Tragedy Of Sickly Dogs As Online Puppy Trade Soars

fcccurrentsitpuppymills-11Half of puppies bought online without being seen by their new owners first are falling sick, as almost half of people (45 per cent) suspect their pup could have come from a puppy farm.

People opting to buy puppies online or from newspaper adverts, not realising that many could have been bred on puppy farms, is leading to one in five having to spend between £500 and £1,000 in vets’ bills in the first six months of their puppy’s life. This is resulting in financial and emotional problems as over a third (37 per cent) say they have been affected financially and 35 per cent affected emotionally by the strain of owning a sickly pup.

Kennel Club research for Puppy Awareness Week, which starts today (September 12), shows that puppy buying habits could be contributing towards a welfare crisis, with over a third of puppies (37 per cent) being sold online or from newspaper adverts being bought by people who decided to get a puppy on the spur of the moment – with almost two thirds (60 per cent) choosing their dog solely because of the way it looks.

Many of these puppies will go on to develop diseases and conditions common in puppy farmed pups, with around one in five pups (17 per cent) ending up with serious gastro-intestinal problems.

Many people are not prepared for the associated financial cost of a sickly puppy, with around a third of people (32 per cent) who buy online or from a newspaper advert without seeing the pup first, having to spend more on vets’ fees than they had accounted for. Almost one in five (18 per cent) spending between £500 and £1,000 on vets’ bills in the first six months of their puppy’s life means that many people are having to spend more on their pet’s health than they paid for the puppy originally.

As a result, over a third of people (37 per cent) who ended up with a sick pup after buying online or from newspaper ads experienced financial problems due to cost and 35 per cent suffered from emotional problems due to the strain of having a sickly puppy.

The Kennel Club is increasingly concerned about irresponsible breeders who put profit over health and welfare and is keen to highlight the importance of going to a responsible breeder.

Insurance data released by Agria Pet Insurance ahead of Puppy Awareness Week has revealed that the only scheme in the UK dedicated to monitoring dog breeders, the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, is improving the health of dogs and saving owners money. The data highlights that dogs bred by Assured Breeders are costing owners on average 18 per cent less in unplanned veterinary fees and are 23 per cent less likely to need to visit the vet.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It’s absolutely shocking that people are still buying puppies online or from newspaper adverts without seeing the puppy first.

“Not only do puppies end up suffering as a result of being irresponsibly bred and sold, but consumers are being utterly duped into thinking they will end up with a healthy puppy, when the reality is that buying a pup from a disreputable source is likely to cost them dearly, both emotionally and financially. This is especially true when a puppy buyer does not even see the puppy before purchase, which is why the Kennel Club is highlighting the importance of seeing the puppy with its mother in its breeding environment before committing to buy.

“It’s absurd that people are likely to take less care buying a puppy than they do when buying a kitchen appliance, and they may well be unknowingly supporting the cruel puppy farming trade as a result. It is crucial for anyone thinking about getting a dog to go to a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, or to a rescue organisation, and to know what to look for when they do so to stop puppy farmers from selling sickly pups and causing puppy buyers untold emotional and financial distress.”

For more information about buying a puppy responsibly and for the Kennel Club’s do’s and don’ts of buying a puppy, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/PAW.

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Ex-Puppy Farm Lucy The Rescue Cavalier Is True Animal Hero

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Lucy the Rescue Cavalier was kept in a cage in the dark and used as a breeding machine at a cruel puppy farm for eight years before she was rescued…

Brave and beautiful Lucy has this week been crowned Rescue Animal of the Year for raising awareness of the unregulated, underground trade in dogs.

Lucy was invited to a star-studded ceremony in London on Wednesday, hosted by the Daily Mirror and the RSPCA, where she was named winner of the Animal Hero Award.

Lisa Garner rescued eight-year-old Lucy through Many Tears from a puppy farm in Wales in March 2013. She’d spent her whole life as a breeding machine and had never been out of her cramped cage.

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Speaking at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, Lisa said: “I am so shocked to have won, there were some fantastic nominees tonight and I’ve had some overwhelming stories.

“I think people really engage with Lucy particularly through social media, they think of her as their own dog.

“Lucy knows she has a purpose in life, she is so well behaved and calm when I take her out to meet people.

“Our message is to encourage people to do their research before getting a dog. Don’t just look online – and don’t underestimate the level of deceit from puppy breeders.

