The RSPCA is at the frontline of animal welfare and tackling cruelty and neglect, with our inspectorate officers investigating more than 130,000 reports per year and rescuing many animals in need. We focus on providing advice to help owners, but where necessary we do carry out investigations and prosecutions. In addition our Generation Kind programmes aims to prevent cruelty and neglect in the future and through our campaigning we aim to raise standards of care and awareness of issues affecting animals today.
We provide a pet fostering service in Devon and Cornwall so that victims of domestic violence and abuse can escape to access safety and support before being reunited with their pets. Often individuals and families escaping violent and abusive relationships are unable to take their much loved pets with them. In many cases this will stop people from leaving. With domestic violence and abuse being one of the most significant public health concerns that we experience in the UK, combined with the fact that over half of all households have pets this is a vital service! We foster dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles, rabbits and small furries such as hamsters. Our pet foster carers are volunteers who are committed to caring for animals and are carefully recruited to make sure they offer the best possible temporary foster homes. We understand that victims / survivors of domestic violence and abuse often have to leave with nothing which is why all of the pets that we foster receive vet treatment that they need, food and bedding paid for by us.
Help4Wales Foundation offer a temporary animal fostering service within Wales supporting victims of domestic abuse to access services. We take referrals from the supporting agencies and match each pet to a suitable foster home where they are cared for. Each pet has a full health check and veterinary treatment such as flea, worm and microchipping if required. Help4Wales cover all essential items and keep in regular contact with the owner during the placement.
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 15,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity also focuses its efforts on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment. We are working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.
Paws Protect is Cats Protection’s temporary cat fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse. We recognise that for many people experiencing abuse, pets cat be a massive barrier to leaving. We exist to enable people to flee to safety with the peace of mind that their beloved cats are safe, and then to reunite them with their owner once again. The whole service is free and confidential, run by an experience female-only team.
Brownlow Vet Group (IVC)
Lead Clinical Director Dave Martin has been in mixed clinical practice for the last 21 years. The majority of Dave’s work is welfare consultancy, working with the RSPCA as well as local authorities, the police, APHA, CPS and private solicitors. He has a particular interest and considerable experience in dealing with cases involving animal hoarding, non-accidental injury, organised animal fights and the puppy trade. Dave has lectured widely to both veterinary and non-veterinary audiences and is currently working on a series of e-learning CPD units on the veterinary role in investigating animal crime. He is a member of the IVC Welfare Advisory Group and has been consulted in cases as far afield as Switzerland, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.
PDSA is dedicated to improving pet wellbeing in three special ways – educating owners, preventing disease and carrying out life-saving operations. We’re the largest veterinary charity in the UK; every year, teams at our 48 Pet Hospitals provide 2.7 million veterinary treatments, helping over 470,000 much-loved pets and brings peace of mind to over 300,000 owners. PDSA has been involved with The Links Group since its inception, supporting the Links Veterinary Training Initiative and promoting the concept across its veterinary network to ensure teams are aware of the Link between different types of family violence and can recognise and act of suspected abuse of animals and people.
Forensic Access Limited was originally established in 1986 by highly qualified Home Office forensic scientists to provide advice and guidance to defence lawyers. It has since expanded to incorporate all sectors of the criminal justice system. With a reputable heritage in human investigations and increasing numbers of requests for scientific support in animal abuse and welfare cases, they developed the first dedicated Animal Forensics Division, integrating their experience with veterinary medicine.
As an independent body, they produce bespoke training packages tailored for veterinary professionals, welfare inspectors and wildlife officers. Alongside seminars and conferences, face-to-face and distance learning, Forensic Access also offers webinars and unique e-learning programmes, housed within their own training portal.
As advocates of multi-agency working, they seek to improve cross-reporting and collaboration between agencies to bring perpetrators to justice and preventing further acts of cruelty to animals, and humans, alike.
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is one of the largest non-acute trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. We have approximately 7,000 staff who provide healthcare to a third of London’s population and across wider geographical areas, including Milton Keynes, Kent and Surrey.