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Dogs Trust Public Affairs

Our Public Affairs Team work 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.

We chair the EU Dog & Cat Alliance, through which we also engage with EU policy makers, and call for EU action to build a better Europe for cats and dogs. For further information visit the Alliance website or call 0207 837 0006.

We also chair 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.

The documents on this page provide more information on UK issues. Find out more about the issues we're campaigning on by downloading our policy documents below.

You can also download our 'Dogs Trust in a nutshell' document below to find out more about the work we have achieved.

Dogs Trust Policy Document PDF 491 KB


Latest news

1. Dog theft

Did you know that in the UK around 2,000 dogs are stolen each year (but many more may go unreported); only 1 in 5 of those reported stolen are returned to their families. Read our full briefing on dog theft...

Dog Theft Briefing PDF 426 KB

2. Animal Welfare Regulations

From 1st October there will be some important legislative changes taking place affecting anyone who breeds, sells or provides day care for dogs in England. Read our full briefing on the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018.

Animal Welfare 2018 PDF 320 KB

2. Electric Shock Collars

We are delighted that the Government has announced a ban on the use of electronic shock collars, following our campaigning on this issue for several years. Scientific research has demonstrated that electronic devices which deliver an aversive stimulus have a negative impact on dog welfare, so this ban will have a major positive impact for dogs in the UK. Read our full statement, here.

Read our report on the welfare impact and efficacy of canine training methods.

The effect of training methods on animal welfare PDF 1.42 MB

4. Puppy Smuggling

We have been fighting the cruel Puppy Smuggling trade for several years. Our latest campaign has seen the public send over 7,000 emails to MPs, but we can't stop there. We must keep the pressure on to ensure the illegal smuggling of puppies is stopped. Read all of our investigative reports and find our how you can support us, here.

You can also find out if your MP has pledged to help us put a stop to Puppy Smuggling, here.

Our latest report 2018

Puppy Smuggling: When will this cruel trade end? PDF 7.47 MB

Looking ahead in 2018...

Take a look at our 'Pawlicy' document for Westminster which outlines the key issues in dog welfare we want to address.

Pawlicy Document PDF 2.09 MB

Briefing on the recommendation of EFRA's Animal Welfare: Domestic Pets Inquiry

We were pleased the EFRA Committee chose to focus an inquiry on companion animal welfare and agreed with the vast majority of their recommendations. This briefing details those issues covered in the report and includes what we want to see happen to protect the welfare of all domestic pets.

Dogs Trust EFRA Debate Briefing PDF 502 KB


Dogs Trust calls on MPs to consider animal welfare and support restrictions on fireworks use. Click here to find out more about Dogs Trust's work to tackle this issue.

Read our policy briefing on fireworks, here:

Dogs Trust Fireworks Policy PDF 382 KB


Dogs Trust is calling on the Government to amend the welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations 2010 to require the publication of essential welfare data, and extend the regulations to protect the welfare of racing greyhounds whilst they are in trainers kennels. Click here to find out more about Dogs Trust's work to tackle this issue.

Read our policy briefing on Greyhounds, here:

Dogs Trust Greyhound Briefing Paper PDF 399 KB

Northern Ireland

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

Northern Ireland Manifesto JPG 1.57 MB



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

Scotland Manifesto JPG 1.74 MB


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

Wales Manifesto JPG 1.65 MB


Other news and events

Westminster Dog of the Year 2019... coming soon!

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 2019... coming soon!

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 here!