labrador, is now fully trained and busy performing his assistance dog duties! You can find out more about him, here

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