“The best thing you can do is a rescue a dog – there are breed specific rescues out there and if you are willing wait a bit longer you can find the dog that’s right for you. We do more research into buying cars then we do into getting pets and that’s not right.”

Lucy was seriously underweight when she was rescued, was missing chunks of fur and her back feet touched her front feet from being hunched over in a tiny space.

“She was skin and bone,” said Lisa. “She was absolutely tiny, weighing only eight pounds. Lucy didn’t even resemble the breed. When I first held her, it broke my heart.”

Lucy still suffers from health problems such as epilepsy and is blind in one eye, but that hasn’t stopped her from going on to front a national campaign against puppy farming.

“I think people have fallen in love with her cheeky character and zest for life which she has, even after all she has endured,” Lisa added.

Lucy was nominated for her work raising awareness of the underground puppy trade in England and Wales, an issue which has also sparked a national campaign from the RSPCA.

The RSPCA launched its Scrap the Puppy Trade in October last year, calling on the Government to introduce legislation to tackle the trade and encouraging the public to source and buy puppies responsibly.

The RSPCA is asking members of the public to support the campaign and sign a petition at www.rspca.org.uk/scrapthepuppytrade to tell the UK Government responsible for animal welfare in England that puppies are more precious than pieces of metal.

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Study Reveals 98% Of Vets Asked To Euthanise Healthy Pets

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Almost all companion animal vets have been asked to euthanise healthy pets, with half (53%) saying this was not a rare occurrence and 98% of those who had been asked to euthanise a healthy pet citing the owner’s reason as their pet’s behaviour, reveal figures released today by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Problem behaviours vets can see include persistent barking and howling, destructive chewing and inappropriate toileting. Aggressive behaviour, towards both people and other pets, is also a problem, with the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report revealing that a third of pet owners have been attacked or bitten by a dog. Such behaviours can cause a breakdown of the human-animal bond, leading to pets being excluded from family life to the detriment of their welfare, relinquished to rehoming centres or euthanised.

The figures, obtained during BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, which polled over 700 vets across the UK, also highlight the burden that is placed on vets every day when they are faced with euthanising healthy animals.

BVA says that these figures overwhelmingly show the importance of adequate socialisation of animals at an early age – young animals should safely encounter a variety of people, animals and everyday household sights and sounds in their first few weeks and months of age, beginning at the place where they are born. Many veterinary practices now offer puppy socialisation classes to help with this.

British Veterinary Association President Sean Wensley said:

“These figures are stark and are likely to come as a shock to members of the public. But this is the sad reality of a failure to socialise animals from the earliest possible age – a specific time in a puppy’s development which has a significant impact on their future temperament and behaviour. With dogs, this process starts from before a puppy is even seen by a potential owner.

“In recent months there has been a litany of news stories about the illegal importation, breeding and trading of puppies through puppy farms. This is no way for a family pet to start life and we urge potential owners to thoroughly research where a puppy has been born and reared, using the AWF/RSPCA Puppy contract to help. Then, in the first year of ownership, and especially in the first few weeks, work with your local veterinary practice to ensure your puppy is introduced to everyday sights and sounds, including other people and animals, in a safe and structured way.”

Mr Wensley also commented on the impact on vets:

“Nobody enters the veterinary profession wanting to euthanise healthy pets, but this is the stressful situation that many vets are facing because of undesirable behaviours in pet animals. Vets will do all they can in these situations to avoid euthanasia, including offering evidence-based behavioural advice, referring to accredited pet behaviourists or assisting with rehoming through reputable rehoming organisations, but sometimes these options are not appropriate, particularly where the behavioural issues make it extremely difficult to rehome the animal.

“Vets are not required to euthanise healthy animals at an owner’s request, but sometimes, having carefully considered all options and given the circumstances the pet finds themselves in, it may be in an animal’s best interests to do so. Euthanising an animal who could have been a loving pet is the hidden, tragic cost of poor socialisation.”

Owners often offered a number of reasons when requesting euthanasia for their healthy pet, with surveyed vets saying that some of the most common reasons they were given included poor health of the owner (48%), owners moving to accommodation that is unsuitable for their pet (39%), and legal enforcement reasons (32%).

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Call For Vet Profession To Support Compulsory Health Testing For Pedigree Dogs

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The Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG) is calling on more vets to support compulsory health testing for pedigree dog breeds including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as it slams the failure of voluntary testing by breeders.

