Dogs Trust

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Dogs Trust Public Affairs

Dogs Trust’s Public Affairs team works across a variety of issues in Westminster, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure the welfare of dogs is always taken into consideration by policy makers.

Dogs Trust chairs the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (otherwise known as PAAG). The group was created in 2001 to combat growing concerns regarding the irresponsible advertising of pets for sale, rehoming, and exchange. It comprises animal welfare organisations, trade associations and veterinary bodies. Defra, DAERA in Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government have endorsed PAAG’s work. For further information, visit the PAAG website or call Charley on 0207 837 0006. 

Dogs Trust is also the Secretariat for the EU Dog & Cat Alliance, chaired by Dogs Trust Ireland, through which we engage with EU policy makers, and call for EU action to build a better Europe for cats and dogs.

Find out more about the issues we're campaigning on in the UK by downloading our pawlicy documents below.

You can also download our 'Dogs Trust in a nutshell' document to find out more about the wider work of Dogs Trust in 2018.

Dogs Trust in a nutshell PDF 190 KB


Westminster Pawlitical Pawlicies 2020 PDF 4.75 MB

Dogs Trust’s latest puppy smuggling report PDF 7.47 MB

The welfare impact and efficacy of canine training methods PDF 1.42 MB

Northern Ireland

Whilst Northern Ireland is currently without a devolved government, we continue to promote dog welfare in Northern Ireland. Read Dogs Trust's manifesto for Northern Ireland outlining our position on key dog welfare issues.

Read our manifesto for Northern Ireland outlining the key issues in dog welfare we want to address in 2019.

Northern Ireland Manifesto JPG 1.57 MB


Read our manifesto for Scotland outlining the key issues in dog welfare we want to address in 2020.

Pawlitical Pawlicies Scotland 2020 PDF 3.76 MB


Read our manifesto for Wales outlining the key issues in dog welfare we want to address in 2019.

Pawlicy priorities for Wales PDF 2.93 MB

Blaenoriaethau Polisi'r Dogs Trust at gyfer Cymru

Pawlicy priorities for Wales (Welsh version) PDF 1.86 MB

Latest news

Dogs Trust Cardiff

We recently held an event at The Senned which was sponsored by Paul Davies AM, to unveil our plans for a new state-of-the-art Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Cardiff. Due to open in 2021, Dogs Trust Cardiff will help save 1,000 dogs a year and help us to continue our work to promote responsible dog ownership in Wales through education, neutering and microchipping. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be offered all the help they need to find a new home.

Other news and events

Westminster Dog of the Year 2019

Despite the annual event being cancelled due to safety concerns regarding an increase in protests around Parliament, the public still took to the polls in their thousands to crown the winner of the ‘paw-blic’ vote. Jean, a five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Collie cross, belonging to Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, emerged victorious after receiving the most votes from the public.

Westminster Dog Of The Year 2018

Paw-fect canine candidates, Boomer and Corona, crowned our 2018 Westminster Dog of the Year!

Westminster Dog Of The Year 2017

storming success for Rocky, a seven-year-old Labrador belonging to Batley and Spen Labour MP Tracy Brabin!

Holyrood Dog of the Year 2020... coming soon!

Holyrood Dog of the Year 2019

Nine-month-old Cavapoo, Sadie, was named top dog.

Holyrood Dog of the Year 2018

Paw-fect canine candidate, Maya, is crowned the first ever Holyrood dog of the year!

Contact us

If you would like to find out more, or get in touch with a member of our Public Affairs team, please click here or call 0207 837 0006.

Follow us on Twitter, at @DT_Pawlitical.