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Series of free animal welfare events over the coming months

Gruff Pawtrait

Image credit: Gruff Pawtraits

Published: 6 July 2021

Westminster City Council, in partnership with local and national animal charities, is putting on a series of free dog welfare events.

The council is committed to improving animal welfare and is currently the only local authority in the country to hold four awards from the RSPCA PawPrint Awards, which recognizes organisations that that go above and beyond for the welfare of animals.

Since the start of the pandemic, 3.2 million households in the UK have bought a pet and London has seen the highest spike in dog ownership with an increase of 84% in 2020.

Zoe Edwards, Head of Animal Welfare at animal welfare charity, Mayhew said:

We’ve been proud to support Westminster’s animal welfare events for many years, and never have they been more needed than in 2021 with so many new pet owners in our community enjoying the benefits of their recent family additions.

We know all local residents want to be responsible pet owners, so we are looking forward to talking to them about a host of important issues, from vaccinations, microchipping and neutering, to good grooming routines, and how to better guard against pet theft.

At the series of free, drop-in events, dog owners will be able to access a microchipping service as well as expert advice from animal welfare specialists on a range of topics from how best to manage separation anxiety if returning to work to top tips on teaching dogs to interact safely with other dogs and children in public spaces as we come out of lockdown.

There will also be additional fun freebies on the day. At the first event on 20 July, there will be a unique opportunity to get a pawtrait of your pet from specialist photographer Gruff Pawtraits and there will be a doggy pool in case any furry legged visitors need a cool down.

 You can find information for each event below:

Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration and Animal Welfare Champion at Westminster City Council said:

I’m so glad that we are able to put on this important series of events to support residents across Westminster with animal welfare. As a dog owner myself, I know that it is such a wonderful experience, but I also recognise the time, energy and commitment that having a pet requires.

I hope that many residents come along to take advantage of the excellent free advice available from both our dedicated animal wardens within the council and our many brilliant partners in this space.

Find out more about the council’s services at dogs and animal welfare.