Our friends and partners at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Many congratulations to NAWT on fifty years of caring for homeless animals in need and promoting responsible pet ownership across the UK.
NAWT rehomes approximately 1300 animals a year from their five recue centres; Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cornwall, Essex and Hertfordshire. Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and tortoises are all regularly rehomed. They’ve even rehomed an alpaca and a tarantula, but not to the same home!
Animal welfare and behaviour methods in rehoming are priorities for NAWT, and in 2015 it became the first UK charity to introduce the Open Paw training scheme. It teaches animals to positively interact with potential owners, rewards good behaviour and enriches their time whilst in kennels.
Every year NAWT cares for about 500 dogs. And with so many dogs waiting to find their forever home, each centre has a lot of dog poop to pick up each day. Incredibly, 77,000 bags annually across the charity! To help keep their centres clean, whilst also remaining as environmentally-friendly as possible, we’ve provided NAWT with a year’s supply of strong and robust dog poop bags capable of dealing with all shapes and sizes.
Also, as part of NAWT’s mission to promote responsible pet ownership, we partnered with them during International Pooper Scooper Week to educate pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. NAWT’s Cornwall centre arranged groups of volunteers to clean up the poop from popular dog walking spots in the region. The Nab It, Bag It, Walk It, Bin It awareness campaign was a great success and we were delighted to be part of it.
In the spirit of helping in the community, NAWT is launching a new project – Pet Care in the Community - which aims to take the charity’s services directly to each centres’ local community and beyond.
If you’d like to learn more about the National Animal Welfare Trust and the important work they do, please click HERE!