Helping Animal Victims of Domestic Abuse

For most families, winter is an enjoyable time of year. Some kind people think of others as well as themselves and get busy thinking of fundraising for animals. But for other families winter and Christmas in particular can be a difficult and stressful time. Money worries plus the fact that people tend to consume more alcohol and be trapped together indoors more often than normal mean that domestic violence or abuse can all too often result.

You may assume, correctly, that the people who suffer during incidents of domestic abuse are the two adults involved and any children who might be present. But animals that share a home with people who are involved in heated arguments and fights often suffer considerably. They don’t understand what’s going on but they know that the atmosphere is scary.

Sometimes when the police are called to a domestic incident that has spiralled out of control they report back to the animal charity RSPCA, if there are animals known to be kept at the address. Other times, concerned neighbours or friends of the family might call the RSPCA anonymously. But whenever the RSPCA Inspectors are notified of an animal at risk of harm they will investigate. The RSPCA is authorised to bring criminal prosecutions where they can prove that an animal has been abused or neglected and they have the authority to remove animals to safety. However, doing so can be extremely difficult and fraught with danger for the Inspectors.
The RSPCA Inspectors have to be dedicated to their job and to protecting animals but they also have to be brave and prepared to enter situations that might be dangerous, to tell potentially violent people unwanted news, or to ask difficult questions. Many have faced threats and actual violence as part of their jobs.

RSPCA Inspectors are paid, but their wages come from donations made to the RSPCA. Without public donations, the RSPCA would not be able to hire Inspectors. This year the RSPCA is asking people to make donations through RSPCA Choices to fund their winter campaign called ‘Everyday Heroes’. This campaign aims to inform people of the difficult job that the Inspectors do and to ask members of the public to make donations towards their wages and the cost of their training.

Without the Inspectors doing their jobs, people would continue to abuse or neglect their pets and future pets. They would continue to take shots at wildlife just for fun, or to throw darts and bricks at passing cats. Many people who would not want to call the police would be prepared to call the RSPCA, but could only do so if there was someone there to answer their call.

If you feel that their job is important then please consider making a donation to the RSPCA Choice’s Everyday Heroes campaign. If you have the time, there are many easy fundraising ideas available online and through the RSPCA’s site to enable you to make an even greater donation.

How to Identify Pug Original Breed?

Pugs look cute and adorable! Are you an animal lover and want to bring home a pug? If yes, then it is essential that you learn to recognise the original pug breed. Many pet lovers often in the excitement of bringing home their favourite pug overlook the features that define the original pug breed and you can easily understand pure breed pug.

Discussed below are some of the features of the original pug breed:

· Appearance – Typically, the pug’s shape is square. You can measure the height from ground to the shoulders. You will find that the measurement is somewhat similar to the length right from the rear to the chest front.

· Face and head – The original pug breed's head is round from side. It's square when you look at the pug from the front. The downward section of his black velvet ears will always fall to the level of the eye. The expression of the eyes is mostly soft, and the eyes are round, dark and big. Pugs usually look animated and excited.

Furthermore, the muzzle or the snout of the pug is broad. When the mouth gets closed, the tongue or teeth shouldn’t be seen. Also, the Pug’s face wrinkles need to fold back to his nose and also add the required character to his overall face.

· Chest, neck and top line - The pug need to have a thick and robust neck to provide support to its huge round head. Are you wondering what a top-line is?  It gets best defined as an imaginary line right from atop the Pug's shoulder going to where the tail starts. It needs to be at a level and very straight and shouldn't dip in the middle. The pug needs to have a full and broad chest as well.

· Coat – It is essential for the pug coat to be glossy, fine, short and smooth. The black and fawn pugs have a similar coat.

These are the major features that you need to be aware of to identify an original pug breed! Refer to these traits when you decide to bring home your pug.

Tips to Travel with Pets to Make Your Journey Hassle Free

If you are not planning properly, travelling can be stressful for your and your furry friend. But the good thing is, just with a little planning, you can have a memorable experience. Travelling with pets do not only mean travelling on planes, it also includes trains, buses and ferries. As the number of people travelling with pets are increasing, we thought it will be a great idea to write this article. Hope the tips will help you. 

1. Travel Time Bed for Your Pet: 

You need to make sure your pet is comfortable and have enough rest while travelling. That is why a travel bed for your pet is very important. Pets are fond of a routine and having a bed provides them the space to take rest on a specific time or on a regular interval.

As soon as you board on a vessel, you can set up the bed for your pet and your pet can lie down on it.

2. Water Pot for Proper Hydration:

It does not matter whether you are going for a hike, or a walk or flying across the Pacific Ocean, it is always important to keep your pet hydrated. So, to be on the safe side always carry a water bowl or water pot which will be very helpful to keep your pet hydrated.

3. Travelling with an Airlines with Your Pet:

The success to travel with your pet with an airlines depends on your homework. Please make sure that you have checked the policy with the airlines earlier to avoid any surprises. Also arrange any necessary paperwork before flying. Make sure the pet has a proper crate so that she can accommodate herself while travelling.

4. Travelling with a Car: 

If you are travelling in a car, make sure you have a proper harness with seat belt, a travel crate and a booster seat. Please always remember not to leave your pet in a car in warm temperature. Just for example, the heat within the car becomes high quickly. If the outside temperate is 60 degree Fahrenheit then the inside temperate will become 80 degree within 10 minutes.

5. Book a Pet Friendly Accommodation: 

While travelling, you will not always be in a vehicle. You need accommodation as well. So, if you are travelling with a pet, make sure you book accommodation accordingly. You can get a lot of pet friendly accommodation options online. Check here to get some dog friendly hotels in Cotswolds

I hope the above tricks will help you a lot  to travel with your pets. Please take extra care of your pets while travelling as they always cannot express how they feel like you and me.