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A kitten was rescued from a car engine after travelling about 230 miles from Wales to Leeds.
A cat rescued four years ago as a stray in the US now works in a pediatric eye care clinic.
A British holiday business has launched a new service offering a limited edition range of dog tipis, describing them as ‘the pawfect addition to your glamping trips withyour furry best friend’!
A woman who thought it would be nice to have hens in her backyard has been forced to give them up after they disrupted the council estate.
A cat that has been dubbed a ‘miracle’ after surviving alone for 16 days after being hit by a bus is now looking for a new home.
A dog owner was shocked when her excited cocker spaniel discovered a rude item on his morning walk.
A statue has been unveiled in Islington Green, London, to celebrate the life and legacy of the world famous street cat, Bob.
A moggy has been appointed a railway station’s official chief mouse catcher.
A three-legged moggy who helps a six-year-old boy with severe learning difficulties and medical conditions has been named National Cat of the Year 2021.
Paddleboarding with a pooch is becoming increasingly popular in the US – especially at Bear Creek Lake Park in Colorado, with many dogs wearing life jackets.





Leading aquatics brand Interpet has unveiled a new balanced, nutritious, every day, fishmeal-free food based on the natural diet of most aquarium fish – insects and small crustaceans.
Pet retail chain Jollyes has purchased Bannerbrook Pets in Coventry for an undisclosed sum.
Managing director of PetPlace talks to pbwnews editor Justine Thompson
Two animal-loving friends, who quit well-paid jobs to launch a dog walking business three years ago, have now opened their first retail store specialising in pet care, grooming and apparel.
Pets at Home Foundation has launched its annual festive fundraising initiative as it aims to raise £2.2m to support rescue pets across the country.
The Pet Industry Federation has launched the fourth edition of its online trade show, Virtual Petindex, which will take place across 10 days from February 27 to March 8 next year.
Dog lovers can show their support for the work of the Street Paws charity by buying a treat for their own dog this Christmas.
Pets at Home has opened the doors to a new pet care centre on Carden Retail Park in Brighton.
Doggy Doggy Yum Yum, which was launched in 2020 by Dorset- based artisanal ice cream maker Baboo Gelato, has been awarded Best New Product of the Year by Pedigree Wholesale.
From Monday 29 November it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors, or to take measures to keep them separate from wild birds, and to follow strict biosecurity measures amid growing incidents of the avian influenza virus.
Residents at a Penarth care home thought they were being interviewed for a television show about their memories of pets but, in reality, it was a warm-up for a special surprise –being introduced to their new cat Scotty.
A surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College’s Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in Camden has won UK Rabbit Vet of the Year’ at The Burgess Excel Vet Awards. The hospital also won Best Rabbit Practice of the Year.
Many consumers are choosing to boycott Black Friday this year as they opt to shop independently, sustainably and support local communities, a survey has revealed.
Skinner’s is supporting parkrun, the global provider of free physical activity, with a ‘Get Out and Go!’ message to dog owners.
Exports of British pet products are set to increase following the participation of UK suppliers at the Zoomark International pet trade show held in Bologna, Italy.
The world’s greenest football club – Forest Green Rovers – has announced a new, pawsome partnership with award-winning plant-based vegan pet-food and petcare brand, HOWND.
First-time puppy owners are losing nearly as much sleep as newborn parents, according to new research.
Thousands of dog lovers visited The Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event in London, meeting and greeting over 150 different breeds.
A new series of Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly will be hitting TV screens next month on Channel 5.
The Kennel Club has welcomed government plans announced to introduce a specific criminal offence for those who steal dogs.
Dog day care company Bruce’s secured the Best Customer Service Award at the 2021 Surrey Business Awards, capping off a stellar year for the business.
Pets at Home has reported an 18% increase in total group revenue to £677.6m in a 28-week period to October with a continuing rise in customer numbers underpinning strong volume growth.
Speculation surrounding a private equity acquisition of Pets at Home remains high, according to a global research company.
An aquatics shop owner found an unusual gift on his doorstep when he went to open up shop – a ‘giant’ catfish in a bucket.
Man-made reefs attract more small fish than natural reefs, say researchers in Australia.
OATA has updated its advice for retailers and hobbyists about how to ensure moss balls imported into the UK are not carrying an infestation of zebra mussels.
A town council has unanimously voted to ban pets, especially goldfish, as prizes at local fairs.
A new aquatic shop has opened in a former furniture store and will be run by a father-and-son team of enthusiasts.
Hundreds of rare fish on the Red List of Threatened Species have moved into a new home after a college joined forces with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to help protect them.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has launched a new report examining the trade in fish for home aquariums and garden ponds in a bid to tackle misconceptions about the industry.
As the doors closed on the biennial AQUA show today (Thursday, October 14), there was general agreement among visitors and exhibitors that the event had proved to be a massive tonic for the aquatics and water garden industry.
The opening day of AQUA 2021 proved popular as the biennial two-day industry exhibition gave aquatic and water garden retailers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with suppliers.
Seven new aquatic, reptile and water garden innovations have been confirmed as this year’s winners of the AQUA 2021 New Product Awards, sponsored by pbwnews.
Maidenhead Aquatics has launched a new Click and Collect service, bridging the gap between traditional retail outlets and its website.
Interest in keeping axolotls has soared after the introduction of an animated version of the amphibian in the computer game Minecraft.
The Ornamental Aquatics Trade Association has welcomed Matthew Hill as its new scientific support officer.
As the industry looks forward to the return of the aquatics and water gardening trade exhibition, Aqua, next week, OASE has unveiled some of its latest innovations.
Terrapins living in a country park lake have been rehomed into a specialist turtle sanctuary in a bid to safeguard their future wellbeing and protect the water’s ecosystem.
A US city has urged residents not to discard unwanted pet goldfish into local lakes.
UK aquatic companies are being urged to support an initiative aimed at protecting Amazon fish species.