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RECOMMENDATIONS on guidelines and regulations to govern the rehoming of companion animals are considered in a recently published report from the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC).
The report discusses the rehoming of dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets. It considers the scale of the issue, noting that the number of pets being relinquished by owners in the UK has risen in recent years, and the reasons why animals are given up to rehoming organisations. It also looks at the legal and ethical aspects of rehoming.
The CAWC concludes that further legislation to govern rehoming organisations is not needed. It believes that, if rigorously enforced, the duty of care sections within the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 will provide sufficient legal protection for the animals involved in the rescue and rehoming process. However, it comments that there is a ‘compelling’ case for various rescue organisations and canine breed societies to explore how they might cooperate and share information and resources, saying that, ‘by joining together, rescuers and volunteers could develop credible methods …