This International Dog Day, I spent the day in a cage on Clapham Common to raise awareness for dogs in need of rescue and rehoming.
The UK is currently in the midst of a dog welfare crisis - fuelled by the continuing rise in puppy farms and backyard breeding, and compounded by the shift in post-pandemic back-to-office working, new dog owners being unable to cope with behavioural issues and the cost of living crisis. Dogs are being abandoned or handed into rescue and rehoming centres in alarming numbers. 1 in 4 centres now face having to turn dogs away and many smaller centres have closed permanently.
There are thousands of dogs in UK rescue and rehoming centers who are waiting to be adopted or fostered into a loving home right now. So I spent the day in a cage on Clapham Common to help raise awareness and encourage people to adopt or foster a dog from the amazing charities we have here in the UK; All Dogs Matter, Blue Cross and Battersea Dogs, to name a few.
The day was a roaring success. We had lots of conversations with the local community, got loads of social media engagement and met local councillors to discuss the issue with them. Giuseppe was also interviewed live from the cage by MyLondon, who wrote an article. We even made the London Live news!
We were also asked to be interviewed on GB News, which we politely declined... they aren't quite aligned with our values.
If you'd like to adopt or foster a dog, we've put together a list of amazing organisations for you to contact here.
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