The group welcomed the recent article in the Veterinary Times highlighting the hereditary health crisis affecting Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and other breeds, and the need for more stringent health testing.

Campaigners have worked hard over many years to draw attention to the issues affecting Cavaliers. Although much research has been carried out, the incidence of Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), Chiari-like Malformation and Syringomyelia (CM/SM), plus other conditions including pancreatitis, remains unacceptably high. All of these cause major welfare concerns.

DBRG founder Carol Fowler explained: “As the majority of Cavalier breeders boycott the official CM/SM health scheme and a heart scheme promised in 2008 has yet to materialise, there is little hope of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for Cavaliers getting off the ground.

“Many people believe that the Cavalier breed is now so genetically compromised that outcrossing to a related breed may be the only way of tackling these problems.

“The Kennel Club is a prestigious and wealthy organisation with the power to do what is right for the welfare of dogs. If it sets an example, breeders, including non-KC breeders, will follow.

“The Kennel Club does not lack the know-how or influence to introduce an official heart scheme. We understand discussions are underway with cardiologists but there have been several stops and starts in recent years.”

The DBRG believes that Estimated Breeding Values are an important tool and could have a very positive impact on canine health. However, it believes a great deal more effort and action is required to make this a reality.

“At the moment there are EBVs for hip dysplasia for some 20-plus breeds and elbow dysplasia for a very small number of breeds,” Carol explains.

“EBVs are an impressive-sounding initiative but we are years, even decades, away from their reality for other complex conditions. They rely on phenotypic data from health screening. If official screening data does not exist, or where there are schemes and breeders fail to use them, EBVS are not possible. We know that co-operation from breeders cannot always be relied upon.”

DBRG was pleased to read vet Emma Milne’s strong stance in the Veterinary Times and agrees with her that voluntary testing is not working. We understand the Kennel Club’s tradition of leaving the choice to breed clubs and individual breeders. However, the welfare implications are so great in some breeds, such as Cavaliers, that a much stronger approach is needed.

Carol added: “The official CM/SM scheme presented many challenges. It might never have got off the ground had it not been for the determination and passion of key individuals motivated to truly make a difference to canine health and to improve our understanding of this distressing and complex condition.”

Like Emma Milne, the DBRG would welcome pressure from the BVA and other professional veterinary bodies regarding health testing, including finalising and implementing an official heart scheme. DBRG would support the rapid introduction of breed-specific schemes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. This would include a compulsory scheme for Cavaliers along the lines of the highly successful Danish version that has seen MVD fall in the breed by over 73 per cent.

An abbreviated version of the Veterinary Times article can be seen online
www.vettimes.co.uk/news/issue-kennel-club-breed-testing-ultimatum-urges-vet

DBRG is an organisation dedicated to improving the health and welfare of dogs through responsible breeding. It was founded in 2013 and became a Charitable Trust in 2015. Members of the DBRG include veterinary specialists, dog welfare and law experts, breeders and dog owners.

For more information about the DBRG please visit www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk.

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First Ever Record Deal For Music For Animals Announced

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Universal Music announced today a remarkable record deal to sign ‘Music for Cats’, the first ever major label deal for music aimed at animals rather than humans.

This very special album composed by cellist with America’s National Symphony Orchestra David Teie, has been scientifically proven to enrich the lives of cats and provide a calming influence for our feline friends. Comprising of five cat-friendly compositions, this unique collection of sounds and classical music is released 28 October 2016.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers who spend four billion pounds a year on their cats and there are approximately 9.2 million cats in the UK alone – an enormous untapped music market. In a music industry in constant flux, this deal is a forward thinking move tapping into new markets, distribution avenues and is sure to climb its way up the charts.

‘Music for Cats’ caught Universal’s eye after a whirlwind Kickstarter campaign, which garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and independently sold over 10,000 copies of the album. Universal Music seized the opportunity and will be bringing ‘Music For Cats’ to the world with this international signing.

