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Owning a dog makes you more sociable


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19 Feb 2014

Having a dog can help you socialise with people more too, says a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that man’s best friends made people feel less isolated, compared to other pets including cats, lizards and hamsters, which had no effect.

‘We find that dogs are associated with less loneliness. Unfortunately for cat owners, cats, reptiles and rodents aren’t associated with a difference,’ says Professor John Cacioppo....

Britain’s first pet DNA database launched


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20 Jan 2014

Lost Alert Animal Search UK launched the scheme to help reunite owners with their missing pets using their genetic paw prints.

It has 85,000 users registered and receives up to 3,000 missing pet reports each month via the free to use database.

Former police officer, Tom Watkins, dreamt up the database and believes it could become even bigger than that used by the authorities to profile people....

Don’t give pets as presents urges rescue centre


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20 Dec 2013

A dog rehoming centre is urging the public not to give dogs or other pets as presents this Christmas.

Just for Dogs in Brailsford, Derbyshire is a charity centre for abandoned or neglected dogs and has a policy of never putting a healthy creature down. 

“We always get an influx of dogs needing a new home around May and June, usually when the cute puppy given as a Christmas present has started to grow into a bigger dog, needing more time and attention,” says Margaret Smith, the shelter’s manager....

£75 reward for whistleblowers of irresponsible dog-owners


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9 Dec 2013

Residents could find themselves £75 better off if they report dog-owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

The dog-fouling whistle-blowers are set to be given the proceeds of the £75 fines enforced by council wardens in a bid to create greater public vigilance and tap into the anger of responsible dog-owners at the inconsiderate actions of others....

Homeowners - be aware of extra visitors this winter


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16 Oct 2013

Home owners are urged to be on the lookout for uninvited guests taking up residence this winter.

Kent-based animal charity Animal Aid has warned homeowners to keep an eye out for squirrels, birds, mice and even foxes that may seek shelter from the cold in your home this winter.  ...