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Exciting £5,000 Pet Rescue Grant to Tackle UK’s Illegal Pet Trade

Applications are set to open on January 24 for a groundbreaking Pet Rescue Grant designed to assist dogs, cats, and rabbits impacted by illegal breeding and selling practices in the UK. The Naturewatch Foundation is offering a grant of £5,000, available to UK charities and community interest companies (CICs) dedicated to supporting the rescue and rehabilitation of animals affected by the illicit pet trade.

The illegal pet trade is a significant concern, with approximately 50% of puppies believed to be sourced from illegal channels. This form of low-welfare breeding not only threatens animal welfare but also poses challenges for pet owners. Moreover, the illicit pet trade has become a target for organised criminal activities.

Naturewatch Foundation, a staunch advocate for enhanced pet welfare protections, actively investigates reports from the public regarding the illegal pet trade. The launch of this grant comes at a critical time for the animal rescue sector, which is grappling with mounting challenges exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis and an increase in pet abandonments.

Natalie Harney from the Naturewatch Foundation commented, “As an animal-loving nation, it’s a tragedy that so many of our beloved pets are the product of the illicit pet trade. We’ve been campaigning and investigating to end illegal breeding for years, but we know that without the rescue sector, many abused and exploited pets simply wouldn’t get the loving care and specialist support they deserve. The Pet Rescue Grant is our small way of helping those selfless organizations that pick up the pieces.”

Rescue organizations interested in applying for the grant can visit [naturewatch.org/petrescuegrant](https://www.naturewatch.org/petrescuegrant) or email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) to obtain further details. The application window opens on January 24, 2024, and closes on February 21, 2024.

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