A spokesperson for Universal Music said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this world-first project and break into the massive untapped market of non-human music fans. The possibilities are endless for more species specific ‘Music For’ albums: dogs and horses could all be on the cards. David Teie’s creative ideas, passion and solid research has laid the perfect foundation for success and in his words ‘A hundred years from now people will have to be taught that music was once only for humans.’ “

Based at the University Of Maryland, David Teie is a published music researcher and decorated cellist, having given multiple solos with the National Symphony Orchestra and has even played lead cello for Metallica. ‘Music for Cats’ was born out of his scientific theory on the of music appreciation by animals. Felines establish their sense of music through the sounds heard when they’re kittens: birds chirping, suckling for milk, or their mother’s purr.

With this premise, David composed ‘Music for Cats’, incorporating cat-centric sounds and classical elements. An independent study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science verified that Music for Cats makes for contented kitties.

Music For Cats is released via Universal on October 28.

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COMPETITION: Is Your Pet Britain’s Most Active?

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National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has teamed up with Pets Magazine to invite pet owners to share their snaps of happy and active pets. At the height of 2016’s summer of sports, people are being encouraged to celebrate the importance of pet wellbeing and the vital role that exercise plays.

Pet owners can enter the ‘Happy, Healthy Pets’ competition by visiting the www.pethealthinfo.org.uk website by Sunday September 4th. Entrants will be eligible to win a £125 gift voucher for pet goodies.

The campaign, which is also supported by PetFocus, is part of NOAH’s ‘Happy, Healthy Pets Project’.

NOAH, Pets Magazine and PetFocus hope to highlight the importance of keeping pets happy and healthy all year round and paying close attention to their seasonal healthcare needs.

NOAH Chief Executive, Dawn Howard, explained: “With 2016’s summer of sports in full swing, there’s never been a better time to think about the vital role exercise plays in your pet’s wellbeing and why keeping pets active helps keep them happy and healthy in body and mind. We hope that our latest competition will help drive the conversation further and that the UK’s active pets (and their owners!) will help inspire hundreds of others to join them.”

Pets Magazine Editor, Marie Carter, said: “Pets Magazine is delighted to support NOAH’s Active Pets campaign and endorse its fantastic competition to find shining examples of pets who live active and healthy lives.

“Sadly, over half of dogs and cats are now obese in the UK, and most do not get a decent walk a day with owners indulging them in too many treats. It’s so easy to literally kill pets with supposed kindness. If given the chance most dogs would rather feel fit and happy being dogs running or walking across a field with their noses trained firmly to the ground.

“NOAH’s competition is a great opportunity for people to think carefully about the quantity and quality of food they give to their pets and also how they can better build exercise into their pet’s day. As well as a walk, exercise could involve throwing a ball for your dog or active and fun play with a cat. As a magazine which focuses on pets as well as pet owners’ lifestyles and activities people can do with their pets, Pets Mag is really looking forward to seeing all the images of fit, active and happy pets.”

For more information or to submit photos to the gallery, simply visit www.pethealthinfo.org.uk/gallery.

Entries uploaded by Sunday September 4th will be eligible to win a £125 voucher for pet supplies and treats (terms and conditions apply). Entrants must ensure they click the pink competition tick-box to enter when uploading their photos.

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Decorated Penguin Receives Military Promotion At Edinburgh Zoo

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This is the hilarious moment a highly-decorated PENGUIN waddled past a group of royal guards – before receiving a military promotion.

Sir Nils Olav – the highest decorated bird in the world – proudly strutted his stuff as he was promoted to Brigadier.

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The famous bird, who lives at Edinburgh Zoo, was bestowed the title by his Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard who paid him a special visit yesterday (18/08).

Sir Nils paraded his way up Penguin Walk, whilst inspecting the soldiers of the guard.

The impressive bird, which is frequently described by his keepers as regal due to his unique black, white and yellow feathers will now be known as Brigadier Sir Nils Olav.

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Zoo staff said the bird has an aura suggesting he knows exactly how important he is.

Excited Barbara Smith, acting chief executive officer for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “We are honoured to host His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard as they bestow a prestigious new title upon our king penguin, Sir Nils Olav.

“It is a very proud moment and represents the close collaboration between our two countries, Scotland and Norway.”

The prestigious title was awarded during a special ceremony which was attended by over 50 uniformed soldiers who are taking part in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this year.

Adopted by Norwegian troops in 1962, he was as pleased as punch as he waddled through the crowds of soldiers and cameramen to receive his latest award.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Producer and Chief Executive of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, added: “This is just a simply fantastic example of the great relations between our two countries, and it couldn’t be a more charming tradition.

“At the Tattoo we of course have many inspecting officers but this is by far my favourite. Congratulations, Brigadier Olav!”

