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As the summer ‘kitten season’ starts, more cats than ever are looking for new homes, but the RSPCA reveals its rehoming rates are at their lowest point in June. 
A veterinary nurse from Birmingham and her assistants – Clover, the lionhead rabbit, and Beanie, a 50-odd-year-old rescued Hermanns tortoise – have visited more than 1,000 school children to educate them in pet care.
Vet’s Kitchen has revealed Chessington Garden Centre as its new specialist retail partner.
Fish4Dogs has become an official ‘pawsome’ sponsor of Bring Your Dog To Work Day, which aims to encourage employers to allow dogs into the workplace while raising funds for animal rescue.
 
Lily’s Kitchen says it is ‘putting the food in cat food’ with the launch of Suppurrs Stew, a range of natural food for cats, which is available in independent pet shops from July 19.
International Cat Care has revealed the 12 winners of its annual photography competition, who will feature in the charity’s 2019 fundraising calendar. 
More than 200 delegates from animal welfare, veterinary and academic fields gathered in London last week to take part in a day of ‘thought-provoking and inspiring’ discussions on some of the most pressing issues impacting animal welfare.
Laughing Dog this week celebrated National Picnic Week with a giant company picnic. 
Cheshire-based Direct Food Ingredients has strengthened its team with the appointment of eight new employees: Emma Moore, Karolina Szewczyk, Tracy Ireland, Chris Leishman, Jason Lees, Luke Renshaw, Harry Nesbit and Penny Woodward. 
The Cotswold Raw exhibition team is unfurling its display tents and building up its sample supplies because Dog Fest and The Game Fair in July and Countryfile in August are three significant dates in this rural business’s annual calendar. 
James Wellbeloved products will be available from all Bestpets depots and Bestpets online ordering from the beginning of July.
A veterinary nurse is pushing the boundaries of his profession by completing advanced qualifications. 
 
NOAH – the National Office of Animal Health ¬– has launched a three-step ‘blueprint’ to encourage responsible animal health and welfare across the UK.
Malcolm Hall and George Patience have teamed with Eric Abbey, president and founder of Loving Pets Corp, and Jonathon Moyce, managing director of Loving Pets Europe, to create a new venture in the Australian and Asian markets.
Greyhounds and their owners united across the world for the annual Great Global Greyhound Walk.
Natures Menu is supporting Bring Your Dog To Work Day on Friday (June 22) by signing up to be an official sponsor of the nationwide event and supporting its own ‘canine colleague takeover’ on the day.
The Pet Industry Federation and Hadlow College extended their joint venture and officially opened a new dog grooming school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich yesterday (Monday).
Wilsons, the long-established Scottish pet food manufacturer, is launching four new product lines over the next year as part of an ambitious expansion plan.
Skinner’s Pet Foods has appointed of Dr Jaqueline Boyd to its team in Stradbroke, Suffolk as nutritional consultant.
 
PetQuip has secured funding for another major overseas pet trade exhibition.
UK pet owners are kitting out their office space to accommodate their four-legged companions, according to new research.
The impact of internet shopping means global commerce and logistics will be transformed within a decade, according to ParcelHero’s head of consumer research, David Jinks.
Construction has started on the new Loving Pets warehouse and offices in Rye Harbour, East Sussex.
A social media poll asking for people’s favourite charities attracted thousands of votes but there was one clear winner: German Shepherd Rescue Elite.
The newly-launched Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic, sponsored by Royal Canin, has welcomed its 100th ‘senior’ patient through the door, as part of a long-term study to improve understanding of the ageing process in cats.
Swedencare UK, the distributor of ProDen PlaqueOff, has committed to reducing CO2 emissions caused by its business activity.
The brand behind the first ball launcher, Chuckit!, is introducing another product for the game of fetch with the launch of a new toy for Summer 2018 − the RingChaser. 
Barking Mad, which offers ‘tailored one-to-one care for canine companions’, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Brand Awareness category in the annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018. 
LondonCats and The International Cat Association hosted their busiest International Cat Show to date at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, welcoming around 2,000 people and 100 cats.
CSJ’s first four-part A Way With Dogs competition, which aired online in 2016 and gained a global following, was was so popular that top UK and overseas sheepdog handlers have been queueing up to enter series two.
Beth’s Dog Show events have been running in Kent for the last eight years and during that time its supporters have raised £120,000 for two charities close to the organiser’s hearts. 
We Love Pets – a family business set up nine years ago to help pet owners balance work pressures, holidays and a busy lifestyles with the care of their pets – has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award category in the annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018. 
Youngsters are being asked to take photos showing the many ways in which humans can impact animals for a new category of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2018. These include litter, plastics, deforestation, pesticides and pollution. 
The Royal Veterinary College – home to the largest and busiest animal hospital blood donor programme in Europe – is encouraging animal donors and their owners to come forward tomorrow (Thursday, June 14) to celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
New EU rules on the import of Caudata amphibians such as newts and salamanders are being introduced on July 1 in the UK.
Staffordshire-based Chase Ferret Rescue has won £500 worth of Alpha Feeds’ premium ferret food in a competition launched in the spring on social media. 
British pet owners spend an average of £286 per year furnishing and decorating their home for their furry friends, according to a new survey of 1,013 UK pet owners carried out by interiors retailer Furniture123.co.uk
A new study has revealed UK pet owners’ attitudes to obesity and that, despite awareness of the condition and concern for their wellbeing, they continue to disregard advice from vets, putting their pets at risk by overfeeding them or feeding them inappropriately.
An Hawaiian Summer Luau is taking place at Trunkwell House, Reading on August 10 to raise funds for Worldwide Veterinary Service.
Chudleys is to launch Duck with Rice & Vegetables in its all-new Sporting range in July.
A veterinary practice is warning dog owners to be vigilant after two Jack Russell terriers had emergency operations to remove fish hooks from their stomachs.
A Telford community choir has launched a campaign to record and release its first charity Christmas album, which will raise money for Shropshire-based national vet charity PDSA.
The British Hen Welfare Trust has met with DEFRA and its equivalents in Scotland and Wales to discuss ways of improving communications and simplifying the flow of information given to poultry keepers by Government during periods of disease control, such as avian flu.
An historic Yorkshire pub that swapped pints for pets has undergone a £50,000 revamp to create a state-of-the art veterinary practice.
A championship breeder has been appointed to manage Derby College’s dog grooming salon at Broomfield Hall and is planning to expand the range of professional courses available to people looking to hone their skills in the growing industry.
A pet accessories company that supplied cushions to an East Riding garden centre has been fined £30,000 after the items represented ‘a serious fire risk to the public’.
‘Treats, Toppers and Inclusions’ has been selected as the theme for the interactive 2018 Petfood R&D Showcase, focusing on the fastest growing sales categories in pet food.
Following on from the launch of YuCALM Dog in September 2016, Lintbells is launching YuCALM Cat, which is available to order from veterinary wholesalers.
 An explosion of kitten births has left a charity bursting at the seams – filling more than 20 foster homes with kittens in just two weeks. 
Suffolk-based pet food manufacturer Skinner’s has enhanced its Field & Trial range with a new Grain Free Chicken and Sweet Potato complete dry dog food, designed specifically for dogs with sensitivities or dietary intolerances.