The Guardsmen visit Sir Nils every few years and his keepers say that “Nils always recognises the Norwegian guardsmen when they visit.”

Since his adoption in 1972 he was worked his way up the ranks going from Mascot to Brigadier Sir.

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Call For More Offices To Be Dog-friendly

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Mars Petcare is a dog-friendly office

This World Dog Day, Mars Petcare are calling on more employers to introduce pet friendly policies at work to encourage more people to rehome a rescue dog.

Sadly, having to be at work all day is one of the reasons people abandon pets and this is a barrier to people adopting an animal in the firs place. If employers were more open to letting staff bring their dogs to work, thousands of dogs all over the UK could be rehomed – and fewer would be abandoned.

Pet-friendly policies at work are simple to implement and not only encourage people to adopt a new dog but make it easier for current dog owners to look after their pet responsibly – eliminating the need for them to leave them at home alone all day.

Kate Menzies, Director of People and Organisation at Mars Petcare said: “Pet friendly policies are good for both dogs and owners. Dogs in the office can offer a sense of comfort, relieve stress, increase physical activity and even improve productivity. As for the dogs, they enjoy the chance to socialise all day. We are working with our partners at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to raise awareness of the plight of rescue dogs and how employers can take simple steps to help their staff look after their pets.”

Mars Petcare and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have been partners since 2009. The charity cares for nearly 5,000 dogs every year with well over 60% of dogs coming to the Home because their owners can no longer care for them. People gift their pets into Battersea for a number of reasons including change in circumstance – which may include a change in working hours. This could mean the dog would be left for too long on their own and the owners may no longer be able to give them the care they need.

Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager, Becky Fisher said: “Every dog is different, but no dog should be left alone at home for hours at a time whilst owners are at work. With the right environment at work, pet friendly policies and office dogs could make a real difference to people who want to rehome rescue dogs who find their working hours a barrier.”

Top 5 Tips for a Dog Friendly Office:

1. Set some simple guidelines for owners to make sure the dogs they bring into work will be relaxed and well-behaved in the office.

2. Doggy name badges and sign-in sheets are really handy – so you know which dogs are in the building at all times.

3. If you can, create some kind of dog friendly outdoor space so owners and pets can take ‘walkies’ near the office.

4. Make everyone aware of the new policy from the start – some people are wary of dogs but the most well behaved pups will integrate really well and be a benefit to all.

5. Think about the other policies you could introduce to help pet owners – for example in 2012, we launched our ‘Pet-ernity’ policy – giving our staff 10 hours of paid leave to care for and bond with a new kitten or puppy.

Two dogs looking for their forever homes:

Buster

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Buster is a thirteen-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who has been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for over 130 days. He’s one of the home’s ‘golden oldies’ who arrived here because his owners’ circumstances changed and they were no longer able to take care of him. Buster is a sweet boy who loves being around people and is very gentle and loving. He finds it hard being on his own, so he will need owners who are willing to help him work on this. This older gent is looking for a home where his owners can give him the love and attention he deserves. He will make an affectionate and rewarding addition to any new family.

Eden

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Eden is a three-year-old gorgeous Husky cross who has been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for over 140 days. She arrived at here because her owners were no longer able to take care of her. Although she is a medium sized dog, Eden has the husky personality- so would be perfect for anyone who wants a pocket husky. She is a very affectionate girl who likes company and is looking for someone who can be around her for most of the day. She would be ideally suited to someone who could spend most of the day with her to give her the fuss and attention she deserves.

Please contact Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for more information.

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Planning For The Future – What Happens To Pets When You Die?

As we approach National Dog Day on August 26, pet owners should consider making provision for their companion animals after they die – to avoid problems later on.

Our pets can live a long time. Tortoises can live for up to 150 years. Some parrot species reach 50, and domestic dogs and cats commonly make it to 20. But many animal lovers fail to plan for their pets’ future after they’re gone.

Natalie Palmer, Director of Latimer Hinks, offers the following useful advice:

In the UK, It’s not possible to set up a trust for a pet

Periodically, news will break of somebody, somewhere, leaving a huge sum of money to one of their pets. While some may consider such bequests a solution to the problem, in reality in the UK, it is not actually possible to leave money to pets.

A pet may be part of the family but legally they are considered to be belongings. As such, it is not possible to set up a trust fund solely to provide for their ongoing care.

Upon your death, there are no legal safeguards compelling anyone to look after your pet

Some people consider that leaving their pet to a friend or relative guarantees its long-term wellbeing but actually, there’s no legal obligation for them to take over the duties after you die, even though they might have agreed to do it.

So, how do we go about securing the future care of our beloved pets?

One option is to make a prior arrangement with somebody trusted to look after your pet and in your Will, leave a legacy to that individual with the request that it is used for the purposes of maintaining the pet. The problem is, it is up to the individual whether or not they use the legacy for the purposes you intended.

Another option might be to leave money in trust and ask the Trustees to make money available during your pet’s lifetime to whoever is looking after your pet (again with a request that the funds are used to look after the pet during its lifetime). This way Trustees can control funds and try to ensure (as far as possible) they are used to benefit your pet.

After the pet’s death you would need to leave instructions as to who is to inherit any funds still contained in the trust (perhaps an animal charity or the person who has looked after your pet during their lifetime). Setting up a trust to benefit your pet could put your mind at ease.

A third option might be to leave money to charity. Some charities offer to rehome pets, where possible, or to take them into special sanctuaries. In general, these wishes should be detailed in a will.

In the UK, people are still failing to write wills – estimates suggest around two thirds of us still don’t have one. Regardless of the impact on the family in financial terms, those dying intestate (without a will) risk uncertainty for their pets specifically in the context of ownership and future responsibility.

Leaving pets behind doesn’t have to be a worry but it does need to be given some thought. Planning is key.

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Award-winning Business Launches ‘3D Package’ for Pet Photographers

Arty Lobster MD Lars B Andersen with some of the 3D pet sculptures

Arty Lobster MD Lars B Andersen with some of the 3D pet sculptures

A company that creates 3D models of pets has launched a unique package for photography companies and independent photographers that promises to future-proof their services.

Arty Lobster is offering wholesale prices with a 30% discount exclusively to photographers on its new ‘3D Package’. Arty Lobster, which has experienced a surge in growth over the past twelve months and is taking on more staff, says the 3D pet sculpture market would ideally lend itself to photography companies’ existing offering.

3D dog sculptures

3D dog sculptures

After a photoshoot, pet photographers can get the client a unique 3D printed sculpture of their pet in full colour sandstone or bronze. This 3D Package generates additional income from each client, with no extra work. The rights to the photos remain fully with the photography company.

The innovative business, which started trading two years ago, has grown from an initial two members of staff to a team of eleven people, including seven 3D artists. The firm, which was a Finalist at the prestigious Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) London Business Awards, plans to hire an additional three 3D artists in the next 12 months.

One of the firm's 3D artists at work

One of the firm’s 3D artists at work

London-based Arty Lobster takes 3D tech to the limits by creating items that are truly bespoke and unique. Highly skilled artists create the 3D pet sculptures from customers’ photos of their pet, which are then 3D printed before being delivered to the customer. There are three options, including sandstone, porcelain and bronze with prices starting at £140.

In order to remain at the cutting edge of 3D innovation, Arty Lobster has implemented a rigorous training program to ensure each pet sculpture is crafted to the highest quality and artistic standards.

Lars B Andersen, Founder and MD of Arty Lobster, said: “We’ve launched our ‘3D Package’ as working with photographers is the ideal partnership for us. Photography companies increasingly need to diversify their services to stay current. 3D print is exciting and new and the pet services including photography market is booming with astonishing year on year growth.

 “Many consumers are increasingly adopting a ‘DIY approach’ to photography and at best having their photos processed online, which sadly impact on professional photographers’ bottom line. With the increasing sophistication of 3D, there is now an opportunity to offer a new and unique service. While people can take photos and use them in numerous ways, consumer 3D printing is still very much in its infancy, too expensive for most pockets, and far from being sophisticated enough to produce good results. Photographers can really make their services stand out and ‘future-proofed’ by offering a 3D package.”

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Lars added: “In business terms, it’s an incredibly exciting time for us. We have experienced strong growth in the UK and internationally, which has allowed us to take on several new full-time members of staff as well as to add to our team of dedicated associates.

“3D printing is still in its infancy, and as the technology continues to improve, we anticipate significant additional growth in the market.”

For enquiries, please email [email protected], or visit www.artylobster.com , or call Lars on 0845 680 6064.

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